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  • i_monk

    http://i.imgur.com/GQUsO.png

    So, anyone here have one? Any issues? Have you had to replace the batteries on the keyboard yet? Find yourself missing the DVD drive?

    Jan 16, 13, 9:06 a.m. – Permalink
  • MSL

    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.

    • PS: Keyboard is at 96% and thats from a lot of use on original batteries.MSL1/2
      27", 3.4 i7, 680MX, 1TB FusionMSL2/2
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    Dog-earJan 16, 13, 9:18 a.m. – Permalink
  • monospaced

    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, 675GTXmonospaced1/9
      err... 675MXmonospaced2/9
      If the keyboard can withstand mono's angry, sarcastic typing for hours at a time, you know it's solid! :)ETM3/9
      I only access QBN from work on a 15" MBPmonospaced4/9
      Plus, it's the standard wireless keyboard they've sold for over 4 years.monospaced5/9
      You really have no sense of humour...ETM6/9
      Of course I do. I saw your little smiley face, but it isn't funny when your comment was only to insult me.monospaced7/9
      You added nothing, and you aren't that funny.monospaced8/9
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    Dog-earJan 16, 13, 9:19 a.m. – Permalink
  • ArmandoEstrada

    No issues, if you get one do yourself a favor and get a SSD or fusion drive.

    • I avoided the Fusion so that I don't have any Bootcamp issues if I go that route one day.monospaced
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    Dog-earJan 16, 13, 9:22 a.m. – Permalink
  • monospaced

    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?

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    Dog-earJan 16, 13, 9:28 a.m. – Permalink
  • big-papes

    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.

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    Dog-earJan 16, 13, 9:35 a.m. – Permalink
  • fyoucher1

    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.)

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    Dog-earJan 16, 13, 10:31 a.m. – Permalink
  • shaft

    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 itmonospaced1/8
      <ThisArmandoEstrada2/8
      prediction, nobody will complain that their computer doesn't have retina display when/if Apple does thismonospaced3/8
      Eventually a Retina iMac is coming, though. Not this year, maybe not next year. 2015 at the latest.nb4/8
      LOL. Ridiculous long-term speculations in the tech wolrd are stupid because they're obvious. Watch.monospaced5/8
      Sony will release a new Playstation and it will have better graphics and be faster. Guaranteed in the next 5 years.monospaced6/8
      By the time Apple releases a retina display, they'll be nearly mainstream consumer level already. See below.monospaced7/8
      Yeah man. That's what I'm saying. Shaft's prediction is obvious.nb8/8
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    Dog-earJan 16, 13, 11:05 a.m. – Permalink
  • zaq

    I will wait for new Sharp 3,840-by-2,160-pixel display (better than retina) ihttp://9to5mac.com/2013/01/08/h...

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    Dog-earJan 16, 13, 11:14 a.m. – Permalink
  • i_monk

    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)fyoucher11/6
      ...touch capabilities turned off on wacom)fyoucher12/6
      The Magic Mouse covers swipes, scrolling, and even Exposémonospaced3/6
      Yeah but my left hand is free. Plus my hands are always a lil moist so swipes are difficult on the magic mousefyoucher14/6
      well, sorry about your sweaty hand issuemonospaced5/6
      Gave up on magic mouse after huge RSI pain. Too heavy. Batteries ≠ progress...MrT6/6
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    Dog-earJan 16, 13, 11:21 a.m. – Permalink
  • i_monk

    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.

    • actually, it works really wellmonospaced1/3
      I found the trackpad too heavy to click, so only using it for swipes, alongside magic mouseribit2/3
      you just tap/touch it to click, you don't have to press teh button, LOLmonospaced3/3
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    Dog-earJan 17, 13, noon – Permalink
  • i_monk

    bump for new replies.

    I think I'll be ordering one this week, finally.

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    Dog-earJan 23, 13, 10:45 a.m. – Permalink
  • d_rek

    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.

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    Dog-earJan 23, 13, 11:11 a.m. – Permalink
  • monospaced

    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.nb1/5
      yeah, tried it all, and I've concluded it's all related to the protection built into the disc and the application it holdsmonospaced2/5
      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_Adams3/5
      But the couple times we have, it worked completely fine.Nathan_Adams4/5
      Thanks. I figure the Superdrive is a no brainer, but not sure it's worth that much for one DVD.monospaced5/5
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    Dog-earJan 23, 13, 11:28 a.m. – Permalink
  • sublocked

    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...

    • Unless you NEED a laptop form factor, the fast iMac almost smokes the MBP Retinamonospaced
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    Dog-earJan 23, 13, 12:35 p.m. – Permalink
  • moldero

    nice.
    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 nextmonospaced1/9
      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 itmoldero2/9
      I have no problems with my gear, or the size of it. ;)monospaced3/9
      if an imac can do what my MP can do now ide be happymoldero4/9
      hehe, i know what your sayin.
      i have lights, jibs, dollys and all that crap, if i could simplify my workstation, itd be awesome
      moldero5/9
      stressin over the stateside move soon, hauling $$$$ of gear in my trailer and all these damn narco checkpoints, im stressing their gonna "confiscate" my shitmoldero6/9
      gonna "confiscate" my shitmoldero7/9
      I meant... my "gear," and the size of it. Hahaha.monospaced8/9
      yeah I know hehemoldero9/9
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    Dog-earJan 23, 13, 1:13 p.m. – Permalink
  • moldero

    awe man, not looking good for me :(

    http://oi49.tinypic.com/2s1kpqd.jpg

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    Dog-earJan 23, 13, 1:16 p.m. – Permalink
  • inteliboy

    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 do a lot of HD compositing in AE, lots of layers, even my MP and $600 vid card chug at timesmoldero1/3
      i wish i only wrote, then i could live with a damn laptop, i have too much shitmoldero2/3
      "everything i own is owning me"
      - tyler durden
      moldero3/3
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    Dog-earJan 23, 13, 2:49 p.m. – Permalink
  • i_monk

    I did eventually order one... it won't arrive until the second week of March. Those Chinese kids aren't working hard enough!

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    Dog-earFeb 21, 13, 6:22 a.m. – Permalink
  • mekk

    don't want to start hating but.. ah, no, better not start hating.

    meh

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    Dog-earFeb 21, 13, 7:25 a.m. – Permalink
  • kona

    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.

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    Dog-earFeb 21, 13, 7:47 a.m. – Permalink

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