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Apple21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013)
 
4.8

(based on 88 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (49)
  • Fast (45)
  • Great display (37)
  • Quiet (35)
  • Great software (21)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (39)
  • Multimedia (19)
  • Office (15)
  • Upgrade (8)
  • Replacement (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (29), Quality oriented (8), Multimedia professional (5), Technically challenged (5), Budget shopper (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (7), Personal (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nice but not really "all that"

Big jump from a really archaic Windows PC running XP and using PhotoShop 7. Now I know what I've been missing!What I like: most (but not all) programs are intuitive; LOVE...Read complete review

Big jump from a really archaic Windows PC running XP and using PhotoShop 7. Now I know what I've been missing!What I like: most (but not all) programs are intuitive; LOVE the track/mouse (now that I've finally learned how to use it properly); interface as a whole is pretty cool now that I've (sortof) got the hang of it; Mission Control is really cool but not sure I'll make the most of it; Calender lets you create categories/separate calenders, good to separate work/personal life stuff; LOVE the Stickies and Notes! Don't like: the Mail program doesn't play nice with Comcast.net, you have to forward your mail to Gmail (or other) first, and you can't create folders/subfolders - they must first be be created in your mail source (Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) - nothing like MS Outlook; downloading/installing Mozilla confusing - still haven't figured out what's up with this weird "disc" icon on my desktop, answer likely somewhere in the 861 page how-to book on Mavericks I purchased - first 30 pages were kinda fun, now "not-so-much"In conclusion, very nice computer. Just know if you're switching from a Windows PC its gonna take a good bit of time to learn.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great design

Having received the computer in September, I'm having problems with the boot up. A grey screen, apple logo, gear wheel and a load bar, then everything shut down. No indication as to...Read complete review

Having received the computer in September, I'm having problems with the boot up. A grey screen, apple logo, gear wheel and a load bar, then everything shut down. No indication as to why.
As for me the jury is out on this one. A great disappointment.

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5.0

One Great Computer

By Dave W

from Mt. Arlington, NJ

About Me Tech Savvy

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Multimedia
    • Office

    Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

    I've been an Apple fan for a long time and these newer iMac's are probably the best computers they've ever made. So compact; they have everything you need and their light and easy to set up. Been using this computer at work. I'm able to have over a dozen tabs open on my browser, while running Photoshop and iMovie. It handles it all very well. I can even run a free app that let's me log into my old Windows computer. It's like having dual boot without the need to reboot. Big productivity booster. Love the iMac.

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    5.0

    I love my Mac

    By Mark

    from Omaha NE

    About Me I Figure Most Things Out

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dorm Room
      • Home
      • Multimedia

      Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

      I was a windows user before I bought my iMac. I never liked the way windows operated. I thought it was just I was a computer guy. Then I bought my Apple machine, the easiness, and how user friendly it is. It was like night and day. It would really be hard for me to own another windows machine. Nothing against windows, there just not for me

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      5.0

      Awesome Purchase, Great Product!

      By CRZCTRL

      from Detroit,MI

      About Me Technically Challenged

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

        Been an Apple fan for awhile now since the first iPhones came out. Also have a couple of iPads for the wife and the kids. BUT this is the first time that i finally bought an iMac. WOW! Dunno why it took me this long to convert but this is one of the best purchases i've made ever. Loving my new PC. It is true what they say ----> once you go Mac, u never go back!
        Thank you BH Photo Video! U guys are the best.....and the expedited shipping is pretty sweet!

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        5.0

        First Time Mac User

        By Lred

        from Little Rock, Arkansas

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • PHOTOGRAPHY

          Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

          Long time PC user....finally decided to give Mac a try. Can't comment on reliability, because I've only had it a couple of weeks, but I couldn't be happier so far. Runs fast and quiet, and setup was easy. Love the display. I primarily use for photo editing. Ordering from B & H was an excellent experience.

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          5.0

          Another Home Run for Mac

          By J H

          from Thornton,IL

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

            I use my Mac for email, internet and photo editing, as well as general use.I love the more elongated screen and the option to to show or hide various tools in most apps. There seems to be less buffering time using Chromecast then with our older iMac. The wireless keyboard and mouse are great. I'd prefer that the USB and other connections weren't in the back.

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            4.0

            Recent mac convert, budget shopper

            By Mac Desktop on the Fence Convert

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Too Slow

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

            The price was right for this iMac. I weighed a lot of options and even broke down and made a list of what I use a computer for, how I use it and what things I was definitely not willing to budge on. I saw the retina displays on the new 27" iMac and the macbook pros and instantly fell in love with the crisp beauty of their screens. The iMac was cost prohibitive and I wasn't certain I needed a macbook (plus the uptick in price). My dusty near 8 year old laptop hadn't moved from my desk in years-- and the few times I took it with me traveling I didn't even use it. I have an iPad mini and an iPhone. Traveling isn't meant for workhorses and I figured the few times I need a computer while traveling I could borrow one (friends, hotels, work, or internet cafes). So I decided I could junk my old TV and use an iMac as my media station at home...exactly what I was missing (previously watched everything on the mini). So it was really down between the different iMac models and the smaller screen won out. A) price was better B) mouse tracking was easier c) i am a recent complete apple convert and I wanted to test drive before dropping SO MUCH $$$ d) I can use this as a trade in, secondary computer later or as a lovely hand me down.

