Overview of the Apple iMac 27 (2010 modification)

Many legends are associated with Apple products in the post-Soviet space. In the end, it all comes down to the fact that these products are expensive, they are considered something unattainable in many respects. In short - the premium segment. However, for various reasons, it was not possible to try the “apple”. But as it often happens, chance helped.

Sergey Kuzmin's call with a proposal to test the new iMac 27 I received with unprecedented enthusiasm. Personally, I love the concept of the iPhone, and the generally positive attitude and a lot of credit has been carried over to the iMac. In absentia, this monoblock computer seemed quite the best choice. Well, of course - and quiet, albeit not the most productive iron. And the monitor, which, as the legends say, is not inferior to professional solutions from NEC and LaCie (even though it has a glossy finish, but the matrix is ​​IPS). Everything immediately works out of the box, there is a keyboard and mouse, a webcam built into the monitor. So the desire to change their "self-collection" for a beautiful mixture of aluminum and glass grew stronger day by day. However, as the article will show, it is not worth building an ideal in your brain, a collision with reality is usually painful.

Computer specifications can be found at the end of the material, in the same place - and the price of the kit. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy a purely subjective experience.

Content:

It's all Mac!

A huge box with a monoblock computer makes it difficult to move around the city without a car.

What was inside? Computer, power cord, Magic Mouse with multitouch back, wireless keyboard. There are also a couple of CDs, some papers and apple stickers.

Let's go, attention, march!

The process of installing the computer on the desktop took about 5 minutes, along with the search for an extension cable. By the way, the last one is criminally short, without an extension cord or a conveniently located outlet, you won’t be able to connect your computer to the network.

The power button found by touch caused the candy bar to emit Apple's trademark "bloom", and the download began. A minute later, the desktop appeared on the screen. I was warned that the computer was not exactly "empty" and would not require initial setup, and so it turned out. The iMac picked up the mouse and keyboard quickly, connecting to home Wi-Fi after entering the password happened without problems. In general, you can use it.

Life with an iMac

1. Screen

Since the display is the face of the computer, let's start with it. I immediately drew attention to the glossy finish, this automatically imposes a restriction on the placement of the candy bar. I was lucky - I immediately placed the iMac in the right corner of the apartment, in which I see only my own reflection, and no extraneous light sources darken my communication with the computer. But keep in mind - the presence of https://cars45.com.gh/2sFO4gSb6Zzh4lr58MvEXIoi of a glossy finish (or is it glass?) can lead to to the fact that you have to reshape your workplace.

In addition to glare and reflections, the screen "pleased" with a whitish backlight in all four corners, a hum at low backlight levels (fortunately - sometimes disappearing) and a whistle at high brightness settings. It would seem that the company is not exactly unknown, and the IPS matrix - but the shortcomings are worthy of budget TN monitors.

The response time of the matrix is ​​average, trails of respectable length remain behind the dragged windows. Viewing angles are good, the shades do not change very much when deviating from the vertical.

The resolution is high, 2560x1440, for a diagonal of 27 inches - this is more than good. Individual pixels are distinguishable from about 30 centimeters.

2. Keyboard

My first input device is the keyboard. What is the iMac like? I will say this, I am spoiled with Logitech keyboards, and it is with them that I would like to compare the Apple product. I'm currently using a Logitech G19 dreadnought keyboard. So, in comparison with it, in terms of convenience, the “stub” seriously loses.

There is no number block on the keyboard, it is actually a "stub". As a result of cutting off unnecessary entities, quite necessary ones, such as the Enter key (not much is left of it) and cursor control arrows, have also suffered.

There is no backlighting of the keys - keeping the maximum brightness of the monitor at night means ruining your eyesight, and not very contrasting inscriptions are poorly visible. In addition, the key travel, albeit short, ends with a delicious clatter. Such a noise background, to put it mildly, is annoying.

3. Mouse

I don't know what fans of the brand say about the Magic Mouse, but it seemed to me that in the process of designing this model, the engineers were chasing two tasks and did not really succeed in either. On the one hand, they tried to make it light enough to comfortably move around the table, and on the other hand, heavy enough to successfully implement multitouch gestures. What do we get as a result? When working for a long time, the hand quickly gets tired, and when you try to navigate with two fingers to the previous or next page in the browser, the mouse inevitably moves left or right. On a rubberized mat, the problem partially disappears, but carrying the Magic Mouse over rubber is not the most pleasant experience.

In addition, we recall the large screen resolution of the iMac 27. We immediately encounter a low sensitivity of the optical sensor - to move the cursor from one corner to another, you need to drag the mouse by about 5 centimeters, and this is at the maximum physical speed of moving the "carcass". If you move the cursor without excessive fanaticism, the mouse will make a path of about 15 centimeters in the real world. You say it's nitpicking? Perhaps, but after several hours of working at the computer, the hand begs for mercy.

4. Stuffing

For the test, I got not the "coolest" iMac 27, inside there was a Core i3 3.2 GHz processor, 4 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM, a 1 terabyte hard drive, an ATI Radeon HD 5670 video card.

I had no complaints about the speed of the memory and processor. This, alas, I can not say about the hard drive. In addition to being noisy (not in idle mode, in active mode), it is also very thoughtful. In my opinion, since laptops are moving to SSD, it's time to do the same with desktop computers.

There are a lot of interface connectors: 4 USB 2.0 ports and one each Firewire 800, DisplayPort, Ethernet 10/100/1000. All of them are located on the back of the computer, access to them is inconvenient. On the right side is a slot-loading drive and a card slot that supports the SDXC standard.

