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

by Brandon Russell | December 13, 2012

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 enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...