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Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer

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Product Highlights
  • 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core
  • 4GB (2x2GB) RAM
  • 500GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
  • 8x SuperDrive DVD Burner, SDXC Card Slot
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512MB GPU
  • 21.5" LED Backlit Widescreen Display
  • FaceTime HD Camera
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • May Ship with OS X Lion or Mountain Lion

The 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer from Apple is a sleek all-in-one computer with a stunning 16:9 HD display. Capable of displaying 1080p HD video at full resolution, the display features a LED backlight and IPS panel technology for superior image quality. The iMac sports a sleek aluminum and glass industrial design, with a matching wireless slimline aluminum keyboard. Apple's innovative wireless Magic Mouse is included for cursor control, giving desktop users the same powerful multi-touch input capabilities that are found in Apple notebook trackpads -- in a desktop mouse form factor.

The built-in FaceTime HD camera hides discreetly above the LCD screen, giving you ready access to a webcam for Internet chat and conferencing. It will let you make video calls to other Mac users with the included FaceTime app, as well as to anyone with an iPhone 4 or an iPod touch model with a built-in camera.

The iMac features a Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt is a high-speed interface that can move data at an amazing 10Gbps -- double that of USB 3.0. The Thunderbolt port doubles as a display output -- it shares the same physical form factor as a Mini DisplayPort. You can use it to daisy-chain up to six devices, so you'll be able to connect high-speed external storage and an external LCD display via the same port!

The system also features USB 2.0 and FireWire-800 ports for device connectivity. An SDXC slot is built-in as well, allowing you to download pictures from your digital camera directly into iPhoto.

iLife '11 has a complete suite of digital creativity applications. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos, and compose original music. The system is also powerful enough to run Apple's professional-level applications, perfect for those who are ready to move up to the next level of creative software.

The computer is powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor for superior performance. It boasts 4GB of RAM,a 500GB hard drive, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, integrated speakers, and the SuperDrive DVD burner. The glossy 21.5" widescreen display is powered by an AMD Radeon HD 6750M GPU with 512MB of memory.

The 64-bit OS features Time Machine backup, which automatically backs up system data to an external hard drive. It also features intuitive Cover Flow navigation, the powerful Spotlight search tool, and Quick Look document preview. You'll be able to use Boot Camp to run Windows on your Mac.

The iMac is a strikingly elegant computer that will feel at home on virtually any desk.

Design

21.5" Display
Today's iMac has come a long way from the first 15" iMac. Take one look and you'll see just how far. A 21.5" display with edge-to-edge glass covers nearly the entire front of the enclosure. When all you see is the display, nothing gets between you and what's onscreen. Movies, TV shows, FaceTime HD video calls, websites, photos -- everything looks stunning on the widescreen 16:9 iMac display.
LED Backlighting
The more pixels a display has, the more light those pixels need to achieve the best picture possible. And that's exactly what the LED backlighting in iMac does: It pushes light through each pixel with remarkable brightness and efficiency. Because the LED backlight doesn't take up much space, the iMac enclosure stays thin - even with all the high-performance components inside.
High Resolution
The 21.5" iMac features 1920 x 1080 HD resolution. That's equal to 1080p video -- making the iMac an excellent choice for an HD editing workstation, video playback platform, and more!
Evolution of iMac
It was a great idea then, and it's a great idea now. The all-in-one design of the first flat-panel iMac cleaned up the desktop. It put everything you need -- display, processor, graphics card, hard drive, optical drive, memory, and more -- inside one simple enclosure. Today, iMac is the gold standard for an all-in-one desktop computer.
Seamless Enclosure
While you'll find a collection of ports on the back of iMac, you won't find much else. A seamless, precision-forged enclosure makes the back one continuous aluminum surface. And there's only one cord: the power cord.
Cool, Quiet Components
The widescreen iMac display allows more room to separate the two hottest components, the CPU and the GPU. This keeps things cool inside the iMac enclosure. Apple engineers also implemented an intelligent control system that monitors temperatures and delivers just the right amount of airflow to critical components. And the three fans inside iMac have been tuned to be ultraquiet, so you hardly know it's on.
A Tidier Desktop
iMac comes with a wireless keyboard and either a Magic Mouse. With Magic Mouse, you get a mouse unlike any other. Its smooth, seamless design lets you control everything with simple gestures.
Edge-to-Edge Glass
The glass that surrounds the LED backlit display wraps around the edge of the aluminum enclosure.
Tapered Pedestal
Another victory over clutter, the finely tapered pedestal practically disappears on the desktop.
Integrated Speakers
Built-in speakers deliver loud, clear sound with notable bass response and very little distortion.

