Apple's New iMacs Are the Best All-in-One PCs: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-11-27 Print this article Print

5. Vastly reduced reflection

One of the biggest issues with past iMacs is that they had significant problems with screen glare when placed in rooms exposed to the sun or bright artificial lights. With its new display, Apple has reduced screen glare by 75 percent, putting it back on par with the majority of computer makers in the Windows ecosystem.

6. The IPS-LED connection is important

Apple has decided to deliver both LED and In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology in the iMac's screen. That's extremely important. With LED backlighting, the screen will deliver accurate colors and handle motion without much trouble. The addition of IPS ensures a bright picture that reduces viewing-angle issues. Plus, it should deliver high-definition quality resolution regardless of users' viewing angle. The result will be a high-quality visual experience.

7. Power through processors

Apple has decided to bundle the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors into its iMacs. The 21.5-inch model comes with a 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, while the 27-inch version boosts that to 3.4GHz. Granted, the Intel Core i5 comes standard, but even that processor shouldn't be overlooked. Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors are powerful and can handle most tasks, making the iMac a computer that should give users years of highly responsive computing.

8. Nvidia graphics support is nice

It's clear that Apple wants to make the iMac a bit more gaming-focused. The 21.5-inch version comes with the customer's choice of the Nvidia GeForce GT640M or 650M graphics processors. The 27-inch model has a GTX 660M, 675MX or 680MX. The processors aren't top-of-the-line, but they're powerful enough to deliver a pretty solid video and gaming experience. It's nice to see Apple deliver that in the iMac--in light of the fact that few competitors actually see value in having high-quality graphics cards in all-in-one PCs.

9. Flash storage is available

Although much of the discussion surrounding the iMac has centered on its Fusion Drive, which combines the storage of a hard-disk drive with the speed of flash storage, the big story is that the 27-inch model can support up to 768GB of flash storage. With flash, users won't need to worry about moving parts that could break down. Plus, flash responds faster than a hard-disk drive, ensuring better performance. Don't overlook the value of flash in the iMac. It's a feature seen far too sparingly in the all-in-one space.

10. USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

You don't think USB 3.0 is important? By adding that technology to the iMac, Apple's USB ports can deliver transfer speeds of up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Even better, it comes with two Thunderbolt ports that allow users to connect a host of peripherals, including external drives, cameras, printers and other accessories. Plus, it supports daisy-chaining to deliver even more connectivity.

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