From wireless interfaces - Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. As for the full support of the n standard, I have doubts, but here, perhaps, it was not lucky with the combination of an ASUS access point and an adapter in an iMac. Here, in my opinion, it would be more honest to use an access point from Apple.

To test the performance of the computer in game mode, the Steam client was installed, and already in it - the recently released version of Team Fortress 2 for Mac. What can I say - it is quite possible to play not at full resolution and not at maximum settings. The "top" iMac has a more powerful video card, perhaps it will also pull the "native" resolution.

The cooling system of the monoblock is well thought out. Behind the computer, closer to the top, there is a wide slot from which warm air comes out. Interestingly, the noise of the fans is the same both in idle mode and in heavy CPU mode. At night, sitting at the iMac is not very comfortable. The hum of the transformer at a low backlight level, and the noise of the hard drive, and the hum of the cooling system fans also interfere. The level of good "self-collection", even very good. During the day, with the window open in the room, there are practically no problems with noise.

Finally, about the speakers built into the computer. As a stereo pair that creates some background noise, they are quite suitable. But to watch movies and listen to music, I would recommend buying decent speakers or headphones for iMac. Personally, I connected the Hifiman HM-801 to the computer in external sound card mode, and already headphones to it.

5. Mac OS X

Since it is not easy to comprehend all the intricacies of communication with an operating system with which I have never dealt with before, I will limit myself to the fact that there were no problems with the initial development. Instead of slow Safari, Google Chrome was immediately installed, RDP was configured to my main computer with Windows 7, the Dropbox client was installed - and, in general, nothing more was needed to work besides the already installed Pages editor. The task of making a multimedia station out of a computer was not set, however, if we discard the whitish illumination of the matrix, iMac is quite suitable for watching videos and photos.

The overall impression of Mac OS may be somewhat naive, but it will probably be of interest to the reader. This impression is that the operating system does not require increased attention. Windows don't pop up when connected to Wi-Fi. The sign with the timer does not get out until the reboot after the update. Spotlight works, looking for the right programs and files. Unusual, perhaps, fonts - after Windows 7 anti-aliasing does not work so well. Yes, and watching the menu not in the program window, but on top of the screen, is also unusual.

I think it's worth adding that for the sake of experiment, I put my mother behind the iMac. There were no problems with the development of an OS that was completely alien to her, claims were made only to the same keyboard and mouse.

6. Bootcamp

Mac owners have told me that they rarely use Windows on their machines and see no point in installing this OS through Bootcamp. For the sake of interest, I installed Windows 7. The problem arose only at the final stage, when the mouse, which was determined during installation, disappeared in the OS itself, and using the keyboard to start the installation of Bootcamp drivers failed. In addition to everything, I had to remove the Windows 7 disc by booting into Mac OS X.

I had to run for a wired mouse, and after 10 minutes the "seven" turned out to be quite functional, after some time Team Fortress 2 was also installed on the OS from Microsoft. There were no performance issues, everything worked well and smoothly.

Increase memory

Due to the fact that the computer was initially installed with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a one-terabyte hard disk, increasing the amount of RAM and HDD does not make sense for most users. However, two slots are free - you can buy a couple more modules of 2 gigabytes, for example.

You can't just replace a hard drive, you'll have to buy an external one.

There is a problem - there is a solution

Along with Apple products, Sony products are also popular on the Russian market. Fortunately, this company has something to answer the products of the masters from Cupertino - namely, a series of monoblocks L / J.

If you are not embarrassed by the smaller diagonal and the lack of support for Wi-Fi 802.11n, then it is quite possible to purchase a model with the romantic name VPCL12M1R/B for about 50 thousand rubles. A model with a quad-core processor and eight gigabytes of memory VPCL12S1R / B will cost you 70 thousand rubles. By the way, its screen with Multitouch support is an interesting bonus.

Important information in conclusion

A little about prices. The hero of this article costs about 73 thousand rubles, and a more “advanced” version with a more powerful video card (ATI Radeon HD 5750) and, again, a quad-core processor will cost you 86 thousand rubles. This is if you buy from "white" dealers. It will be quite possible to buy a computer from the hated "hucksters" for 10-15 thousand cheaper.

In my opinion, buying an iMac in Russia and from an official reseller makes sense only if you are completely satisfied with what comes in the kit. Otherwise, since you can't imagine your life without Mac OS X, you might as well get a Mac Mini. Playing games may not be as pleasant, and resource-intensive tasks will be performed slowly. However, you can choose the peripherals you like.

The cost of a Mac Mini in Moscow is about 30 thousand rubles. Buying not the worst monitor on a PVA matrix - another 30 thousand. And this will already be the picture quality, unattainable for the glare and overexposed IPS matrix in iMac. For another 5-6 thousand rubles, you can buy a decent keyboard, mouse, speakers at a level higher than those that go "into the load" to the iMac. The result is a kind of compromise between "self-assembly" and a monoblock from Apple. I don’t want to consider Hackintosh in this article, and even more so any HTPC on Windows 7, because for 30 thousand rubles it’s quite possible to assemble a fairly powerful and quiet Wintel computer.

I will say this - I expected more from the iMac. For this money, I think it is quite possible to expect a better quality of performance.

You can write off the shortcomings on the marriage of a particular instance - but in any case, when buying, carefully inspect the computer and listen to whether it makes a lot of noise.

