Excerpt: I bought a 2013 iMac because I needed to NOT have Yosemite. I will be using specific video editing software (Autodesk Smoke, Avid) and, at the time I bought it, neither program was supported by Yosemite. Just very recently, I see that the most recent Autodesk build will work with Yosemite, but Avid is still not ready. I'm not sure about any of the Adobe programs. Do your homework and research the software you use.
Great computer, but the black screen of death is a huge bummer...
7 August 2014
Summary: Maybe I just got unlucky, but I'm having issues with the 'black screen of death'. The screen turns off but the computer still runs. I have to keep it on a low light setting so it doesn't shut off. I've downloaded a fan control program but it doesnt seem to do the trick. Overall it's a great computer, but I'm let down that this is apparently a common problem with the iMac....
Excerpt: I purchased this computer primarily because i wanted to upgrade to Pro Tools 11 and my old imac(2006) wouldn't be able to handle it. I've opened up a small Pro Tools 11 session without issue. I've installed Photoshop Elements 11 and it opens up without issue. My Epson Workforce 840 drivers work well also. I've also connected 2 external drives formatted to exfat and they work well between this iMac and my PC.
Excerpt: The iMac and Mavericks are everything one has come to expect, fast, classy design. At present Thuderbolt not very useful, expect to use USB 3 for most peripherals. Adding Windows 8 via Bootcamp difficult if not impossible until a few more things are fixed. Problems may be in the install process or in the Windows drivers. As of 12/4/2013 its still a problem.
Excerpt: I am ver impressed with the new iMac. Gotta say it is one speedy machine. I considered holding out for the Mac Pro for my graphic design work in illustrator and photography editing in Lightroom, but this thing flies.
Excerpt: I just upgraded from a 2010 iMac to this beast and it's been a dream thus far. Everything is faster, smoother and quieter. The new screen looks amazing and has less glare and the fusion drive works like a dream. Love this package with that drive and the high end graphics card. Great deal on B&H versus Apples site! My only gripe about this machine is i have no use for the thunderbolt ports and I miss the firewire 800 ones as i had many drives daisy chained.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Fast, Powerful, Stylish
Summary: I am just getting into this machine, which will probably be my main memory storage & writing machine. However, the screen amy be actually too big for normal word processing work. the upper controls are off to the left instead of right above your work where you'd expect them. A page doesn't fill the screen, nor does it need to. I can see that 27" screen being used more for games or for movie watching than for actual work. An artist or designer may ave a different opinion.