Neowin Member Reviews: iMac - 21.5 inch low-end model

It's that time of the week again where we showcase a review submitted by one of our members from Reviews by Members for Members this time around we're pleased to share wctaiwain's experience with his new low end 21.5" iMac.

Posted Sep 6th - Last Saturday, I took the plunge and bought an 21.5 inch low-end model iMac. Here's a review of the machine for those interested. (Mac OS and the related user experience isn't discussed in this review--You either like it or you don't, and there are far better articles out there that describe it in depth.)

Background

My last computer was a Rev. A MacBook purchased in June 2006. I primarily use and prefer Mac OS, but I've worked frequently with Windows and have no problem with using it. I mostly use my computer for web browsing and chatting (these days). Other things I do include basic word processing for school and some web development. I consider myself pretty good with computers on an amateur level.

I decided to get an iMac over a Mac laptop because it offers better specs for approximately the same cost.

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OS preference, mostly. I like Mac OS--Its way of doing things (mostly MDI versus mostly SDI in Windows), its structure (apps are packages, flat file storage of app data), it's more polished UI (Windows 7 is almost there though), etc, etc.

Plus security through obscurity is pretty convenient.

You can say that I have no "real" justification for paying the extra money and you'd be right, I guess.

wctaiwan said,
I decided to get an iMac over a Mac laptop because it offers better specs for approximately the same cost.

Is this a joke?

wctaiwan said,
Now, the defect: There have been many reports of a yellow tinge on iMac screens, and apparently mine has it too. According to a serial number decoder, my iMac was manufactured this month. For me, it isn't noticeable during normal use, however performing a test for the issue shows that it's present.

So you are living with an Apple defect? If I had issues with one of my Asus, I would have blame Asus by now.

day2die said,
Is this a joke?

How so? The MBP that is in the same price range has a C2D instead of Core i3 and integrated graphics. Did you miss the Mac laptop bit?

So you are living with an Apple defect? If I had issues with one of my Asus, I would have blame Asus by now.

That's something many people have asked. Basically, it's as I said in my review:

I'm not returning the machine because the issue doesn't bother me too much and doesn't seem to worsen as the display stays on for longer (some people report that to be the case), and also because local AASPs (no official Apple retail presence here) seem reluctant to deal with the issue properly.

Considering that 1. I don't actually notice the issue and 2. It's unlikely I'll be able to get it fixed, I figured I just wouldn't bother. An analogy would be buying a table and finding that the paint has chipped off on the backside: Is it a defect that should probably be dealt with? Yes. Does it matter if you try to get it fixed? Not really.

Many of you would think that I'm getting voluntarily screwed over by Apple, and I guess that's true to a certain extent. But really, considering that I'd never have known / noticed the issue had I not read up about the computer before I made the purchase, I think it's fine.

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Xypro said,
i would never go for an iMac because i could get twice the power and still get OSX on a pc.

Yeah, I respect your choice, and that of many others like you. But I like that by buying a Mac, I get a pretty decent machine and avoid having to use third-party Wi-Fi adapters that have crappy drivers, or the issues that may present themselves when I try updating / reinstalling Mac OS. Furthermore, since I don't game, a similarly priced PC with superior specs would make no difference to me

There are advantages to both sides. I weighed them and made a conscious decision. People may not agree with it, but it's a conscious decision nonetheless.

wctaiwan said,

How so? The MBP that is in the same price range has a C2D instead of Core i3 and integrated graphics. Did you miss the Mac laptop bit?


Yes, I did

You should expect nothing more than considering how much you've spend on it.

I, for example, would expect my Asus to be perfect otherwise I would get a lesser brand like Gateway. And Apple refuses to fix hairline crack on my laptop

Anyhow, what is your justification for buying Mac since quality doesn't seem to be it. Most people get Mac for the wrong reasons such as believing the "Get A Mac" ads.

My neighbor though rightfully bought his Mac since he uses Final Cut daily.

Good review, but for the money and the product you get, i would never go for an iMac because i could get twice the power and still get OSX on a pc.

Joseph B said,
Why is this on the frontpage ._.

Slow news day + outsourcing news material. Unprofessional journalism at it's beat.

Decent review. Yellow tint ruins it for me.