Features

LED Backlighting -- One Bright Idea
Full brightness with no waiting. That's the advantage of the LED backlit iMac display. Unlike displays that take time to warm up before they reach maximum brightness, a LED backlit display is instantly on and uniformly bright. LED backlighting also lets you finely tune the iMac display to suit the ambient light in even the dimmest room.
More Pixels, Better Picture
The 21.5" iMac features 1920 x 1080 resolution. These pixels mean images look crisp and true to life. A 1000:1 contrast ratio gives you more vibrant colors and blacker blacks. All in a 16:9 aspect ratio -- the same as an HDTV.
Stunning from Every Angle
The iMac display looks great from any seat in the house, thanks to a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS). IPS gives you a bright picture with excellent color -- even if you're viewing the display from the side.
Next-Generation Quad-Core Intel Processor
Powered by a quad-core processor, the iMac is the fastest yet -- up to 70 percent faster than the previous generation. This iMac is powered by a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. It is configured with 4GB of DDR3 memory, and can be upgraded to handle as much as 16GB! Add in a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive and you've got an all-in-one that can handle just about anything.
Advanced AMD Radeon HD Graphics
With advanced AMD Radeon HD graphics processors across the line, iMac performs even better than before -- up to three times better, in fact. So you see more frames per second in 3D games, and you can edit HD home videos with more speed and responsiveness than you ever thought possible.
Thunderbolt -- Fast, Versatile I/O
Ultrafast and ultraflexible, the Thunderbolt port features two 10Gbps data channels for data transfer that's up to 12 times faster than FireWire-800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. And it offers unprecedented expansion capabilities for a new generation of high-performance peripherals. So in an instant, iMac can go from a family computer to a filmmaker's dream machine.
FaceTime HD Camera
Get more of your friends in the picture with crisp, widescreen HD video. The FaceTime HD camera lets you make FaceTime video calls in 720p resolution. The picture is so clear, it will look and feel almost like you're in the same room. Make HD calls from one iMac to another or to a MacBook Pro. You can also make video calls to other Intel-based Mac computers, iPad 2, iPhone 4, or the iPod touch with front-facing camera.
Multi-Touch Magic Mouse
Now you can choose the perfect cord-free setup. The iMac ships with Apple's Magic Mouse. It allows you to perform simple gestures across its smooth, seamless top shell. Scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and photos with two, and click and double-click anywhere.
USB and FireWire
Bring on your iPad, iPod, digital camera, mobile phone, and external hard drive -- there's no shortage of ports on iMac. Four USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire-800 port give you plenty of peripheral possibilities.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
The dual-band 802.11n wireless technology in iMac makes it effortless to connect to a Wi-Fi network -- regardless of whether it uses 2.4GHz or 5GHz technology. iMac automatically finds available networks and lets you join them with a click. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can use your favorite wireless accessories right out of the box.
SDXC
Transfer photos and videos to your iMac as fast as you take them. The built-in SDXC card slot supports SD and SDHC cards with capacities up to 2TB. Just insert your camera's memory card and import your photos to iPhoto.

