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Apple21.5" iMac Desktop Computer
 
4.9

(based on 84 reviews)

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    (76)

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    (7)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (82)
  • Fast (75)
  • Great display (75)
  • Quiet (63)
  • Great software (48)

Cons

  • Not enough software (9)
  • No extras (4)

Best Uses

  • Home (60)
  • Office (42)
  • Multimedia (40)
  • Dorm room (10)
  • Gaming (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (36), Multimedia professional (26), Technically challenged (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The New iMac is Pure High-Quality!

I use this computer for organizing all my files and enjoying pure entertainment (from Facebook to Youtube to Hulu). It has been a easy-to-use tool as well as very convenient, which makes my...Read complete review

I use this computer for organizing all my files and enjoying pure entertainment (from Facebook to Youtube to Hulu). It has been a easy-to-use tool as well as very convenient, which makes my daily web surfing and file digging simple and effortless. Although at first (being a Windows user), it was strange learning the new protocol of the Mac's operating system, but soon after, I found it to be quite simple and somewhat familiar to Windows. One of my favorite qualities about the new iMac is the visual aesthetics - the brightness and clarity of the screen is attractive and gives a happy ambiance in the room its in, helping me get all my work done more productively. Also, the wireless keyboard and mouse makes watching movies or surfing the web so comforting knowing you're in your bed all nice and cozy in the morning or before you go to bed!

Their were two things I didn't like. One, the Magic Mouse is sensitive and I keep making the mistake of scrolling when I'm just trying to move my mouse up the screen. Also, I could not figure out how to double click, so every time I want to double-click I have to use the keyboard control and click with my mouse (it doesn't do it on its own). So the Magic mouse will need some work because it just becomes a struggle sometimes. Two, it's kinda complicated to personalize and customize as well as delete old hardware or software (which Windows had down easy). But despite its difficulty, it doesn't mean it isn't doable. After getting some help, customizing it made my iMac literally work around me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Applications Conflict

The computer is great for operation of basic graphic design software, however I found that Adobe Suite cannot run on this computer with your video editing Apple Final Cut Pro software. Adobe software script...Read complete review

The computer is great for operation of basic graphic design software, however I found that Adobe Suite cannot run on this computer with your video editing Apple Final Cut Pro software. Adobe software script seems to interfere with proper disc building and formating.

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5.0

Converted

By Suz

from Brooklyn, NY

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:

    Very easy to set up and use.

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    5.0

    Wonderful iMac

    By Ryan

    from Carson City, NV

    About Me Technically Challenged

    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:

      This computer does it all! My experience with Apple computers has been great, never had any issues with them. I really enjoy the size of the screen, it makes multi-tasking very convenient. This computer is very fast even when opening up multiple programs. I am very pleased with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone.

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      5.0

      good product,i would like buy this produ

      By claudio the entertainer

      from 135,rue des remparts leogane -haiti

      About Me Multimedia Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia
        • Office

        Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

        good,good,good

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        5.0

        I would buy the product again.

        By laurie

        from illinois

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Set Up

        Cons

        • No Extras

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

        wonderful business transaction!

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        5.0

        my son loves it

        By Kape

        from Illinois

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Set Up
        • Fast
        • Great Display

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

            Things htat aren't so great about it

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            5.0

            Worth The Money

            By Azuru

            from Sacramento CA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dorm Room
              • Home
              • Multimedia
              • Office

              Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

              The Load Transfer Time Are Awesome I Really Enjoy My New Mac

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              5.0

              Great product, great etailer

              By will59

              from Westminster, CO

              About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Extras

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

              Great machine with good computing power and large display for viewing multiple documents at the same time.

              The product is used for office, artistic and educational applications.

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              5.0

              Love my new iMac Desktop

              By Jeff the computer challenged

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Set Up
              • Fast

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Office

                Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                So easy to set up. Internet is quicker than ever. The design is sleek and the wide screen makes it so easy to read.

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                5.0

                Very happy with product [...]

                By BG

                from Savannah, GA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Not Enough Software

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                I love my new iMac desktop. I was a disappointed that most of my pc programs, docs, etc. didn't work on the Mac but I'm slowly taking care of the problem.

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                5.0

                Excellent computer

                By PJI

                from Puerto Rico

                About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

                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 use this machine for video editing. I use Avid Media Composer on it . I selected this model because it was the only offering a nvidea graphic card. The others are using ATI not a standard avid graphic card.

                  The processor power is enough and I updated the memory to 12gb.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect in every way!

                  By Retired and glad for it

                  from Milford CT

                  About Me Almost savvyhome user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Not one

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Multimedia
                  • Office

                  Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                  In use for about one week, I will use it for record keeping, photo editing and storing, most of all just for entertainment, education (never to late to learn something new) and fun. This computer was perfect out of the box.

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                  5.0

                  I love this computer

                  By Jason M.

                  from Nashville, TN

                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Photographer, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                      Great for editing pics and video.

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                      5.0

                      Best computer I've ever owned

                      By gianni

                      from Madison, New Jersey

                      About Me Multimedia Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Set Up
                      • Fast
                      • Great Display
                      • Great Extras

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                        I've been using a PC for 30 years and finally bought an IMac. Simply put, the frustrations are all gone. I use it primarily for photography post production. It's simple, fast, has a beautiful screen, and works flawlessly. I am very happy with my purchase.

