Quad-core is the name of the game and that’s what all of Apple’s iMac computers are now sporting.  Last year, the iMacs received the Core-i processor and the only model that included a Quad-core chip was at the top tier, too expensive for many.  But now every model has a Quad-core i5 processor inside, which pretty much means these are some of the fastest all-in-one machines you can buy on the market today.  And as predicted they’ve added Intel’s Thunderbolt to the mix along with a Facetime HD webcam and all new AMD Radeon HD graphics.  The rear of the box contains an audio output, audio line in, 4x USB 2.0 ports, Firewire 800, Thunderbolt port (2 of these on the larger models) and a Gigabit Ethernet port.  All models will ship with Apple’s wireless keyboard and magic mouse.  Aesthetics you ask?  They’ve remained the same, which rest assured ain’t a bad thing.

There are two sizes to choose from, 21.5-inch and 27-inch, and 4 different configurations starting at $1199.

21.5-inch: 2.5GHz (MC309LL/A)

  • 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 4GB (two 2GB) memory
  • 500GB hard drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB
  • Price: $1199

21.5-inch: 2.7GHz (MC812LL/A)

  • 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 (configurable to 2.8Ghz Core i7)
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 4GB (two 2GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive1
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB
  • Price: $1499

27-inch: 2.7GHz (MC813LL/A)

  • 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 (configurable to 3.4Ghz Core i7)
  • 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 4GB (two 2GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB
  • Price: $1699

27-inch: 3.1GHz (MC814LL/A)

  • 27-inch: 3.1GHz
  • 3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
  • 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 4GB (two 2GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 1GB
  • Price: $1999

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Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."