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Apple iMac 27-inch: Review

Packed with new technology, the late 2012 Apple iMac 27-inch is amazingly stylish and have a performance to match. The new, slimmer iMac comes with a crisp new casing and iPhone display technology to bind together a slim, beautiful computer. Like all of the new Macs, the 2012 iMacs come packed with Mac OS X10.8 Mountain Lion. As standard, they are supplied with a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and a Magic Mouse. But, is it a worthy device?


Some inspiring manufacturing innovation and visual sleight-of-hand have aided Apple to come up with a new, stylish design for the iMac 27-inch. The construction and accommodation of the iMac uses everything that Apple has learned from the unibody notebooks. The 21 pound iMac looks as slim as a MacBook lid. The slim aluminum chin and black screen bezel look just as before. On the rear, there is a power button on the right side and the ports are clustered to the left. Connectivity features include a gigabit Ethernet port, two Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC memory card reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There are Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n inside. A FaceTime HD camera is situated up front just above the screen.


The LCD panels of the iMac are the same as in its predecessors, either a 27-in LED IPS with 2560×1440 resolution, or a 21.5-in LED IPS screen with 1920×1080 resolution but now they have been assembled differently. A real difference is offered by the combination of a new anti-reflection coating and full lamination process. Colors are punchier and brighter, viewing angles are wide and the screen is remarkably bright with constant backlighting. The graphics and text look amazing on the screen. Apple boasts the plasma deposition system has helped to reduce the reflection by 75%.

Fusion Drive

The iMac used to come with two different storage options until now, the SSDs and traditional hard-drives. The 2012 iMac 27-inch offers both of these options, with a 1TB HDD and a 768GB flash storage option. The HDD is upgradable to 3TB. However, now the Apple has offered a third option, the Fusion Drive. A hybrid of flash storage and HDD, Fusion Drive pairs off 128GB SSD with either 3TB or 1TB of HDD. The flash storage is faster than the traditional hard-drive, but the Fusion Drive is much better option than the SSD.

Processor and Memory

By default, the iMac 27-in is powered by Intel’s Core i5 quad-core Ivy Bridge chips and the quad-core Core i7 processor is available as option. The cheapest 27-in iMac uses 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, and the top-of-the-range device uses a 3.2GHz Core i5 along with a 6MB of L3 cache. It comes with two 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, configurable up to 32GB. The entry-level GPU on the 27-in iMac is GeForce GTX 660M with 512MB, and the top-of-the-range iMac comes with the GTX 675MX with 1GB of GDDR5.

The Bottom Line

The 2012 iMac 27-in is a stunning hardware. The smart construction techniques have allowed it to become a distinctive, stylish all-in-one. It is definitely an incredibly capable computer with great performance and stylish looks.

Author Bio: Chris Johnson is a web enthusiast and blogger who loves everything about technology. He is also a writer and editor at his creative tech blog which shares new gadgets reviews, talks about latest smart phones, iPhone 5, galaxy s3, latest macbook pro car chargers and other discoveries around the world.

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