iMac (21.5-inch, 2014)by Apple

  • iMac (21.5-inch, 2014)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, 2014)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, 2014)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
75%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Build quality and design are excellent on the entry-level 21.5-inch iMac, matching that of the premium versions.
  • The pricing makes getting an iMac more affordable than ever.
  • The IPS display looks gorgeous with good viewing angles.

CONS

  • No component of the iMac can be upgraded by the user.
  • Even though it has MacBook Air-esque components, the iMac is priced like a mid-range desktop.
  • Performance from the Intel HD 5000 integrated GPU is lackluster and not suitable for gaming.
The entry-level 21.5-inch Apple iMac comes with a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of onboard memory. The 21.5-inch LED display supports a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and is powered by Intel’s HD Graphics 5000 GPU. A 500 GB ATA hard drive comes standard, but this can be upgraded at the time of purchase. Connections include two Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, mini DisplayPort, SDXC card slot, and a Kensington lock slot. An HD webcam and a headphone port are also included. Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi come standard as well.
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ManufacturerAppleDellAppleAsusLenovo
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List Price$1100$1100$1499$1899$850
80%

For surfing, video streaming, and basic school or office work, it feels like a slightly faster version of the 13-inch MacBook Air.

For surfing, video streaming, and basic school or office work, it feels like a slightly faster version of the 13-inch MacBook Air.

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80%

This midrange system is effectively sealed, but even if you have the tools and the talent to get into the chassis, there really aren't any u…

This midrange system is effectively sealed, but even if you have the tools and the talent to get into the chassis, there really aren't any upgrades you could perform.

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80%

The iMac's stereo speakers provided plenty of volume to fill a small meeting room, though we did have a few minor gripes.

The iMac's stereo speakers provided plenty of volume to fill a small meeting room, though we did have a few minor gripes.

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80%

In real-world terms this means that the iMac isn’t really about gaming, and the scant number of Mac-compatible games on Steam is testament t…

In real-world terms this means that the iMac isn’t really about gaming, and the scant number of Mac-compatible games on Steam is testament to the fact that for now, at least, the Mac isn’t really sold as a gaming platform.

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70%

The stand offers a good range of tilt adjustment but no height adjustment; as for swivel, it's easy to move this 12.5-pound iMac around.

The stand offers a good range of tilt adjustment but no height adjustment; as for swivel, it's easy to move this 12.5-pound iMac around.

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60%

The new $1099 iMac was slower across the board, and 54 percent slower overall, than the $1299 21.5-inch system.

The new $1099 iMac was slower across the board, and 54 percent slower overall, than the $1299 21.5-inch system.

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The new $1,099 iMac is faster than an entry-level iMac from four years ago... but not by much.

The new $1,099 iMac is faster than an entry-level iMac from four years ago... but not by much.

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