Most of the money you spend on any Apple product is on OS X & industrial design. You're probably getting more performance from your Toshiba than the iMac.
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One big advantage of the iMac is the Superior IPS panel with large screen and higher resolution (versus the Toshiba's inferior TN panel). The iMacs high quality display is more suited for graphics work then any laptop screen. About the CPU and overall performance, I think the iMac with its new Sandy Bridge CPU should out perform your Toshiba (by a bit) despite of the fact it is "only" a i5 vs your Toshiba's older generation i7 cpu.
I see. And yeah, the Toshiba's screen isn't anything great. I joined PhilMug back in 08 to find out the perfect Mac for me and none at that time caught my fancy... until now. Oh well. There's always next time. My i7 hasn't failed me yet and is probably more than enough for what I currently need.
From what I can gather the IPS panel used has a delay of 12ms vs the TN that is faster than 12mn (5ms on most models). The delay is tolerable for productivity and less so for games. But not all gamers are bothered by this.
IPS shines in color & viewing angle.
Perhaps if you have some sort of super extra perception vision you'll notice the difference of milliseconds between a TN and ISP panel but like many things in the spec sheets, it is hardly a factor in real world use. If you don't believe me watch the 720p videos on Youtube of iMacs being used in gaming. The games move smooth as silk.
For productivity stuff like office work, image and video editing it is a none issue.
Can anyone confirm if the new 2011 imacs already support jumbo frames? I heard it now uses a new broadcom ethernet chip that now supports jumbo frames on the 21 inch model. They removed jumbo frames support in the previous i5 and i7 models...
so I did a little googling and found out that:
So it should support Jumbo Frames.Integrated 10/100/1000BASE-T transceiver with:
- 10/100/1000BASE-T triple-speed MAC
- Compliant with IEEE standards
- Compliant with IEEE 802.3az draft standard for Energy Efficient Ethernet™ (EEE)
- State-of-the-art physical layer interface that exceeds IEEE requirements
- Jumbo frame support with up to 9.6 KB frame size
- EthernetAV protocols with IEEE 802.1AS, 1588-2008, IEEE P802.1Qat and IEEE P802.1Qav support
Looks like you can't upgrade the internal harddrive on your own: http://gizmodo.com/5801275/you-cant-...-the-new-imacs
iMac 27" 2011 / Retina Macbook Pro 13" 2013 / Macbook White + Black Hybrid 2008 / iPad Air / iPod Touch 5th Gen / iPod Classic / iPod Nano 8gb "iWatch" / Time Capsule 2gb
From that read, I can think of a work around...
Use the second drive bay for your "upgrade". - if SSD, set that as the boot drive via system preferences, then the stock HDD could be used for data storage...
if another magnetic drive, you can run it on RAID or just use that new drive you've added as storage (for extra space).
If the user only wants one drive, then go ahead an remove the stock HDD. However, you must disable the thermal sensor first.
*** If one is on SSD, themal sensor should be disabled to begin with... (I have this setting on my MBP w/ SSD)
Disclaimer: This is just an idea from the logic of things... NOT Proven, NOT tested, NOT tried yet