“When Apple debuted the new iMac alongside the iPad mini and a newer Retina display iPad at its media event last October, it was the iMac that turned the most heads,” Christina Bonnington reports for Wired. “Sure, the iPad mini was the hot item of the day going in, but the stunningly thin iMac generated more buzz than we were expecting. It certainly made the jaded digerati leap to Twitter with excitement.”

“The design, an impressively slender all-metal case capped by edge-to-edge glass, garners wows. But the fact that Apple managed to pack in a real computer — in my tester, a 3.1 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive running OS X Mountain Lion — is just as commendable,” Bonnington reports. “This thing doesn’t just look good, it knows how to work it, too.”

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

Apple’s all-new iMac (8th gen)


 

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Bonnington reports, “Some people hate it when you refer to a consumer electronics product as ‘sexy,’ but … this is a damn sexy piece of machinery. At its edges, the iMac’s thickness measures a mere 5 millimeters… When putting our specced-out unit through the paces, no amount of multitasking, photo-editing, audio and video streaming, or general workingness threw it for a loop. In addition to an Adobe app or two, I regularly have multiple Google Chrome windows open, each filled with a seriously ungodly number of tabs. Where my older 2010 iMac started choking, the 2012 iMac just breezed on quietly.”

Read more in the full review here.

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