Man, that's a nice screen. We're tempted to end here, because on the shelf next to any other all in one,
The screen overwhelms the new iMac's other features. The long-desired SD Card slot is of course welcome, but hardly innovative. Adding video input support to the mini DisplayPort jack is also intriguing, but falls a bit flat with the required dongle not included in the box. The new wireless mouse and keyboard have strong design, and the touch-sensitive mouse is intuitive enough as a basic click-and-scroll device. Lateral scrolling and other touch features were less satisfying in our thus far limited hands-on time.
We appreciate Apple's brute force approach to boosting the iMac's performance, but bringing quad-core to this price range might have satisfied the diehards. We imagine the new iMac and its 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo chip will fly past HP's new
What we don't miss in the new iMac are some of the more trendy all-in-one features. Blu-ray, touch screens, and wall-mounting can all be useful, but they tend to get marketers too focused on our "digital lifestyle." We're glad to see Apple keep the iMac grounded in its computing roots.
We hope to review all four of Apple's new iMac configurations, and we expect the 21.5-inch
Testing is underway on the $1,699 iMac. You can check back with us tomorrow for the full review.