New iMac deemed Best-in-Class


For all those Apple freaks out there, the new iMac is bound to be an overachiever. Like its predecessors, the new iMac has a definite appeal to it with all the more processing power and graphics you could hope for. Like that good-looking, star athlete in high school, the Apple iMac, year after year, outshines all the other all-in-one (AIO) desktops—Windows or Mac—in its class. It gracefully sprints ahead in performance, and it looks good in just about any situation.

This time around also, the iMac has outdone itself. Apple has provided the iMac with everything but cleaning out your kitchen sink,  and a blu-ray drive. but thats about it. The cherry on the top for all those data-transfer gurus is the Thunderbolt. To give an intro, Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port. It sets new standards for speed, flexibility, and simplicity. And it’s on the new MacBook Pro and the new iMac.

 

Now that pisses me off as much as it excites me. Reason : the Macbook Pro 2010 version was considered the most well rounded notebook and believe me it delivers every word it was promised. And a few months later, apple comes out with Thunderbolt technology in the new Macbook Pro as well as the i3 and i5 processors on even the lowest model available. But aside from those disgruntled too-soon-buyers, the new iMac as well as the Macbook Pro are here to stay with amazing capabilities.

 

Moving on to the tech specs…

 

Processors

Powered with a quad-core i5 or i7 intel processor and DDR3 memory, the iMac exceeds all expectations. The processor ranges from 2.5GHz to 3.1Ghz with a 6MB shared on-chip L3 cache.

 

Thunderbolt Technology

Ultrafast and ultraflexible, the Thunderbolt port features two 10-Gbps data channels for data transfer that’s up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. And it offers unprecedented expansion capabilities for a new generation of high-performance peripherals. The new 27-inch iMac gives you not just one but two Thunderbolt ports. So in an instant, iMac can go from a family computer to a filmmaker’s dream machine.

 

Graphics
The new iMac comes with a powerful AMD Radeon HD graphics processor from 6750 M to 6790 M with 512 MB to 1GB of GDDR5 memory. All the games you can play, all the movies you can see, you’ll never notice a single glitch  with this power-packed combo.

Price
The most inviting aspect for the new iMacs are the prices. A few months ago, the same processing power or functionality cost slightly less than twice as much. The 21.5″ iMac starts from $ 1,199, the same price as a Macbook Pro starting model. The biggest model with starting configuration has a price of $ 1,999. All of these are customizable to your liking but with an obvious increase in price.

Expansions & Slots
As always the number and type of expansion slots on the Mac might win some hearts or lose some. Pretty much, everything is as the same as used to be except for a few modifications. The complete list of expansion slots is :
  • One Thunderbolt port on 21.5-inch iMac
  • Two Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch iMac
  • Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
  • One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • SDXC card slot
  • Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Audio in/out
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • IR receiver

More iMac specs..

The new iMac also comes with a wireless keyboard and the Apple Magic mouse or the Magic TrackPad whichever suits your fancy. Personally speaking the Apple Magic Mouse is a must have for anyone who is habitual of  using a mouse and the Magic TrackPad is as easy to use as the trackpad on your macbook, however for a 27″ screen, the TrackPad can be a bit constricting. However, yours truly also has an amazing solution that is universal for all Macs, be it your macbook pro or your iMac with a TrackPad or a Magic Mouse.  The apple Magic Mouse is very convenient but for MacBook users, the TrackPad provides much more convenience. Learn how to get the same Exposé on your Magic Mouse.

 

To conclude, sleek and powerful, the new iMac is the king of all All-In-One Desktops. I was lucky enough to get a brand new 27″ from my office and i’ve never felt going back to anything else.