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The best all-in-one on the market

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The iMac remains the best all-in-one on the market, with a gorgeous, low-glare display, fast speeds, strong audio and robust graphics performance.

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Critic reviews

7.9
16 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.7
  • Design and form factor
    8.8
  • Expandability
    5.5
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Size and weight
    8.5
  • Power consumption
    8.0

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User reviews

9.2
6 reviews
9.0
Engadget Dec 3, 2012

The newest iMac is a great product, and despite Apple's reputation for making pricey things, it's actually a great value, too.

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9.0
TechCrunch Dec 4, 2012

The 2012 iMac is an update that pushes the needle in all the ways we’re used to from Apple – improved performance, better hardware under the hood, etc. – but it also adds the most dramatic and attractive case redesign in recent memory to the mix.

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8.0
Ars Technica Dec 7, 2012

The iMac isn't going to be the best computer for everyone, especially the price-conscious. If you're looking for quad-core processors and reasonably strong graphics processors, though, the iMac continues to be a well-rounded machine that is more competitive on price than its $1,299 starting price...

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8.0
PC Mag Dec 14, 2012

Slimmer and faster, the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012) is the desktop PC to buy if you're looking to avoid the whole touch-screen conundrum. The new iMac upgrades components, looks great, and has the power to do real work in a business or at home.

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7.0
Macworld Dec 7, 2012

The new iMac steps into the future, with cutting-edge design (literally), updated processor and RAM, better sounding speakers, and reduced-glare (but still glossy!) screens. Unfortunately, the new iMac also follows Apple’s trend towards less repairable and upgradeable Macs.

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7.0
Gizmodo Dec 27, 2012

If you want an iMac as a pretty-looking home station, there's no reason to not go for the slimmer design with better guts and the option for the fusion drive...You should also know you're not getting top-end gravel-chewing performance—for that, you'd be better off with a Retina MacBook Pro.

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7.0
CNET Jan 16, 2013

The 21.5-inch iMac will be a compelling lower-cost all-in-one for Mac loyalists, but you can get more capabilities from similarly priced Windows all-in-ones.

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7.0
Computerworld Jan 21, 2013

That said, if you're looking for a solid all-in-one desktop that looks stunning, performs well, and features a gorgeous display (which can be used as an external monitor by another Mac), this iMac should fit the bill.

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9.0
ABC News Nov 30, 2012

The price aside, if you're in need of an iMac upgrade or you are considering a new desktop for the home or office, the new iMacs are worth a very long, hard stare.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 14, 2012

If you are looking for a dedicated machine that sits there waiting for you to give it attention then this is a powerful enough, pretty enough and lovely enough servant that will serve you well.

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8.0
PC World Australia Jan 23, 2013

As an everyday home computer for most day-to-day tasks, the 21.5in iMac is an excellent choice. The gorgeous design comes with some trade offs, however, including the lack of a built-in optical drive, limited upgradeability of internal components and a slow hard drive included as standard.

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9.0
CNN Dec 4, 2012

It is the biggest iMac product redesign in years and a largely successful one, provided some users don't mind shelling out a little extra for the optical drive or overlooking this generation's omission of Retina Display.

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8.0
T3 Dec 18, 2012

The iMac 2012 is superbly crafted, highly-capable and with a screen to die for. Owners of 6th-gen iMacs need not apply, nor do PC fans that equate power to price. But, for anyone requiring the best-looking desktop on the market, which is also highly capable, meet your new best friend.

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8.0
Digital Versus Jan 4, 2013

Apple's 2012 21.5" iMac...has also gained in processing power and in gaming capabilities. Screen quality has been upped too and audio quality is still excellent. If you're not bothered about TV functionality and you've got cash to splash, this 21.5" iMac makes a first-rate choice.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Jan 3, 2013

It’s only really worth considering for those that are absolutely sure that all they require is simply the snazziest, most compact all-in-once PC currently available, whatever the price.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Dec 21, 2012

With its powerful specs and beautiful, slim design and excellent OS the new Apple iMac remains the most desirable all-in-one, but there's not getting away from the fact that it's expensive.

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SlashGear Oct 23, 2012

Apple is very keen to talk up the high-tech manufacturing magic it had to muster in order to make the new iMacs quite so slim, but it’s the end-result that really grabs the attention. The crisp lines are reminiscent of the edges of the Retina MacBook Pro line.

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8.0
cletus75 cletus75

I think the best compliment I've had regarding my decision to switch to the iMac, was when I brought it home and was unboxing it. I put it on the table and my wife was looking on dubiously. "Where's the rest of it?", she asked, wondering what I had done to the aesthetics of the room. To hear...

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