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Apple iMac 21.5 inch and 27 inch 2013 review: the Haswell generation
28 October 2013
Excerpt: Never change a winning team. That frequently seems to be an important (and succesful) part of Apple's design philosophy, and it's certainly true for the new iMac. It appeared without too much fanfare, has the same chassis design as the previous generation and only inside are there differences. So is the new Haswell generation iMac a worthy successor?
Price cut for the 21-inch iMac makes it a mainstream machine
21 January 2013
Summary: While it includes some performance and graphics concessions on the lowest priced model, the 21.5-inch iMac brings Apple's iconic design and top-notch bundled accessories and software to a wider audience.
Pros: The new entry level 21.5-inch Apple iMac is now only $100 more than the (already discounted) 13-inch Macbook Air. The display, design, and build quality remain top-notch, and it includes high-end features such as Thunderbolt, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Apple's excellent bundled accessories.
Cons: This lower-cost model has a small hard drive and laptop-like CPU and graphics performance compared to the more-expensive iMac configurations. It lacks even basic user upgradability.
Conclusion: The Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Core i3) is the system that can convert your friend/relative/significant other into a Mac-faithful. It has a great design, stellar performance, and a pretty kickass price. For all these reasons and more, the Apple iMac 21.5-inch regains the Editors' Choice for midpriced all-in-one desktops.
Pros: Discrete graphics. Core i3 processor. SDXC card slot. 1080p HD screen. Wireless keyboard and mouse. 802.11 a/n 5GHz support. Internal power brick.
Cons: No eSATA. No Blu-ray option. Mini DisplayPort is output only.
The latest iMac comes with some trade offs, but remains one of the best all-round desktop computers on the market
Good Gear Guide.au
26 September 2012
Summary: As an everyday home computer for most day-to-day tasks, the 21.5in iMac is an excellent choice. The gorgeous design comes with some trade offs, however, including the lack of a built-in optical drive, limited upgradeability of internal components and a slow hard drive included as standard.
Pros: Gorgeous design, Great looking display, Good performance
Cons: Limited post-sale upgradability, No optical drive, BTO upgrades are expensive