Apple iMac 27-Inch Review: The best just got better

Salman Asad January 2, 2013 0

Apple iMac 27

Apple is well known for making products that appeal to a wide audience and not just appeal, but awe people in to spending more than they actually want to or need to. And with the release of the iMac 27 inch desktop, you will get yet another Apple product which is insanely priced but also insanely cool. Read on to find out how 2012’s iMac fares (just a hint… it’s awesome).

Design

iMac 27 inch design

Apple hasn’t changed much in this department. The iMac looks nearly exactly the same as last year’s iteration that is until you take a side look. The iMac has lost some waist size, 0.2 inch to be exact and looks super slim. The one piece aluminum body looks stunning along with the now less reflective black glossy display panel. The design is excellent although there is no mechanism to change the height of the device. Nonetheless Apple has done a fantastic job in creating the most attractive desktop out there.

Ports and Connections

Once you go around to the back of the iMac you will find a host of connections and ports. There is a stereo mini jack, four USB ports, SDXC card reader, Gigabit Ethernet and two Thunderbolt ports. Phew quite a mouthful!

Display

iMac 27 inch display

Moving on to the screen, once you turn the iMac on you will be greeted with a stunning display. The 27 inch panel has a resolution of 2,560-by-1,440 pixels. The IPS panel is backlit and has a viewing angle of 178 degrees while the brightness reaches to 300 nits. Apple also quotes that there is 75% reduce in reflection. Suffice it to say, the display is one of the best you will ever lay your eyes on. A joy to use!

Performance and Specs

The standard system comes with 2.9 GHz core i5 processor and goes all the way up to 3.2 GHz. The core i7 version goes all the way up to 3.4 GHz with speeds reaching 3.9 GHz in turbo boost mode. The base model also comes with 8GB of RAM which can go all the way up to 32GB. The 27 inch version thankfully has user accessible slots to upgrade memory. Apple has also included a powerful graphics card into the mix, with the base version getting a GeForce GTX 660M with 512 MB RAM while this can be boosted to a GTX 675MX with 1GB DDR5 memory.

With these specs the iMac 27 inch performs wonderfully well. These specs are more than adept at handling all that is thrown at it even heavy duty games. Though to play the latest and greatest at the highest settings you may need to update to a GTX 675MX.

Pricing

The Apple iMac 27 inch starts from $1,799 and goes on up based on the configurations you choose. The iMac comes with Apple’s wireless keyboard for free and for $69 you can have both the Magic Trackpad and the Magic Mouse. And if you want an optical drive then be ready to pay $79 more.

Verdict

Is the iMac 27 inch awesome? Oh yes! Is it worth the extra cost? Yes it is! Well the second yes depends on many factors including the depth of your pocket and your love for Apple products. But we know that Apple has created a really compelling piece of machinery and is something that will be a worthwhile purchase. If money is not an issue then there is no reason not to buy one.

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