Apple iMac 27-inch (July 2010) review: Apple iMac 27-inch (July 2010)

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good Huge, quality screen and high resolution. SDXC card support. Grunty new GPU. Still the best value all-in-one.

The Bad No eSATA port. Gloss screen may irritate some.

The Bottom Line While others have tried and failed, the iMac is still king of the hill when it comes to all-in-ones. All that's left to ask for is faster external storage and better SSDs, but for now it still comes highly recommended.

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While the iMac got a big upgrade last year to Core i, and the 24-inch expanded to 27, this year's upgrade is a lot more modest. Processors have been given a boost in speed in Core i3, i5 and i7 flavours, and there's now a Radeon HD 5000 series inside and a second drive bay for a solid-state drive (SSD) should you choose to upgrade.

Don't think the option is there for later upgrading though — if you don't select the SSD option, you won't get the extra mounting bracket. While Apple wouldn't tell us exactly what brand of SSD would be supplied, we suspect it's still using Samsung, an inferior option for performance compared to the likes of the SandForce controllers out there today.

I'll have more of the same, thanks, waiter

The 27-inch iMac is otherwise the same dominating presence it was last year, with its gorgeous LED backlit, IPS-based 2560x1440 screen, aluminium styling and the included wireless keyboard and magic mouse (although Apple is, of course, pushing the Magic Trackpad as the perfect accessory — whether it is or not we'll leave up to you). Almost everything we said in the last review still holds true, from the gloss screen being a potential annoyance, to the bi-directional mini-DisplayPort connection and SD card reader being big positives. A nice addition this year is the ability to read large capacity SDXC cards, allowing up to 64GB of storage.

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Apple iMac 27-inch (July 2010)

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