Conclusion: Apple drops a Nehalem-based Core i7 processor in their class-leading iMac 27-inch. It has a fairly hefty price tag, but backs it up with stellar performance and the high-quality design we've come to expect from the fruit company in Cupertino. The iMac (Core i7) is an easy Editors' Choice.
Pros: Huge display. Quad-core CPU with TurboBoost. Wireless keyboard. Wireless Magic Mouse. Mini DisplayPort input. Better screen resolution than a 1080p HDTV. EPEAT Gold and Energy Star 5.0 certified.
Cons: Card reader is SD-only. No eSATA. Requires third-party adapter for HDMI or DVI input. No Blu-ray option. No numeric keypad on wireless keyboard.
Conclusion: The Apple iMac 27-inch (Late 2012) all-in-one PC is the pinnacle of desktop design and manufacturing. It's not perfect, or cheap, but it's worth every penny.
Pros: Stunningly thin design. Impressive low-glare display. Top-of-the-line processor and graphics card offer best-in-class performance. User serviceable memory slots. Ports include Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.
Cons: Pricey. No upgradability beyond RAM. No height adjustment.
Excerpt: The Good Much faster than any previous stock, mainstream Mac desktop. Massive, color rich, high resolution display. Better expansion: more RAM, SD slot, display input. Magic Mouse clever for those who want its features. Wireless input out of the box convenient for some. The Bad Still expensive if you don't need this grade of display. Almost too large. Same limited (if adequate) expansion and glossy-only LCD. Some may prefer wired keyboard/mouse.
Pros: Much faster than any previous stock, mainstream Mac desktop., Massive, color rich, high resolution display., Better expansion: more RAM, SD slot, display input., Magic Mouse clever for those who want its features., Wireless input out of the box convenient for some.
Cons: Still expensive if you don't need this grade of display., Almost too large., Same limited (if adequate) expansion and glossy-only LCD., Some may prefer wired keyboard/mouse., Boot Camp not fully ready.
Excerpt: There are two iMac sizes available in the newly refreshed late-2012 line with the 27-inch positioning itself as the powerful big daddy of the two. While the 21.5-inch model we've recently played with suggested itself as a kitchen computer, to be shared among the family in a communal space, the 27-inch iMac is all about getting your work done.
Pros: Big screen, thin design, fast, looks good, Fusion drive
Excerpt: When Apple announced new iMacs last month, it included a major step forward amid the subtle-but-welcome refinements in most of the models: the first ever iMac to offer a quad-core processor. The new high-end 27in iMacs are the first to use Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 quad-core processors, and they were not available at the time of the announcement.
Pros: Impressive speed; amazingly fast Core i7 option; great image quality from display at any angle; improved speaker system; new SD card slot.
Cons: Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users; FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter; Apple Remote not included.