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Apple27" iMac Desktop Computer
 
4.8

(based on 41 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (40)
  • Quiet (36)
  • Good power output (32)
  • Versatile (26)
  • Never freezes (19)

Cons

  • Hot (3)

Best Uses

  • Home (35)
  • Multimedia (23)
  • Office (19)
  • Gaming (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (19), Multimedia professional (14), Technically challenged (8)

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4.0

Apple Mac user since 1985

By Scotty Rocket

from Santa cruz

About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

Pros

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

Cons

  • CDDVD drive bad
  • Issues with 16GB ram
  • Start up sound volume

Best Uses

    Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

    Great system! I'd say the best ever. It has some great pros and a few cons. I purchased this system 2 years ago and have had very little problems.

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    5.0

    Stunning Display, Blazing Fast!!

    By Ram

    from Austin, Texas

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Multimedia
      • Office

      Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

      I decided to finally gift myself a 27" imac that B&H generously had on a Christmas sale last year. I have always yearned for one and I finally had one[...]The build quality, fit and finish are amazing. The anodized aluminum chassis and the glass seamlessly blend together - this is truly a piece of art.Installation and Setup:Installation and setup are a breeze, hook up the power cord and you are good to go! You have to love that about "All In Ones", just one cable to work with, that's it. The wireless keyboard and the mouse need batteries, and the imac detects them effortlessly once powered up. (Btw, I love the magic mouse. No more scroll wheels, the touch surface is very innovative in my opinion.What's GreatThe Display - One of the best displays I have seen on the market - Apple uses high end IPS (In plane switching) panels that reproduce true colors and are crystal sharp. It does take some getting used to, to the 27" display size, but hey who is complaining :)The Sound: Wow! I was impressed by the sound that the lil speakers tucked away under the hood produced - you will be too - these are just awesome.The Software: The Mac OSX of course and then my unit came with a new copy of ilife 11 included as extra!The Speed: This is a loaded piece of hardware, I dont have to state it but its blazing fast.Not so great:Just one minor detail - The mouse has a unique gesture - if you swipe from right to left, its the equivalent of a back button on the browser. (I lost a few emails I typed up before I figured that one out) - but its a easy fix. Just disable the gesture in settings and everything's good.Thats about it. My wife loves it, my son loves it. I adore it - the Apple Imac 27".-Ram

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      5.0

      TWO THUMBS UP. DON'T THINK TWICE!!!

      By EZ_AVILES

      from SAN JOSE , CA

      About Me Photo Editor, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

        This has been one of the best purchases iv'e ever made. After reading review after review and beating my self over the head trying to decide weather to get the "newest i7" on a smaller screen or going with the intel core 2 Duo with the GORGEOUS 27' HD screen. I happy to say Im very happy with this machine...its screen..its 1TB storage capacity and the processors pushing the goods.Needless to say B&H had[...] THE BEST PRICES....PERIOD!!!Looking forward to getting my Nikon D7000 and some nikkor lenses.THANKS AGAIN B&H!! YOU GUYS WERE GREAT!!

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By D.Picolo

        from São Paulo, SP

        About Me Multimedia Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Multimedia
          • Office

          Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

          Use it at work, just love apple product

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          5.0

          Completely Satisfied

          By RBod

          from Utah

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

            Though a bit opprehensive to purchase such an item at a great discounted price on-line, previous reviews for B&H convinced me to take a chance. The computer arrived faster than expected and we have quite enjoyed the computer. Though new to Mac's, the set up and use is simple and easy to understand. We had the computer up and running in no time. Garage Band has been a hit in creating tracks and mixing music. The system is fast, graphics amazing, and so bloody simple to use. Love it. Not so great about it? Me. I'm still learning so many things about Mac's and the power they have. Absolutely love it.

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            5.0

            Great Value!!!!

            By ZioVito

            from Schaumburg, IL

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Powerful
            • Quiet
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                Great Value for last years 27in iMac. You can't notice the difference in speed from this years and got to save hundreds. [...]

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                5.0

                Excellent!

                By R Munson

                from Canton, MI

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Never Freezes
                • Powerful
                • Quiet
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                  1st Apple, easy to use, fast, beautiful monitor

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                  5.0

                  Excellent option for home!

                  By cris

                  from nyc, ny

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Never Freezes
                  • Powerful
                  • Quiet
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                    I am not a designer so super speed is not critical. Great option for home: mail, music, pictures and with style!

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                    5.0

                    Excellent option for home!

                    By Cris

                    from NYC

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Cool
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Powerful
                    • Quiet
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Watch DVDs

                      Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                      I am not a designer but I do appreciate the quality and design of Apple. This desktop is a great alternative for music, mail, pictures and internet browsing...plus watching movies in a very cool screen! I actually did not get a TV and see Netflix in my iMac, love it!

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                      5.0

                      Fast and Inexpensive!

                      By evlbluone

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • It's not a PC
                      • Powerful
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                      • Still trying to find cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Illustration
                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                      I thought the price was too good to be true. [...] B&H is my new favorite sit to order my electronics through. The Imac is beautiful!

