Review Roundup: Apple iMac (Spring 2011)

Submitted by lalit on May 17, 2011 - 11:09am.

Earlier this month, Apple updated their all-in-one iMac lineup with second generation Core i5 and i7 processors, new AMD 6000 series graphics cards, Thunderbolt port and FaceTime HD camera. The new 21.5-inch iMac is available in two configurations: one with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 500GB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,199; and one with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,499. The new 27-inch iMac is available in two models: one with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,699; and one with a 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6970M and 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,999.

Like the previous generation iMacs, reviews of the new iMac lineup have been very positive with most of the reviewers calling it the best all-in-one desktop available on market today. Nilay Patel wrote in his iMac review:

Every year I review the iMac, and every year my conclusion is the same: the iMac remains the single best all-in-one computer available. The 27-inch model is virtually the only machine of its class on the market, and it's hard to argue with its $1,699 entry price given that a similar IPS display alone costs nearly $1,000. There's far more competition for the 21.5-inch model, but nothing that blows it away: the $1,049 HP TouchSmart 610xt and $1,099 Lenovo A700 offer 23-inch touchscreens with the same 1920 x 1080 resolution as the iMac, but both feature only a 2.66GHz dual-core mobile Core i5 and slower Radeon at that price, while the $1,099 Sony VAIO L has a 24-inch 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display but struggles along with a 2.3GHz dual-core mobile Core i5 and Intel integrated graphics. I'd call that matchup in Apple's favor, especially given the near-useless state of Windows 7 touch overlays.

There is not a single all-in-one desktop that can even come close to the iMac in design, performance and display quality. If you are looking for an all-in-one desktop there is none better. Below we have added links to 10 best Apple iMac reviews posted online: