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Apple iMac 21.5-inch (mid 2011)

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (mid 2011)

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82 Global Score
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.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

82 Global Score
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.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

90
Cpaz
Bought it for everyday use on January (2014). Played some games, edited some...read more
70
raleighcpa
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
90
MikeAndersonWA
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
84
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
For ease of setup, aesthetic appeal, and overall performance and flexibility, the iMac is as hard to ignore as ever.
 
80
CNET
Apple's $1,199 iMac doesn't offer the same home entertainment features as Windows-based all-in-ones, but its speed, looks, and the future utility of its Thunderbolt port make it a strong choice for performance-sensitive professionals.
 
70
SlashGear
It’s hard not to be charmed by the 2011 iMac’s combination of swift processors and capable graphics...This isn’t the all-in-one for buyers on a budget, and shopping around for regular desktops may find you equal or greater performance for your money, but the 2011 iMac is a polished update.
 
80
Macworld
The $1199 entry-level 21.5-inch 2.5GHz Core i5 iMac offers the most bang for the buck, keeping up with its more expensive siblings in most tasks. Its drawbacks include the lowest capacity hard drive, slower 3D game performance at higher resolutions, and a lack of customization options.
 
90
TechRadar
A massive performance boost means it actually rivals the power offered by the high-end 2010 iMac 27-inch SSD from the previous generation, and its new Thunderbolt port will prove its worth over time. It could use more configuration options...but overall, it's a superb update.
 
70
Computerworld
Apple has delivered a solid update to what was already a popular and successful line. The Sandy Bridge chips add a speed boost, Thunderbolt offers the promise of peripheral heaven in a few months, and the iMac design itself remains current. It's equally at home in the boardroom or the living room.
 
100
Expert Reviews
It's a bit expensive, but this 21.5-inch iMac is powerful and fantastic to use - it's brilliant, if you're happy with the restrictions of Apple's design and software choices.
 
100
T3
...the 2011 refresh represents a substantial leap forward for the iMac. Powerful new processors, outstanding graphics solutions and an innovative new Thunderbolt port make the new machines extremely good value for money, especially considering this particular model is...cheaper than its predecessor.
 
80
Computer Shopper
With serious speed improvements and the promising new Thunderbolt port, the 2011 iMac keeps an iron grip on its position as today's leading all-in-one PC.
 
90
PC Mag
The newest iMac has a second-generation Intel Core processor and Thunderbolt. It's the fastest...all-in-one desktop PC, period.

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