Overview of the Apple iMac 27 (2010 modification)

Many legends are associated with Apple products in the post-Soviet space. In the end, it all comes down to the fact that these products are expensive, they are considered something unattainable in many respects. In short - the premium segment. However, for various reasons, it was not possible to try the “apple”. But as it often happens, chance helped.

Sergey Kuzmin's call with a proposal to test the new iMac 27 I received with unprecedented enthusiasm. Personally, I love the concept of the iPhone, and the generally positive attitude and a lot of credit has been carried over to the iMac. In absentia, this monoblock computer seemed quite the best choice. Well, of course - and quiet, albeit not the most productive iron. And the monitor, which, as the legends say, is not inferior to professional solutions from NEC and LaCie (even though it has a glossy finish, but the matrix is ​​IPS). Everything immediately works out of the box, there is a keyboard and mouse, a webcam built into the monitor. So the desire to change their "self-collection" for a beautiful mixture of aluminum and glass grew stronger day by day. However, as the article will show, it is not worth building an ideal in your brain, a collision with reality is usually painful.

Computer specifications can be found at the end of the material, as well as the price of the kit. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy a purely subjective experience.

Content:

It's all Mac!

A huge box with a monoblock computer makes it difficult to move around the city without a car.

What was inside? Computer, power cord, Magic Mouse with multitouch back, wireless keyboard. There are also a couple of CDs, some papers and apple stickers.

Let's go, attention, march!

The process of installing the computer on the desktop took about 5 minutes, along with the search for an extension cord. By the way, the last one is criminally short, without an extension cord or a conveniently located outlet, you won’t be able to connect your computer to the network.

The power button found by touch caused the candy bar to emit Apple's trademark "bloom", and the download began. A minute later, the desktop appeared on the screen. I was warned that the computer was not exactly "empty" and would not require initial setup, and so it turned out. The iMac picked up the mouse and keyboard quickly, connecting to home Wi-Fi after entering the password happened without problems. In general, you can use it.

Life with an iMac

1. Screen

Since the display is the face of the computer, let's start with it. I immediately drew attention to the glossy finish, this automatically imposes a restriction on the placement of the candy bar. I was lucky - I immediately placed the iMac in the right corner of the apartment, in which I see only my own reflection, and no extraneous light sources darken my communication with the computer. But keep in mind - the presence of https://cars45.com.gh/2sFO4gSb6Zzh4lr58MvEXIoi of a glossy finish (or is it glass?) can lead to to the fact that you have to reshape your workplace.

In addition to glare and reflections, the screen "pleased" with a whitish backlight in all four corners, a hum at low backlight levels (fortunately - sometimes disappearing) and a whistle at high brightness settings. It would seem that the company is not exactly unknown, and the IPS matrix - but the shortcomings are worthy of budget TN monitors.

The response time of the matrix is ​​average, trails of respectable length remain behind the dragged windows. Viewing angles are good, the shades do not change very much when deviating from the vertical.

The resolution is high, 2560x1440, for a diagonal of 27 inches - this is more than good. Individual pixels are distinguishable from about 30 centimeters.

2. Keyboard

The first most important input device for me is the keyboard. What is the iMac like? I will say this, I am spoiled with Logitech keyboards, and it is with them that I would like to compare the Apple product. I'm currently using a Logitech G19 dreadnought keyboard. So, in comparison with it, in terms of convenience, the “stub” seriously loses.

There is no number block on the keyboard, it is actually a "stub". As a result of cutting off unnecessary entities, quite necessary ones, such as the Enter key (not much is left of it) and cursor control arrows, have also suffered.

There is no backlighting of the keys - keeping the maximum brightness of the monitor at night means ruining your eyesight, and not very contrasting inscriptions are poorly visible. In addition, the key travel, albeit short, ends with a delicious clatter. Such a noise background, to put it mildly, is annoying.

3. Mouse

I don't know what fans of the brand say about the Magic Mouse, but it seemed to me that in the process of designing this model, the engineers were chasing two tasks and did not really succeed in either. On the one hand, they tried to make it light enough to comfortably move around the table, and on the other hand, heavy enough to successfully implement multitouch gestures. What do we get as a result? When working for a long time, the hand quickly gets tired, and when you try to navigate with two fingers to the previous or next page in the browser, the mouse inevitably moves left or right. On a rubberized mat, the problem partially disappears, but carrying the Magic Mouse over rubber is not the most pleasant experience.

In addition, we recall the large screen resolution of the iMac 27. We immediately encounter a low sensitivity of the optical sensor - to move the cursor from one corner to another, you need to drag the mouse by about 5 centimeters, and this is at the maximum physical speed of moving the "carcass". If you move the cursor without excessive fanaticism, the mouse will make a path of about 15 centimeters in the real world. You say it's nitpicking? Perhaps, but after several hours of working at the computer, the hand begs for mercy.

4. Stuffing

For the test, I got not the "coolest" iMac 27, inside there was a Core i3 3.2 GHz processor, 4 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM, a 1 terabyte hard drive, an ATI Radeon HD 5670 video card.

I had no complaints about the speed of the memory and processor. This, alas, I can not say about the hard drive. In addition to being noisy (not in idle mode, in active mode), it is also very thoughtful. In my opinion, since laptops are moving to SSD, it's time to do the same with desktop computers.

There are a lot of interface connectors: 4 USB 2.0 ports and one each Firewire 800, DisplayPort, Ethernet 10/100/1000. All of them are located on the back of the computer, access to them is inconvenient. On the right side is a slot-loading drive and a card slot that supports the SDXC standard.

