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Apple iMac 21.5 inch and 27 inch 2013 review: the Haswell generation

New hardware, same looks

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Introduction

Never change a winning team. That frequently seems to be an important (and successful) part of Apple's design philosophy, and it's certainly true for the new iMac. It appeared without too much fanfare, has the same chassis design as the previous generation and only inside are there differences. So is the new Haswell generation iMac a worthy successor? 


The iMac remains one of the best all-in-one computers, especially if you can afford it and go for one of the high-end models. It still doesn't feature a touchscreen, but even for Windows users it can be a viable alternative. With Boot Camp it's easy to run Windows next to Mac OS X, basically turning it into a normal PC. 

Apple iMac 21.5
The new iMac looks identical to the previous generation.

The design is a familiar one therefore, with almost only aluminium, sleek sides and a bubble on the back of the screen that contains the hardware. The screen has a glass plate that's very close to the display panel, providing a very clear picture. The iMac has limited upgrade capabilities. On the 21.5-inch model you can't access anything without removing the glass panel, but you can add RAM to the 27-inch version. So if you like to tinker with your PC, an iMac is not the best option. Then again, no all-in-one PC is easy to upgrade due to the compact interior. 

The design is very minimalistic. If you connect the iMac wirelessly, you only need one cable for the power supply. The standard input devices (there are other options if you order it online from Apple) are the familiar aluminium Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Mighty Mouse with touch. The power button is on the left side of the back, and on the right you have the following connectors: Gigabit Ethernet, two Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC memory card reader and audio jacks.

Both models have a high-quality IPS display with a glossy finish. The 21.5-inch model has Full HD, 1920x1080 resolution, while the 27-inch version has a resolution of 2560x1440.

Compare

two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price
Apple iMac 21.5" (ME086N/A)
REVIEW

All-in-One, Intel Core i5 4570R, 8 GB, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 1000 GB, 21.5 inch, Microsoft Windows 8 Pro

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Apple iMac 27'' (MF125N/A)
REVIEW

All-in-One, Intel Core i7 4771, 8 GB, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, 3128 GB, 27 inch, Microsoft Windows 8 Pro

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