The new iMacs from Apple certainly look really cool! In particular, their displays look something special and the fact they use LED screens means they will be bright and energy-efficient, an all-important selling point in these days when everyone is trying to be more green (if only to ‘keep up with the Jones’).
The new HD resolutions are what one would expect in these days when everyone is getting ready (at least here in the UK) for the changeover from analogue to digital TV. The new feature, called ‘in-plane switching’ should mean that viewing angles are an improvement on the existing models. I have yet to see it in action myself, as Apple Stores are in short supply in this neck of the woods. I guess we can take Apple’s word for it though.
Like the unibody laptops that we are used to seeing from Apple these days, the aluminimum enclosure looks the part and looks less cluttered. The single lead certainly helps keep the clutter down.
Apple is not only proud of its green credentials, it likes to excel in other areas of design, one of them being noise. Accordingly, the new iMac makes only 18 decibels of noise when idle, barely a whisper!
Feature-wise, the new iMacs follow in the footsteps of the current laptop range, with SD slot, improved graphics and more RAM. However, the headline feature has to be the quad-core i5/i7 CPUs in the 27-inch model. This certainly makes the new top-end models very attractive, especially if you are upgrading from a G4 or G5 iMac (yes, some of us still run G4 macs!).
Here is a summary of the main features:
- Graphics: GeForce 9400M/ATI Radeon HD 4670 (21.5-inch) or ATI Radeon HD 4670/4850 (27-inch)
- Up to 16GB RAM
- Up to 2TB Hard drive
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- 16:9 aspect ratio screen (smae as HD TV)
- 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache, or
- 3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache (21.5-inch or 27-inch models)
- 2.66GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache; Turbo Boost dynamic performance up to 3.2GHz or 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache; Turbo Boost dynamic performance up to 3.46GHz; Hyper-Threading for up to eight virtual cores (27-inch model only)
Prices: £949 to £1,599
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