From wireless interfaces - Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. As for the full support of the n standard, I have doubts, but here, perhaps, it was not lucky with the combination of an ASUS access point and an adapter in an iMac. Here, in my opinion, it would be more honest to use an access point from Apple.

To test the performance of the computer in game mode, the Steam client was installed, and already in it - the recently released version of Team Fortress 2 for Mac. What can I say - it is quite possible to play not at full resolution and not at maximum settings. The "top" iMac has a more powerful video card, perhaps it will also pull the "native" resolution.

The cooling system of the monoblock is well thought out. Behind the computer, closer to the top, there is a wide slot from which warm air comes out. Interestingly, the noise of the fans is the same both in idle mode and in heavy CPU mode. At night, sitting at the iMac is not very comfortable. The hum of the transformer at a low backlight level, and the noise of the hard drive, and the hum of the cooling system fans also interfere. The level of good "self-collection", even very good. During the day, with the window open in the room, there are practically no problems with noise.

Finally, about the speakers built into the computer. As a stereo pair that creates some background noise, they are quite suitable. But to watch movies and listen to music, I would recommend buying decent speakers or headphones for iMac. Personally, I connected the Hifiman HM-801 to the computer in external sound card mode, and already headphones to it.

5. Mac OS X

Since it is not easy to comprehend all the intricacies of communication with an operating system with which I have never dealt with before, I will limit myself to the fact that there were no problems with the initial development. Instead of slow Safari, Google Chrome was immediately installed, RDP was configured to my main computer with Windows 7, the Dropbox client was installed - and, in general, nothing more was needed to work besides the already installed Pages editor. The task of making a multimedia station out of a computer was not set, however, if we discard the whitish illumination of the matrix, iMac is quite suitable for watching videos and photos.

The overall impression of Mac OS may be somewhat naive, but it will probably be of interest to the reader. This impression is that the operating system does not require increased attention. Windows don't pop up when connected to Wi-Fi. The sign with the timer does not get out until the reboot after the update. Spotlight works, looking for the right programs and files. Unusual, perhaps, fonts - after Windows 7 anti-aliasing does not work so well. Yes, and watching the menu not in the program window, but on top of the screen, is also unusual.

I think it's worth adding that for the sake of experiment, I put my mother behind the iMac. There were no problems with the development of an OS that was completely alien to her, claims were made only to the same keyboard and mouse.

6. Bootcamp

Mac owners have told me that they rarely use Windows on their machines and see no point in installing this OS through Bootcamp. For the sake of interest, I installed Windows 7. The problem arose only at the final stage, when the mouse, which was determined during installation, disappeared in the OS itself, and using the keyboard to start the installation of Bootcamp drivers failed. In addition to everything, I had to remove the Windows 7 disc by booting into Mac OS X.

I had to run for a wired mouse, and after 10 minutes the "seven" turned out to be quite functional, after some time Team Fortress 2 was also installed on the OS from Microsoft. There were no performance issues, everything worked well and smoothly.

Increase memory

Due to the fact that the computer was initially installed with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a one-terabyte hard disk, increasing the amount of RAM and HDD does not make sense for most users. However, two slots are free - you can buy a couple more modules of 2 gigabytes, for example.

You can't just replace a hard drive, you'll have to buy an external one.

There is a problem - there is a solution

Along with Apple products, Sony products are also popular on the Russian market. Fortunately, this company has something to answer the products of the masters from Cupertino - namely, a series of monoblocks L / J.

If you are not embarrassed by the smaller diagonal and the lack of support for Wi-Fi 802.11n, then it is quite possible to purchase a model with the romantic name VPCL12M1R/B for about 50 thousand rubles. A model with a quad-core processor and eight gigabytes of memory VPCL12S1R / B will cost you 70 thousand rubles. By the way, its screen with Multitouch support is an interesting bonus.

Important information in conclusion

A little about prices. The hero of this article costs about 73 thousand rubles, and a more “advanced” version with a more powerful video card (ATI Radeon HD 5750) and, again, a quad-core processor will cost you 86 thousand rubles. This is if you buy from "white" dealers. It will be quite possible to buy a computer from the hated "hucksters" for 10-15 thousand cheaper.

In my opinion, buying an iMac in Russia and from an official reseller makes sense only if you are completely satisfied with what comes in the kit. Otherwise, since you can't imagine your life without Mac OS X, you might as well get a Mac Mini. Playing games may not be as pleasant, and resource-intensive tasks will be performed slowly. However, you can choose the peripherals you like.

The cost of a Mac Mini in Moscow is about 30 thousand rubles. Buying not the worst monitor on a PVA matrix - another 30 thousand. And this will already be the picture quality, unattainable for the glare and overexposed IPS matrix in iMac. For another 5-6 thousand rubles, you can buy a decent keyboard, mouse, speakers at a level higher than those that go "into the load" to the iMac. The result is a kind of compromise between "self-assembly" and a monoblock from Apple. I don’t want to consider Hackintosh in this article, and even more so some HTPC on Windows 7, because for 30 thousand rubles it’s quite possible to assemble a fairly powerful and quiet Wintel computer.

I will say this - I expected more from the iMac. For this money, I think it is quite possible to expect a better quality of performance.

You can attribute the flaws to the marriage of a particular instance - but in any case, when buying, carefully inspect the computer and listen to whether it makes a lot of noise.

