Reviews Apple iMac (2012)
7.9
RCT SCORE
RCT SCORE 7.9 / 10

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Apple's iMac all-in-one PC received a substantial redesign for 2012. It's thinner, has a new display, stronger internals and a new "Fusion Drive" option for internal storage. Available in 21.5 and 27-inch varities, the iMac features an LED display that Apple claims (and reviewers seconded) cuts down on glare by about 75 percent over previous models.

As far as internals go, you'll find a quad-core Intel Core i5 (2.7GHz) processor as the standard option (upgradeable to a Core i7 3.4GHz processor) alongside NVIDIA GeForce graphics. Your storage options include a 3TB hard drive, 768GB of flash storage or the new Fusion Drive which stores your frequently used apps on flash and less-used files on a hard disc drive for an overall speedier performance.

The new iMacs are ultra-thin and so you won't find an optical drive for CDs and DVDs. Instead, there is Apple's Thunderbolt port, four USB 3.0 ports, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 720p web camera.

All told, the 2012 iMacs were very well received. Reviewers loved the new display and new design, although some complained about the lack of an optical drive. Price, of course, continues to be a sticking point. The iMac starts at $1,299 for the 21.5-inch model and $1,799 for the 27-inch model.

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A Knockout
A desktop computer may not be the most practical choice you can make. But the new iMac is hard to pass by.
USA Today.com
 
Sleek, Stylish But Far From Shallow
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...
TechCrunch.com
 
A Pinnacle Product
The Apple iMac 27-inch (Late 2012) all-in-one PC is the pinnacle of desktop design and manufacturing. It's not perfect, or cheap, but it's worth every penny.
PC Magazine.com
 
A Great Display and a Great Refresh
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...
The Verge.com
 
Super Slim
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...
Engadget.com
 
A Reason to Get a Desktop
Even if today's iMac doesn't have a touch screen or a higher resolution display, it's still one of the best -- if not the best -- all-in-one out there.
ABC News.com
 
Apple's Best Mac Ever
It is the biggest iMac product redesign in years and a largely successful one, provided some users don't mind shelling out a little extra for the optical drive or overlooking this...
Fortune.com
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