iMac 21.5-inch: 1.4GHz

Is Ap­ple’s lat­est desk­top com­puter worth the cash lay­out?

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Price £899 Com­pany Ap­ple Web www.ap­ rat­ing

The lat­est ver­sion of Ap­ple’s iconic iMac comes in at just £899. That’s rel­a­tively cheap for an Ap­ple prod­uct, but still a bit ex­pen­sive in per­sonal com­put­ing terms. For the price you’re get­ting a top-notch HD screen with a mid­dling com­puter be­hind it.

The com­po­nents here are ex­actly the same as those found in Ap­ple’s thin and light Mac­Book Air. As a re­sult the lat­est iMac is bet­ter suited to ba­sic, day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties such as gen­eral in­ter­net brows­ing and watch­ing videos. It cracks up a lit­tle if you’re edit­ing a huge im­age file, and for the most part 3D is a no-go area. It also fea­tures a con­ven­tional spin­ning hard drive in­stead of a speedy solid state drive, which slows down the load­ing of pro­grams a lit­tle.

It’s an iconic piece of com­put­ing tech­nol­ogy, and its price may ini­tially seem ap­peal­ing to stu­dents and those who wish to get started with Ap­ple prod­ucts. But if you need to carry out beefier com­put­ing tasks then we’d ad­vise go­ing for the next model up. It may be £150 more, but it of­fers many times the per­for­mance level.

That screen is an ab­so­lute de­light to use, and is al­most worth the ask­ing price. Al­most.

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