Overview of the Apple iMac 27 (2010 modification)

Many legends are associated with Apple products in the post-Soviet space. In the end, it all comes down to the fact that these products are expensive, they are considered something unattainable in many respects. In short - the premium segment. However, for various reasons, it was not possible to try the “apple”. But as it often happens, chance helped.

Sergey Kuzmin's call with a proposal to test the new iMac 27 I received with unprecedented enthusiasm. Personally, I love the concept of the iPhone, and the generally positive attitude and a lot of credit has been carried over to the iMac. In absentia, this monoblock computer seemed quite the best choice. Well, of course - and quiet, albeit not the most productive iron. And the monitor, which, as the legends say, is not inferior to professional solutions from NEC and LaCie (even though it has a glossy finish, but the matrix is ​​IPS). Everything immediately works out of the box, there is a keyboard and mouse, a webcam built into the monitor. So the desire to change their "self-collection" for a beautiful mixture of aluminum and glass grew stronger day by day. However, as the article will show, it is not worth building an ideal in your brain, a collision with reality is usually painful.

The power button found by touch caused the candy bar to emit Apple's trademark "bloom", and the download began. A minute later, the desktop appeared on the screen. I was warned that the computer was not exactly "empty" and would not require initial setup, and so it turned out. The iMac picked up the mouse and keyboard quickly, connecting to home Wi-Fi after entering the password happened without problems. In general, you can use it.

Life with an iMac

1. Screen

Since the display is the face of the computer, let's start with it. I immediately drew attention to the glossy finish, this automatically imposes a restriction on the placement of the candy bar. I was lucky - I immediately placed the iMac in the right corner of the apartment, in which I see only my own reflection, and no extraneous light sources darken my communication with the computer. But keep in mind - the presence of https://cars45.com.gh/2sFO4gSb6Zzh4lr58MvEXIoi of a glossy finish (or is it glass?) can lead to to the fact that you have to reshape your workplace.

In addition to glare and reflections, the screen "pleased" with a whitish backlight in all four corners, a hum at low backlight levels (fortunately - sometimes disappearing) and a whistle at high brightness settings. It would seem that the company is not exactly unknown, and the IPS matrix - but the shortcomings are worthy of budget TN monitors.

The response time of the matrix is ​​average, trails of respectable length remain behind the dragged windows. Viewing angles are good, the shades do not change very much when deviating from the vertical.

The resolution is high, 2560x1440, for a diagonal of 27 inches - this is more than good. Individual pixels are distinguishable from about 30 centimeters.

2. Keyboard

The first most important input device for me is the keyboard. What is the iMac like? I will say this, I am spoiled with Logitech keyboards, and it is with them that I would like to compare the Apple product. I'm currently using a Logitech G19 dreadnought keyboard. So, in comparison with it, in terms of convenience, the “stub” seriously loses.

There is no number block on the keyboard, it is actually a "stub". As a result of cutting off unnecessary entities, quite necessary ones, such as the Enter key (not much is left of it) and cursor control arrows, have also suffered.

There is no backlighting of the keys - keeping the maximum brightness of the monitor at night means ruining your eyesight, and not very contrasting inscriptions are poorly visible. In addition, the key travel, albeit short, ends with a delicious clatter. Such a noise background, to put it mildly, is annoying.

3. Mouse

I don't know what fans of the brand say about the Magic Mouse, but it seemed to me that in the process of designing this model, the engineers were chasing two tasks and did not really succeed in either. On the one hand, they tried to make it light enough to comfortably move around the table, and on the other hand, heavy enough to successfully implement multitouch gestures. What do we get as a result? When working for a long time, the hand quickly gets tired, and when you try to navigate with two fingers to the previous or next page in the browser, the mouse inevitably moves left or right. On a rubberized mat, the problem partially disappears, but carrying the Magic Mouse over rubber is not the most pleasant experience.

In addition, we recall the large screen resolution of the iMac 27. We immediately encounter a low sensitivity of the optical sensor - to move the cursor from one corner to another, you need to drag the mouse by about 5 centimeters, and this is at the maximum physical speed of moving the "carcass". If you move the cursor without excessive fanaticism, the mouse will make a path of about 15 centimeters in the real world. You say it's nitpicking? Perhaps, but after several hours of working at the computer, the hand begs for mercy.

4. Stuffing

For the test, I got not the "coolest" iMac 27, inside there was a Core i3 3.2 GHz processor, 4 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM, a 1 terabyte hard drive, an ATI Radeon HD 5670 video card.

I had no complaints about the speed of the memory and processor. This, alas, I can not say about the hard drive. In addition to being noisy (not in idle mode, in active mode), it is also very thoughtful. In my opinion, since laptops are moving to SSD, it's time to do the same with desktop computers.

There are a lot of interface connectors: 4 USB 2.0 ports and one each Firewire 800, DisplayPort, Ethernet 10/100/1000. All of them are located on the back of the computer, access to them is inconvenient. On the right side there is a slot-loading drive and a card slot that supports the SDXC standard.

From wireless interfaces - Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. As for the full support of the n standard, I have doubts, but here, perhaps, it was not lucky with the combination of an ASUS access point and an adapter in an iMac. Here, in my opinion, it would be more honest to use an access point from Apple.

To test the performance of the computer in game mode, the Steam client was installed, and already in it - the recently released version of Team Fortress 2 for Mac. What can I say - it is quite possible to play not at full resolution and not at maximum settings. The "top" iMac has a more powerful video card, perhaps it will also pull the "native" resolution.

