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: 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
Excerpt: The stylish Apple iMac, with its shiny white enamel-like exterior and gorgeous wide-screen, 17-inch LCD, isn't just about good looks. Under all that fancy design beats the heart of a true computer. In general, Apple systems are highly regarded by many in the creative arts; the Apple iMac, however, can satisfy traditional and creative academics alike.
Excerpt: Certainly the most decorative of the home systems reviewed, the translucent-indigo Apple iMac has a stunning design and a simpler-than-simple setup. The iMac empowers first-time users to get on the Internet in almost as little time as it takes to open the box. Inside the iMac carton, there are few pieces to fuss with: the main unit, the keyboard, the mouse, and three cables (power, keyboard, and mouse).
Summary: This model's 2.93GHz processor puts in the middle of the three 24-inch configurations. It also features discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 120 graphics with 256MB of GDDR3 memory to better graphic-intensive apps. One of three 24-inch iMacs, this model ships with the same 2.66GHz processor in the 20-inch configuration. However, this iMac has twice the memory and double the hard drive of that 20-inch model for just $300 more.
Pros: Compact, all-in-one design, Big, beautiful screen, Good video frame-rate performance, Built-in wireless capabilities, Compact, all-in-one design, Better value for the money than the low-end model, Good video frame-rate performance, Compact, all-in-one design, Big, beautiful screen, Good video frame-rate performance
Cons: Glossy screen may frustrate some users, FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter, Glossy screen may frustrate some users, Viewing angle not as good as on the 24-inch model, Glossy screen may frustrate some users, FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter