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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