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                        5.0

                        Great Product

                        By Trebla

                        from El Paso, TX

                        About Me Multimedia Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Set Up
                        • Fast
                        • Great Display

                        Cons

                        • Not Enough Software

                        Best Uses

                        • Home

                        Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                        It has been a wonderful experience working with the imac so far. It is fast and easy to use. The modern look is also a plus. I have absolutely no complaints on the imac. Five Stars.

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                        5.0

                        this is the bomb

                        By cleon

                        from Knigston, Jamaica

                        About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Dorm Room
                          • Home
                          • Multimedia
                          • Office

                          Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                          i knew it was going to be good. but its even better than i thaught

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                          5.0

                          Fast and Easy to Use

                          By Scott the runner

                          from Woodside, CA

                          About Me Multimedia Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                            Fast and easy to use. Way better than the sucky PC products my dad uses.

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                            5.0

                            FANTASTIC!!!!!

                            By EVmac

                            from Stanton, CA

                            About Me Technically Challenged

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home

                              Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                              Can't say enough good things about this computer.
                              I had an original IMAC that I did not want to give up until I saw this.

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                              5.0

                              "This Is Awesome"

                              By Uncle Phil

                              from Syracuse, NY

                              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:

                                At only few hundred dollars more than a used Apple, the 21.5" iMac works beyond belief. It's about 10 - 12 times faster than my iBook G4. Whatever you do with your Mac will be done faster and easier on the new one.

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                                5.0

                                Exceeds my expectations

                                By MacGirl

                                from Outer Cape Cod

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Office

                                  Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                                  Confession: I have been a Mac user since '91 when I purchased the Quadra 605. Having several incarnations of both desktops and laptops from the Apple family (and an iTouch portable as a frivolous convenience) it comes as no surprise that when it came time to upgrade from my tired PowerBook g4, I looked at the new Macs. My use: I spend 8-9 hours a day on my computer as a copy editor and writer, not including the net surfing, movies, etc. I enjoy in my off-hours as well.Great Features: The 21.5" iMac with 10.6.4 and Intel Core duo processor definitely exceeds my expectations. I was up and running literally five minutes out of the box.It has more than sufficient speed, multi-tasking with several open applications is a breeze, the display's clarity and size are impressive and easy on my eyes even after a long day, and I'm an absolute fan of the smaller sized wireless keyboard and magic mouse.As a longtime laptop user, I find the touch pad feature of the magic mouse completely familiar, extremely comfortable, and incredibly intuitive to use. This is why I remain devoted to Mac computers. Their innovations, although wonderfully stylish, are equally utilitarian.I shopped around for the iMac 21.5" with OS 10.6, and found no one who could beat B&H's price. [...] I purchased a iOmega eGo firewire external drive at a great price the following week from them (which, by the way, works like a dream with iMac's Time Machine).My only complaint: I was having trouble waking up the iMac after it went to sleep. The problem was easily solved when I configured the energy saver for 3hrs. and the screen saver for 2hrs. From what I'm reading on MacHead sites, this is a problem Apple is aware of and is working on. I'm willing to let it be a minor inconvenience for now- but am glad I have AppleCare just in case.Bottom line: I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

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                                  4.0

                                  To Mac Or Not To Mac

                                  By GlassI

                                  from Nebraska

                                  About Me Knowledgeable

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Set Up
                                  • Great Display

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Processing Images

                                    Comments about Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer:

                                    I am an academic. I have been a PC user for over twenty years, but never used a Mac. I bought the bottom-end iMac because, one, my current laptop is six years old, two, all my faculty colleagues who use Macs love them, three, as I've gotten more and more into photography, I have become less and less satisfied with the image quality of PC monitors, and, four, I'm cheap. Oh, and I really am tired of all the hacking problems associated with PC's. At first I was going to buy just the monitor, but the whole computer was not much more, so I decided to take the plunge. I bought the iMac primarly to process images. I have only had the iMac for a couple weeks and have used it less that ten hours. I am using it in my office (I don't have internet access at home - too cheap). That said - The image quality is awesome; I have never seen a PC that's even close. Pictures have details I just don't see on the PC. Flaws really stand out, too (unfortunately). There is no set up; just plug it in and turn it on. As a long-time PC user I am finding that there is a learning curve getting used to doing things the Mac way. Taking me a while, for instance, to get used to the fact that the menu bar is THE MENU BAR. There is, though, a certain elegance to the way the Mac does things that's not there on the PC. Apple does have a very extensive suite of tutorials, but I still bought myself a book, being the dummy that I am. My only concern so far is this: I use Canon's EOS software, ZoomBrowser for the PC and ImageBrowser for the Mac. I have been using ZoomBrowser now for well over a year, and since I don't do much editing, it has done what I need to do. Plus, I figured I would be able to go back and forth between the Mac and the PC. But - I'm finding some issues with ImageBrowser - images are locked for some reason, for instance - which I'm going to have to work through. I do intend to buy Lightroom. I could buy the Windows version and get the iMac set up to run Windows (I'm told there's a lot to it, but the university has techs who've done it many times). That way I could run in both environments. But then it really wouldn't be a Mac.

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