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Apple iMac 21.5 inch and 27 inch 2013 review: the Haswell generation

Hardware.Info
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?
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Overall 7
7.0

Price competition hurts Apple's smaller iMac

CNET
23 February 2013
  • Summary: The 21.5-inch iMac will be a compelling lower-cost all-in-one for Mac loyalists, but you can get more capabilities from similarly priced Windows all-in-ones.
  • Pros: Apple's attention to detail extends to the 21.5-inch version of its thin-looking Apple iMac .
  • Cons: Windows-based all-in-one PCs offer tough hardware competition in the sub-$1,400 price range.
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Overall 8
8.0

Price cut for the 21-inch iMac makes it a mainstream machine

CNET
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.
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Apple iMac 21.5 inch review: extremely thin

Hardware.Info
14 December 2012
  • Excerpt: The new iMac really is extremely thin considering the fact that it's an all-in-one. Other than that, a lot of the new model looks familiar.
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Unboxing the Apple iMac 21.5 inch 2012 (MD093N/A)

Hardware.Info
10 December 2012
  • Excerpt: Today we received the new, sleek 21.5-inch Apple iMac. Of course we immediately had to unbox it, and we took some photos to share our joy.
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Core i3)

PC Magazine
11 May 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple iMac 21.5in (Late 2012) review

PC Advisor
3 December 2013
  • Summary: The new 21.5in Apple iMac is hard to beat as an all-round productivity, entertainment and multimedia PC. Here's our Apple iMac 21.5in (Late 2012) review – REVISED 12 MARCH 2013
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple iMac 21.5in (2012) review

IT PRO
18 January 2013
  • Excerpt: Apple's latest AiO features its Fusion drive, an 5mm-thin design and Intel Ivy Bridge power. Is it still the dream machine for power users or has it fallen behind the likes of the HP Z1?
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Overall 7
7.0

Apple iMac 21.5in (2012)

Trusted Reviews
15 January 2013
  • Summary: The new 21.5in Apple iMac is stunning to behold but is expensive for the performance you get.
  • Pros: Stunning design, Good quality display, Incredible speakers for the size, Good overall performance
  • Cons: Limited adjustability and upgradeability, Not for gamers, No touchscreen, Expensive
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Overall 8
8.0

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
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