VERDICT: A Solid Mac at an affordable price.
FOR : Excellent hardware, performance and value for money.
AGAINST: No USB 3.0 or Blu-ray, uncomfortable keyboard and mouse
The 2011 iMac refresh bring us powerful components and the new thunderbolt standard, but the distinctive aluminum design has remained unchanged. The CPU options are second-generation Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7, though their integrated graphics capabilities aren’t being utilized. Instead, AMD’s mobile Radeon chips handle the graphics.
Our base-leave 21.5-inch review unit offers pretty good value for money, with a Core i5-2400s CPU (2.5 GHz, 4 cores, 6 MB cache) and a Radeon 6750M GPU. The higher-end 21.5-inch model comes with a 2.7 GHz CPU and Radeon 6770, plus a 1TB hard drive rather than 500 GB, which doesn’t make the upgrade seem worth the premium.
A single Thunderbolt port promises 10 Gbps data transfers, but there aren’t any peripherals out yet that can use it. USB is stuck at 2.0 speeds. Standard features include a new HD webcam, and Apple’s now-standard shrunken keyboard and magic Mouse, both Wireless. The keyboard is the most frustrating part; we still don’t know why the number pad was removed. The mouse’s small flat shape won’t appeal to everyone. Performance was impressive.
We managed playable framerates in Crysis Warhead and left 4 Dead at high settings, and real-world tests left nothing to complain about.
Apple iMAC Specifications:
♦52.8×45.1×18.85 cm Dimensions (WxHxD)
♦ 9.3 Kg Weight
♦ Intel Core i5-2400s (2.5 GHz, 4 cores, 6 MB cache)
♦ AMD Radeon 6750 M, 512 MB GDDR5 Graphics
♦ 4 GB DDR 3 RAM
♦ 500GB 7200 RPM Storage Disk
♦ 21.5 Inch 1920×1080 LED Backlit Display
♦ Thunderbolt with Mini Display Port
♦ 4X USB 2.0, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet Ports
♦ Audio Input/Outputs
♦ Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Apple iMAC Price In India : Rs 64,900/-