Apple's iMac is a popular and speedy desktop all-in-one computer, and Mac aficionados have been in love with them since 1998. The latest edition was introduced on May 3, 2011, with Intel's Sandy Bridge processor and lightning-fast Thunderbolt I/O. Now Computerworld has weighed in with a review of the new iMac that is absolutely glowing.
Computerworld writer Michael deAgonia was impressed with the speed of the new iMac, noting that a complex 50-minute iMovie project he uses as an informal benchmark took an hour and eight minutes to render on the previous top-of-the-line iMac, and is now done in just 48 minutes. deAgonia recommends that potential buyers go for all of the HD capacity they can, since Apple is now using a proprietary hard drive in the iMac that can only be upgraded by Apple-certified techs.
He also makes a recommendation that I thoroughly agree with -- if you're about to purchase one of the new iMacs, get a Magic Trackpad instead of the more traditional Magic Mouse. Why? The soon-to-be-released Mac OS X Lion makes use of many gestures that make your day to day computing a snap. deAgonia also had nothing but good things to say about Thunderbolt, although he had no access to Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals during his testing.
The review is a good read for the holiday, and for anyone who is on the bubble about purchasing an iMac, it's highly recommended.