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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Dell XPS 27 all-in-one desktop computer

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Asus ET2300INTI All-in-one PC

Asus ET2300INTI All-in-one PC
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Price $1,269 at 1 store $1,879 to $1,959 at 3 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)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.2 (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 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 November 01, 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. 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. It's not the most attractive PC out there, but the Asus ET2300INTI has a broad array of features that will entice those looking for a mainstream Windows 8 all-in-one.

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Audio Output Integrated - Stereo
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Integrated
Type Personal computer
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Personal computer
Video Memory 512 MB GDDR5 SDRAM
2 GB
Info unavailable Info unavailable 1 GB
Storage Controller Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 )
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 )
Optical Storage (2nd) Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable None
Optical Storage None
Info unavailable Slot load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
Info unavailable DVD±RW
Hard Drive 1 x HDD 1 TB - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
1 TB
2000 GB
320 GB
1 x HDD 1 TB - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
Hard Drive (2nd) Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable None
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
3rd Gen Core i5
1 x Intel 3 i5-3330 / 3 GHz ( 3.2 GHz ) ( Quad-Core )
RAM 8 GB (installed) / 16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz
8 GB
8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
8 GB (installed) / 8 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM
Cache Memory 6 MB L3 cache
Info unavailable Info unavailable 2 MB
6 MB
Dimensions (WxDxH) 20.8 in x 6.9 in x 17.7 in
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 22.5 in x 10.4 in x 17.6 in
Hard Drive (3rd) None
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable None
Weight 12.5 lbs
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 25.6 lbs
Monitor 21.5 in - LED - 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
27 in
Info unavailable 18.4 in
23 in - LED - 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD ) - 16:9 - Yes
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
Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
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 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
- Pentium 2117U 1.8 GHz - 4 GB - 320 GB 18.4 in
- 3rd Gen Core i5
ASUS All-in-One PC ET2300INTI i5-3330 3 GHz - 8 GB - 1 TB - LED 23 in
Operating System Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Info unavailable Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit, English
Windows 8, 64-bit, English
Windows 8 64-bit Edition
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