Summary: However, it is also a well-built and stunning-looking powerhouse that can handle everything short of high-end gaming at maximum settings. If an Apple system is not a must, for a little less the very well-regarded Dell XPS 27 Touch (Est. $1,600 and up) offers as much, or more. Offsetting that is Apple's stellar customer satisfaction record; Dell is a middle-of-the-road or worse performer in that regard.
Pros: Stunning design, Good performance, Gorgeous, low-glare screen
Cons: No optical drive, Limited user upgrades, No height adjustment
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.
Excerpt: Few brands can hope to even come close to the iconic iMac in brand recognition. The ubiquitous glass-and-aluminum slab has become a fixture in dorm rooms, offices and living rooms, and with its 2010 refresh, Apple manages to keep the same familiar face, but inject even more power into the tiny chassis by adopting Intel’s Core series processors and full-power desktop graphics cards from AMD.
Pros: Drool-worthy 27-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display, Top-notch industrial design and build quality, Ultra-fast bootup with SSD option, Killer gaming performance with Radeon HD 5750, Surprisingly ample sound, Cool and quiet, even during gaming
Cons: Abysmal keyboard and mouse, No analog 5.1-channel outputs, Blu-ray option, Pricy relative to similarly equipped PCs
Excerpt: You generally know what to expect from an Apple iMac: a powerful all-in-one computer with a fantastic display and looks to shame a supermodel, but one accompanied by a slightly wince-inducing price. This late 2013 version of the 27in iMac is all of those things. The version we've reviewed has a 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-4670K processor, which achieved an overall score of 106 in our benchmark tests, making it one of the most powerful all-in-one PCs around.
Conclusion: While we had reservations about the 21.5-inch in the workplace, the 27-inch model offers enough beef to dispel those fears. It's a big, powerful, and thoroughly enjoyable machine to use and one with which you won't be disappointed. Obviously there is always the argument over whether or not you should opt for a laptop over a desktop, but the 27-inch iMac is such a different experience compared to the MacBook Pro that we never once felt there was a reason to go portable...
Pros: Big screen, thin design, fast, looks good, Fusion drive