As I said elsewhere - I bought a 21.5" iMac at our campus computer store yesterday. It came with Snow Leopard installed (I got Apple's promo and the store threw in their own $100 gift certificate, woo hoo!). I was thinking of a Mac mini but I decided to get an iMac instead. I considered the 27" but after looking hard at the 21.5" I decided it's large enough to get the job done.
Though my iMac qualifies for a free upgrade to Lion within thirty days, I will wait until 10.7.1 or .2 comes out. I have used Lion and I don't mind it but I've never upgraded to a new OS version until it's had at least one update.
The iMac is much, much faster than my old G5 dualie, as I knew it would be. Image processing & general operation doesn't feel like the computer is dragging a truck behind it. The screen is flawless and lovely but ouch, blindingly bright out of the box. I have it set at 50% brightness with the auto feature turned on.
I'm looking forward to using Logic Express 8 on it. I was using this software on my G5 and after Migration Assistant moved it over to the iMac yesterday I thought it wouldn't work as the G5 (obviously) had the PPC version installed. However Logic Express opened just fine on the iMac and Activity Monitor shows it as an Intel application. I'm not complaining, but WTF? How did it change from PPC to Intel?
I used the wired version of Apple's aluminum keyboard with my G5 from the day it was released. The wireless version that came with the iMac is nice but I miss the numeric keypad a bit, as well as the layout of the wired version. But I'll adjust.
Magic Mouse works well, very slick and nicely made. However I hope the next version is a bit bigger with a slightly softer click and rounder edges on top - it would be more comfortable that way. I'm toying with the idea of getting a Magic Trackpad in the meantime.
Next up: maxing out the RAM, and maybe a Time Capsule...
In a sense, it represents everything good and risky from Apple. Locked down parts, but man if it isn't one of the best-designed notebooks. Very fast (it benches faster than the 2010 15-inch MacBook Pro it's replacing), solid battery life, and of course, it's mind-numbingly portable. You actually want to carry it with you because it's so unintrusive.
If I were to improve it, it'd be to make 8GB of RAM an option and to use an IPS-based LCD (it's a good TN panel, but it's still TN). An hour or more of extra battery life as "insurance" would help, too. But you'd be surprised at how little you miss FireWire (which you can bring back with an adapter) and how much you can get done.
2011 2.3 Ghz 13" Macbook Pro upgraded to 8 GB of ram. I tried a Corsair Force 3 SSD with it but could never get it to work so it went back to the store. Using the stock drive for now. Lion is downloaded but I haven't installed it just yet.
Finally took the plunge on the Magic Trackpad. Was buying one for a friend as a gift and decided to treat myself in the process. My first Apple hardware purchase of the year. Love the 3 finger tap to drag option as it makes precision click and drag, selecting text, and drag an drop a cinch. I will still use my Magic Mouse with Better Touch Tool for certain tasks, and the trackpad for others. Came so close to getting an 11" Air today after playing with one for the first time. Took every ounce of willpower to walk away from the incredible little guy. Maybe the next refresh if the Reality Distortion Field doesn't get the better of me before then.
Congrats Rounder! Let us know about battery life and overall performance when the machine is pushed hard. Really have my eye on the exact same machine. Right now it is more of a want then a need but I can see myself getting one by the next refresh. Enjoy!