I had it ordered on release day and waited until Christmas to actually have it and it is unbelievably good, far better than what I thought it would be. It is beautifully designed and deceptively powerful – takes less than 10 seconds to boot and never struggles to load doesn’t matter how many apps I’ve had running on it (Including Diablo 3 running on high in the background).
I already had an iPad, iPhone and a MacBook in the apartment so I was looking forward to having something central that everything syncs with an it really does make things a lot easier, a particular feature was AirDrop between the MacBook and the iMac over that annoying problem of having a CD that needed ripping when the iMac doesn’t have an optical drive, but with the ease of how Apple devices work with each other it was an easy fix. The lack of the optical drive hasn’t bothered me once other than the CD situation.
Having already been using OS X for a fair bit it wasn’t much to get used to but having a bigger screen really makes OS X come out and easy to get around. The quality of the display is stunning with not much glare and high definition colours. It’s not retina but it’s close.
One gripe I do have is the keyboard and mouse, they’re good but not great. The mouse can be troublesome over some areas of the desk, the keyboard is a little on the small side and it does not light up in the dark making playing games at night more of a hassle than it needs to be. The two of these are still great, but it could be better. I did debate getting the trackpad but thought the gaming side would suffer.
Overall the new iMac is an incredible device both in functionality and aesthetically, Steve Jobs would have been over the moon with what they’ve done with the job after he passed away.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one computer, this is the one you’re looking for.