Performance

Up to 1.7x Faster at the Core
A quad-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor is installed in this iMac. The CPU uses Intel's recently refined chipsets. That means the iMac performs nearly twice as fast as the previous generation, adding a new dimension of speed to everything you do. And since Mac OS X is designed to take advantage of each core, it captures every last bit of performance from the processor.
Turbo Boost 2.0
Say you're using a processor-intensive application like Aperture 3 or Final Cut Pro that benefits from extra power. Turbo Boost 2.0 automatically increases the speed of the active cores -- up to 3.3GHz. And by shifting core frequency in small increments, Turbo Boost allows the processor to manage performance without sacrificing efficiency. All this takes place behind the scenes, so your work (or play) goes smoother and faster.
Fast Single-Chip Microarchitecture
Watching a movie, updating your blog, editing photos. Tasks like these require data to travel from place to place. The latest Intel Core architecture puts the processor, cache, memory controller, and graphics engine on a single chip. Since data doesn't have as far to travel, you get faster performance and greater efficiency.
Integrated Memory Controller
With faster access to memory, each core gets right to work on your data, rather than waiting for it to arrive. That's why Intel Core architecture uses an integrated memory controller to connect fast 1333MHz memory directly to the processor. Together with 6MB of shared L3 cache, that helps your applications run at peak performance.
Advanced AMD Radeon HD Graphics
When you need performance for things like playing 3D games, editing HD video, or running design software, the discrete AMD Radeon HD graphics in iMac go to work. You see more frames per second and experience better responsiveness. But no matter which iMac you choose, you're guaranteed superior graphics performance. The iMac's AMD Radeon HD 6750M GPU features 512MB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory, providing up to three times faster performance than the previous generation.

Software

Mac OS X
At the heart of every iMac -- and every Mac -- is Mac OS X, an operating system custom made for the Intel multicore processors and advanced graphics inside. Mac OS X comes with all the apps you need to do the everyday things -- send and receive e-mail, browse the web, edit and share photos, and more -- the moment you turn on your iMac. And Mac OS X does something else that's pretty remarkable: It backs up your data for you automatically, thanks to an app called Time Machine. Time Machine backs up your entire system to your external hard drive or Time Capsule. It keeps a spare copy of every file, and it remembers how your system looked on any given day. So you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past.
Viral Immunity
Trojan horses, worms, e-mail viruses. The digital world can be a scary place. Thankfully, a Mac isn't susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers. Mac OS X comes with built-in defenses that keep you safe, without any work on your part. And when a potential security threat arises, Apple responds quickly by providing software updates and security enhancements you can download automatically and install with a click.
Mac App Store
More than a thousand Mac apps are a click away at the Mac App Store. Find the ones you want and simply click to download and install. No more boxes. No more disks. No more hassle. You can browse apps by category or search for something specific. And you can easily keep your apps up to date, because your Mac will let you know when updates are available.
FaceTime HD
iMac comes with the FaceTime HD camera and easy-to-use FaceTime for Mac software. Just click to make HD video calls to another iMac or MacBook Pro. You can also make video calls to other Intel-based Mac computers, iPad 2, iPhone 4, or the iPod touch with front-facing camera. FaceTime automatically displays your contacts from Address Book, so you don't have to build a buddy list. And calls ring through to your Mac even when you don't have the FaceTime app open.
iLife '11
With iLife '11, you'll do more with photos, movies, and music than you ever thought possible. iPhoto lets you browse, edit, and share your photos with full-screen views. iMovie turns your home videos into epic movie trailers. And GarageBand gives you everything you need to make a great-sounding song -- including tools for keeping your song in perfect rhythm and guitar and piano lessons.

The Environment

Efficient Power Supply
iMac includes a highly efficient power supply that reduces the amount of power wasted when bringing electricity from the wall to your computer. Lower power consumption reduces energy bills and lessens the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Advanced Power Management
Unlike a lot of Windows-based PC systems, iMac uses energy-efficient hardware components that work hand in hand with the operating system to conserve power. Mac OS X spins down hard drives and activates sleep mode on already energy-efficient LED backlit displays. And it balances tasks across both central processors and graphics processors. Mac OS X never misses a power-saving opportunity, no matter how small. It even regulates the processor between keystrokes, reducing power between the letters you type. That's just one of many ways Apple manages small amounts of power that add up to big savings.
ENERGY STAR Qualification
iMac meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA, giving it ENERGY STAR qualification. ENERGY STAR 5.2 sets significantly higher efficiency limits for power supplies and aggressive limits for the computer's typical annual power consumption.
Fewer Toxins
The greatest environmental challenge facing the computer industry is the presence of arsenic, brominated flame retardants (BFRs), mercury, phthalates, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in products. Apple engineers have worked hard to eliminate BFRs and PVC from iMac circuit boards, internal and external cables, connectors, insulators, adhesives, and more. And they've eliminated many other toxins that are a common part of desktop computer manufacturing -- choosing, for example, mercury-free backlighting and arsenic-free glass for the iMac display.
Recyclable Materials
Apple has minimized the waste when iMac reaches end of life through its ultraefficient design and the use of aluminum and glass, which recyclers can reuse for other products.
EPEAT Gold
Through its innovative and environmentally friendly design, iMac has earned the highest rating of EPEAT Gold. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, evaluates the environmental impact of a product based on how recyclable it is, how much energy it uses, and how it's designed and manufactured.
Life Cycle Impact
Apple's life cycle analysis accounts for all emissions associated with their products. That includes raw material extraction, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, a three- or four-year period of use, and recycling. In the course of this analysis, they have determined that more than 95 percent of Apple's total greenhouse gas emissions come from the products they make.

