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Apple27" iMac Desktop Computer
 
4.9

(based on 62 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great display (57)
  • Easy to set up (55)
  • Fast (52)
  • Quiet (48)
  • Great software (35)

Cons

  • Not enough software (4)
  • No extras (3)

Best Uses

  • Home (45)
  • Multimedia (36)
  • Office (36)
  • Gaming (13)
  • Dorm room (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (28), Multimedia professional (22), Technically challenged (8), Avid gamer (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Back to Mac

I started out with a MAC years ago, but got switched to a Windows based system due to the company I work for. I decided to go back to Mac for my home...Read complete review

I started out with a MAC years ago, but got switched to a Windows based system due to the company I work for. I decided to go back to Mac for my home use, and I am glad I made the switch. True, the cost is more, but the environment is stable, smooth, and easy to use. The IMAc has a sleek, uncluttered design, which helps minimize the amount of "stuff" on my desk taking up space. I find the speed of use is far better than the PC I replaced, and I have not had a glitch in the two months of use so far. I bought the basic unit and had B&H install additional RAM which was a cost savings over buying a unit with the RAM I needed installed at the factory.

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Good Value

A good choice for a desktop Mac for the money. The 27" screen is bright with excellent resolution. The bundled Parallels Desktop 6 is an excellent app for seamlessly running Windows-based apps.Read complete review

A good choice for a desktop Mac for the money. The 27" screen is bright with excellent resolution. The bundled Parallels Desktop 6 is an excellent app for seamlessly running Windows-based apps.

Downsides are:

1) The Snow Leopard Migration Assistant offers limited granularity in moving selected apps, user info, etc. Therefore, the migration had to be done manually over Firewire with the source machine in Firewire Target Mode. Migration Assistant over Ethernet with an iMac G5 doesn't work, only via Firewire.

2) Keyboard has a cheap feel to it. Key spacing is different than standard keyboards. Also, lacks extended keyboard capabilities - disappointing for a product in this price range. Previous iMac G5 was shipped with extended keyboard.

3) The wireless mouse is very sensitive to subtle movements beyond the standard mouse navigation and clicking.

3) Only a single Firewire port. previous iMac G5 had two.

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5.0

great product

By Essels

from Harlingen, TX

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Display
  • Great Software
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

      Use computer for home and work. No issues after using this for three months. Installed Windows 7 for Bootcamp. Installation was very time consuming, but program works.

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      5.0

      Wow!

      By Garth

      from Ann Arbor

      About Me Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dorm Room
        • Home
        • Office

        Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

        If you have a wireless router you only need to set your iMac on a desk and plug it in. Keyboard and mouse are wireless so you can sit back in your office chair and relax! Everything is built in except the printer. Connects to my wireless network wirelessly to surf the web or print a document with my network laser printer. The 27 inch monitor has to be seen to be believed; nothing else even comes close! Lighting fast, high quality item. Loaded Microsoft office for MAC so I can communicate with the PC world. The operating system is stable but if you must have windows it can run that also.

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        5.0

        Why did I wait so long?

        By Guffman

        from Prairie Village, KS

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Had to buy Mac MS Office

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Office

        Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

        I'm a 60+ year old who didn't want to give up his old machine because my wife's business depends on one small antiquated application program that only runs on Windows XP. My IT guy assured me that Parallels would be my answer -- and so glad I listened! The transfer from Windows to Mac took about an hour (e-mails, address book, documents, photos and iTunes). The 27" iMac has such a big, beautiful screen and the iMac OS runs so flawlessly. Best of all, I can switch over to Windows quickly and painlessly for that one old program that held me back. [...]

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        4.0

        iMac is great!!!

        By Raisin Standards

        from New York City

        About Me Multimedia Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Small cramped keyboard

        Best Uses

          Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

          Glad I made the switch from a Windows-baced PC to iMac. You pay more, but you get more. Software is more intuitive (Snow Leopard 10.6), more software is included in package deal. The design of the computer is very sleek, and space-saving. Screen is clear, bright and doesn't cause eyestrain the way my PC monitor did. My only complain thusfar is the keyboard can be a bit cramped if typing for long periods of time. Other than that, iMac is a great computer!

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          5.0

          Absolutely perfect

          By Laylasmom

          from Myrtle Beach, SC

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

            I finally made the move from PC to Mac and couldn't be happier. Everything about this machine is user friendly. It was good to go right out of the box.
            I wasn't sure about going with the 27" because I have another computer on my desk for work and thought it might make my desk too crowded but the all in one design of the iMAC actually gives me more room on my desk.
            I will never go back to a PC.

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            5.0

            I love it!

            By Me!

            from NC

            About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dorm Room
              • Gaming
              • Home
              • Multimedia
              • Office

              Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

              I was really worried about getting an Apple computer - I've never used one before but was required to make the switch for school. I love it! No problems whatsoever getting everything all set up :) However, I would recommend that if you buy this particular model, turn the brightness down to below 50% or you'll go blind within a few days.

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              5.0

              Everything I expected from a Mac

              By falcon133

              from Stafford, VA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Office

                Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                I have had Macs forever and they are just getting better. Not much to complain about, its a solid machine and the price was the best out there. I am very happy with my purchase from B&H.

