92
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The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Apple iMac review (2012)

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.

Pros
  • Stunning, low-glare display
  • Fast performance
  • Slim design
  • Robust audio
Cons
  • No optical drive
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92
 

User Reviews

100
canadianpj
This machine replaced a 2008 Mac Pro and I am very satisfied so far. Speed is...read more
90
dbreuning
One of the best Apple products I bought. Design is top notch. It's a very slim...read more
90
patrick8472
The 2012 27" iMac is my first foray into the world of Apple's iMac line. I had...read more
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Model
2.9GHz

Key Specs

Type
All-in-one
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.9 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
8 GB

General

Type
All-in-one (Matte / anti-glare)
Bundled OS
Mac OS

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
2.9 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
SLI
no
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
None

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
Accessible external bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (4 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (2 port(s))
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
3.2GHz

Key Specs

Type
All-in-one
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
8 GB

General

Type
All-in-one (Matte / anti-glare)
Bundled OS
Mac OS

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
SLI
no
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
None

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
Accessible external bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (4 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (2 port(s))
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
2.9GHz with VESA mount

Key Specs

Type
All-in-one
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.9 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
8 GB

General

Type
All-in-one (Matte / anti-glare)
Bundled OS
Mac OS

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
2.9 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
SLI
no
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
None

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
Accessible external bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (4 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (2 port(s))
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
3.2GHz with VESA mount

Key Specs

Type
All-in-one
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
8 GB

General

Type
All-in-one (Matte / anti-glare)
Bundled OS
Mac OS

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
SLI
no
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
None

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
Accessible external bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (4 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (2 port(s))
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
External