Apple's iMac has given birth to a new brother, at a giant 27-inches, 328 ounces.
That's 9.3kg for the rest of us, and at AU$2199 it represents excellent value too. The base model features a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and an ATI Radeon HD 4670. Another AU$290 will upgrade you to a Core 2 Duo 3.33GHz, but if you want to make the jump to the quad core Intel Core i series, you'll need to pony up AU$2599 for the base Core i5 2.66GHz version, and another AU$290 on top of that for the Core i7 2.8GHz.
By default this includes Apple's wireless keyboard (without numpad, although picking up a corded one with a numpad will cost no more), and its new multi-touch Magic Mouse, which features no physical buttons.
Other options include a 2TB hard drive (for the usual Apple overpriced AU$350 extra), up to 16GB RAM (for the usual Apple over-priced $1960 extra), and ATI's Radeon HD 4850 for AU$210 extra. AppleCare, which extends your coverage to three years will cost you an extra AU$268.
The LED back-lit, IPS-based screen supports an impressive 16:9, 2560x1440 resolution, and rather nicely can double as an external display for recent model MacBooks through its Mini-DisplayPort connector, or simply allow another monitor to be daisy chained off the iMac.
The box is quite large, but still presented in Apple's distinct, oft-imitated style.
When things get this big, it's harder to pack things in a fancy manner. The iMac is held in by four bits of foam, and itself is covered with protective material and clear plastic stickers. That's the accessories box you can see at the top nestled in the foam.