PROS / The Full HD LED backlit screen makes the display stunning with crisp and bright images.
CONS / It can be a difficult process to upgrade this home computer.
VERDICT / If you are willing to pay the price, the Apple iMac will not disappoint with all the features and options available.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
There are plenty of reasons to take a look at the iMac, especially if you prefer the Apple OS to using Windows. The downside to this particular home computer is that it is very difficult to upgrade. There are also a limited number of USB ports, though the Bluetooth mouse and keyboard won't occupy any USB slots. Overall, the Mac has several strong advantages when it comes to the operating system but has some disadvantages to take into consideration.
There are plenty of reasons why people prefer a Mac to the competition, but if we are looking at strictly numbers, you may be surprised. The performance of the iMac isn't quite as good as we expected for the amount you pay. There are 8GB of RAM, which is about the expected amount these days for the typical home computer. The storage capacity on this machine is also about what we would expect at 1TB. The processor is an Intel Core i5 with a CPU speed of 2.7 GHz. This isn't slow, but it isn't the fastest. You can improve the speed by getting a more expensive model.
The features of the iMac are unique compared to the other home computers we looked at. The first big difference from a Windows-based computer is the different operating system. Apple's OS X has received incredible acclaim for its user-friendly interface and sleek design. If you switch from a Windows computer, there will be a learning curve – but it's sure to be a short one.
It comes with wireless capabilities and has a memory card reader, which means you will be able to get photos from your camera to your hard drive, provided your camera uses an SD card. The other downside is that there are only four USB ports. The mouse and keyboard are actually connected through Bluetooth, which is nice since that would leave you with only two.
The computer is more expensive than any of the others we looked at, but it does come with the monitor built in, so that removes an additional cost. The actual dimensions of the iMac are 17.75 x 20.80 x 6.9 inches, and it weighs 12.5 pounds. As you would expect with any Apple product, this computer is sleek and classy. It doesn't take up much space when you consider you won't have a tower to deal with.
The support offered by Apple for their iMac is good. We were impressed with their live chat, email and user forums, but we would have liked to have free phone support. When you have questions about your computer, it is preferable to have a way to contact support without needing the internet to do it. This isn't a big thing since the internet is widely available, but it is something to consider.
The iMac is a great machine if you don't want to deal with Windows, but it isn't right for everyone. It is much more difficult to upgrade later on, and the USB ports are lacking. It is advantageous that the computer itself is built into the monitor; it's all in one neat package so you don't have to find room for a tower. If you are a Mac fan, then this desktop computer is worthwhile. If you want more in the way of processing and customization, you might want to choose another home computer.