27-inch iMac/3.2GHz Core i5 (Late 2012)

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27-inch iMac Core i5/2.66GHz

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27-inch iMac/2.9GHz Core i5 (Late 2012)

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21.5-inch iMac/2.9GHz Core i5 (Late 2012)

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Pros
  • Significant speed boost over predecessors
  • Reduced screen glare
  • User-accessible RAM slots
  • Improved speakers
  • Fusion Drive upgrade available
  • Amazingly fast Core i7 option
  • New SD card slot
  • Improved speaker system
  • Great image quality from display at any angle
  • Impressive speed
  • Significant speed boost over predecessors
  • Reduced screen glare
  • User-accessible RAM slots
  • Fusion Drive upgrade available
  • Improved speakers
  • Faster processor
  • USB 3 support
  • Improved speakers
  • Reduced screen glare
  • Fusion Drive option
Cons
  • No SuperDrive
  • No FireWire
  • User access to internals more difficult than ever
  • Apple Remote not included
  • Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users
  • FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter
  • No SuperDrive
  • No FireWire
  • User access to internals more difficult than ever
  • RAM not user accessible
  • No optical drive
  • No FireWire 800
  • 5400-rpm hard drives affect performance
At A Glance

With the 2.66GHz Core i5 iMac (not to mention the build-to-order 2.8GHz Core i7 model), Apple has blurs the line between consumer and professional systems. The 2.66GHz Core i5 iMac offers faster performance at most tasks than the 2.66GHz Quad-Core Mac Pro. The Core i5 iMac also has more memory and more storage space than that Mac Pro, while costing $500 less. Unless you absolutely require additional PCI cards, multiple internal hard drives, or a lot of RAM, the Core i5 iMac makes a strong case for the being the go-to system for most Mac professionals.

Specs

General Information

UPC Code 885909493067 885909286317 885909493050  

Processor

Processor type   Intel Core i5    
Processor speed   2.66  MHz    

Display

Included monitor   Yes    
Display size   27.0  inches    
Display type   LCD Display w/ Glossy Screen    
Resolution   2560 x 1440  pixels    

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset   ATI Radeon HD 4850    

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces   Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort    

Memory

Memory type   DDR3    

Other Features

Devices   Keyboard|Mouse    

Performance

Macworld Labs

SpeedMark 6 Score

  209.0