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I got a build to order 27" before Xmas. No issues whatsoever. Fusion Drive is great, the 680mx GFX card eats everything I throw at it, the 3.4CPU is blazing fast.
I have all my data (work, iTunes, iPhoto etc) on external RAID drives so having no DVD is not an issue. I do have an external superdrive from my MacBook Air which works perfectly, but I'd budget for an external BluRay (about £60-80) over a DVD external, at least then you can archive anything onto BluRay if you need to (and rip the BluRays to iTunes if that's your bag).
I'd recommend one.
Also, it never gets hot so they have definitely sorted the cooling in these late 2012 models.
I have one. I got it the last week of December and have 95% battery life left on the keyboard (daily use for a couple of hours). No issues whatsoever so far, and not missing the DVD drive at all.
- 27" 3.2GHz i5, 675GTXmonospaced
- err... 675MXmonospaced
- If the keyboard can withstand mono's angry, sarcastic typing for hours at a time, you know it's solid! :)ETM
- I only access QBN from work on a 15" MBPmonospaced
- Plus, it's the standard wireless keyboard they've sold for over 4 years.monospaced
- You really have no sense of humour...ETM
- Of course I do. I saw your little smiley face, but it isn't funny when your comment was only to insult me.monospaced
- You added nothing, and you aren't that funny.monospaced
No issues, if you get one do yourself a favor and get a SSD or fusion drive.
Macworld ran benchmarks on the standard models and found the high end 27" to be slower than the base 27" on many tests because the cache on the faster model's HD was only 32MB vs 64MB on the high end. I looked into my system profile and I have the faster HD that they say is only in the standard 27" model. This means mine is faster than the benchmarked review model.
That being said, what HD does your iMac have?
I just got one about 2 weeks ago, its amazing. 32 gigs of ram.
I ordered the external dvd drive because I knew i would use it eventually, and it has come in handy have to re-install some software here and there.
I got a BTO 27", i7, 32 GB Ram, 3TB Fusion, 680MX.
Amazing so far. Ran into one speed bump trying to connect two NAS drives but after a bit of Googling, found some solutions.
Also, transferring email signatures was a bit of a pain since they've changed how it works in Mountain Lion (they changed the file format for signature files so you can't just copy and replace.)
Prediction: Apple will start rolling out Retina displays sooner or later, people will be crying the company cheated them selling them old-style displays in the slim new iMacs.
- a 27" Retina display is overkill, and would require a new generation of yet-unbuilt video cards to run itmonospaced
- prediction, nobody will complain that their computer doesn't have retina display when/if Apple does thismonospaced
- Eventually a Retina iMac is coming, though. Not this year, maybe not next year. 2015 at the latest.nb
- LOL. Ridiculous long-term speculations in the tech wolrd are stupid because they're obvious. Watch.monospaced
- Sony will release a new Playstation and it will have better graphics and be faster. Guaranteed in the next 5 years.monospaced
- By the time Apple releases a retina display, they'll be nearly mainstream consumer level already. See below.monospaced
- Yeah man. That's what I'm saying. Shaft's prediction is obvious.nb
I will wait for new Sharp 3,840-by-2,160-pixel display (better than retina) ihttp://9to5mac.com/2013/01/08/h...
Anyone using the track pad instead of the mouse? I'm tempted to go that route for general GUI use (and Wacom for work).
- I'm using the trackpad for swipes, shortcuts, and scrolling...the mouse and wacom intuos 5 for mousing (but have touch capabilities turned off on wacom)fyoucher1
- ...touch capabilities turned off on wacom)fyoucher1
- The Magic Mouse covers swipes, scrolling, and even Exposémonospaced
- Yeah but my left hand is free. Plus my hands are always a lil moist so swipes are difficult on the magic mousefyoucher1
- well, sorry about your sweaty hand issuemonospaced
- Gave up on magic mouse after huge RSI pain. Too heavy. Batteries ≠ progress...MrT
I didn't realize the mouse had swipe gestures, but isn't it awkward on a curved surface? I've had a MBP for 6 years now and rather like the track pad on it, so I imagine it would be even better with multi-touch and swipes.
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I think I'll be ordering one this week, finally.
Just bought one on sunday to replace the 7-yr old MBP that finally took a shit.
I got the 27", 3.2hz, 8gb ram, 1tb fusion hdd... it's fucking amazing.
That's about it. If you're in the market you can't beat it. Amazing product.
Okay, didn't think I would get to this point so soon, but I need recommendations on an external DVD drive for my new iMac. I tried using my old computer to create an image (.iso and .cdr masters) but those failed to "trick" my new iMac into thinking they're inserted physical discs. The Remote Drive feature works brilliantly, but also fails to convince my computer that the disc is actually inside.
This leaves me with the option of buying Apple's USB Superdrive ($60-$79) or a 3rd party alternative. Does anyone have a recommendation? I'd prefer to have input from somebody who actually uses one, not just links to cheap drives that you Googled. Anyone have experience with this?
- Have you tried making a .dmg? Sometimes that works.nb
- yeah, tried it all, and I've concluded it's all related to the protection built into the disc and the application it holdsmonospaced
- We've got a USB superdrive in the studio for our Mac Mini Server. Barely need to use it, so can't really comment.Nathan_Adams
- But the couple times we have, it worked completely fine.Nathan_Adams
- Thanks. I figure the Superdrive is a no brainer, but not sure it's worth that much for one DVD.monospaced
Definitely considering getting one of these or a new 15" mbp retina. Still a bit concerned about the bugs I've read about with retina though...
ide really love to get rid of the mac pro, but im a video guy.
really considering it.
how many additional displays can you add on this thing?
- if you want a Mac Pro, just wait, I think they'll be announcing their plans for that this week or nextmonospaced
- I was just talking to a friend a few days ago how the problem with being a video guy is all the gear, and the size of itmoldero
- I have no problems with my gear, or the size of it. ;)monospaced
- if an imac can do what my MP can do now ide be happymoldero
- hehe, i know what your sayin.
i have lights, jibs, dollys and all that crap, if i could simplify my workstation, itd be awesomemoldero
- stressin over the stateside move soon, hauling $$$$ of gear in my trailer and all these damn narco checkpoints, im stressing their gonna "confiscate" my shitmoldero
- gonna "confiscate" my shitmoldero
- I meant... my "gear," and the size of it. Hahaha.monospaced
- yeah I know hehemoldero
- god dammitmoldero
- at least 2 via Thunderbolt, up to 6 I believe with daisy-chainingmonospaced
- weird how mac pro doesn't even have a thunderbolt connectionmoldero
- oh shit, display via TB?
sweet thanks monomoldero
- Those 2 thunderbolt i/os can be two more monitorsalbums
- < perfect thanks Bmoldero
- & Amoldero
Moldero - do you do much vfx work? If not a mac mini is plenty good for editing and grading. Unless you start venturing into the world of uncompressed 4k.
I did eventually order one... it won't arrive until the second week of March. Those Chinese kids aren't working hard enough!
don't want to start hating but.. ah, no, better not start hating.
I stumbled on this thread at the perfect time.
I've been contemplating a new system for a while and had up until this point been leaning towards a mac mini w/ external 27" led, or 13" mbp with an external monitor so I could plug in my work's mbp and work comfortably at home on the big screen. Now that I know for sure the 27" iMac can be used as an external screen this is gold! I have a 24" iMac now that's been brilliant thus far but it's maybe from 2009 and needs an upgrade. Thank you guys for your insight and feedback.