Apple iMac 21.5-Inch review: Slim Mac

Salman Asad January 23, 2013 0

Apple iMac 21.5-Inch review: Slim Mac

The Apple iMac 21.5 has seen a considerable update in the form of shaving some measurements off the waistline and being slicker and more awesome than ever. But the midrange price tag attached to the iMac is not really midrange as there are other options that are better in the specs department. But the iMac 21.5 has the best design and oozes stlye and other alternatives host Windows 8. Read on to find out why the iMac 21.5 inch is this good.

Design

Apple iMac 21.5 inch - Design

The slimmest iMac yet has been engineered with technological advancements like friction-stir welding and by shedding the SuperDrive. This has allowed the 21.5 inch iMac to lose 5mm in thickness at the edges but the middle portion is still chubby. The aluminum chasis is still great to behold but is not truly a unibody design from Apple. But one look at the machine will have you falling head on heals over it.

Display

The 21.5 inch display has a high HD resolution of 1920 * 1080 and is a backlit LED IPS panel. The display is coated with an anti-reflective coating which will reduce the glare off the screen. Overall the panel is excellent and displays sharp and accurate colors. And Apple has tightened the display and the front side of the machine to make it look better.

Ports and Connections

Apple iMac 21.5 inch - Ports

Although the design is made so that the device is closed off to the consumers there are ample amount of ports to be found on the back of the system. There are four USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, Kensington lock, SDXC card slot and two thunderbolt ports. With the help of an adapter you can convert the thunderbolt port to a VGA port, HDMI, USB or a firewire port as well.

Performance

The base version which costs around $1,299 hosts a standard core i5 quad core processor along with 4 GB of RAM. But this can be upgraded and more costly versions include a 2.9 GHz core i5 processor along with 16GB of memory and Fusion drive support. Suffice it to say that the 21.5 inch iMac performs very well and will last you for quite a long time. There is even an option of adding an external GPU like the Nvidia GT 640M. Even with all the built-in hardware the noise levels remain minimal and the machine overheating is never a concern.

Keyboard and Magic Mouse

Apple iMac 21.5 inch - Keyboard Magic Mouse

Both the keyboard and Magic Mouse come along with the system with an option of the Magic Mouse being replaced with the Magic Trackpad. Both the keyboard and Magic Mouse are wireless and run with the aid of a Bluetooth connection. And both perform very well, a standard set by Apple in recent years. Ofcourse if you don’t prefer to use them then simply replace them with any other third party keyboard and mouse pairing.

Verdict

With a svelte design, a built-in power brick and a near unibody design, the iMac 21.5 inch is one dashing piece of machinery. If you can afford to shell out more than $1,000 on a desktop then Apple’s latest is the one to get.

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