Early iMac Reviews Praise Design and Display Enhancements

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With Apple's new iMac going on sale today, the first reviews of the new machine are starting to arrive. The reviews come alongside some early teardown photos and benchmarks offering an early glimpse at Apple's redesigned flagship desktop.

    CNET has a thorough review of the 27-inch model, which won't be shipping to customers for several more weeks, noting that while the design is the major change to the machine, iterative improvements on already impressive performance-related specs keep the iMac in solid position.
    CNET's review machine, a souped-up $2599 model with 3.4 GHz Core i7 processor, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX graphics, performed quite well in benchmark tests and features Apple's new display lamination process that greatly reduces reflectivity. The new iMac compares relatively favorably to Dell's XPS One 27 in many respects, with the Dell's touch capabilities and Blu-ray drive perhaps being significant factors in its favor for some users.

    The Verge has also reviewed both sizes of the new iMac and was similarly impressed by the new display process being used by Apple.
    Overall, The Verge gives both iMac models scores of 9.0, noting that it is "still the best all-in-one device out there" but suggesting that the door is open for Windows 8 machines integrating advanced features like touchscreens and media center software to compete strongly with the iMac.

    Article Link: Early iMac Reviews Praise Design and Display Enhancements
  2. macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2012
  3. macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2012
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2010
    maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem too ergonomic to have a touchscreen for a desktop. a tablet.. yes.. but desktop my arms would have to keep hovering in the air frequently to do tasks if i were to really forego the traditional keyboard/mouse
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
  6. macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2012
    Helios Prime
    Surely that price can't be right! The same system costs 2.649,00 euros ($3.444,79) in Germany... :eek:
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2003
    That is the entire premise of windows 8, touch for the sake of itself. Not because you need it, or because its the right tool for the job, rather because it's touch and that's awesome, ignore that it makes simple tasks on a traditional computer less intuitive and more time consuming.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Desktop with mobile graphics?

    I'd still prefer to have a slightly bigger machine with desktop-level graphics instead of a mobile GPU. :(
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    I'm afraid it can be right.
    The price in US$ is tax-free, and Apple always had a thing for screwing non-Americans.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2008
    I can't help but think that I can undercut apple here and make a profit. Wanna do business??
  11. macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    The point is the option is there if you want it. I have an iPad in a stand next to my monitor, and often after tapping on it find myself tapping on the Mac's screen - not so much because it's comfortable, but it's the natural action under the circumstances and intentions. If having a touchscreen entails negligible (if not zero) cost & space, why not have it? there if you want it, don't use it if you don't.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    Yep, it is.

    That's assuming you don't upgrade the RAM to 16 GB, which would add $200, or up to 32 GB, which would add $600.
  13. macrumors 68020

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    It's not you. It's common sense, and exactly why Apple has _not_ entertained the idea of a touch-screen computer. That said, as people use touch more on tablets and phones, the expectation to touch the screen on regular computers is growing. I've even found myself trying to interact with the screen on my laptop only to realize that I wasn't using my iPad. hahaha

    Macs will eventually have a touch-screen monitor, simply to stay in line with consumer expectations, but the time is not right just yet.
  14. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    It's Never A Good Night To Have A Curse
    The GPU on the high end 27" is pretty damn close to one. You'll easily be able to run just about any game at native resolution with all the settings bumped up about as high as they'll go.
  15. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    No mention of the RAM or upgrade pricing? I'd say some folks are drinking the coolaid.
  16. macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    / Sarcasm .. Doesn't the editor know he can build a better desktop with 1/2 the price :p

    I'm thinking bout buying a Mac mini or a rmbp .. any advice guys ???
    I am also considering the Air as I don't do much heavy work . just work related reports

    I've gone through 3 hps in the past 3 years , rubbish build quality as the screen always lets go . How is the build quality on the air as opposed to the mbp?

    Appreciate the advise :)
  17. macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2012
    Touchscreen on a desktop is possibly one of the dumbest ideas ever. No one wants to be lifting their arms at work for hours on end. Talk about soreness and muscle fatigue! It's a novelty gimick only. Its in no way practical. Mouse is still the fastest interface with current OSs and screen positioning. The only way touch screen is practice is when the screen is in your hands or near your hands like on a flat surface directly in front of you. Then you have a head down position which will cause even more back and neck problems.

    It's not practical.
  18. macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Purchased 3 fully loaded iMacs. 1 27 for me and 2 21 inchers for my 8 year old twin daughters (they hate sharing).
  19. macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2012
  20. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    Yep. They've been using mobile graphics cards for a while now in the iMacs.
  21. macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    That's why Dell's computer has special stand that folds. It does not go completely horizontal but it folds like this:

  22. macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2010
    So it looks like RAM can be upgraded in the 27"
  23. macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2002
    Western Spiral
    Considering the profile is invisible when the thing is in front of you, I would have much preferred they cut off the chin and kept it "thick".

    The thing I'm most interested in learning about the new design is how quiet they (hopefully) are.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2012
  25. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    It's Never A Good Night To Have A Curse
    Or this...


    ...which is the second time I've posted this picture today, in response to the same tired argument.

    Most people griping about monkey arms or whatever are only doing so because Steve Jobs said something back in the day, and now they're regurgitating it nonstop in an attempt to look smart.

    You know, he was right...when it comes to vertically standing monitors. But for screens you can slide right in front of you and tilt back? There's no reason not to have them touch enabled. They'll be as comfortable to use as an iPad.

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