Apple iMac 21.5-inch (mid 2011)

82
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Apple iMac (spring 2011) review

The heaviest of heavyweights in the all-in-one field has seen another update, another batch of new internals to liven up the aging (but still classy) chassis. Apple unveiled its latest iMac refresh last week, surprising nobody with a new selection of AMD Radeon HD graphics cards, quad-core Intel Sandy Bridge processors, and solid-state storage options, all designed to do one thing: go faster.These latest iMacs are quite naturally the speediest yet, as you'd expect, but with the right configuration they can be properly quick. Faster internals plus Thunderbolt ports on the outside turn what's supposed to be a family-friendly and eye-catching machine into an unassuming powerhouse that might just be quick enough for professional users. There's a more important question, though: is this $1,999 system the right choice for you?

Pros
  • Excellent designPlenty of performanceThunderbolt capability
Cons
  • ExpensiveSD slot still close to optical driveStill no Blu-ray option
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70
Cleemice
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
90
Saltank
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
70
raleighcpa
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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8.2
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Power consumption

6.0
 

Size and weight

8.0
 

Design and form factor

8.0
 

Expandability

6.6
 

Speed and features

8.4
 

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