Tech.co.uk reviews Apple’s new iMac: A winner for both home and professional users

Apple new iMacs’ “performance has improved, but it’s the new exterior that’s the main talking point. Apple has plumped for a sleek aluminium front and sides, glass for the display cover and black plastic for the reverse cover,” Tech.co.uk reports.

“After mingling with the crowds, the new iMac seems to have struck a good balance with both [home and professional users,]” Tech.co.uk reports.

“The one occasional complaint was the reflectiveness of the new glossy screen. Because it’s made of glass, it can act like a mirror when the display is dark or a uniform colour. Unlike the MacBook Pro, which you can buy with either a matte or glossy option, all iMacs only come with glossy displays, which has irked some,” Tech.co.uk reports. “Our view is that the displays do take some getting used to and a matte option would have been nice. Fortunately the screen is very bright indeed, which goes a long way to combating the reflection.”

“The graphics card is faster than before and has 256MB of dedicated memory on this model iMac (cheaper 128MB option available), which makes the iMac better at handling games and movies,” Tech.co.uk reports. “Gamers take note; this card brings DirectX 10 support to the iMac, bringing cutting-edge, emerging technology to those who want to play Windows-only games on a Mac. Games, movies and graphics tools such as iMovie and Photoshop all fly along on the new iMac.”

Full review, with benchmarks, here.

17 Comments

  1. Oh yeah… the glossy screens are harder to calibrate with my spectrophotometer. Good for the home user who doesn’t care about that…but I can’t get accurate swatches all the time. It helps to turn the lights off just a little bit… or put a homemade hood above the screen. make sure you have the 5000K or 6000K fluorecents if possible.

  2. Spark: Apparently so.

    “The 2.0GHz 20-inch iMac includes the ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB of GDDR3 dedicated video memory, while the 2.4GHz 20-inch model and the 24-inch model offers extreme graphics power with an ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB of GDDR3 dedicated video memory.”
    http://www.apple.com/imac/technology/graphics.html

    And:
    “The ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 [and 2600] is a feature-rich upgrade from integrated graphics for an immersive experience with DirectX® 10 gaming and HD video. Connect to big-screen TVs with HDMI and built-in 5.1 surround sound audio to enjoy Blu-ray™ and HD DVD movies. ATI Catalyst™ graphics configuration software is designed for quick setup and stable operation with Windows Vista™.”
    http://ati.amd.com/products/Radeonhd2400/index.html
    http://ati.amd.com/products/Radeonhd2600/index.html

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