A full review of the 21.5-inch Apple iMac: Better, Faster, Sleeker

Recently, Apple released a whole fleet of shiny new devices for long-time fans, but even new users would do well to have a good look at what they have to offer. The latest incarnations of the Macbook Air and iMac have been released, and  we’ve recently gotten our hands on an iMac for a full review. Preview uses in conferences and release events just aren’t enough to get a feel for what it can actually do—but now that it’s available for purchase and analysis, we found that there’s a lot more to it than being just a super sleek desktop computer.


  • Display: 21.5-inch display with reduced glare, making it easier for users to see what they’re doing.
  • Increased RAM speed: Just in case the last iMac wasn’t fast enough for your needs at 4GB, the new iMac now has double that. With the 8GB of RAM, processes can go faster and more smoothly. This is likely to be extremely attractive to video, sound, and graphics editors who employ their Macs for real heavy duty use.
  • Faster data transfer: It’s not just RAM that’s gotten faster. The new iMac possesses two thunderbolt ports that are designed to be Mac’s fastest means of data transfer. Since the new iOS devices also feature these same ports, the speed of transferring data from one Apple product to another also increased. Apart from the Thunderbolt ports, the iMac also has four USB 3.0 ports, which (some users suggest) are even faster than the Thunderbolts in terms of transferring data (maybe between Apple to non-Apple products), so transferring considerable data sizes is made easier.
  • Processor: The iMac now runs on a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. It’s no i7, but it’s competitive enough.

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The performance of the new iMac shows hallmarks of increasing developments in Apple’s iMac line. The new hardware is, beyond a doubt, the best Apple has released in years. While it may be thinner than the previous iMac, it can do even more than its predecessor can. There’s no complaint about it in terms of hardware: it’s lighter and saves more space, without compromising performance. VoIP service users will be very happy to know that the speakers built-in on the new iMac is far better than the ones found in the last (27-inch) incarnation of the desktop. This makes for clear communication and better use.

It runs on the OS X that Mac users know and love, but (just so you know), the Mountain Lion also happens to give added perks. Using it with the iMac adds to the desktop’s already positive qualities. Apart from that, Launchpad makes desktop-computing for users an even better experience. This applies best to people using standard output devices, like a keyboard and mouse.


Overall, the new iMac seems to knock it out of the park. There’s no doubt that Apple has further developed the great product that it already has. So if you’re looking for a time to buy an iMac, that time would be now.

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