27 inch iMac is one of its kinds in its design. The machine is just 5mm at the edges, the arching backwards to the rear to accommodate the rest of the equipments needed to make it a complete All in One machine. The entire package weighs just 21 pounds, shedding 9.5 pounds from its predecessor.
The iMac is powered by a Quad core 3.4 GHz Intel 3rd generation i7-3770 processor. The processor is best for overclocking and is well known for its processing and graphics rendering capabilities. It has Turbo boost function which allows clocking speeds of up to 3.9 GHz. Even at its peak performance, the CPU temperature reached 156 degrees which is well within the chip operating level. In benchmarking tests, it scored an overall 110 which is the best in its category.
To compliment the power of the processor, it is equipped with an equally powerful 2 GB Nvidia GeForce GTC 680MX. With more and more modern games now supporting Mac, this machine is going to be any gamers dream machine. Imagine playing game on 2560 x 1440 resolution powered by one of the most powerful processor. If you are willing to compromise processing power to save some money, you have the choice to go for the 2.9 GHz, 3.1 GHz or 3.2 GHz. The difference in price between the most powerful one and the others in the series is around $500.
When it comes to RAM memory, it comes by default with 8 GB at 1600 MHz speed. Only 2 of the four RAM slot is occupied. So if you want to upgrade it you can use the remaining 2 slots to a maximum RAM of 32GB altogether.
APPLE 27inch iMac is equipped with Apple Fusion Drive SSD caching technology. The 128 GB SSD is controlled by Operating system and is linked to the 1TB hard disk to create a single volume. The Fusion Drive technology intelligently moves the commonly used files and applications to SSD. This enabled Imac to boot very fast, just 17 sec to boot to desktop after turning on the power switch.
The personality of any computer is its display. The 27 inch IPS screen is huge. It allows a wide viewing angle supporting resolution up to 2560 x 1440. The picture display is also very sharp. The large screen and high resolution makes it an ideal option for professional image editing.
Another major improvement is the integrated speaker which is a major improvement from the previous model. It has good support for mid range and high frequency sound, but not that good support for bass. Unfortunately, you don’t have the option to connect external speaker. The headset output is only 3.5mm which is not of much use for a better external speaker.
Apple 27 inch iMac comes with cutting edge connectivity options. It has four USB 3.0 ports, a pair of thunderbolt ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and SDXC card reader. The presence of USB 3.0 ensures transfer speeds of 5 Gb/sec, while thunderbolt port can transfer data up to 10 Gb/sec. The wireless connectivity is very fast with a 802.11n connection with a MIMO antenna array with transfer speed up to 450 Mbit/sec.
The machine is powered by OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion. Mountain lion is an incremental update over its predecessors with more integration of mobile features. The 64 bit OS is not only user friendly, but powerful and scalable to professional users. One major disadvantage of 27 inch iMac is absence of recovery partition. This is a major drawback if you are looking for re-installing OS. The machine is also equipped with Apple’s free iLife softwares. Some of the softwares in the package is the best when it comes to editing and creating photos, home movies and animations.
The iMac also comes with a choice of Apple Wireless or wired keyboard with numeric pad and magic mouse. You can also opt to purchase Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse for $69. Magic Mouse is very touch sensitive and users will enjoy the quiet operation. Keyboard is amazing with ultra compact, flat with widely and well spaced keys.
Final Verdict: Apple 7 inch iMac is in a class of its own when it comes to All in One desktop computer. This is the one you should go for if you are looking for power and larger display. This machine can bring minute details in every level which cannot be achieved using a windows machine. Even though costly, it is worth every dime you pay for it. Overall, Apple 7 inch iMac is a clear winner and go for it, if it is within your range.