PC World reviews Apple’s new iMac: improved design and performance

“Apple’s new iMac improves on its predecessor’s design and performance,” Melissa J. Perenson reports for PC World.

“Though the physical dimensions of [Apple’s] new iMac differ only slightly from those of its predecessor, the changes make a tremendous difference in appearance: The new iMac looks sleeker, more stylish, and less squared off than the older, plasticized version. The design is both simple and seamless, with air vents at the back of the screen and beneath it to facilitate airflow (The unit does get a bit toasty after it has been on for a while, but according to Apple that’s to be expected, given the aluminum chassis). The only screw on the entire chassis is beneath the screen; removing the screw gives you easy access to the memory slots. A 640-by-480-resolution Webcam and microphone are subtly built in to the screen,” reports for PC World.

“Accompanying the new iMac is a redesigned matching keyboard with two USB 2.0 ports (the previous generation’s keyboard had USB 1.1 ports). These new ports have enough juice to handle devices that draw up to 500 mA, including an iPod and some portable external hard-disk drives,” Perenson reports.

“When I used the keyboard, I was surprised at how easily my touch-typist fingers adapted to the MacBook Pro-like [sic] keys. Despite having a key height of 0.33mm (versus 0.89mm on the previous version), the keys were distinct and crisp to the touch, and they felt roomy enough to accommodate my fast-flying fingers,” Perenson reports.

“Though the new iMac doesn’t come with a next-generation Blu-ray Disc drive, the integrated graphics on the 24-inch model we tested can decode high-definition (1920-by-1080-pixel) H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video streams of the type used by Blu-ray. Consequently the iMac may be able to support an external Blu-ray Disc option, when a drive and playback software ship for the Mac,” Perenson reports.

Full review here.

MacDailyNews Note: iMacs do not feature “integrated” graphics. The 2.0GHz 20-inch iMac features the ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics processor with 128MB of GDDR3 memory. The 20-inch model with 2.4GHz processor and the 24-inch model feature the ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory.

28 Comments

  1. If I’m not mistaken, since not long ago, Apple quietly began installing megapixel iSight cameras in their iMacs. You can easily test this by snapping a few PhotoBooth shots in an Apple (or CompUSA) store and checking the resolution.

  2. Though the new iMac doesn’t come with a next-generation Blu-ray Disc drive, the integrated graphics on the 24-inch model we tested can decode high-definition (1920-by-1080-pixel) H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video streams of the type used by Blu-ray.

    No, it’s a dedicated graphics card, not integrated. It is true that you cannot change it, but that is not what “integrated” means.

    MW: high — which explains this error.

  3. @ron

    I usually wait until something is well into our culture before I buy anything, like the cool Commodores and Vanilla Ice cassettes I just bought. This time though I was sucked into the coolness of Blu-Ray when we bought a new TV. I purchased a BR DVD player which will probably cost 8 bucks next year but I did it anyway. The picture is amazing and am happy with the fact that NetFlix has Blu-Ray dvds for rent. I do wish that BR wins the competition so I don’t have to shell out another ungodly amount of money for an HD player.

    That being said, I think I will wait – once again – until a Blu-Ray burner is available for a computer before I get one of those. By that time I’ll probably be listening to that cool group Air Supply. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. …and maybe I’m just misunderstanding, but what’s with this .89mm height of the previous version? I’m using a previous-version keyboard now, and the key height is defnitely way over .89mm. If they meant key-travel, well, it’s far beyond that as well.

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