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                      5.0

                      Great product

                      By 520paul

                      from St. Paul, MN

                      About Me Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Never Freezes
                      • Powerful
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gaming
                        • Home
                        • Multimedia
                        • Office

                        Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                        This is a great compurt with a super display

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                        4.0

                        Happy Overall

                        By Walk backwards

                        from Charlotte, NC

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Powerful
                        • Quiet
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Hot
                        • Mini displayport
                        • Wireless keyboard

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Multimedia
                        • Office

                        Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                        This is a great computer. It runs OSX and Windows 7 with Parallels with no problem. I have an issue with 2 things. First the wireless keyboard is draining my batteries dry. I went through 4 pairs in a week and a half. I called Apple and they sent me a replacement keyboard. I haven't had time to test it yet. The other issue I have is with the mini displayport. Apple's description is misleading. They make it sound like you can connect anything and use the imac screen with it. This is not true. You will need to buy an external adapter (could cost you 300 bucks). If you are connecting a mac to the imac, then you will have no problem. If you try connecting a PC, DVD player, or game console, you will need an adapter. That doesn't guarantee it will work either. Apple support is not very knowledgeable on the mini display port. Overall though you will love the computer. Screen is great (minus the glass reflection).

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                        5.0

                        first apple computer love it

                        By nick

                        from huntsville al

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Never Freezes
                        • Powerful
                        • Quiet
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Office

                          Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                          everything mouse monitor computer great very quick wouldn't have anything else

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                          4.0

                          one of my greater investments!

                          By chase bays

                          from birmingham, al

                          About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Powerful
                          • Quiet
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Freezes

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Multimedia
                          • Office

                          Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                          I love it. Amazing.

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                          4.0

                          Last Year's Model, still outperforms PC

                          By StingRey

                          from Flagstaff, AZ

                          About Me Multimedia amateur

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Never Freezes
                          • Quiet
                          • Sleek LED Display
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Programs require updating

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Movies
                          • Multimedia
                          • Office

                          Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                          I bought 2 of these and now with the my Time Capsule have a proper home network. The set-up was super easy, one cord and the Wireless Bluetooth keyboard & mouse. The clean modern design looks years more advanced than anything coming out from the mainstream PC companies. Though you can't tell by looking at them, these are last year's model. B&H is one of the few places you can still get slightly older Apple products for a great price. For the price, the performance is excellent. The beautifully sleek 27" LED cinema-display is absolutely gorgeous. I tested the newer version at the Apple store and I seriously can't tell any difference in speed or performance for what I do, mostly audio recording and some home movies. I guess if someone is a gamer and running 3D intensive programs they should look at a more powerful tower Power PC. But for most users these iMacs will do all you can ask and them some. The only downside was that since this was last year's model ALL my programs needed updating. This took several hours but it did do them effortlessly and in the background. For those moving to Apple from PC I highly recommend the book "Switching to a Mac" Portable Genius by Paul McFedries. This has helped me a great deal in understanding the difference between Windows and Apple's OS X Snow Leopard systems.

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                          5.0

                          27'imac desktop

                          By caribqueen1

                          from Los Angeles,Ca

                          About Me Technically Challenged

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                          • Keyboard is too small

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • School

                          Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                          I am a first time imac user. This computer is easier to use than i expected,the screen is bold and beautiful. There is so much this computer can do, so i will be going to a weekly workshop at the Apple store, so that i can learn all the exiting features. So far ,so good.

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                          5.0

                          Beautiful display

                          By jkm

                          from apple valley, ca

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Powerful
                          • Quiet
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                            Great for editing on the large display, beautiful color and clear, clear, clear. Love the new mac mouse and wireless keyboard.

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                            5.0

                            Simply the best!!

                            By Jazzsnips[@]

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Technically Challenged

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Never Freezes
                            • Powerful
                            • Quiet
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Gaming
                              • Home
                              • Multimedia
                              • Office

                              Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                              This 27" iMac makes my hobbies of video editing and music scoring/production much more productive and fun! I am a long-time Mac user/software engineer and this is clearly the best Mac I ever purchased/used at work. You may not want to wait because this previous year model with attractive pricing won't last. To me, CPU/hardware difference with current model was minimal.

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                              5.0

                              Fast and reliable

                              By Gary

                              from Los Angeles

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Never Freezes
                              • Powerful
                              • Quiet
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home

                                Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                                I have had Macs since the day they came out, and this one lives up to its reputation. I was concerned about getting the older duo core instead of an i5,
                                but after having tried the faster ones in stores, I can't say that I feel this one is deficient in any way. My only criticism is the small keyboard without out the numeric keypad. I will probably get the other keyboard with the numbers when they come out with a wireless version of it.

                                I was pleasantly surprised to find that nearly all my old Power PC programs from my G4 work on Snow Leopard as long as Rosetta is installed, including even programs that I had read would not work, such as iMovie 5!

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                                5.0

                                I should have bought a Mac sooner!

                                By Shermansd

                                from San Diego

                                About Me Multimedia Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Never Freezes
                                • Powerful
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Hot
                                • Loud

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                                I have always avoided a Mac when looking for a new computer, not this time and the next will be another Mac! I was up and surfing the net in less than a few minutes, the iMac comes all assembled with just a power cord to plug in. The wireless keyboard and mouse work great at any reasonable distance from the iMac, always had problems with the HP OEM version. Surprisingly, it wasn't that hard to quickly get use to the iMac OS and program installation is a breeze compared to Windows!

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