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Re: What's so good about the newer iMacs?

Avatar Trevor Hewson
Four months on, and I'm having another go at dragging the iMac replacement up the priority list, so I'd like to try and pick the brains of users of more modern iMacs.

i) Trackpad vs. Mouse. My only trackpad experience is with our old (white) MacBook, which doesn't support the full range of gestures currently available. Any views on the pros and cons would be appreciated. Also, if we opted for the trackpad, would we still be able to use the magic mouse from the existing (late 2009) iMac with the new one?

ii) Memory. The new iMacs come with 8GB, which is what we have in the existing one. Is there any point in going for any more (I don't do any serious movie editing and certainly have no plans for playing with 4k video).

iii) Processor. There are three processor speeds available. Am I really likely to be able to tell the difference?

Re: What's so good about the newer iMacs?

Avatar Douglas Cheney
I have changed from a mouse to a trackpad as I find it easier to use with my arthritic hands and you can do a lot more with it, it works well with my 2011 iMac

Re: What's so good about the newer iMacs?

Avatar Eric Jervis
Trevor, you're trying to talk yourself into it — be strong!

Re: What's so good about the newer iMacs?

Avatar Richard I
My experience of fitting an SSD into a windows machine was that the difference was huge. Start up* and general responsiveness was much improved. A shiny new device with an SSD or fusion drive should make quite a difference.
*from 4 mins to 40sec approx

Also, although I was content with the display of my old laptop, as soon as I got a Retina display on the Macbook there was no going back.

Re: What's so good about the newer iMacs?

Avatar Trevor Hewson
Thanks Richard.

Eric, I am indeed trying to talk myself into it but I don't need strength to resist - apathy and inertia seem to be doing quite well enough!

Re: What's so good about the newer iMacs?

Avatar Tony Still
I use both trackpad and mouse (one with each hand, primarily to stave off RSI, not as some power-user machismo) and they each have their separate merits. If pushed, I'd probably choose the trackpad but why not go for both too?

You really want an Apple trackpad but any BT/USB mouse with two (or more) buttons will work fine; they're very cheap if you don't already have one.

On CPU speed, as ever, it depends. Unless you are using heavyweight multi-threaded apps (video processing, RAW photo processing etc) then the single core speed is probably the most important thing and all the options are then about the same (speed, that is, not price). OTOH, I have seen Lightroom push all 8 cores on my MacBook to the limit when doing bulk processing so do think hard about applications.

I rarely found 8GB of RAM an issue and new machines with SSD, not rotating HDs, can swap very quickly. 16GB is again a heavier-weight requirement in my mind; also, if you are going for a 27" machine then it's user-accessible so you can always upgrade post-purchase.

Re: What's so good about the newer iMacs?

Avatar Trevor Hewson
Thanks Tony, that’s very helpful
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