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21.5-inch iMac (Late 2012) Hands-On: Perfect for the Entry-Level Crowd

by Brandon Russell | December 13, 2012December 13, 2012 10:48 am PST

When Apple unveiled its new iMac earlier this year, I was blown away by how incredibly thin the computer looked. It was still the same beautiful machine we’re familiar with, now skinny as a pencil and better spec’d than ever. Seeing it in person, I had to do a double take to make sure it was an actual real computer, and not a trick. It’s real, and it’s drop dead gorgeous.

We picked up the base 21.5-inch base model, which includes: 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB (two 4GB) memory, 1TB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M with 512MB. The base machine isn’t designed to be a powerhouse for anyone who relies on intensive video editing or anything of that nature, but it’s a solid computer for general computing, such as browsing the Web, streaming content, etc.

The new iMac is a significant departure in that it no longer has a CD/DVD drive, which Apple has been working towards in its entire Mac lineup. That might not be a big deal for some, but others might yearn for its demise. Check out the full hands-on video, and stay tuned for more iMac coverage soon.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.