21.5-inch iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013)

by Apple

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21.5-inch iMac/1.4GHz (Mid 2014)

by Apple

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Price Best Price: $1,229.00
Pros
  • Faster, more efficient processor
  • Available PCIe-connected flash storage
  • Faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Lower price
  • integrated IPS LED screen
  • eye-catching design
Cons
  • Integrated graphics doesn't perform as well as discrete graphics
  • 5400-rpm hard drive
  • No optical drive
  • RAM not user upgradeable
  • Non-upgradable RAM
  • slow, limited-capacity 5400RPM drive
  • only iMac without four processing cores
At A Glance

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

The price of buying an iMac just went down. But is a 15 percent lower price worth a 50 percent lower performance rating?