- Speed and features It's fast, it's a beast. Especially with an SSD or the Fusion Drive. No slow downs or stutterings at all. Even with a couple of VM's churning along.
- Design and form factor To me Apple always designs beautiful products. Though the design is somewhat false advertising, still very thin for what it is capable of. Simple and elegant.
- Expandability It's an all in-one so I think it doesn't need any explanation the upgradeability is not the best out there. You can upgrade RAM but only on 27" models!
- Noise You can hear the Fusion Drive or the fan spinning at times but it's very very silent.
- Size and weight If you choose 27" you can't complain about size. I think it's a perfect size with a lot of screen real estate. It's also not light but not heavy either.
- Power consumption No comments
The screen is gorgeous though it's not "Retina". I still like it a lot and maybe one day we'll have everything retina. For now this will suffice more than enough. The way they made the screen stick to the glass creates a gorgeous but also less reflective screen (Apple claims 75% less glare when compared to the previous iMacs). And it's true, though I didn't really measure. But in normal working conditions in a bright room the screen is still highly visible though reflection can be seen.
I configured the iMac with a 1TB Fusion Drive and bought me 32Gb RAM to max it out. And boy does it fly. Oh yes it does. Maybe with an all SSD-drive it would fly even more but it's blazingly fast as it is. Multiple apps open, browser pages, video and music playing and a couple of VM's running along? No problem at all for this baby.
Power consumption I don't really check, at all. So I never measured how much it sizzurps. I don't think you need to worry about that with such a great machine. Maybe the other reviews on here and at the big tech sites will have that covered.
For me it replaced the need to have AND a server for work VM's or to try stuff and a personal desktop. This baby does it both, fast. If you're looking for a great looking device but also need a lot of power. This is the way to go. It, of course, also runs OS X and if you're living in the Apple eco-system it all works perfectly (though iMessage on OS X could use some work - disappearing messages, messages that get delivered later etc.).
All in all a really good bang for your buck in my opinion!
Edited: added section about power consumption
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