Thunderbolt -- In Depth

Powerful Technology from a Powerful Collaboration
Thunderbolt began at Intel Labs with a simple concept: create an incredibly fast input/output technology that just about anything can plug into. After close technical collaboration between Intel and Apple, Thunderbolt emerged from the lab to make its appearance in the MacBook Pro and the iMac.

Intel co-invented USB and PCI Express, which have become widely adopted technologies for data transfer. Apple invented FireWire and was instrumental in popularizing USB. Their collective experience has made Thunderbolt the most powerful, most flexible I/O technology ever in a personal computer.
One Small Port -- One Giant Leap in Possibilities
Both MacBook Pro and iMac now give you access to a world of high-speed peripherals and high-resolution displays with one compact port. That's because Thunderbolt is based on two fundamental technologies: PCI Express and DisplayPort.

PCI Express is the technology that links all the high-performance components in a Mac. And it's built into Thunderbolt. Which means you can connect external devices like RAID arrays and video capture solutions directly to MacBook Pro or iMac - and get PCI Express performance. That's a first for any computer. Thunderbolt also provides 10 watts of power to peripherals, so you can tackle workstation-class projects on the go with MacBook Pro or from your home office with iMac. With PCI Express technology, you can use existing USB and FireWire peripherals - even connect to Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre-Channel networks - using simple adapters.

And because Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, the video standard for high-resolution displays, any Mini DisplayPort display plugs right into the Thunderbolt port. To connect a DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, or VGA display, just use an existing adapter.
Performance and Expansion Made Ultrafast and Ultrasmart
Thunderbolt I/O technology gives you two channels on the same connector with 10Gbps of throughput in both directions. That makes Thunderbolt ultrafast and ultraflexible. You can move data to and from peripherals up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than with FireWire-800. You also have more than enough bandwidth to daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub or switch. For example, you can connect several high-performance external disks, a video capture device, and even a Mini DisplayPort display to a single Thunderbolt chain while maintaining maximum throughput.
High Performance on Display
Thunderbolt I/O technology provides native support for Mini DisplayPort displays. It also supports DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, and VGA displays through the use of existing adapters. So you can connect your Apple LED Cinema Display or other existing display, along with multiple high-speed devices, all from a single port.
No Project Is Too Massive
Now you can create a professional video setup for your MacBook Pro or iMac, just as you would for your Mac Pro. If you're a video editor, imagine connecting high-performance storage, a high-resolution display, and high-bit-rate video capture devices to handle all the post-production for a feature film -- right on your MacBook Pro or iMac. Thunderbolt I/O technology allows you to daisy-chain up to six peripherals - such as the Promise Pegasus RAID or LaCie Little Big Disk -- plus an Apple LED Cinema Display.

And that's just the beginning. With Thunderbolt technology, peripheral manufacturers finally have what they need to take high-performance devices from workstations and top-of-the-line desktops to just about any computer.

