Apple iMac 27-inch unboxing

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

Apple's iMac has given birth to a new brother, at a giant 27-inches, 328 ounces.

That's 9.3kg for the rest of us, and at AU$2199 it represents excellent value too. The base model features a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and an ATI Radeon HD 4670. Another AU$290 will upgrade you to a Core 2 Duo 3.33GHz, but if you want to make the jump to the quad core Intel Core i series, you'll need to pony up AU$2599 for the base Core i5 2.66GHz version, and another AU$290 on top of that for the Core i7 2.8GHz.

By default this includes Apple's wireless keyboard (without numpad, although picking up a corded one with a numpad will cost no more), and its new multi-touch Magic Mouse, which features no physical buttons.

Other options include a 2TB hard drive (for the usual Apple overpriced AU$350 extra), up to 16GB RAM (for the usual Apple over-priced $1960 extra), and ATI's Radeon HD 4850 for AU$210 extra. AppleCare, which extends your coverage to three years will cost you an extra AU$268.

The LED back-lit, IPS-based screen supports an impressive 16:9, 2560x1440 resolution, and rather nicely can double as an external display for recent model MacBooks through its Mini-DisplayPort connector, or simply allow another monitor to be daisy chained off the iMac.

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RetroMan1234 posted a comment   

The new Core i7 has the best processor you can ever get i really want to get one.


GME posted a comment   

Love how Craig blames the Apple store for his mistake. Guess what, the new i5 and i7 were listed as options on the Apple store as soon as the store reopened after being updated with the new imacs overnight. Media releases and other media outlets who posted stories before you all had the complete specs. Best to just admit mistakes.


23212 posted a comment   

the quad i5 2.66ghz can actually shut down 2 cores and boost it to 3.46ghz on 2 cores therefore is much faster the the core 2 duo. the 2.8ghx i7 does the same thing but higher speeds.


den posted a reply   

what kind of faster do you mean? for example, rendering video, 20% faster? more? (the 2.8 quad as opposed to the 3.3 duo)


filip_mac posted a comment   

sorry thought you where talking bout the quad core version im getting this cnt wait


Anthony posted a comment   

Feel so ripped off. Bought the previous model 3 months ago.


moldor posted a comment   

I'd go for the quad-core. Two additional cores make up for the lower processor speed. A friend in the US picked his up this morning and it's an absolute screamer !


jake is the best posted a comment   

macs rule


pedro posted a comment   

The base model 27 inch actually has the 3.06 Core 2 Duo - not the i5! The quad core models start at $2599 and aren't available until November.


filip_mac posted a comment   

what would be better the i5 2.66 27inch or the dual core 3.0 27 inch im not sure which to get

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