PC Magazine reviews Apple’s new 24-inch iMac: Editor’s Choice, King of the all-in-ones

“The Apple iMac (24-inch Penryn) is the iconic all-in-one desktop that others try emulate. Its aluminum and glass face evoke the iPhone and iPod Touch, a look that works well,” Joel Santo Domingo reports for PC Magazine.

“This newest iteration of iMac is powered by the new Intel ‘Penryn’ (45nm) Core 2 Duo E8235 processor, which offers lower energy usage and greater computing power than the ‘Merom’ chips in older iMacs. The extra power helps the iMac keep maintain its place in the vanguard of all-in-one PCs,” Santo Domingo reports.

“Like all Macs, the iMac is bloatware free. Just about the only sales pitch iMac owners are subjected to is the offer to sign up for a .Mac subscription (which provides online services such as photo sharing and 10GB of online storage at rates starting at $99.95 per year) when you first set up the system. You don’t need to worry about 30-day subscriptions to antivirus (not needed on a Mac so far, although you’ll still need to watch out for spam, phishing and ID theft) software updates of OS X and the pre-loaded programs, including iLife ’08 are free; and if you use your own XP or Vista setup disc, your Boot Camp partition will be free of bloatware, too. This leaves you more space for music, photos, and videos,” Santo Domingo reports.

“Since the introduction of the first aluminum iMac model in August 2007 a bunch of competitors have cropped up… even though there are a slew of new competitors to the iMac, none of them have quite enough innovation or execution to dethrone the king of the all-in-one desktops,” Santo Domingo reports.

Full review here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Corinne” for the heads up.]


  1. Isn’t saying it’s the best all-in-one kinda like telling your only brother he’s your favorite?

    I don’t think these headlines are anything for Mac users to be proud of. I think it’s an easy way for PC Magazine et. al. to avoid pissing off their bigger advertisers.

    I’d be happier to see them say it’s the best PC for under $x,x00, or the best home computer money could buy. This best all-in-one crap is stupid.

  2. Actually, .Mac is not the only sales pitch. I believe iWork and Office are trial editions that try to get you pay up.

    That is not that bad compared to a typical winblows machine and it’s share of crapware.

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