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Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010) review

£2,849 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Apple

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The 27in all-in-one iMac is the first Apple machine to appear in our desktop PC charts, but its specification, performance and value make this power desktop PC impossible to ignore.

The 27in all-in-one iMac is the first Apple machine to appear in our desktop PC charts, but its specification, performance and value make this power desktop PC impossible to ignore.

The 27in all-in-one iMac is the first Apple machine to appear in our desktop PC charts, but its specification, performance and value make it impossible to ignore. Value might not be an obvious asset for a power desktop PC costing nigh-on £3,000, but let us explain.

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The Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010) power desktop PC is available with a Core i5-760 for £1,649. Our sample came with the Core i7-870, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, costing £2,849.

We’ve always maintained that the monitor is the item you’ll spend the longest looking at, so it’s worth investing in wisely. And the Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010) power desktop PC has trumped the competition with a screen that’s not only larger, but has the finest image quality. To get a PC screen that matches the colour gamut and definition of this 27in in-plane switching (IPS) widescreen, expect to pay £1,000.

Whereas PC vendors usually supply tinny cases with wobbling ports, the Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010) power desktop PC has a gorgeous satin aluminium frame. There are no gamer go-faster stripes or wedding-disco lights here. This all-in-one machine also includes a discreet webcam and microphone for effortless video chat.

A wireless keyboard and mouse are supplied, while connectivity options stretch to gigabit ethernet and dual-band 802.11n wireless. Good stereo speakers are built into the Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010) power desktop PC. And the whole machine runs silently.

For the first time, the Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010) power desktop PC is able to compete with Windows PCs on the performance front, too. It was right up there with the leaders in our speed tests – running Windows, not Mac OS X.

The Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010) power desktop PC's Radeon HD 5750 is slower than the 5870 graphics card seen elsewhere, but still produced capable framerates in our tests.

Chart ranking: Power PCs

  1. Arbico Elite i7-9500 HSD
  2. Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010)
  3. Eclipse Armageddon i795n460 SLi
  4. DinoPC Maxosaur 950
  5. CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix (repeat)

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Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010) Expert Verdict »
2.93GHz Intel Core i7-870
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
8GB DDR3 RAM
2TB SATA
256GB SSD
4 x USB 2.0
27in Apple IPS display (0.23mm pixel pitch
2560x1440)
1GB ATI Radeon HD 5750 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 59/20fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 85/39fps
onboard sound
two speakers
max DVD speeds: 8x/8x/4x/4x/6x/8x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW)
iLife 09
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 153
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Upgrades are off-limits and the Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010) power desktop PC's screen would work even better without the gloss finish. But, given the carefully assembled components here, and provided that games aren’t your bag, there will be little reason to upgrade anything for a long time to come.

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