Beautiful slimline design
Nvidia 7 Series graphics (2.9GHz version only)
No discrete graphics on cheaper model
No optical drive
Can't upgrade memory after purchase
More expensive than last year
No Hyper Threading
Why you can trust TechRadar
Less than a year after the chassis overhaul that gave the iMac its new slimline bodywork, Apple's innovative desktop computer enjoys another revision.
This time, it's a minor refresh, bringing Haswell processors, better GPUs and faster WiFi, but retaining the form factor of the previous generation. It's an unsurprising move.
Last year's update had already radically redesigned the all-in-one Mac, dropping the optical drive in favour of a new slimline design with better speakers, a revamped and less reflective screen construction, USB 3.0 ports and a second Thunderbolt port.
The upgrades for this year's model are all internal. If you were hoping for a Retina display, you'll be disappointed.
Naturally, the iMac isn't the only slimline all-in-one computer out there. The Scan 3XS Mirage AIO245 costs over £1,000 (about US$1,600, AU$1,600) for the entry-level model, which is not much cheaper than the cheapest 21-inch iMac, but it features a larger 23.46-inch screen and a wide range of configuration options.
- OS X Mavericks review
- Apple Mac mini review
- 27-inch iMac review
- 11-inch MacBook Air review
- 13-inch MacBook Air review
- 13-inch MacBook Pro review
- 15-inch MacBook Pro review
- MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display review
- MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display review
- New Mac Pro
Lenovo's IdeaCentre B540p starts at around £600 (about US$1,000, AU$1,000). It has a 23-inch touchscreen panel and 3D capabilities. The Acer Aspire 5600U costs a little more at just over £750 (about US$1,200, AU$1,200), but it's a great family media centre, and the Asus Transformer AiO P1801is a hybrid tablet and desktop with two separate processors, one running Windows 8 and one running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. For £600 (about US$1,000, AU$1,000), you could buy a Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tiny. It's not an all-in-one, but the PC is extremely small.
If you prefer to stick with a Mac, Apple's other desktop option is the Mac mini. This small form factor machine is the cheapest way to own a Mac, though it doesn't come supplied with a display, a keyboard or a mouse. The top-of-the-range Mac Pro isn't currently on sale in Europe and is about to be overhauled with a new release, so now is not the best time to invest in one.
As the new iMacs share the previous generation's form factor, they also suffer from the same limitations. As mentioned before, there's no optical drive, so if you want to use DVDs and CDs, you need an external model such as Apple's own USB Super Drive.
Upgradeability is also a problem. On these 21.5-inch models reviewed here, you can't add memory yourself, though a configuration option is available if you order from the Apple Online Store. Also, as the screen is glued in place instead of held by magnets, it's more difficult for even specialists to access the internal components.
Forget about eSIM, this multi-operator SIM could make swapping mobile networks as easy as ABC — but it is not available for smartphones right now
iOS 18 tipped to get a visual redesign this year – with macOS following later
Xiaomi 14 series goes global, but there’s no love for the Xiaomi 14 Pro