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                5.0

                exsteemly pleased

                By fly boy willi

                from lambertville mich

                About Me Technically Challenged

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Great Display
                • Great Extras
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                  i mac is an excellent product it takes a while to get used to the mac systemm when you have been working with windows for years.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Machine

                  By Drvudoo

                  from San Diego

                  About Me Avid Gamer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Display

                  Cons

                  • No Extras

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                  This was a PC replacement. I got tired of my knee hitting my PC tower. Pro: Great build quality of course. Aluminum and glass is hard to beat. The 27" IPS screen matched with specs on this computer, at this price point I bought this system is hard to beat. Dell is the only one making a monitor at this size and quality. The monitor itself is [$]. If you look at similar spec'ed PC all in one you would pay $200-$300 more. I wasn't missing much buying last year's model. Thunder Bolt was not a deal breaker, especially for $500. I send half my time in OSX and the other in Win 7(boot camp).As great as OSX half the games I play are not available on OSX.Windows index for the 5770 GPU is 7.1 New Heaven benchmark without tessalation is 23 FPS @ full res.CON:The baby keyboard. I just can't get use to it. The might mouse slow tracking. I ended up getting the new track pad, which I think is a must if you upgrade to Lion (10.7).It's hot. The heat coming from the top of this unit could raise the room temp by a few degrees.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome computer !

                  By dudleyg

                  from Lousiville, KY

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • NO CONS

                  Best Uses

                  • Gaming
                  • Home
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                  Love this computer, mainly use on internet for research, banking, renting dvd's , website construction, listening to music , email and reading the news.
                  The best computer I ever got, really awesome and comes with free extras such as Parallels desktop 6 for mac which lets you run windows on the mac if you need to. AND Apple offers a free upgrade to latest x system Lion.

                  There is nothing bad about this machine , you will love it !

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                  5.0

                  Phenomenal Computer

                  By Kurt

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Not Enough Software

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Multimedia
                  • Office

                  Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                  This is a computer for work, and it is a fantastic computer. My 1st Mac, and I'll never go back to a PC. Some say the screen is too big, I say bigger is always better. I was able to get the free upgrade through Apple for Lion OS X. I added the Magic Track Pad, and it is well worth the price! Literally took 30 seconds to set up. Set the monitor on my desk and plugged in the power cord. That's it. Highly recommend!

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                  5.0

                  Great deal for a great computer

                  By Nikkitty

                  from Cleveland, Ohio

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Office

                    Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                    I wanted to buy myself a graduation present and although I wasn't expecting to spend this much, I couldn't pass up such a great deal. I was impressed with the savings offered by way of the clearance price, [...] I saved a bundle!I use the computer at home for hobby painting with a tablet and light gaming. It has an amazing display, is incredibly fast and BIG!! I haven't had a problem with it- absolutely no complaints, exactly as stated and I'm even more pleased than I thought I'd be.

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                    5.0

                    As expected.

                    By Gabo

                    from Spain

                    About Me Use for fun

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast
                    • Great Display
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Expensive

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                    I had Macs in the past and they are great!! This is not the exeption. [...]

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                    5.0

                    Transferring files and learning Apple

                    By skip

                    from Raleigh,NC

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Great Display
                    • Great Software

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                      Using mostly for Photo and DVD production

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                      5.0

                      Awesome computer!!!!

                      By Kgoz

                      from Dublin, OH

                      About Me Avid Gamer, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Multimedia
                        • Office

                        Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                        I love this computer. The screen is wonderful to look at. It does get hot, but considering all that is inside, it's understandable. Runs the new OSX Lion great.

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                        4.0

                        I would buy this again

                        By Frankiem

                        from Florence Ms

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home

                          Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                          I will be using it everyday . Its going to take some getting use to. I have never had an apple before but i got tired of getting viruses . When the window opens in the 27" screen it only fills part of it. So far i love it and would recommend it.

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                          5.0

                          BEST DEAL,EVER !!!

                          By LedZeppelin1966

                          from West Hills, California

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • NO CONS

                          Best Uses

                          • All Home or Work needs
                          • Gaming
                          • Home
                          • Multimedia
                          • Office

                          Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                          I Purchased a 27" iMac at the BEST price anywhere, [...]

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                          3.0

                          Good Value

                          By aap

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast
                          • Great Display
                          • Great Software
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                          • Keyboard
                          • Lack of 2nd Firewire port
                          • Migration Assistant
                          • Mouse

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Programming

                          Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                          A good choice for a desktop Mac for the money. The 27" screen is bright with excellent resolution. The bundled Parallels Desktop 6 is an excellent app for seamlessly running Windows-based apps.

                          Downsides are:

                          1) The Snow Leopard Migration Assistant offers limited granularity in moving selected apps, user info, etc. Therefore, the migration had to be done manually over Firewire with the source machine in Firewire Target Mode. Migration Assistant over Ethernet with an iMac G5 doesn't work, only via Firewire.

                          2) Keyboard has a cheap feel to it. Key spacing is different than standard keyboards. Also, lacks extended keyboard capabilities - disappointing for a product in this price range. Previous iMac G5 was shipped with extended keyboard.

                          3) The wireless mouse is very sensitive to subtle movements beyond the standard mouse navigation and clicking.

                          3) Only a single Firewire port. previous iMac G5 had two.

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                          5.0

                          A wonder in 27 "

                          By Gustavo

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Multimedia Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Dorm Room
                            • Gaming
                            • Home
                            • Multimedia
                            • Office

                            Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                            Easy installation, only one wire, the power.
                            Everything is very beautiful in an imac 27 ".
                            Worth every penny paid.

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                            5.0

                            The Best Desktop Computer

                            By Pachu

                            from Champaign, IL

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • None whatsoever

                            Best Uses

                            • Gaming
                            • Home
                            • Movies
                            • Multimedia
                            • Office

                            Comments about Apple 27" iMac Desktop Computer:

                            - Easy to set up.
                            - No hassles with cables. This one has just one - The power cable that's it.

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