Summary: Apple has loaded the iMac with some impressive power features. The iMac, when deployed in a thoughtful manner, could be the perfect machine for the average business user. New Mac users may experience a short learning curve when migrating from a PC. Clearly, the cost of the base machine is much higher than it is for a comparable PC, however, many are finding that the time and cost spent is well worth the effort.
Pros: Display is ideal for viewing HD Content. Colors are vibrant and displayed accurately.
Cons: Display screen lacks an anti-reflective coating. In some reported instances, especially under fluorescent lights, the screen acts as a mirror and reflects its surroundings, making the completion of tasks difficult at best.
Conclusion: With the latest version of its all-in-one desktop, Apple left everything that was great about the 27-inch iMac alone (namely its best-in-class screen and beautiful design), while making some serious improvements to it internal components. In almost every way, this top-of-the line model beats every other AIO on the market.
Conclusion: So could a pro-level user, someone who spends their days in Photoshop or Premiere or even REDCINE be happy here? Yes, surprisingly, they could -- especially with the addition of an internal SSD (a $500 option for 256GB) and a high-speed external storage array connected via Thunderbolt.
Pros: Excellent design, Plenty of performance, Thunderbolt capability
Cons: Expensive, SD slot still close to optical drive, Still no Blu-ray option
Conclusion: With a little new on the outside and a lot new on the inside, the 21.5-inch iMac continues to be our overall top pick for an all-in-one desktop computer. Dramatic improvements in CPU and graphics power send it hurtling to the front of the AIO pack, and its stylish design would fit perfectly in a living room as well as an office.
Pros: Excellent performance, Gorgeous, minimalist design, Superior LCD
Cons: No Blu-ray drive or HDMI port, Peripherals will require learning curve for Mac newbies
Conclusion: The iMac line has long been a pinnacle of refined and elegant desktop computing, and nothing about that has changed with the new models. What has changed is that the low-end model now offers great performance at an extremely competitive price: the not-yet-shipping HP 200xt runs around $1,100 similarly configured, the Lenovo A700 offers a slightly bigger 23-inch screen with touch support but a slower 2.26GHz i3 and far worse integrated graphics for around $1,100 once you...