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Apple iMAC 27”

Tuesday 15 May 2012


Rating of 3

The basics

We huge fans of Apple design and there is no getting away from the fact that the Apple iMAC 27” is one of the best looking All-In-One desktop PCs on the market today. The aluminium body and smooth lines make it a dream to use as well as simply look at. This is all crowned off with a stunning 27-inch display.

The good

It's not only the size of the screen of the Apple iMAC 27” that is beautiful, it is also the clarity. The resolution is higher than on a standard Full HD screen, so you're looking at something that is pretty special. This means that whether you're watching a movie or editing a photo you've taken, you'll find the truest colour and tone possible, making the iMAC a pleasure to use. When it comes to the core tech spec of the Apple iMAC 27” you'll find that the 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor is enough for most occasions and we were impressed to find 1TB of storage space, so you'll be able to fit store all your media with ease. If you're looking for a level of future proofing from your All-In-One then the iMAC has it in spades. Just check out the two Thunderbolt ports, a technology that is twice as fast as USB 3.0, which means that when it comes to sharing large files you won't be left hanging around.

The bad

The Apple iMAC 27”comes with just 4GB of RAM and is powered by the older Intel Core i5 processor. What this means is that this isn't the desktop you want if labour intensive apps are the way you'll be using your desktop PC. When we put the Apple iMAC 27” through its paces we found that the Intel Core i5 couldn't really handle the same amount of multi-tasking as we've seen on faster Core i7 processors, so not ideal for those who want to video render while running other applications. However, for everyday general use it's more than capable.

The bottom line

The screen of the Apple iMAC 27” is amazing and more than lives up to expectations, but when it comes to performance this is much more a pedestrian affair than we were expecting.
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Re your negative comments on the iMac, are you aware that it is also available with a core i7 processor and up to 16 gb Of ram ? I have last years version (without thunderbolt) and that has an i7 and currently 12gb ddr3 and a 2tb hdd.

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Every Mac you buy from apple is customisable in the terms of specs, simply listing the old default and not saying the possible upgrades is a little biased.

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