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

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

Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2.7GHz, fall 2012)
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Dell XPS 27 all-in-one desktop computer

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Apple Mac Pro (2013)

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Price $1,269 at 1 store $1,879 to $1,959 at 2 stores
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: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.8 (4.0 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 4.5 stars out of 1 review 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date November 29, 2012 September 06, 2013 June 13, 2013 N/A June 03, 2013
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. It's the best of the small handful of current tablet/all-in-one hybrids, with a subtle, sophisticated design and good battery life, but this new genre is still in its early days. 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.

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Audio Output Integrated - Stereo
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Type Personal computer
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Video Memory 512 MB GDDR5 SDRAM
2 GB
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Storage Controller Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 )
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Optical Storage None
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Hard Drive 1 x HDD 1 TB - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
1 TB
2000 GB
320 GB
256 GB
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 Pentium 2117U / 1.8 GHz
Intel Xeon 3.7 GHz ( Quad-Core )
RAM 8 GB (installed) / 16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz
8 GB
8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
12 GB
Cache Memory 6 MB L3 cache
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10 MB
Dimensions (WxDxH) 20.8 in x 6.9 in x 17.7 in
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Hard Drive (3rd) None
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Weight 12.5 lbs
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Monitor 21.5 in - LED - 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
27 in
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Packaged Quantity 1
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Graphics Controller NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
nVidia GeForce GT 750M 2GB DDR5 with TPM V1.2 and Thunderbolt
Intel HD Graphics 4000
AMD FirePro D300
Storage Removable None
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Networking Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
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Product Form Factor All-in-one
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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
- Pentium 2117U 1.8 GHz - 4 GB - 320 GB 18.4 in
Mac Pro - Xeon 3.7 GHz - 12 GB
Operating System Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Info unavailable Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit, English
Windows 8, 64-bit, English
Apple Mac OS X Mavericks
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