Support and AppleCare

Tech Support
Have a problem with your Mac? Get support and advice at the Genius Bar, located at every Apple Retail Store. Apple also provides online tutorials, troubleshooting forums, and 90 days of phone support for users who aren't able to make it to an Apple store.
Optional AppleCare
Apple provides 90 days of free phone support and a 1-year limited hardware warranty on the computer. You can opt to add an AppleCare Protection Plan, at additional cost, which covers support and repairs for 3 years from the date of purchase. AppleCare can be purchased at any time within the first year of ownership of the computer.
Performance
Processor 2.5GHz Intel Core i5
Cache L3: 6MB
Bus Speed 5GT/s
Memory Slots: 4x SO-DIMM
Type: PC3-10600 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM SO-DIMM
Installed: 4GB (2x2GB)
Capacity: 16GB
Display Type: LED Backlit Glossy Widescreen TFT Active-Matrix LCD with IPS Technology
Size: 21.5"
Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Colors: Millions of colors at all resolutions
Viewing Angle: 178° horizontal, 178° vertical
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Graphics Display Card AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5 RAM
Storage and Expansion
Hard Drive 500GB 7200rpm SATA
Optical Drive 1x Slot-loading 8x-speed SuperDrive

Reads
CD: 24x
DVD: 8x

Writes
CD-R: 24x
CD-RW: 16x
DVD-R: 8x
DVD-RW: 6x
DVD-R DL: 4x
DVD+R: 8x
DVD+RW: 8x
DVD+R DL: 4x
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 1x Thunderbolt
1x 9-Pin FireWire-800 (7W)
4x USB 2.0
1x IR Receiver
Display Output Via Thunderbolt (Native support for Mini DisplayPort; DVI, VGA, and Dual-Link DVI supported via optional adapters)
Audio 2x Integrated Stereo Speakers with two internal 17W high-efficiency amplifiers
1x Integrated Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm)/Optical Line-Out
1x 1/8" (3.5mm)/Optical Line-In
Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
Communications
Wired Network: 10/100/1000 Gigabit BASE-T Ethernet connector (RJ-45)
Modem: None
Wireless Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Webcam 1x Integrated FaceTime HD Camera
General
Operating System May ship with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Security Kensington Lock Slot
Power Requirements Meets ENERGY STAR 5.2 requirements
AC: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz, Single Phase
Maximum Continuous Power: 205W
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 50-95°F (10-35°C)
Storage Temperature: -40-116°F (-40-47°C)
Relative Humidity: 5-95%, noncondensing
Maximum Altitude: 10,000' (3048 m)
Typical Acoustical Performance: 18dBa sound pressure level at idle
Dimensions 20.8 x 17.75 x 7.42" (52.8 x 45.1 x 18.85cm)
Weight 20.5 lb (9.3kg)
Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse
  • Power Cord
  • Software
    • iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Xcode Developer Tools, and more
  • iLife '11 [Preinstalled or Via Download]
    • iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand
  • Printed and Electronic Documentation
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty with 90-Days Phone Support
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    Apple21.5" iMac Desktop Computer
     
    4.9

    (based on 193 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (168)
    • Great display (156)
    • Fast (153)
    • Quiet (136)
    • Great software (96)

    Cons

    • Not enough software (10)
    • No extras (6)
    • Poor matching of components (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home (138)
    • Multimedia (93)
    • Office (81)
    • Gaming (25)
    • Dorm room (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (93), Multimedia professional (37), Technically challenged (37), Avid gamer (10)
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    Best Graphics I've ever seen!!

    I bought this unit for the graphics, boy was I blown away. I have been a Mac user for over 10 yrs, and this time Apple has out done themselves. The speed that...Read complete review

    I bought this unit for the graphics, boy was I blown away. I have been a Mac user for over 10 yrs, and this time Apple has out done themselves. The speed that applications open and the crispness of the images on the screen are amazing. I also love that I can leave it out for all to see without all kinds of wires laying everywhere.

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    Very Dissapointed 3 crashes in 1 month

    I got this Imac for my sister. She is not very computer savy and her previous computer was a pc and a constant headache for me. So I decided on the Imac because of...Read complete review

    I got this Imac for my sister. She is not very computer savy and her previous computer was a pc and a constant headache for me. So I decided on the Imac because of all the glowing reivies. Well I must say I must not be lucky..because in less than a month the computer has crashed over 3 times. I will say that the techsupport guys are great but for the money and reputation of the machine itself. I am not convinced.

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    5.0

    Awesome

    By Mark

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Great Display
    • Great Software
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Battery Usage-mouse

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Office

    Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

    I've been using this computer as my first iMac for exactly 13 months. I couldn't be happier. No viruses and a very stable platform. The screen looks great. Only negative thing I could say is that the batteries for the wireless mouse go out quickly in about a month. Not so much for the wireless keyboard. I installed wired mouse and solved that problem.

