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2012 iMac Review Roundup
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 12:20 AM EST
Posted by: Staff

It's been out for about a week now, so here's a roundup of reviews for the new 2012 iMac. This roundup includes reviews from Engadget, The Verge, PC Magazine, CNET, TechCrunch, USA Today, ABC News, and SlashGear. You can find all of the links and some excerpts down below. We also wouldn't be surprised to see reviews coming out from Macworld and Ars Technica soon, so please check back for updates to the roundup.

Engadget - "The newest iMac is a great product, and despite Apple's reputation for making pricey things, it's actually a great value, too. Even as other computer makers catch up in terms of screen resolution and industrial design, the iMac stands out with a stunning display that really does cut down on screen glare. As for FusionDrive, it's exceedingly rare to find a consumer system that uses an HDD for storage and an SSD for system stuff. That's a clear step up from typical hybrid drives, which use a much smaller amount of flash memory, mainly for caching and improving start-up times. And while Apple doesn't always win on specs, it makes a tempting offer here: you get beefier graphics than on competing systems, which should help creative professionals, amateur photographers and casual gamers alike", writes Dana Wollman.

The Verge – "The display is really the only unequivocated improvement in the new model, and it's a big one. The sleeker, slimmer design is great, but it causes a couple of problems and forces a few unfortunate compromises. Yes, it's faster, but only enough to keep up with the Joneses - equal performance can definitely be had elsewhere. There's no question this is the best iMac yet, but of course it is; Apple doesn't have a habit of making its good products worse. If you weren't in the market for a new all-in-one desktop, the iMac's not suddenly so much more appealing that you absolutely have to have one now, but if you're looking for a desktop PC there's still no better option," writes David Peirce.

PC Magazine - "With its beautiful design and quality fabrication, the iMac 27-inch (Late 2012) is the best all-in-one desktop we've ever seen, with a look and feel that manufacturers will be trying to replicate for years. It's not without a few frustrations, like the lack of height adjustment and a price that will give some shoppers a stroke, but there's no denying that the iMac we reviewed - the top spec'ed model of Apple's best configuration - is worth every penny. As a result, it replaces the Dell XPS One 27 as our high-end all-in-one desktop Editors' Choice," writes Brian Westover.

CNET – "You might be alarmed by the fact that the design is the most interesting thing about the new iMac. A thin bezel is nice to look at, but it doesn't improve processing speed, workflow, or overall utility. Fortunately for Apple, it evolved that design from a computer with a strong technical foundation. It is the updates to that foundation, and a few points of polish along the way, that keep this iMac on elite footing. I'll suggest you line up behind the Blu-ray fans to those of you hoping Apple will someday add touch-screen input to the iMac. Instead, this is a computer for serious, performance-driven users, particularly those who need a high-resolution display, and fast graphics and disk performance," writes Rich Brown.

TechCrunch – "The 2012 iMac is an update that pushes the needle in all the ways we're used to from Apple – improved performance, better hardware under the hood, etc. – but it also adds the most dramatic and attractive case redesign in recent memory to the mix. This is both nice from an aesthetic perspective, and a welcome change for anyone who needs to move their all-in-one around or just wants it to take up less space on the desk. It also works in target display mode, making it a sleeker (albeit more expensive) alternative to a Thunderbolt Cinema Display as a second screen for your Mac notebook. Some might gripe about the sacrifice of the built-in DVD drive, but in my book that’s not even a noteworthy admission given all the improvements on board, including many more high-speed I/O ports than previous generations have offered," writes Darrell Etherington.

USA Today - "One of the arguments made for desktop PCs generally is that you get more bang for the buck. Desktops typically have more powerful processors, greater storage potential and better expansion opportunities. The iMac isn't big on expansion - you can manually add memory by opening a rear door on the 27-inch model, but not the smaller model. But it does boast some beefy specs, starting with the latest third-generation quad-core Intel processors, plus state-of-the-art graphics technology from Nvidia," writes Edward Baig.

ABC News - "The price aside, if you're in need of an iMac upgrade or you are considering a new desktop for the home or office, the new iMacs are worth a very long, hard stare. This isn't just another "eh" upgrade. This is a desktop with as much sex appeal as the iPad and iPhone," writes Joanna Stern.

SlashGear – "The new iMac is a beautiful piece of hardware, that's clear to see. Apple's clever construction techniques have enabled a stylish, distinctive all-in-one, but more importantly they've legitimately improved the user-experience, too. The full lamination process takes the same display pixels as from the previous generation iMac and makes them work harder and look better; you'll appreciate the many pounds dropped from the overall weight of each system from the moment you lift it out of the box," writes Vincent Nguyen.

Update: Down below are those new reviews from Macworld and Ars Technica.

Macworld - "The new iMac steps into the future, with cutting-edge design (literally), updated processor and RAM, better sounding speakers, and reduced-glare (but still glossy!) screens. Unfortunately, the new iMac also follows Apple's trend towards less repairable and upgradeable Macs and the elimination of useful features such as optical drives and FireWire 800 ports. I think it's reasonable to drop the optical drive from laptops, where the benefit of reduced size and weight can be immediately appreciated when you walk around with a laptop in your bag. On a desktop computer like the iMac, it's unclear what the benefits are of going without these conveniences in order to have a thinner and lighter iMac at your desk-unless you're admiring the iMac from the side, of course," writes James Galbraith.

Ars Technica - "Happily, the newest iMacs still retain most of what made past models appealing-the graphics processors won't set any speed records, but they compare favorably to those in competing all-in-ones. Fast, desktop-class quad-core Ivy Bridge processors from Intel power every iMac within the pricing spectrum. The screens, while not of the Retina variety just yet, are excellent IPS panels with great color and viewing angles. There are several improvements subtly enhancing their quality over previous models. And as with other all-in-ones, cable clutter is kept to a minimum," writes Andrew Cunningham.

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