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Apple iMac (27-inch)Apple's new $1,999 iMac comes with a faster CPU and a new graphics card, helping this 27-inch all-in-one desktop stay as competitive in performance as it already was in screen size. Despite the still-frustrating absence of an HDMI port, we have no qualms...
Hi I'm Rich Browns, Senior Editor for CNET.com. You're with the Apple iMac; this is the 27 inc00h high stand model. The question is, is this system still the best in its all-in-one class? So Apple has had its iMac brand for a number of years now and it's probably the longest running all-in-one system. Now pretty much every other Windows Desktop vendor has an all-in-one system. So, there's definitely some competition out there for the iMac. This is not the only all-in-one in the market. There probably 2 major reasons why we like this particular iMac better than all the other all-in-ones out there. Most importantly is probably its Screen, 27 inch display is the largest in its category; no other vendor offers such a display that, that's big. The closest any other all-in-one vendor comes is 23 inches. So, it's smaller and has a lower resolution than this display. That makes it the best in its class and its ideal for work, for gaming, for home entertainment, pretty much any computing task where you want a big display, this iMac can handle it. This big display doesn't come cheap. Systems starts at 1699, we actually recommended the 1999 version to get the most performance to go along with the display. That model is faster than any other all-in-one you could find on the market and we also like this iMac for some of the little things it includes; comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard, there's also a mini display port on the back that let's you plug in external video devices, now with that video input, you can use the iMac as the secondary display if you wanna connect say a laptop, also with the right adapter you can use the iMac with the Cable Box, a game console or other devices that makes this a pretty much self-contained Home Entertainment Hub. Now of course this system isn't perfect. Some people don't like the feel of the wireless mouse and keyboard; The mouse in particular has multi-touch which takes some getting used to, if you wanna browse around, also it's a little bit angular, not as comfortable as some Windows based might out there. Apple also tends to be stubborn about certain features. People alone hope that Apple would add HDMI to make inputting external devices a little bit easier. There's also no Blu-Ray in this system and a lot of volume wants in its price range or even that cost significantly less do have blu-ray. A little definitely minor issues but overall the system has pretty much everything we looked for and in a high end desktop and the display in their performance really make this system worth the price. So, I'm Rich Brown and this is Apple's 27 inch iMac.