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    5.0

    Love my iMac

    By Mac Enthusiast

    from Houston,TX

    About Me Mac Owner For 22 Years

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Great Display
    • Great Software
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Managing Finances
    • Office

    Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

    My 2011 iMac arrived the day before Thanksgiving, 2012. Have not had much time to use it due to the holidays. That being said, I love my iMac. I chose it instead of waiting for the 2012 iMac because I wanted the Super Combo Drive and an extended keyboard.
    I have not explored this iMac so I am still discovering the possibilities. It is fast. It was a dream to set up. Transferring info from my older iMac was not a problem. I love the clear crisp display. I was concerned that the 21.5 inch display was going to be too big. It isn't. it is great.
    I am adjusting to the Magic Mouse. I like it better than I thought I would. I really like the moving back and forth between current and previous web pages by just swiping the top of the mouse. So cool.
    I like the feel of the keyboard, but prefer an extended keyboard. I ordered an extended keyboard (not Apple), but I don't like it. I will keep my extended Apple keyboard from my 2007 iMac. Really wish the new keyboard was extended. It would be nice if you could choose which keyboard when ordering.
    I use my Mac to manage my household and finances. As well as store my photos and letters. I use it to watch movies and listen to CDs. That is the primary reason I wanted the Super Combo Drive. I also have my iPad synced to it.

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    4.0

    Easy to get started

    By Dusty

    from St. Louis

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Great Display
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

      I am home user. It was easy to start up and get running. Just a couple of screens and even determined my existing printer and found the drivers on the internet. It is running Mountain Lion and subsequently pushes use of ICLOUD and sync of devices. I do not really need that capability but others might. It has good screen, seems to run fast. The keyboard is wireless, but I wish it was bigger. It is too tiny. I have this large screen and itty bitty keyboard. The mouse is wireless and nice, but it does not zoom like the instructions say. May need to talk to Apple Support. I had problem migrating from tiger system. It also requires newer software because of the new operating system. For example I had to buy new Micro Soft office and could not reuse my older version. I also do not like tabbing in safari, but sure I will get use to it or figure out how to turn off.

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      5.0

      Great Mac

      By BillM

      from Voorhees, NJ

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast
      • Great Display

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

          Was setting up a home office and wanted a desktop. I've always used Apple products and the iMac does not disappoint. Great graphics, speed and Apple simplicity.

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          5.0

          First Mac

          By Mike

          from Indiana

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Display

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

            The iMac was very easy to setup and get using. I was up and running in less then 30 minutes. This is my first iMac so I'm still getting used to it but so far the learning curve has been fast. I love the large display and the processor is very fast. This is our home computer and is mostly used for internet and word processor. I will be checking out some of the other software

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By tanktop

            from Peculiar, MO

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Great Display

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gaming
              • Home
              • Multimedia
              • Office

              Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

              Very ease to set up and very user friendly.

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              4.0

              First Mac

              By bluebike

              from NY

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Great Display
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • New Learning Curve

              Best Uses

                Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                I don't shoot film anymore, so my computer is my new darkroom. The iMac seems like a fast platform for editing and storing photos. The only real drawback I've seen so far, is that I have to get new software to take the place of the windows programs that I'd become comfortable with.

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                4.0

                Easy setup.

                By L McGillicutty

                from Valley of the Sun.

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fast
                • Great Display

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                  Bought this for my father who lives 3k miles from me. I was unable to be there in person so I used iChat screen sharing to help him get up and running. Probably took about 45 minutes from the time of backing up his old PC and getting him moved to the new iMac.

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                  5.0

                  Should come with more memory

                  By Emms the videoguy

                  from Jackson, WY

                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great Display
                  • Great Extras
                  • Great Software
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Not Enough Memory

                  Best Uses

                  • Dorm Room
                  • Gaming
                  • Home
                  • Multimedia
                  • Office

                  Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                  Works great like all Macs right out of the box. Should come with more memory than 2 gigs as most people buying from B&H are using for video or photography.

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                  5.0

                  very smart computer!

                  By Lynn

                  from Durango, CO

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast
                  • Great Display
                  • Great Software
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                    Blissfully easy to set up and the new operating system is very user friendly. Everything is working well so far. I installed the free upgrade to OS 10.8.2 and that went smoothly. My only regret is that I lost some of my old software which is incompatible with the new OS (Adobe Photoshop and Topo).

