Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2.7GHz, fall 2012) comparison

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Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2.7GHz, fall 2012)

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Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2.9GHz, fall 2012)

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Price $1,269 at 1 store $1,879 to $1,959 at 3 stores $1,319 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.1 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.8 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.1 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 5 reviews 3.5 stars out of 3 reviews 4.0 stars out of 1 review 0 stars No reviews, write one! 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date November 29, 2012 September 06, 2013 June 13, 2013 June 03, 2013 November 29, 2012
The Bottom Line The 21.5-inch iMac will be a compelling lower-cost all-in-one for Mac loyalists, but you can get more capabilities from similarly priced Windows all-in-ones. Anyone who bought last year's redesigned iMac doesn't need to upgrade, but for owners of older models or anyone looking to switch, the latest 27-inch Apple iMac offers a wide-ranging set of internal upgrades. As a big-screen upscale all-in-one with touch and decent gaming chops, the latest version of Dell's XPS 27 is a great all-around home PC that covers a lot of bases. Apple radically re-imagines the professional desktop with the new Mac Pro, featuring a design that looks fantastic and offers genuine breakthrough advantages. But, consumer-level Apple enthusiasts should note that this product isn't specifically targeted at them and DIY upgraders will lament the loss of traditional desktop tower flexibility. The 21.5-inch iMac will be a compelling lower-cost all-in-one for Mac loyalists, but you can get more capabilities from similarly priced Windows all-in-ones.

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Audio Output Integrated - Stereo
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Integrated - Stereo
Type Personal computer
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Personal computer
Video Memory 512 MB GDDR5 SDRAM
2 GB
Info unavailable 4 GB
512 MB GDDR5 SDRAM
Storage Controller Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 )
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 )
Optical Storage None
Info unavailable Slot load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
Info unavailable None
Hard Drive 1 x HDD 1 TB - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
1 TB
2000 GB
256 GB
1 x HDD 1 TB - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
Processor Intel 3rd Gen Core i5
1 3 2.7 GHz ( 3.2 GHz ) ( Quad-Core )
Intel 4th Gen Core i5 3.4 GHz ( Quad-Core )
Info unavailable Intel Xeon 3.7 GHz ( Quad-Core )
1 x Intel Core i5 3 2.9 GHz ( 3.6 GHz ) ( Quad-Core )
RAM 8 GB (installed) / 16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz
8 GB
8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
12 GB
8 GB (installed) / 16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz
Cache Memory 6 MB L3 cache
Info unavailable Info unavailable 10 MB
6 MB L3 cache
Dimensions (WxDxH) 20.8 in x 6.9 in x 17.7 in
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 20.8 in x 6.9 in x 17.7 in
Hard Drive (3rd) None
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable None
Weight 12.5 lbs
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 12.5 lbs
Monitor 21.5 in - LED - 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
27 in
Info unavailable Info unavailable 21.5 in - LED - 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
Packaged Quantity 1
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 1
Graphics Controller NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
nVidia GeForce GT 750M 2GB DDR5 with TPM V1.2 and Thunderbolt
AMD FirePro D300
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
Storage Removable None
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable None
Networking Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
Product Form Factor All-in-one
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable All-in-one
Product Description Apple iMac iMac (fall 2012) - 3rd Gen Core i5
2.7 GHz - 8 GB - 1 TB - LED 21.5 in
- 4th Gen Core i5 3.4 GHz - 8 GB 27 in
- 8 GB - 2000 GB
Mac Pro - Xeon 3.7 GHz - 12 GB
Apple iMac - Core i5 2.9 GHz - 8 GB - 1 TB - LED 21.5 in
Operating System Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Info unavailable Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit, English
Apple Mac OS X Mavericks
Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
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