            Positives: media station a boon, speakers are nice, photo editing looks to be much nicer on a larger screen, large hard drive means I get to have my entire music library in a native setting, all my apple devices are synced for ease of syncing, some things really do just work better, I like force quit, parallel for running other operating systems the peripherals are excellent. Love the magic mouse. Am considering getting the track pad just because it essentially mimics a touch screen with out actually smudging the screen.

            negatives: some websites (Amazon, Facebook) are atrociously slow using safari. simple fix, downloaded Firefox, which I used on my other computer anyways. I just like the ability to sync between devices with safari (possibly the reason it was so slow), sadly, the price is still steep even at a somewhat budget desktop all in one. I seriously could have gotten an arguably better computer that was easier to navigate being a windows user most of my life. Windows 8 isn't all that terrible, just annoying. Similarly annoying to OS X is annoying, my external hard rives that were formatted to PCs will allow me to transfer data from them, but not to them without reformatting, basically, some creature comforts from windows are just missing. There are tweaks, but I haven't set them up yet, or necessarily found them. But honestly, I have a very ambivalent attitude regarding them. Sacrifices for some gains that in this day and age are pretty convenient gains. Once I become use to this new monster of a machine, I think I won't mind.

            But d*mn, that price. Seriously. And the inevitable, this comp will be super outdated in about 5 seconds after typing this review.

            If you want a not gouging you decent mac, get this model. Play around with it, make your modifications, and then you'll not even think about using your computer. It really will just work. Then, once retina quality screens are the norm, get one of those beauties. Seriously.

            I was worried about retina ruining my ability to tolerate all the other screens I deal with on a daily basis, a so I chose not to beautiful screen.

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            5.0

            Apple Experience

            By Deepak

            from Stamford, connecticut

            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

            Ordering iMac from Bhphotovideo.com was having dream come true that too in a very reasonable price. Awesome experience.

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            5.0

            Even my mom could set this up

            By Cartoon Nut

            from San Diego

            About Me Nerd Not A Super Geek

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Great Display

            Cons

            • No Dvdcd
            • No Dvd Or Cd

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

            The ease of set up was pretty nice. One cord to plug in. The integrated monitor/cpu takes up very little space on the desk. We can easily move this computer anywhere in the house with the wifi. This is the first Mac I've owned and I'm still getting used to the keyboard. I will also be putting MS Office on here so we can look at files from school and work. Overall, very pleased.

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            5.0

            Couldn't be happier

            By Jason

            from Hoboken, NJ

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

              Just made the switch from PC to Mac and couldn't be happier. Windows 8 really turned me off from a PC perspective and having all my electronics (iPhone, iPad, computer) synced has been great. The shipping was quick and the packaging was perfect. A+

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              5.0

              I Love my IMAC -

              By Beanye

              from Antioch, Ca.

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Office

                Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

                I purchased my IMAC last christmas 2012, and have loved every minute, my old windows OS just had so many different issue, I was done with all the system problems. Ive research and found this is the best price all around, B&H
                has the same policy as apple. I also purchased my wife a iMAC and laptop, best choice I've made in a long time.

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                5.0

                IMac Desktop Computer A Winner!

                By aussiegal

                from Camden, NC

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

                  I am so glad I switched from a Macbook to the IMac Desktop! I use my computer primarily for editing photos and working with graphics. The IMac screen and responsiveness is exceptional and I even find that I have less stress on my neck with a desktop screen. It was super easy to setup and transfer data and programs from my laptop. I have not encountered any negatives.

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                  5.0

                  solid computer

                  By Mean J Green

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Multimedia
                    • Office

                    Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

                    can't go wrong with this computer for basic computing needs, internet and email usage. super functional, easy to use right out of box. b&h was great and the computer came two days earlier than the original anticipated delivery date.

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                    5.0

                    21.5" Mac

                    By araho

                    from PA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    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 (Late 2013):

                      This Mac is used as a personal device by a retiree and replaces a vintage (2008) iMac.Very easy transfer of data from the old to new using Apple software.The new machine is - as expected - faster in every respect compared to the old iMac.Another home run by Apple.

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                      5.0

                      Worth the money to upgrade

                      By Apple fan

                      from Seattle

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home

                        Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

                        I bought this as a gift to my relative who was using an older Mac Mini. The iMac setup was smooth and easy. The computer was much faster and smarter than the old mini. The $[$]discount compared to the price in other electronic stores and the free Parallel software made it worth the money to upgrade.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome!

                        By Elijah

                        from Haiku, HI

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Office

                          Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

                          This iMac is really nice, lightweight and looks really nice externally.

                          It comes with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard. The keyboard is lacking the 10-key which is kind of a bummer but it's not crucial. Mouse is nice.

                          Only complaint is the phasing out of the optical drive.. I didn't even think to look at whether or not it had one. Yes, dvd/cds aren't being used as much but it is nice to be able to rip an old cd or dvd you have lying around when you want, play an old movie or burn something.

                          Overall, I would say it's a great buy.

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                          5.0

                          Cool computer

                          By dave

                          from NY

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Great Display
                          • Great Software

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home

                            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

                            Some said the learning curve from a pc to a mac was long or hard. I have found it very easy and intuitive. Love it so far.

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                            5.0

                            Highly recommend B&H!

                            By Smartshopper

                            from San Francisco, CA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

                            Unbeatable price, shipping on time, and easy set-up.

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                            5.0

                            Great Price!

                            By Smartshopper

                            from San Francisco

                            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

                            Can't beat the price! Low price, no tax, and free shipping! Good customer service.

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                            5.0

                            Slik

                            By sesame

                            from NY

                            About Me Home user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Pricy

                            Best Uses

                            • Home

                            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

                            smart and beutiful , , , ,

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                            2.0

                            Great design

                            By bluecap

                            from Barbados

                            About Me Average Technical

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home

                              Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013):

                              Having received the computer in September, I'm having problems with the boot up. A grey screen, apple logo, gear wheel and a load bar, then everything shut down. No indication as to why.
                              As for me the jury is out on this one. A great disappointment.

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