Oh, and that reminds us of our other long-standing complaint about the iMac: you can’t adjust the height of the monitor. When it comes to monitors, mice and keyboards, Apple still puts form ahead of function. Apple’s designers might want to bear in mind that balancing your iMac on top of a stack of telephone directories – as we do to adjust the height of the screen – doesn’t really help the look of the machine.
The iMac's new keyboard: nice design...
With that off our chest, let’s glance across the new iMac range. There are four models available now, starting with a solitary 20in model with a 1680 x 1050 screen resolution, priced at £949. This is equipped with a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of DDR 3 RAM, a 320GB hard disk running at 7200rpm and an Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chip that takes up to 256MB of system memory. Other features that are standard on all iMacs include four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a built-in webcam and the latest – and rather impressive – version of Apple’s iLife software suite. There’s also a Firewire 800 interface, as before, but the additional Firewire 400 interface found in previous models has now been replaced by the fourth USB port.
That’s the entry-level model for the iMac now, and while it’s certainly more powerful than its predecessor, it also bumps up the entry-level price-point from £782, mirroring the creeping price increases in the MacBook range. This 20in model is still cheaper than copy-cat rivals such as Dell’s all-in-one XPS One machine, which costs £1099 for a 20in model with 2.33GHz processor, but it’s a shame that the entry-level point for the iMac is now so high, as this could deter some of the PC ‘switchers’ that have been swelling the ranks of Mac users in recent years.
Or possibly it’s a cunning ploy to boost the sales of the less expensive Mac Mini – you never know with Apple.
There’s also a 24in model with 1920 x 1200 resolution that runs at the same speed and doubles the RAM and hard disk space and costs £1199. However, the model that we tested was the next step up in the range, priced at £1499 and equipped with a 2.93GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, a 640GB hard disk and a more powerful GeForce GT120 graphics processor with 256MB of dedicated DDR 3 video memory.
...unless you're a typist
As we anticipated from the processor speed and use of DDR 3 memory, the 2.93GHz iMac outperformed all the other Mac models we’ve seen in so far. The GT120 graphics processor was a bit of an unknown quantity, but it helped the iMac hit 120f/s in Doom 3, which is the highest score we’ve seen from any Apple machine other than the high-end Mac Pro.
Love my iMac, Stylish & powerful
You can't expect a Core i7 in the iMac. The iMac uses notebook parts and Intel has not released a mobile variant of the i7 but when they do I would think the Core i5 would be the most likely candidate for the iMac, the i7 is more aimed at workstation class machines.
"Blue-ray is a bag of hurt."
Only when you have no idea what they are!! Jobs is a twat.
I tried Mac's a few years ago and still have two - both overpriced and both using bootcamp more often than not. A great OS if you don't want to run 99% of available software and when you do find something worth having - you pay twice the price.
Will run them until the die but never again.
2008 24" 2.4GHz iMac
I'm writing this on one.
And how pissed off would you be if Apple produced a Quad-core iMac only for you to find out there's no real speed increase . PC users can always run speed tests and benchmark systems to convince themselves they've made the right decision but us Mac users need real results from our technology so we'll happily wait 'til 10.6 is released and have a faster, more productive machine rather than higher figures on a spec sheet.
Sick of the expensive macs? be friends with a student and get them to use their discount for you!.