The old Mac that’s been my daughter’s computer for the last year or so finally gave up the ghost.† Which meant it was time to give her the Mini and get a new rig for myself as Aperture really brought the Mini to its knees, performance-wise.
So it was with baited breath I waited for the announcement on August 7th, and when the new iMacs were announced I started calling to harass the Apple Store where I used to toil. Yep, they had boxes; no, they didn’t know what was in them, as the iMac hadn’t been officially announced yet. Blah blah. After a while the green light came on: yes, they had iMacs. Time to sail down to Ye Olde Fruitstand.
So, long story short, I was iMaced. Got the 24“ model with an extra gig of RAM and a mini-DVI to DVI adapter to drive my existing 20” monitor.
The new new thing. Source: Apple.
This is not a review, per se, just some impressions after a few hours of usage:
If you’re used to a 20“ monitor, the 24” is huge. It dominates your desk.
The new keyboard looks gorgeous, but basically it’s a laptop keyboard. I’m more of a clickety-click guy and like the tactile feedback. We’ll see how it feels after a few days, but right now it’s a downgrade, if a gorgeous one. One thing that’s kind of odd about the new keyboard is the color scheme—the iMac is black on aluminum, and the keyboard is white on aluminum. You’d think they would offer a choice of black or white keys and ship the iMacs with black keys.
The iMac is a sprightly bugger. I’m not obsessive enough to run benchmarks on it, and lord knows the Internet will be full of those in a few days anyway, but it feels plenty fast. Aperture runs like butter.
What will probably be a deal-breaker for some people is the glossy monitor. Yes, it reflects like crazy. On the plus side, colors are incredibly vivid and deep. It makes the 20“ Cinema Monitor sitting next to it look washed out and dreary.
It’s bright. I’m running the monitor with the brightness setting at a quarter, and it’s still giving me a sunburn.
Like its predecessors, it’s whisper quiet. Nice.
Oddly enough, the iMac is missing the throbbing sleep light. Put it to sleep, and you can’t really tell it’s not powered down. Not sure what’s up with that. I miss the softly throbbing light to tell me my little friend in cyberspace is patiently waiting. We’ll see if the sadness goes away with time.
All in all, the Mid 2007 iMac revision was worth waiting for. It’s an evolution, not a revolution, but it sure seems like Apple hit another one out the park with this model.
†In typical Wind Tunnel fashion it was powered down and then refused to come back to life—pressing the power button made it light up, but no fan or hard drive spinup. Resetting the Power Management Unit did nothing.
Anybody want an objet d’art doorstop?
Posted Wednesday, 08 August, 2007 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.