New 21.5-inch iMac faces stiff Windows competition Video
Apple's takes it already compelling iMac and beefs up the design and updated the under-the-hood components. The result is the best-looking PC on the market, that also compares very favorably against its Windows-based competition.
Like other Windows-based all-in-ones, Averatec's All-in-One can't compete with the iMac for sheer power. The Averatec's larger screen and few features it has that Apple doesn't might be enough to sell you, but the iMac remains the all-in-one to beat.
Apple's $1,199 iMac doesn't offer the same home entertainment promise as its Windows-based competition, but its speed, its looks, and the future utility of its Thunderbolt port especially make it a strong choice for performance-sensitive professionals.
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Apple's highest-end 27-inch iMac gets a welcome CPU and graphics card update that, along with its giant display, makes it even more competitive than its best-in-class model was previously. Its high overall appeal makes the absence of an HDMI input particularly glaring, but on balance we can recommend the 27-inch iMac to anyone looking for a large screen, high-end all-in-one.
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Apple's smaller-scale iMac remains our favorite all-in-one. And while its looks, its ease of use, and its performance are all selling points, Windows PCs are starting to catch up (at least with the latter). A few components could also stand an update, but, in general, you'll find the 20-inch Apple iMac a remarkable computer for its price.
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Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2.9GHz, fall 2012) Review
The good: Apple's attention to detail extends to the 21.5-inch version of its thin-looking Apple iMac.
The bad: Windows-based all-in-one PCs offer tough hardware competition in the sub-$1,400 price range.
The bottom line: 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.
Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2.9GHz, fall 2012) Specs
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