Reviews and Problems with Apple The new iMac 21.5" (2012-) / ME086 / ME087
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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?
Review: Thin is in with new 21.5-inch iMacs but user upgrades, SuperDrive are out
7 December 2012
Conclusion: The new iMac steps into the future, with cutting-edge design (literally), updated processor and RAM, better sounding speakers, and reduced-glare (but still glossy!) screens. Unfortunately, the new iMac also follows Apple’s trend towards less repairable and upgradeable Macs and the elimination of useful features such as optical drives and FireWire 800 ports.
Cons: RAM not user accessible, No optical drive, No FireWire 800, 5400-rpm hard drives affect performance, 5400-rpm hard drives affect performance, RAM not user accessible, No optical drive, No FireWire 800, No Fusion Drive or Core i7 processor upgrades offered
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.
From the Lab Faster than ever: Macworld Lab speed tests the mid-2011 iMacs
6 May 2011
Excerpt: (4 items) We’ve already shared the results of our benchmark tests for the $1999 27-inch 3.1GHz Core i5 iMac , one of four new iMac configurations released by Apple this week. We’ve had the chance to finish testing the remaining three standard-configuration models, with our results showing a significant boost for the new iMacs over the models they replace. However, not much differentiates the performance of the four new iMacs among each other.
Pros: Fast performance from Sandy Bridge quad-core processor, Facetime HD camera, Thunderbolt port, Core i7 CPU and SSD storage options, Fast performance from Sandy Bridge quad-core processor, Facetime HD camera, Two Thunderbolt ports, Fast performance from Sandy Bridge quad-core processor, Fast hard drive, Facetime HD camera, Thunderbolt port, Zippy performance from Sandy Bridge quad-core processors, Facetime HD camera, Two Thunderbolt ports, Fastest graphics performance i...
Cons: No anti-glare screen option, No anti-glare screen option, Slower 3D performance compared to other models, No SSD option, No anti-glare screen option, Not much faster overall than the less expensive members of the iMac family, No anti-glare screen option
From the Lab Lab tested: 21.5-inch Core i3 iMac/3.06GHz benchmarks
28 July 2010
Excerpt: (1 items) On Monday, Apple updated its entire line of iMac and Mac Pro systems. And while the new Mac Pro models won’t be available until sometime in August, the new iMacs are in the Macworld Lab right now. The first system to finish our testing regime is the new entry-level iMac, a 21.5-inch model with a 3.06GHz Core i3 processor, and our Speedmark 6 test results show an impressive performance improvement over the system it replaces.
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
22 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