A 27 inch Apple iMac can be picked up from a deceptively reasonable $1,950, but once you start nominating extrasâ€”tinkering with different configurationsâ€”the price quickly rises. As an example, our higher up review unit barely scrapped in under $3,400, proving more expensive than similarly spec'd Windows alternatives.
Although it has the hardware to handle console-grade games, the iMac stumbles as a gaming device as it lacks the software support akin to Windows. In this category, game enthusiasts would be better serviced with a conventional Windows offering.
The iMac's screen merits its own mention due to its 2560 x 1440 resolution. The display articulates images and videos with utter clarity, while LED backlighting ensures colour is vivacious and spans a vast gamut. It's such a shame the iMac isn't positioned as an entertainment device like its Windows alternatives, lacking the option of a Blu-ray Drive and HDMI port. Instead Apple fails to take advantage of the screen, preventing the iMac from being a versatile entertainment machine.
Elegantly concealed at the base of the iMac are potent speakers that are capable of holding their own when playing music. Focusing on sound reproduction rather than manipulation, they're powerful enough to fill an ordinary room with atmosphere and are as competent as you'd expect from an all in one PC.
Its keyboard and mouse are an extension of great design and are fit for duty. Keys respond to ginger input, while the mouse canvasses the screen effortlessly, responding eagerly to instruction.