I decided to buy a Mac after my last Windows PC crashed and burned after just shy of 4 years. The Dell I had prior to that was about the same, and the one before that, and the one before that, etc. I was so fed up and tired of all of the problems and issues that come with anything Windows-based; I mean, if you click 'print' to print something, it should PRINT. You shouldn't have to constantly install drivers and remove/reinstall printers every time you want to print something, yet this was standard on my PC. You shouldn't have to disconnect/reconnect to wifi every time after your laptop goes to sleep, yet this was routine for my Toshiba.
After having an iPhone for two years prior and never having one problem with it, I decided to purchase an iPad Pro a year ago just so I could use the internet without having to start up my computer or laptop and wait...wait...wait while it decided if it was having a good day or not. I discovered very quickly that the iPad did way more than I thought it could and it soon replaced both the computer and laptop.
Just recently, I started an at-home job that required me to purchase a desktop, and it was really a no-brainer on what kind I would buy. Best Buy had the best price around on iMacs and this one was in stock at my store. I got it home, plugged it in, went through the standard 5 minute setup on any Apple product, and it's been going great ever since. (I did have an issue with my U-verse wifi going out repeatedly after I got the iMac--turned out to be an IPv4 vs IPv6 issue that just required me to change a setting on the iMac. AT&T wanted to send a technician out for $99 but google helped me for free!)
It has a beautiful design (just one piece with ONLY ONE CORD--imagine that!!!), clean lines, paired seamlessly with my iPhone and iPad, and it actually PRINTS when you hit 'print.' Just like that. It still surprises me every time I print something, like I'm constantly waiting for an error message or something. And there are probably a million other things this machine can do that I will never use, but for everything I've thrown at it so far, it hasn't missed a beat. Just like on my iPad and iPhone, I can have 10 different internet tabs open, 5 apps running, texting and talking, and it never slows down and definitely never crashes. These are the kinds of things that are important to me and make it worth paying double or even triple the price of a PC.
There is definitely a learning curve included with this machine if you've only ever used Windows-based computers. Even after having the iPhone and iPad (the iMac has a completely different iOS), it has taken some getting used to to operate and I still find myself trying to use Windows commands often, but I am slowly getting out of that habit. And I had one really frustrating issue while working where I was trying to import some CSV files into QuickBooks from Excel and nothing I tried would work; after about 4 hours I was about to give up, but as a last resort I tried using Numbers instead, and the files imported on the first try with no issues. So much for that free year of Office I got when I bought this lol! The Apple office apps will now be my go-to programs from here on out. And now I'm tempted to just delete all the Microsoft Office stuff for fear it will eventually poison my lovely Apple products!
All in all, this is a great machine and I'm hoping to have it for many years. Literally, the only con I can come up with is that I had to purchase a numeric keypad separately (which Apple does not make, btw) because the magic keyboard doesn't have one and it is almost impossible to do my job without one (I do Accounting). This is not reason enough for me to deduct a star though because every thing else is just as perfect as it could be.
There is simply no comparison out there to this machine or Apple products in general (it makes me chuckle to myself when I hear people talk about how much better their Galaxy is than an iPhone or how their Surface or whatever is the best. Um, no. It's not. And we both know it.) I am an Apple customer for life as long as they continue making products of this caliber and hopefully one day the prices will be affordable for everyone so that we can all experience the difference quality can make.