The cooling system of the monoblock is well thought out. Behind the computer, closer to the top, there is a wide slot from which warm air comes out. Interestingly, the noise of the fans is the same both in idle mode and in heavy CPU mode. At night, sitting at the iMac is not very comfortable. The hum of the transformer at a low backlight level, and the noise of the hard drive, and the hum of the cooling system fans also interfere. The level of good "self-collection", even very good. During the day, with the window open in the room, there are practically no problems with noise.

Finally, about the speakers built into the computer. As a stereo pair that creates some background noise, they are quite suitable. But to watch movies and listen to music, I would recommend buying decent speakers or headphones for iMac. Personally, I connected Hifiman HM-801 to the computer in external sound card mode, and already headphones to it.

5. Mac OS X

Since it is not easy to comprehend all the intricacies of communication with an operating system with which I have never dealt with before, I will limit myself to the fact that there were no problems with the initial development. Instead of slow Safari, Google Chrome was immediately installed, RDP was configured to my main computer with Windows 7, the Dropbox client was installed - and, in general, nothing more was needed to work besides the already installed Pages editor. The task of making a multimedia station out of a computer was not set, however, if we discard the whitish illumination of the matrix, iMac is quite suitable for watching videos and photos.

The overall impression of Mac OS may be somewhat naive, but it will probably be of interest to the reader. This impression is that the operating system does not require increased attention. Windows don't pop up when connected to Wi-Fi. The sign with the timer does not get out until the reboot after the update. Spotlight is working, looking for the right programs and files. Unusual, perhaps, fonts - after Windows 7 anti-aliasing does not work so well. Yes, and watching the menu not in the program window, but on top of the screen, is also unusual.

I think it's worth adding that for the sake of experiment, I put my mother behind the iMac. There were no problems with the development of an OS that was completely alien to her, claims were made only to the same keyboard and mouse.

6. Bootcamp

Mac owners have told me that they rarely use Windows on their machines and see no point in installing this OS through Bootcamp. For the sake of interest, I installed Windows 7. The problem arose only at the final stage, when the mouse, which was determined during installation, disappeared in the OS itself, and using the keyboard to start the installation of Bootcamp drivers failed. In addition to everything, I had to remove the Windows 7 disc by booting into Mac OS X.

I had to run for a wired mouse, and after 10 minutes the "seven" turned out to be quite functional, after some time Team Fortress 2 was also installed on the OS from Microsoft. There were no performance issues, everything worked well and smoothly.

Increase memory

Due to the fact that the computer was initially installed with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a one-terabyte hard disk, increasing the amount of RAM and HDD does not make sense for most users. However, two slots are free - you can buy a couple more modules of 2 gigabytes, for example.

You can't just replace a hard drive, you'll have to buy an external one.

There is a problem - there is a solution

Along with Apple products, Sony products are also popular on the Russian market. Fortunately, this company has something to answer the products of the masters from Cupertino - namely, a series of monoblocks L / J.

If you are not embarrassed by the smaller diagonal and the lack of support for Wi-Fi 802.11n, then it is quite possible to purchase a model with the romantic name VPCL12M1R/B for about 50 thousand rubles. A model with a quad-core processor and eight gigabytes of memory VPCL12S1R / B will cost you 70 thousand rubles. By the way, its screen with Multitouch support is an interesting bonus.

Important information in conclusion

A little about prices. The hero of this article costs about 73 thousand rubles, and a more “advanced” version with a more powerful video card (ATI Radeon HD 5750) and, again, a quad-core processor will cost you 86 thousand rubles. This is if you buy from "white" dealers. It will be quite possible to buy a computer from the hated "hucksters" for 10-15 thousand cheaper.

In my opinion, buying an iMac in Russia and from an official reseller makes sense only if you are completely satisfied with what comes in the kit. Otherwise, since you can't imagine your life without Mac OS X, you might as well get a Mac Mini. Playing games may not be as pleasant, and resource-intensive tasks will be performed slowly. However, you can choose the peripherals you like.

The cost of a Mac Mini in Moscow is about 30 thousand rubles. Buying not the worst monitor on a PVA matrix - another 30 thousand. And this will already be the picture quality, unattainable for the glare and overexposed IPS matrix in iMac. For another 5-6 thousand rubles, you can buy a decent keyboard, mouse, speakers at a level higher than those that go "into the load" to the iMac. The result is a kind of compromise between "self-assembly" and a monoblock from Apple. I don’t want to consider Hackintosh in this article, and even more so some HTPC on Windows 7, because for 30 thousand rubles it’s quite possible to assemble a fairly powerful and quiet Wintel computer.

I will say this - I expected more from the iMac. For this money, I think it is quite possible to expect a better quality of performance.

You can attribute the flaws to the marriage of a particular instance - but in any case, when buying, carefully inspect the computer and listen to whether it makes a lot of noise.

Overview of the Apple iMac 27 (2010 modification)

Many legends are associated with Apple products in the post-Soviet space. In the end, it all comes down to the fact that these products are expensive, they are considered something unattainable in many respects. In short - the premium segment. However, for various reasons, it was not possible to try the “apple”. But as it often happens, chance helped.

