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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)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7), Business (6)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

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                          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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