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                    5.0

                    Why didn't I buy a Mac sooner?

                    By Skip916

                    from Fort Worth, TX

                    About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Fast
                    • Great Display
                    • Great Extras
                    • Great Software
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                      I've been editing photos on a PC for years but couldn't bring myself to buy a Mac. I finally bit the bullet and bought one and boy was I stupid for waiting so long. It's so much faster while running Photoshop and Lightroom and the IPS panel reproduces colors far better than any monitor I've purchased in the past.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome!

                      By EmilyC41499

                      from Hobbs, NM

                      About Me Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast
                      • Great Display
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home

                        Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                        I love my Apple. It's easy to use, start up etc. I love the fact there's no clutter like cords or bulky equipment. Web browsing is super easy and fast with a great display.

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                        5.0

                        very pleased

                        By Joe

                        from Taylorsville .UT

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast
                        • Great Display

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home

                          Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                          Having used a PC for over ten years and my son insisting I purchase an Apple and use Chrome, I am learning how to use my Apple. I use my Apple to access emails and for research.

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                          5.0

                          great product, very quick,

                          By tony g.

                          from the villages fl

                          About Me Technically Challenged

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast
                          • Great Display
                          • Great Extras
                          • Great Software
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                          • Need To Get Use To It

                          Best Uses

                          • Gaming
                          • Home
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                          for common use
                          very quick
                          it i.e. way different than a pc.

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                          5.0

                          Wonderful Desktop Computer

                          By S. Jennings

                          from Knoxville, TN

                          About Me Avid Gamer, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast
                          • Great Display
                          • Great Extras
                          • Great Software
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Gaming
                            • Home
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                            I use to search the internet, respond to e-mails, do all my banking on-line, play games, write notes and letters. It is very easy to use and very fast. This is the second IMAC I have had. The last one I had for 8 years with no problems until the end when it went to sleep. Even then it was estimated to only cost a couple hundred dollars to fix but decided to get a new one with the larger monitor. I love the new size.

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                            5.0

                            Go iMAC and iNEVER looked back!!!!

                            By gailshore35

                            from Siloam, NC

                            About Me Avid User Home And Work

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Design
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast
                            • Great Display
                            • Great Extras
                            • Great Software
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Have Not Encountered Any

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Organization

                            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                            This is the best computer I have ever owned! It is state of the art electronics and I am loving every minute that I use it. It has a wonderfully sleek design and is very user friendly. I have always thought that MACs were hard to use...I was so wrong. I will never go back to the others.

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                            5.0

                            Perfect computer for the job

                            By Cooker16

                            from Minneapolis, MN

                            About Me Graphic Designer, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast
                            • Great Display
                            • Great Extras
                            • Great Software
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Cost Compared To Pc

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Office

                            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                            My wife works as a designer and we have been praying that our 2006 MacBook Pro laptop would last but we finally bit the bullet and went with the 21.5" iMac.
                            Best Features:
                            All-in-one design, large screen, speed and built in programs (iPhoto, iMovie)

                            The only issue with Macs of course is that they cost a lot compared to similar speed/storage size PC's but the extra's make it worth it and for designers it's the only way to go.

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                            4.0

                            Love it!!!

                            By Jedh230

                            from MA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Great Display
                            • Great Extras
                            • Great Software
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Too Slow

                            Best Uses

                            • Office

                            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                            Love Macs but this us a little slow if you have to run alot of software so keep in mind when you get a Computer

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                            4.0

                            Works great

                            By Joel

                            from Arlington, TX

                            About Me Multimedia Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Dedicated Video Card
                            • Fast
                            • Great Display
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Only One Thunderbolt Port

                            Best Uses

                            • Church

                            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                            Current generation works great. Lots of specs for the money. About time for an update though.

                            Wish it had two thunderbolt ports!

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                            5.0

                            Big screen, small "cabinet"

                            By Andrey Batista

                            from Maringá, PR

                            About Me Multimedia Professional

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast
                            • Great Display
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Office

                              Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                              - everyday computing
                              - design is definitely the best
                              - not enough HD

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