July 18, 2006 at 4:40 am #815
I just ordered a 20″ imac. I got it with the bigger vram, and the 500 gig hd.
I’m looking to also get a personal video recorder.
The reviews on the apple website are pretty good on the 3 that are listed. But the reviews on amazon are either love it or hate it, no matter which one it is.
I was just hoping that somebody (Bryan) would have experience with one..July 18, 2006 at 11:40 am #10751
Sorry, I haven’t used any of them on Mac, but I may know something about any one of them. I did not quickly find the three on the site, what are they?July 18, 2006 at 12:04 pm #10753
On the left side of the Apple store under Mac Accessories, bottom of the list, click on, more accessories, bottom of the page that comes up, click on, Video Devices.July 18, 2006 at 1:22 pm #10750
well, I was hoping to see a Canopus product or something in the list, but no luck. Out of those. I’d be most likely to buy the Plextor product. It’s got the kind of reviews you mentioned, and on sites besides Apple too. But the complaints seem to be Intel compatibility, when there are a lot of people reporting it working with Intel. That makes it either a bum unit, or a dumbass user.
It doesn’t do HD, that’s a bummer. But then, none of them really are. They accept OTA HD, but if you hook your cable box or something up to it, you’ll lose the ability to view HD. None of them do component in either. So I’d say this. If you are gonna just watch OTA, I’d get the Plextor, because it’s better hardware, and it does hardware encoding, taking the load off of your Mac. If you want to record HD to your machine, I’d say get an Analog to Digital device that supports Component in, and ditch the tuner all-together, use your sat-box or cable-box for the tuner.
Does that help any?July 18, 2006 at 9:56 pm #10756BSherrodParticipant
Thats funny because I was going to ask you the same question about the same computer. the difference is that I’m only gonna have my iMac to watch tv on in the dorm and hopefully by then they’ll have the core 2 duos in them.July 18, 2006 at 11:36 pm #10754
Good insight, thanks.July 19, 2006 at 1:52 am #10749
You might end up waiting for a long time. You’ll find out in less than a month what processor the G5 PowerMac replacement will be (like the Mac Pro) in terms of processor. If Woodcrest makes it into the Mac Pro, you might see a revision of the iMac in time for Xmas to have Conroe (the Core 2 Duo) in the iMac. This may be the case because Core 2 Duo currently will not allow multiple processors (aside of the cores that is), and since it’s likely that Mac Pro will have a top end “Quad” machine again, you’ve got a chance. -BUT, the issue is that the first line of Mac Pros might be Conroes and a ‘Big’ machine will come out later in the year, in which case a Core 2 Duo revision would not come for iMac simply because it would not allow the Mac Pro to be a bigger horsepower jump.
Anyway, Core 2 Duos will certainly come out in the iMac, but I think it will be late in the year, maybe even first quarter again. But then, I just read a lot, I don’t know anyone on the inside.July 19, 2006 at 7:09 pm #10752
And in the spirit of “what do I know”, MacRumors posted an article detailing how users have been noting that there is a mid-summer revision for iMac manual on the Apple site. So, perhaps they will have Conroe in there in the next month or two after all.July 20, 2006 at 1:06 am #10755BSherrodParticipant
Well it’s going to be maybe a year before I get mine so thats what I’m hoping on and they need to come out with the real video iPod damn it, I’ve been waiting since feburary for it….
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