This long-time PC user is thinking about getting an iMac and needs advice from current iMac owners.
I've been a PC guy since the days of DOS and they have served me well over the years. I started building my own systems about 10 years ago because I like choosing my own parts. But recently, I've been giving more thought to switching to an iMac. Here's why:
- It seems to have better accessibility features. I have a significant physical disability (I'm essentially a quadriplegic) and I can navigate Windows just fine, but my on-screen keyboard (WiViiK
) hasn't been updated since 2003. KeyStrokes
for OS X seems to have many more customization features, including the ability to create customized templates for games (yes, I'm something of a gamer). I could also use One Finger Snap
, an OS X utility that would let me use my single adaptive switch as both a left and right mouse button.
- I could still run any Windows apps I need using Parallels or another virtualization solution.
- iMacs have a smaller footprint than my behemoth of a tower.
- They just look cool.
Here are my questions:
- What are your experiences with the current versions of the iMac? If you made the switch from Windows, what frustrations did you encounter? What do you wish you had known before you made the switch?
- How well do virtualization solutions like Parallels really work? What are their limitations?
- How do iMacs fare as gaming rigs? I play mostly strategy and RPG games.
I'm currently using a pretty nice Windows rig that I built in late 2007, but I could probably sell it on Craigslist if I decide to get an iMac.
I appreciate any insights you can provide.