Rich Brown wonders for CNET, “Who would have guessed that Apple would become the standard-bearer for traditional desktop computing?”

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“The new 27-inch iMac is an easy recommendation. For those who need or simply want a fast computer with a large, gloriously crisp display, the iMac — even our jumped-up, $2,599 review model — delivers,” Brown writes. “The back is tapered such that you can stand 60 to 75 degrees off-center and the iMac still only looks as thin as its 5mm edge. Even when you take notice of the round back portion, the curve comes across as graceful.”

Apple's all-new iMac (8th gen)

Apple’s all-new iMac (8th gen)


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Brown writes, “Our iMac includes a Fusion Drive, which means it has a 1TB mechanical hard drive and a 128GB solid-state drive joined in a single 1.2TB drive volume. Apple has designed Fusion so that it’s seamless. The OS itself, as well as the files you use most frequently, load from the solid-state drive… The bottom line is that launching pretty much anything on the system happens almost instantly… This is a computer for serious, performance-driven users, particularly those who need a high-resolution display, and fast graphics and disk performance.”

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