The new, simpler 21.5-inch Apple iMac costs only $100 more than the 13-inch Macbook Air. The display, design, and make are superb. It also includes top-notch features such as Thunderbolt, super fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and, not to forget, Apple's excellent bundled accessories.
The lower-cost model consists of a small hard drive and a laptop-quality CPU. The graphics performance is below average compared to the pricier iMac configurations. The basic user upgradability is also missing.
There are three versions of Apple 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop iMac. They have different processor speeds, hard drive capacities and graphics abilities. Only Mid-2014 iMacs has been reviewed here.
The iMac is, without doubt, a great example of Apple's elegant design choices. It has almost everything - display, processor, graphics, storage, memory etc. - all in a super tiny case. Thde use of advanced friction-stir welding, full-lamination display and micro engineering helps Apple to insert everything in such a slim case.
A wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse is free but you have to buy the Apple Battery Charger, so you just need to have a modem/router and you are set to fly.
The LCD screen included is quite big, glossy and colorful - it's great for web browsing, games and watching movies and of course editing. If you still want a bigger screen, Apple has the huge 27-inch iMac.
Widescreen display resolution is set at 1,920-x-1,080 on the 21.5-inch iMac (It's 2,560-x-1,440 on the 27-inch iMac).
The 21.5-inch iMacs have a quad-core Intel Core i5 (Haswell) processor, there is an option to go up to a 3.1GHz Core i7.
Every iMac has four USB 3 ports and two Thunderbolt ports that help it become faster. The iMac also supports ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Bluetooth 4.0 is also included.
There are some performance and graphics concessions, but the 21.5-inch iMac stuns with Apple's iconic design and high-end bundled accessories and software.
The Apple iMacs are already discounted but the market price still hovers around $1029.99. This may seem a bit higher than normal but considering Apple's brand value and stunning features, it is a great stuff to own at that price level.
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