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: 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.
Excerpt: The new iMac is full of visual allure derived from its metal-and-glass unibody chassis. Like all modern products, it promotes an understated design that continues to look good despite its age, evoking quality craftsmanship through premium materials and intelligible construction. Unlike its Windows rivals, sublime looks aren't limited to the screen alone, with the keyboard and mouse perpetuating its charisma.
Pros: Unparalleled design; High resolution screen; great peripherals;
Excerpt: This is the most powerful iMac in Apple’s mid-2011 refresh, augmented by the 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor that’s available as a custom option when you order from the Apple online store. Like all the new range, the switch to cutting-edge Sandy Bridge Core i processors and powerful AMD graphics has greatly enhanced its performance, but with even the entry-level iMac matching and in some areas exceeding the most powerful model of the previous generation, does the home...
Excerpt: Many creatives have snubbed it in the past, favouring instead the two-chip power, larger RAM capacity and multiple drives of the Mac Pro workstation. But with the latest Xeon chips having pushed the Mac Pro’s price into the stratosphere, the iMac is now worth consideration.
Pros: Powerful; very affordable; high-resolution screen.