iMac (27-inch, 2013)by Apple

  • iMac (27-inch, 2013)
  • iMac (27-inch, 2013)
  • iMac (27-inch, 2013)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
85%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • It's a Mac with Apple's trademark beautiful, simple design and a great looking, 27-inch, 2560 X 1440 resolution display. The display is laminated, which reduces reflections and glare.
  • The iMac includes powerful hardware, with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M standard. The cheapest model includes a slower mechanical hard drive.
  • It's well equipped, with both user-serviceable memory slots and generous ports that include Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

CONS

  • It's expensive. You'll have to pay an extra $200 for the practically essential Fusion Drive upgrade. You can't easily upgrade an iMac yourself because the screen is glued on, although RAM slots are accessible.
  • This version of the iMac doesn't offer a Retina display, a feature that's become standard across most of Apple's product line.
  • Competing Windows all-in-one PCs offer touch screens, but Macs don't. Touch screens aren't essential on a desktop, but you'll have to buy a Windows PC if you want one.
This iMac is an all-in-one Mac desktop with a 27-inch display. With the Mac's components located right behind the display, it's a complete computer in a smaller size than some 27-inch monitors. The iMac includes Apple's trademark silver-and-black, slim design along with a laminated screen. This is the larger and more expensive counterpart to Apple's 21.5-inch iMac. Competing Windows all-in-one PCs offer touch screens and Windows, while iMacs don't have touch screens and come with Mac OS X.
NameiMac (27-inch, 2013)iMac (27-inch with Retina 5K display, late 2015)XPS 27 (2012)iMac (27-inch with Retina 5K display, 2015)Yoga Home 900
ManufacturerAppleAppleDellAppleLenovo
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If you choose the 27-inch variant, you get a 3.2GHz quad core i5 processor, but it will cost you much more.

If you choose the 27-inch variant, you get a 3.2GHz quad core i5 processor, but it will cost you much more.

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The iMac isn't silent, at least not all the time, but even at its loudest there's a barely discernible whir that will disturb very few, even…

The iMac isn't silent, at least not all the time, but even at its loudest there's a barely discernible whir that will disturb very few, even in a quiet and isolated home office. In an actual office you won't hear it at all.

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We already loved the iMac for its attractive design, forceful audio and sharp, low-glare screen, so it's even easier to recommend it now tha…

We already loved the iMac for its attractive design, forceful audio and sharp, low-glare screen, so it's even easier to recommend it now that it's been upgraded with new processors, more powerful GPUs, faster 802.11ac WiFi and speedier PCIe SSDs.

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They're expensive, of course, but not poor value for money. The fact that the cheaper 27-inch model increased in price by more than the rest…

They're expensive, of course, but not poor value for money. The fact that the cheaper 27-inch model increased in price by more than the rest of the range is offset by its step ahead in processing and graphics power, breaking the spec parity with the more expensive 21.5-inch iMac.

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The current iMac design blew a lot of minds when first unveiled by Apple in October 2012. The artful photography and clever angles made the …

The current iMac design blew a lot of minds when first unveiled by Apple in October 2012. The artful photography and clever angles made the system look completely flat, although once you got to see it in person, you could see that the rear panel curves out in the center. So, no, it's not as paper-thin as one might think at first glance, but there's still a notable lack of bulk for a high-powered 27-inch all-in-one.

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The only upgrade available is under a door on the back panel, which exposes a set of four SO-DIMM slots. The system has 8GB installed, with …

The only upgrade available is under a door on the back panel, which exposes a set of four SO-DIMM slots. The system has 8GB installed, with a potential for 32GB total.

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Tests of our CTO 27-inch iMac show that the Fusion Drive and processor upgrade definitely give the custom iMac a nice performance boost.

Tests of our CTO 27-inch iMac show that the Fusion Drive and processor upgrade definitely give the custom iMac a nice performance boost.

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Even with high pricing for basic upgrades, the iMac is exactly what a Desktop should be: simple, clean, efficient, comfortable and, most imp…

Even with high pricing for basic upgrades, the iMac is exactly what a Desktop should be: simple, clean, efficient, comfortable and, most importantly, powerful. No matter which model you choose, it’s a machine that’ll easily last three to five years, and you’ll love every second.

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The new iMac offers up improved configuration options for one of Apple’s most interesting recent tech innovations – Fusion Drive. The Fusion…

The new iMac offers up improved configuration options for one of Apple’s most interesting recent tech innovations – Fusion Drive. The Fusion Drive is a cocktail of software and hardware that allows Apple to offer capacious storage capacities not available affordable in SSD, but with the speed and performance benefits that come from SSD.

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Upgrade potential isn't, really, though the primary goal of an all-in-one machine. Apple has a few competitors on the Windows 8 side offerin…

Upgrade potential isn't, really, though the primary goal of an all-in-one machine. Apple has a few competitors on the Windows 8 side offering all-in-ones, and none are designed with much of a mind toward DIY upgrades. The upshot, certainly in the iMac's case, is the resulting design and compact footprint: a full computer - a powerful one at that - in less space than many monitors.

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It goes without saying that you shouldn't buy any iMac without a Fusion Drive configured, at least. Those upgrades start at $200 for all com…

It goes without saying that you shouldn't buy any iMac without a Fusion Drive configured, at least. Those upgrades start at $200 for all computers, which raises the base price by a not insignificant amount, but the performance benefits are more than worth it.

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