I’m still not sure I’m particularly keen on the keyboard Apple supplies, whether with or without a numpad as it looks a lot better than it is to type on for extended periods. It can’t be that bad, thought, given I’ve managed to complete this review without hurling it at the iMac in frustration. At the very least the use of Bluetooth is to be praised; you wouldn’t want horrible cables trailing across your desk to your iMac, would you?
Perhaps the most incredible thing about the 27in iMac is that it quite literally has no rivals. The 21.5in system competes (very favourably I might add) with the likes of HP’s TouchSmart IQ500, but no other manufacturer is currently manufacturing an all-in-one PC with specs anything like the 27in iMac. And it’s not like building an equivalent system separately is particularly viable, either.
Obviously to match resolutions as closely as possible you’ll need a 30in monitor and I wish you good luck finding one of those for much under £900, even accepting the inescapable lack of LED-backlighting thereof. That leaves the best part of £460 to spend on the system itself, which won’t even get you an entry-level Mac mini. Broadening the remit to allow Windows-based PCs won’t help much. Yes, £460 would buy you a Dell Zino HD, but not one with components to match an iMac. If we sacrifice compactness and attractiveness then the likes of a Medion Akoya P36888 might just make the running but I, for one, would never settle for such compromise.
£1,349 is a lot of money to spend on a desktop computer; there is no denying that. Break it down, though, and it becomes clear why the 27in iMac is such a brilliant proposition. Not only is it the best looking all-in-one system by a long shot, it also offers the most powerful components and better still it does so while proving surprisingly excellent value for money. It’s not the right Mac for everyone, but by Jove it’s the Mac everyone will want.
The 27in iMac may not be flawless, but it is peerless. The few improvements that could be made don’t detract from the fact that this is quite simply the best iMac, and possibly even the best Mac, Apple has ever made.
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