T3 reviews Apple’s new iMacs: Another win for Apple; a welcome new release

Apple Store“Apple’s latest iMac upgrade isn’t a radical overhaul, but it’s more than an upgrade,” T3 reports.

“The iMac range now boasts four standard configurations, with custom options available if you order through Apple’s online store. The two smaller machines boast 21.5-inch screens and 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, with the more expensive of the two offering a bigger hard drive and faster graphics card,” T3 reports. “A couple of 27-inch behemoths are also available, with the top-of-the-range model giving you a quad-core 2.66GHz Intel Core i5 processor and a ATI Radeon HD 4850 GPU with 512MB of dedicated memory. We tested the cheaper of the 27-inch models, which costs £1,349 and is based on a 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, with graphics powered by a ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256MB of memory. For storage, there’s a 1TB hard drive… All machines in the new iMac range give you four RAM slots, allowing for up to 16GB of onboard memory, and come supplied with a Bluetooth keyboard and new Magic Mouse as standard.”

“The late 2009 iMac’s most obvious update is its screen. The new models offer an edge-to-edge glass design, with no aluminium bezel on the left, right or top edges… The new iMac offers incredible viewing angles, with colours remaining constant even when viewed from almost side-on,” T3 reports. “The gradient ramps are smooth, and the colours accurate.”

T3 reports, “Overall, the new iMacs are a win for Apple. Useful incremental component upgrades combine with solid enhancements to make for a welcome new release… It seems the iMac is still going from strength to strength.”

Full review here.

28 Comments

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  2. I need to wait and see if my new job is going to give me a laptop… if they are, I’m buying a 27″. If not, I’m going to have to buy a laptop in stead, so we’ll see. I intend to stop by the Apple store some time next week and check out the new models first hand, but from what I’ve seen already I’m totally sold.

  3. Yeah, I wonder when screens will get too big to be ideal for normal use. I have a 27″ and would like to have more…

    We need a poll: Your ideal screen size is:

  4. I played with the new iMac 27″ yesterday at Apple Bridgeport.

    Awesome. The sound is very good, deep bass, full. Plugged my iPhone into the iMac so I could hear with songs I am familiar with.

    Magic Mouse worked well, although I’ve been using a laptop for so long that I almost forgot how to mouse around with a mouse. Love the fast touch response.

    Screen is perfect for having 2 long pages up, different programs, drag and drop so easy, can see everything. And you could put everything you ever open in that Dock, linear real estate nirvana.

    Very tempted to buy i7. Store said they will have it in November. Reading lots of threads with howlers screaming that it’s so close, if it just had BD or HDMI or better GPU or this or that or the other it would be perfect.

    So much screaming. Wonder if I should wait until March for bump? But I really need it now. *** sigh ***

  5. @ DRZ

    If a 24″ fits on your desk, then most likely a 27″ iMac will just as well. It’s only about an inch wider in overall size. The new 27″ model doesn’t have the bezel around the sides and top of the screen, so the screen is larger without increasing the external dimensions too much.

    Besides, you can always find more things to put on your increased Mac desktop space.

  6. I’m using a 27 inch monitor at a temporary job right now, and frankly, My aging eyes get strained on a screen that size, even after bringing down the brightness. OK for an hour or two, more than that your eyes start to feel it.

    For home use, the 21.5 is the perfect computer/ itunes/DVD player/Hulu/Netflix watching box – with 1080P and decent sound to boot.

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