Summary: Loaded up to the max, the 27-inch iMac looks like a very expensive all-in-one. However, it is also a well-built and stunning-looking powerhouse that can handle everything short of high-end gaming at maximum settings. At the lower end, reviewers note that the so-called Apple tax is modest to nonexistent compared to similar Windows machines.
Pros: Stunning design, Good performance, Gorgeous, low glare screen
Cons: No optical drive, Limited user upgrades, No height adjustment
Apple iMac 27-inch (3.1GHz, Spring 2011) – Expensive but great performer
5 May 2011
Excerpt: An already excellent all-in-one computer has been improved upon. Apple has some options from this computer if you want better performance. The RAM can be upgraded up to 16 GB and there is larger platter hard drive options too. You can also put in a solid state drive and for graphic card, there is option for Radeon HD 6970 3D card. The default RAM of the graphic card is 1 GB and you can increase it to 2 GB in the configuration.
Conclusion: It's pricey, has a huge screen, and is as powerful as an Asgardian thunder god. If you need a graphics PC for your business, the new Apple iMac 27-inch (Thunderbolt) will rival the huge tower workstations currently available. For the rest of us who don't live and die by deliverable deadlines, however, other recent all-in-one PCs out-innovate the Aluminum beast.
Pros: Huge 27-inch display. 2,560-by-1,440 (larger than 1080p HD) screen resolution. High-end discrete 3D graphics. Two Thunderbolt ports. Supports two external displays. 802.11a/b/g/n 5GHz Wi-Fi. Wireless keyboard and mouse. No cost optional Magic Trackpad. No bloatware. Includes iLife suite and FaceTime HD. New ambient light sensor. Color calibrated display.
Cons: Only Thunderbolt input for display (No HDMI in, no mini DisplayPort in). No Blu-ray. Could use a matte screen. Pricier than other high-end all-in-one desktops.
Conclusion: Not quite the game-changer we were expecting, if we’re honest, but; the new iMac is still a classy desktop which definitely has room to grow and the power to adapt. There is much to love, with an outstanding video display and good games performance that may well tempt a new audience to give it a go. Expensive? Of course. But this is Apple we’re talking about and while you might pay a premium for the brand, you certainly get some swagger to go with it.
Summary: The Late 2009 iMacs are really about the new displays, and this model can do double duty as part of a home entertainment center for watching videos. Performance-wise, however, this system doesn't really out-pace the less expensive 21.5-inch iMac with the same ATI graphics.
Pros: Impressive image quality from display and any angle, New SD card slot, Improved speaker system, Mini DisplayPort has video-in support
Cons: Apple Remote not included, No significant performance increase over previous top-of-the-line model, Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users, FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter
Conclusion: The new, thinner, 27in iMacs are striking in terms of their design, but the loss of two convenient features—internal optical drives and built-in FireWire ports—dampens my enthusiasm for the makeover. The new iMac’s drastically reduced glare and generous 8GB of RAM are features that benefits every user.