iMac 21.5-inch: 1.4GHz
Is Apple’s latest desktop computer worth the cash layout?
Price £899 Company Apple Web www.apple.com 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.