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Late 2013 iMac review: Faster than before, but the gains over previous models are modest

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At a Glance

The discrete graphics card in the $1499 iMac, along with the faster processor, make it a better value over its $1299 sibling.

Price when rated: $1499
Lowest price: $1,800.00 via Newegg.com

Pros

  • Faster, more efficient processor
  • Available PCIe-connected flash storage
  • Faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Cons

  • 5400-rpm hard drive
  • No optical drive
  • RAM not user upgradeable
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At a Glance

The overall speed improvement over its predecessor is ordinary, but we saw significant gains in processor-intensive tasks.

Price when rated: $1799
Lowest price: $1,698.00 via ABT

Pros

  • Faster, more efficient processor
  • Available PCIe-connected flash storage
  • Faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • User-accesible RAM

Cons

  • No optical drive
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At a Glance

The speed offered but the $1999 iMac is impressive. Pro consumers will want to consider this machine over Apple's Mac Pro.

Price when rated: $199
Lowest price: $1,900.00 via Amazon.com

Pros

  • Faster, more efficient processor
  • Available PCIe-connected flash storage
  • Faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking

Cons

  • No optical drive
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At a Glance

Apple's most affordable iMac doesn't do anything revolutionary over its predecessor, but it's still a good value.

Price when rated: $1299
Lowest price: $2,050.00 via QVC

Pros

  • Faster, more efficient processor
  • Available PCIe-connected flash storage
  • Faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Integrated graphics doesn't perform as well as discrete graphics
  • 5400-rpm hard drive
  • No optical drive
  • RAM not user upgradeable
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