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Subject: [Leica] OT: different Apple desktops
From: leowesson at (leo wesson)
Date: Wed Mar 12 06:30:58 2008
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Like Spencer says, you loose expandability.   The Imacs are  really compact
and have a very pleasing footprint.  Love the new keyboard. I'm not too sure
about the screen.  It's glossy and I think it gives you false blacks, sort
of like a drugstore glossy print, if you know what I mean.  I think you
could get used to it although you would probably want to do some type of
calibration with it.  You might want to check that ram figure.  On the apple
website here, it shows the ram being expandable to 4 gig, not 16.  I think
that would be 2 - 2gig chips, which are pretty pricey.

Myself, since I have started to do video for clients, when I upgrade, I will
upgrade to the tower  for the ram slots and the drive slots and the pci
slots.  But my g5 keeps chugging along.  Since you like to buy used, did you
consider a g5?  I have had 0 problems with mine over the past 3 years.
Also, don't forget that you son, being a student, can get a discount at the
apple education store.

Leo Wesson

On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 7:43 AM, Spencer Cheng <> wrote:

> Hi Nathan,
> Basically, you give up expandability. The HD is hard to change when
> you run out of space. No expansion slots if you have some old H/W like
> SCSI cards or really fancy audio cards or .... No dual quad-cored CPUs
> to accelerate Photoshop.
> Supports external monitor via DVI.
> It has been said that the LCD is not as high quality as Apple's
> standalone monitors though that is just hearsay.
> Other than that, probably not much. Think of it as an oversized, desk-
> bound, vertical MacBook Pro with a detached keyboard. :)
> Regards,
> Spencer
> On Mar 12, 2008, at 3:05, Nathan Wajsman wrote:
> > Since a lot of you out there are Mac folk, I thought I'd ask your
> > opinion on this. I am tempted to get one of the Mac desktops. I
> > always thought that I needed one of the Mac Pro models due to their
> > horsepower and memory expansion possibilities, but now I see an iMac
> > 2.8 Ghz 24" for a very reasonable price, several hundred Euros less
> > than a Mac Pro. Memory expandable to 16 GB, 500 GB hard disk, 8x
> > Superdrive etc.
> >
> > What do I really give up if I go for the iMac compared to a Mac Pro?
> >
> >
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