Pros Setup is a breeze. Elegant all in one design makes this desktop easily transportable. Superb display.
Cons No Thunderbolt support or peripherals. At this time, Thunderbolt is about as useful as mammary glands on nun.
Summary I have to 100% disagree with the main reviewers assessment of this machine. The gorgeous 21.5 glass-paneled backlit LCD display and OS/X's Front Row makes this an excellent media center computer. Not to mention AirPlay (wireless streaming of media content to your AppleTV or iOS device). The 512mb video adapter is plenty of juice to run DVD's and most gaming. I'm playing Bioshock on this bad boy and it's as smooth as glass. Far superior to any Windows based all in one for most applications - media center included as the Mac will play DVD's and media without the typical frame freeze and hiccups inherent to Windows. Get an Apple Bluetooth remote and enjoy a trouble free media center computer. Biggest complaint? Absolutely NO support for the new Thunderbolt port. You would think that there would be at least 2 or 3 available accessories before they release a machine that supports Thunderbolt. I have a suspicion that when say an external HDD DOES become available, it will be cost prohibitive. That can only change if the industry adapts Thunderbolt over say USB 3.0. Otherwise, this is another Firewire type of interface. Superior but mostly proprietary and expensive to utilize. Overall vastly superior machine to any Windows all-in-one due to some great hardware and Mac OS/X. Those looking for a new machine should definitely take a long, hard look at the new iMacs. Spend maybe the additional $150-$200 for a Mac over a Windows PC and enjoy a long-lived, very trouble free machine.
"My Editors Choice"on by jrasero23
Pros Best value out of the iMac Family
Best all in one design
Wireless keyboard and mouse are awesome
Cons Graphics should be better for the money
Only 500GB HD
4 gigs of Ram seems a bit small now a days
Summary So if you can look past the okay but not stellar graphics card and the small hard drive you have one of the best Apple values and defiantly one of the best all in ones in the industry. I can see how CNET gave the 27" a Editors Choice since it has an option for an amazing i7 and good graphics, but consumers should remind themselves, dollar for dollar the i5 2.5 21.5" is the best value. Macworld has stated, "The $1199 entry-level 21.5-inch 2.5GHz Core i5 iMac offers the most bang for the buck, keeping up with its more expensive siblings in most tasks." Just Because the entry level iMac doesn't have an i7 don't think it's not fast. Macworld found it was nearly 24 percent faster
overall than last year's entry-level 21.5-inch iMac, which had a 3.06GHz Core i3 dual core processor. Furthermore, this years entry level beat out t last year's high end configuration, a 27-inch 2.8GHz Core i5 quad core iMac by nearly 10 percent. In this case. Additionally Macworld noted that performance wise the entry level performs fairly well compared to the higher end iMacs by stating: "Surprisingly, when compared to each other, the new iMacs logged similar performance numbers. In fact, only 12 Speedmark points separate the entry-level $1199 21.5-inch 2.5GHz Core i5 iMac and the top-of-the-line $1999 27-inch 3.1GHz Core i5 iMac."
Macworld shouldn't be the end all way to judge if a computer is good but as you can see from their findings the entry iMac holds it own. The only discouraging parts of the system I can't get past is the small hard drive. 500 GB is small for any desktop especially for a desktop that goes for $1200, yet their are ways around this. You could buy a external hard drive, live in the cloud, or third party hard drive it.
The case the same modern aluminum frame, which has a great screen and good speakers. The back has added a thunderbolt port which promises to be a great leap forward. But why didn't they put two of these like the 27" I could see using one as a dual display port and the other as transfer port. The lack of item supporting thunderbolt doesn't surprise me as much as the choice to put it in the iMac since Apple rarely puts in consumer tested features.
When buying a computer and especially a Mac a consumer really needs to evaluate what they will use their computer for, how log they want to own it, and the cost. Life and buying if about compromises. unless your willing to spend $2K the iMac 27" is not in everyones round house. I buy a new computer every year give or take, so buying a top of the line anything is out of the question. Overall the new processors are that much better compared to previous models that the new quadcore processor iMacs are a must have.
Pros Beautiful screen, silent and fast computer. Did I mention fast?
Cons None so far. By the way you can order the keyboard with the numeric key pad if you want to.
Summary I replaced my old 2008 iMac and difference in speed and response is outstanding. The machine is more silent and heat less than the old one. I see the writer of the article complaining about the lack of Blu-ray, and other specifications that makes it less of a media center pc. I don't think Apple designed this iMac to be a media center to begin with. Also who wants to watch a movie in a 22 inch screen? I have a 47 inch LED TV with a 1500 w surround sound system and a Blu-ray DVD for that task. I use the iMac for what computers are best: email, surfing the web, writing documents and playing games (Steam client works wonderfully fast and games like Half-Life2 look gorgeous in this computer). I think the writer of this article has some bias against the iMac or he is missing the point of target user this computer is designed for.
Pros New Thunderbolt Port allows for great, future peripherals. Display is top-quality. New processor is in line with new MacBook Pros
Cons Can not upgrade the 512 MB graphics card. Thunderbolt peripherals are not easily available (yet!)
Summary Simply put, if people are looking for a desktop that will introduce the family to Apple computer, or replace the old iMac around the house, this is the right choice. While the hard drive is not as large, and the RAM is not as fast as it's price-equivalent Windows competitors, it is still worth the switch due to the ease of use and stability/security of Mac OS X. Besides, they can easily be upgrade, either through Apple or a third party, or by yourself, as Apple has instructional guides on their websites that make the process very easy.
If you're looking for a professional-grade machine, you may want to look for the $1,999 iMac, which has far more options when it comes to upgrading, most notably, the graphics card. While the 512 MB card that comes installed on this unit is fine for general use, it may not be enough for any hardcore gamer or video/graphical professional.
Apple has also begun shipping the new iMacs with the option of getting their Magic Mouse (a wireless mouse that has a smooth top that the user can swipe their fingers across to create gestures for shortcuts,) or swapping the mouse out for their Magic Trackpad at no extra cost, which functions a lot like a laptops trackpad, but also allows for the gestures that you would use with the Mac OS X operating system.
With Apple's plans of releasing their new operating system update, Mac OS X Lion (10.7), expect this iMac to be the perfect solution for any family's computing needs. Just don't expect to upgrade many of the internal options without stepping up to the 27" iMac.
Pros Amazing LED IPS display, powerful and fast desktop in a really small footprint. Choice of magic mouse or trackpad, wireless keyboard and mouse are standard with this product, no an add-on.
Cons No numberpad on the wireless keyboard
Summary If you're looking for an inexpensive all-in-one with super fast sandybridge processor speed, a top-of-the-line display, and next gen connectivity, this is the only product out there!