Apple iMac MC812B/A (2011)



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  • Stylish, sleek design
  • Excellent build quality
  • Vibrant IPS screen
  • Slick, reliable OS
  • Thunderbolt connectivity


  • No Blu-ray
  • Expensive
  • No height adjustment
  • No USB 3.0

Key Features

  • Review Price: £1250.00
  • 21.5in 1,920 x 1,080 IPS screen
  • Aluminium chassis, glass screen front
  • Intel 'Sandy Bridge' Core i5 2.7GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB 7,200rpm HDD

Just as the iPad 2 rules the tablet landscape despite promising competitors like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and the  MacBook Air remains the undefeated thinness champion over rivals such as the

Samsung Series 9 900X3A, on the desktop side of things, Apple’s iMac range exemplifies

the most stylish and slim all-in-one desktop line on the block.


This is hardly surprising, considering iMacs sport a slim,

sexy look that’s all solid, edgy aluminium and sleek black lines. It’s a design

that has been class-leading, if not without its flaws, since it was introduced

on the 20in iMac all the way back in 2007. Thankfully, since then internals and connectivity have been updated several times. We’re looking at the latest refresh, which brings Intel’s quad-core Sandy Bridge CPUs, Radeon

6000M-series graphics and Thunderbolt connectivity to the older, 2010 iMac. Join us as we find out

whether this makes for the ultimate all-in-one desktop machine.

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On the outside, almost nothing has changed. The seamless front consists of the frameless screen, elegant

black bezel with matching Apple logo, and aluminium base section. The sides,

back and stand are sharp-edged, attractively curved aluminium, which looks



Using machine-cut aluminium, and a physical build Apple has had several generations to

perfect, it’s not surprising that build quality is superb. Even the screen is

protected by a layer of glass. Quite simply, it’s the best-built all-in-one PC

money can buy.


There are a few minor downsides though. Its sharp edges can

make the screen uncomfortable to hold, move or carry. More importantly, there’s

no height adjustment, as found on the recent HP TouchSmart 610, though at least there’s a generous amount of tilt and this

adjustment is effortless.

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The glass front, while very attractive, is also ridiculously

reflective. Thus, in an environment with a lot of ambient light it can be next

to impossible to make out dark material on the screen. However, if these

niggles don’t bother you, the iMac is still the most elegant and streamlined

all-in-one (AIO) around.

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