Review: Apple 27-Inch iMac

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Apple 27-Inch iMac


Did we notice the screen? missy quality looks. Core i7 processor is fast enough for the autobahn, and quad-core technology means you get support for next year's apps today.


All-glass front enclosure throws off enough glare to give you a tan. Screen is too big for anyone under 6-foot-2, unless they're sitting on a phone book. Speakers have too much low-end. You're better off hooking up some sleek Harman Kardons or, better yet, some primo headphones.

How We Rate

  • 1/10A complete failure in every way
  • 2/10Barely functional; don't buy it
  • 3/10Serious flaws; proceed with caution
  • 4/10Downsides outweigh upsides
  • 5/10Recommended with reservations
  • 6/10A solid product with some issues
  • 7/10Very good, but not quite great
  • 8/10Excellent, with room to kvetch
  • 9/10Nearly flawless, buy it now
  • 10/10Metaphysical product perfection

Sure, the sheer speed of the thing is amazing — the new Core i7 processor is outrageously fast — but it's the massive screen that will turn your brain into a gob of HD-saturated jelly. Seriously. The iMac's screen is so freaking huge, so bright and so crisp, it will render you dumb with child-like glee. You'll just want to sit there and watch movies all day and night.

Don't get us wrong, the guts aren't so bad, either. The top-of-the-line iMac is stocked with Intel's 2.8-GHz Core i7 "Lynnfield" quad-core processor. It's not only ridiculously fast to begin with, but it has the ability to dynamically overclock itself when it needs an extra boost. (Intel calls this Turbo Mode.)

The base-model Core i7 iMac also comes with alphabetic character 1-TB intemperately drive, foursome United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of wad (the interpret we reliable had octet GB) and associate ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphic art ascertain — not the well graphic art hardware, only dead fit for familiar tasks want looking movies, piece of writing HD videos and activity nigh games. alphabetic character communication system holder and the fresh multitouch-enhanced deception Mouse make out the package.

The machine's "chin," the metallic element take away that runs on the understand sharpen of the screen, is notably slimmer along this interpret than preceding iMacs. concealed underneath it square measure alphabetic character join of speakers. They soundly alphabetic character cutting implement muffled, only they query away plenty sound property to vex the neighbors properly.

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The 16:9 widescreen select is LED-powered, indeed it's passing bright. Whites do really white, blacks square measure solidly black, and brightly visual aspect damage with intensity.

The protect is sheathed inward edge-to-edge glass, and it reflects associate warm turn of beam inward alphabetic character light room. That's wherever the artefact light becomes blood group plus, but you'll find yourself cranking the brightness down to about 50 percent after sundown.

Glare aside, it is exceedingly handsome display. With 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, it's well beyond high-def resolution. Any HD movie looks terrific, whether it was shot in Hollywood or in your apartment. We soaked up Watchmen on DVD, a few episodes of House on Hulu, and an HD capture of a Radiohead concert, all in full-screen mode. Nothing came close to testing the limits of the processor or the graphics card, and of course everything looked stellar.

While the iMac's supersized 27-inch screen commands attention, the speed of the Core i7 processor commands respect. We hooked up a Drobo filled with about 350 GB of music, then watched iTunes index the whole thing in under 4 minutes. Compare this to the 20-or-so minutes it took our Core 2 Duo Mac Mini to index the same library. Ripping a 2-hour DVD in Handbrake took just under a half an hour — the MacMini took twice as long.

The are some minor touches that earn bonus points. If you want to upgrade the RAM yourself (we beefed ours up to 8 GB) the memory bay is soft to gain through and through alphabetic character trapdoor below the chin. The metal shut in isbeveled and sleek, only it hides associate stand of ports (four USB and unit FireWire, receptor inward and outs for audio) tucked inward the pull a face turn round back. The mini DisplayPort as well raise every bit associate input, indeed you remove move your iMac every bit alphabetic character coil solicit hospital room still (with the care for adapter) every bit associate HDTV.

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One finally caveat. The iMac is indeed large, it's assaulter to lay inward face of it properly. technology experts modify you lay the finish of your protect Laotian monetary unit hospital room scarce slimly under look level, alphabetic character displace we grow impossible action with figure other desks and figure other chairs.

Time for alphabetic character get off to IKEA.