Sergey Kuzmin's call with a proposal to test the new iMac 27 I received with unprecedented enthusiasm. Personally, I love the concept of the iPhone, and the generally positive attitude and a lot of credit has been carried over to the iMac. In absentia, this monoblock computer seemed quite the best choice. Well, of course - and quiet, albeit not the most productive iron. And the monitor, which, as the legends say, is not inferior to professional solutions from NEC and LaCie (even though it has a glossy finish, but the matrix is ​​IPS). Everything immediately works out of the box, there is a keyboard and mouse, a webcam built into the monitor. So the desire to change their "self-collection" for a beautiful mixture of aluminum and glass grew stronger day by day. However, as the article will show, it is not worth building an ideal in your brain, a collision with reality is usually painful.

Computer specifications can be found at the end of the material, as well as the price of the kit. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy a purely subjective experience.

Content:

It's all Mac!

A huge box with a monoblock computer makes it difficult to move around the city without a car.

What was inside? Computer, power cord, Magic Mouse with multitouch back, wireless keyboard. There are also a couple of CDs, some papers and apple stickers.

Let's go, attention, march!

The process of installing the computer on the desktop took about 5 minutes, along with the search for an extension cord. By the way, the last one is criminally short, without an extension cord or a conveniently located outlet, you won’t be able to connect your computer to the network.

The power button found by touch caused the candy bar to emit Apple's trademark "bloom", and the download began. A minute later, the desktop appeared on the screen. I was warned that the computer was not exactly "empty" and would not require initial setup, and so it turned out. The iMac picked up the mouse and keyboard quickly, connecting to home Wi-Fi after entering the password happened without problems. In general, you can use it.

Life with an iMac

1. Screen

Since the display is the face of the computer, let's start with it. I immediately drew attention to the glossy finish, this automatically imposes a restriction on the placement of the candy bar. I was lucky - I immediately placed the iMac in the right corner of the apartment, in which I see only my own reflection, and no extraneous light sources darken my communication with the computer. But keep in mind - the presence https://cars45.com.gh/2sFO4gSb6Zzh4lr58MvEXIoi of a glossy finish (or is it glass?) can lead to the fact that you have to redesign your workplace.

Since the face of the computer is the display, let's start with it. I immediately drew attention to the glossy finish, this automatically imposes a restriction on the placement of the candy bar. I was lucky - I immediately placed the iMac in the right corner of the apartment, in which I see only my own reflection, and no extraneous light sources darken my communication with the computer. But keep in mind - the presence https://cars45.com.gh/2sFO4gSb6Zzh4lr58MvEXIoi https://cars45.com.gh/2sFO4gSb6Zzh4lr58MvEXIoi a glossy finish (or is it glass?) can lead to the fact that you have to redesign your workplace.

In addition to glare and reflections, the screen "pleased" with a whitish backlight in all four corners, a hum at low backlight levels (fortunately - sometimes disappearing) and a whistle at high brightness settings. It would seem that the company is not exactly unknown, and the IPS matrix - but the shortcomings are worthy of budget TN monitors.

The response time of the matrix is ​​average, trails of respectable length remain behind the dragged windows. Viewing angles are good, the shades do not change very much when deviating from the vertical.

The resolution is high, 2560x1440, for a diagonal of 27 inches - this is more than good. Individual pixels are distinguishable from about 30 centimeters.

2. Keyboard

My first input device is the keyboard. What is the iMac like? I will say this, I am spoiled with Logitech keyboards, and it is with them that I would like to compare the Apple product. I'm currently using a Logitech G19 dreadnought keyboard. So, in comparison with it, in terms of convenience, the “stub” seriously loses.

There is no number block on the keyboard, it is actually a "stub". As a result of cutting off unnecessary entities, quite necessary ones, such as the Enter key (not much is left of it) and cursor control arrows, have also suffered.

There is no backlighting of the keys - keeping the maximum brightness of the monitor at night means ruining your eyesight, and not very contrasting inscriptions are poorly visible. In addition, the key travel, albeit short, ends with a delicious clatter. Such a noise background, to put it mildly, is annoying.

3. Mouse

I don't know what fans of the brand say about the Magic Mouse, but it seemed to me that in the process of designing this model, the engineers were chasing two tasks and did not really succeed in either. On the one hand, they tried to make it light enough to comfortably move around the table, and on the other hand, heavy enough to successfully implement multitouch gestures. What do we get as a result? When working for a long time, the hand quickly gets tired, and when you try to navigate with two fingers to the previous or next page in the browser, the mouse inevitably moves left or right. On a rubberized mat, the problem partially disappears, but carrying the Magic Mouse over rubber is not the most pleasant experience.

In addition, we recall the large screen resolution of the iMac 27. We immediately encounter a low sensitivity of the optical sensor - to move the cursor from one corner to another, you need to drag the mouse by about 5 centimeters, and this is at the maximum physical speed of moving the "carcass". If you move the cursor without excessive fanaticism, the mouse will make a path of about 15 centimeters in the real world. You say it's nitpicking? Perhaps, but after several hours of working at the computer, the hand begs for mercy.

4. Stuffing

For the test, I got not the "coolest" iMac 27, inside there was a Core i3 3.2 GHz processor, 4 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM, a 1 terabyte hard drive, an ATI Radeon HD 5670 video card.

I had no complaints about the speed of the memory and processor. This, alas, I can not say about the hard drive. In addition to being noisy (not in idle mode, in active mode), it is also very thoughtful. In my opinion, since laptops are moving to SSD, it's time to do the same with desktop computers.

There are a lot of interface connectors: 4 USB 2.0 ports and one each Firewire 800, DisplayPort, Ethernet 10/100/1000. All of them are located on the back of the computer, access to them is inconvenient. On the right side there is a slot-loading drive and a card slot that supports the SDXC standard.

From wireless interfaces - Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. As for the full support of the n standard, I have doubts, but here, perhaps, it was not lucky with the combination of an ASUS access point and an adapter in an iMac. Here, in my opinion, it would be more honest to use an access point from Apple.

To test the performance of the computer in game mode, the Steam client was installed, and already in it - the recently released version of Team Fortress 2 for Mac. What can I say - it is quite possible to play not at full resolution and not at maximum settings. The "top" iMac has a more powerful video card, perhaps it will also pull the "native" resolution.

The cooling system of the monoblock is well thought out. Behind the computer, closer to the top, there is a wide slot from which warm air comes out. Interestingly, the noise of the fans is the same both in idle mode and in heavy CPU mode. At night, sitting at the iMac is not very comfortable. The hum of the transformer at a low backlight level, and the noise of the hard drive, and the hum of the cooling system fans also interfere. The level of good "self-collection", even very good. During the day, with the window open in the room, there are practically no problems with noise.

Finally, about the speakers built into the computer. As a stereo pair that creates some background noise, they are quite suitable. But to watch movies and listen to music, I would recommend buying decent speakers or headphones for iMac. Personally, I connected Hifiman HM-801 to the computer in external sound card mode, and already headphones to it.

5. MacOS X

Since it is not easy to comprehend all the intricacies of communication with an operating system with which I have never dealt with before, I will limit myself to the fact that there were no problems with the initial development. Instead of slow Safari, Google Chrome was immediately installed, RDP was configured to my main computer with Windows 7, the Dropbox client was installed - and, in general, nothing more was needed to work besides the already installed Pages editor. The task of making a multimedia station out of a computer was not set, however, if we discard the whitish illumination of the matrix, iMac is quite suitable for watching videos and photos.

The overall impression of Mac OS may be somewhat naive, but it will probably be of interest to the reader. This impression is that the operating system does not require increased attention. Windows don't pop up when connected to Wi-Fi. The sign with the timer does not get out until the reboot after the update. Spotlight is working, looking for the right programs and files. Unusual, perhaps, fonts - after Windows 7 anti-aliasing does not work so well. Yes, and watching the menu not in the program window, but on top of the screen, is also unusual.

I think it's worth adding that for the sake of experiment, I put my mother behind the iMac. There were no problems with the development of an OS that was completely alien to her, claims were made only to the same keyboard and mouse.

6. Bootcamp

Mac owners have told me that they rarely use Windows on their machines and see no point in installing this OS through Bootcamp. For the sake of interest, I installed Windows 7. The problem arose only at the final stage, when the mouse, which was determined during installation, disappeared in the OS itself, and using the keyboard to start the installation of Bootcamp drivers failed. In addition to everything, I had to remove the Windows 7 disc by booting into Mac OS X.

I had to run for a wired mouse, and after 10 minutes the "seven" turned out to be quite functional, after some time Team Fortress 2 was also installed on the OS from Microsoft. There were no performance issues, everything worked well and smoothly.

Increase memory

Due to the fact that the computer was initially installed with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a one-terabyte hard disk, increasing the amount of RAM and HDD does not make sense for most users. However, two slots are free - you can buy a couple more modules of 2 gigabytes, for example.

You can't just replace a hard drive, you'll have to buy an external one.

There is a problem - there is a solution

Along with Apple products, Sony products are also popular on the Russian market. Fortunately, this company has something to answer the products of the masters from Cupertino - namely, a series of monoblocks L / J.

If you are not embarrassed by the smaller diagonal and the lack of support for Wi-Fi 802.11n, then it is quite possible to purchase a model with the romantic name VPCL12M1R/B for about 50 thousand rubles. A model with a quad-core processor and eight gigabytes of memory VPCL12S1R / B will cost you 70 thousand rubles. By the way, its screen with Multitouch support is an interesting bonus.

Important information in conclusion

A little about prices. The hero of this article costs about 73 thousand rubles, and a more “advanced” version with a more powerful video card (ATI Radeon HD 5750) and, again, a quad-core processor will cost you 86 thousand rubles. This is if you buy from "white" dealers. It will be quite possible to buy a computer from the hated "hucksters" for 10-15 thousand cheaper.

In my opinion, buying an iMac in Russia and from an official reseller makes sense only if you are completely satisfied with what comes in the kit. Otherwise, since you can't imagine your life without Mac OS X, you might as well get a Mac Mini. Playing games may not be as pleasant, and resource-intensive tasks will be performed slowly. However, you can choose the peripherals you like.

The cost of a Mac Mini in Moscow is about 30 thousand rubles. Buying not the worst monitor on a PVA matrix - another 30 thousand. And this will already be the picture quality, unattainable for the glare and overexposed IPS matrix in iMac. For another 5-6 thousand rubles, you can buy a decent keyboard, mouse, speakers at a level higher than those that go "into the load" to the iMac. The result is a kind of compromise between "self-assembly" and a monoblock from Apple. I don’t want to consider Hackintosh in this article, and even more so some HTPC on Windows 7, because for 30 thousand rubles it’s quite possible to assemble a fairly powerful and quiet Wintel computer.

I will say this - I expected more from the iMac. For this money, I think it is quite possible to expect a better quality of performance.

You can attribute the flaws to the marriage of a particular instance - but in any case, when buying, carefully inspect the computer and listen to whether it makes a lot of noise.