Apple iMac 2013
   Rating: 8.30
Mar 7, 2014 - Anyone who bought last year's redesigned iMac doesn't need to upgrade, but for owners of older models or anyone looking to switch, the latest 27-inch Apple iMac offers a wide-ranging set of internal upgrades.


27-inch Apple iMac review
   Rating: 8.00
Nov 6, 2013 - The 2013 refresh is a solid, if unremarkable, update for Apple's most popular desktop computer. It wasn't a radical overhaul, but nor did it need to be. Instead, the specifications got a welcome boost while retaining the well received form factor of the previous generation.

The £50 increase in the cost of the more expensive 27-inch model is simply inflationary, while the £100 price hike for the cheaper one is justified by the advances it makes. An excellent refresh.


Apple iMac 21.5in (2012) review
   Rating: 7.00
Jan 15, 2013 - The new 21.5in Apple iMac (2012) delivers in all the ways we’ve come to expect iMacs to. It’s new super slim design is streaks ahead of the competition, as is the machine’s build quality. Plus it’s competent on all other crucial fronts, with a decent set of included peripherals, good screen, excellent audio and satisfactory performance. However, not only do you pay a serious premium for that design and build but you also miss out on some functionality offered by rivals such as an optical disc drive, adjustable stand, more connectivity, a touchscreen and upgradability. As such, it’s only really worth considering for those that are absolutely sure that all they require is simply the snazziest, most compact all-in-once PC currently available, whatever the price.


Review: Apple iMac (Late 2012)
   Rating: 8.00
Jan 8, 2013 - WIRED



Apple iMac and Mac mini review (late 2012)
   Rating: 9.00
Nov 30, 2012 - There's this great video on YouTube of a guy in Starbucks, playing a game on his iMac. It takes him forever to pack everything up when he's leaving — the mouse, the keyboard, the hulking desktop PC — but apparently the guy needed to play World of Warcraft on his iMac, and he needed his coffee too. Having used the new iMac, I don't in any way endorse using the machine as a laptop replacement, but I kind of get it — it's light and thin enough to almost be movable, and the screen is so good I'd never want to game on anything else if I could avoid it.

The display is really the only unequivocated improvement in the new model, and it’s a big one. The sleeker, slimmer design is great, but it causes a couple of problems and forces a few unfortunate compromises. Yes, it’s faster, but only enough to keep up with the Joneses — equal performance can definitely be had elsewhere. There’s no question this is the best iMac yet, but of course it is; Apple doesn’t have a habit of making its good products worse. If you weren’t in the market for a new all-in-one desktop, the iMac’s not suddenly so much more appealing that you absolutely have to have one now, but if you’re looking for a desktop PC there’s still no better option.

For now, anyway. I can't help but think Apple's left the door open here for Windows 8. Microsoft's new OS works beautifully on a big screen, and if a manufacturer can build an all-in-one with an equally gorgeous screen and svelte design, some of the media-friendly features the iMac lacks, and even throw in a touchscreen, I'd take a long, hard look before buying an iMac. HP's Spectre One does the design well largely by aping the iMac, and Dell's XPS 27 offers all the features I want — but I have yet to see the combination of design, features, and horsepower the iMac offers. I hope someone gets it all right soon, whether it's Apple or not.