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My iMac Core Duo has arrived, as the replacement for the original transition kit unit. It came as a complete surprise – I should have had an order confirmation and notification of shipping, but this unit just appeared out of the blue at 8:30am. I’m not […]

My iMac Core Duo has arrived, as the replacement for the original transition kit unit. It came as a complete surprise – I should have had an order confirmation and notification of shipping, but this unit just appeared out of the blue at 8:30am.

I’m not complaining!

First impressions:

  • Fast – even with the standard 512MB of RAM I have no problem having a number of applications open simultaneously and switching between them. Even Rosetta applications are impressively quick, although I haven’t had the chance to investigate that more fully.
  • The screen is impressively bright – I’ve had to turn it down to about 80% just to get it to a level that doesn’t hurt my eyes. I’m sure the brightness and clarity will be good when I start watching video, but for general use it seems a bit high. Of course, that could be because I’m comparing the output to the NEC 20″ (which I already have set at 50% brightness) and the old PB 17″.
  • The screen feels large and capacious, even though I know it’s only the same physical size and resolution as the PB 17″. Sometimes the rez seemed restrictive on the PowerBook (compared to the 1600×1200 20″ panel I use), but I don’t get the same feeling on the iMac.

I’ve had to re-organize the desk slightly to accommodate the unit; at the moment, it’s on the left side of the NEC, but this blocks the DVD entry point, so I may have to switch sides, but I don’t see that as a huge issue. It is a shame though that the entry point isn’t on the top, which would be less likely to interfere. I know that’s true of the older G5 iMac too.

My only complaint is the use of the Mini-DVI port on a machine that is otherwise so large. I know they are trying to make the back look nice (but who looks at the back that often!?), but an extra £15 is a lot just to hook up the second monitor. My PB 17″ has a full size DVI/VGA port, but an iMac with twice the potential port space requires yet another cable…

More when I’ve had the chance to use it more.

  1. What’s noise like? I have an old fanless iMac G3 which is practically silent and have been waiting to replace it with a similarly silent machine.

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  2. I would LOVE to see some sort of blog-space, timeline, or some form for public consumption of all the companies that have, are, or will announce the transition to universal binaries for their software.

    Outside of reading up more about the Rosetta performance vs. the rooted software already available- does anyone know of a place where I can keep track of companies building things for use on the iMac?

    Muchos appreciados for any help!

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  3. From all the reports I’ve seen, the new iMac is quieter than the old one.

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  4. The Intel-a-Macs are very very quiet! I have been using iMovie, iTunes, Mail, Safari, and other applications. My 12″ PowerBook next to it is noisy compared to it. Nice to have an almost silent Mac finally.

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  5. Christian-

    I have a 20″ iMac Core Duo . It is quiet as a mouse. The only noise I recognize is the hard drive spinning up when you wake it from sleep. Of course, my last computer was a noisy Dell that was getting louder all the time.

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  6. Nice surprise to receive your new Core-Duo iMac in the morning mail! It appears that you’re happy with it aside from the traditional iMac side-loading SuperDrive. I suspect a top-loading drive would inevitably allow debris to enter despite the wiper guards. Brightness: Who knows? Perhaps Apple may incorporate a variation of self-adjusting brightness that is currently found on the PowerBook/MacBook. Keep in mind that the current iMac is essentially a MacBook on a stick and it serves not only as an excellent desktop for the price but it doubles as a test bed for Apple’s future MacBook designs.

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  7. To answer the queries that have come in:

    1) It’s is totally silent – even when very very busy.

    2) As I’ve been using Rosetta for months now I really don’t notice the effects anymore. Yes, some things are slower, but not noticeably so for most standard applications. There are a few things which don’t work and cause problems, but on the whole its fine.

    Applications I’ve had trouble with (And still do)

    StuffIt
    Quickeys
    MPEG2 Quicktime extensions (from Apple)
    SimCity 4 runs, but has a tendency to crash after about 2-3 minutes, and most of the animations are bad. I’m hoping this will be addressed by Aspyr…

    I also occasionally crash when printing from Word, although just using Word is generally fine.

    3) Brightness – I suspect it’s just a personal preference thing. Since it comes out of the box on Max brightness though it does come as a shock. I haven’t started playing with the video yet (I have a couple of DVDs to produce) so I’ll see what it feels like then.

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  8. I also occasionally crash when printing from Word, although just using Word is generally fine.

    Do you know what would be causing it to crash? Incompatible print driver?

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  9. Patrick:

    Printing in all other applications is fine – it only affects Word (I admit I haven’t tried Excel) and it’s intermittent.

    I can try printing from Word, and Word will crash (and nothing generated). If I then open Word again, and open the same document and try printing, it’ll work.

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