Apple iMac 21.5-inch (2012) - Slimmer, Faster, Better

Launch SRP: S$2368

Design & Features

Design & Features

Although, the new iMac is significantly slimmer and light, it has not differed that greatly in design when compared to its predecessor. In fact, to the untrained eye, it might not be immediately apparent that it is the new iMac. That said, there’s good reason why the design of the iMac hasn't changed much since it remains to be one of, if not the best looking AIO systems in the market.

Apple loves their glossy screens and the new iMac models are no different - there’s no option of matte screens. Fortunately, for those who complain that glossy screens have too much distracting reflections, Apple claims that for the new iMacs, they have been able to reduce unwanted reflections and glare by up to 75%. Although there’s no sure way for us to back up that 75% figure, the new iMac does seem to throw up less noticeable reflections.

The display itself is an IPS LCD panel that offers full 1080p HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, and while it is not a "Retina"-class screen, images displayed are sharp, bright and crisp.

Round the back, the new iMac offers a good selection of ports and connectivity options. The four USB ports are now of the speedier SuperSpeed USB 3.0 variety and there’s two Thunderbolt ports, which users can to drive external displays (with the use of a suitable adapter) or with Thunderbolt storage devices.

Sonically, the new iMac isn’t as accomplished as the ASUS ET2300INTI that we reviewed recently, lacking bass and bite. On the upside, it was pretty loud and vocals sounded clear and bright. If you intend to use the machine for a lot lot audio playback, invest in a decent PC stereo speaker system.

The iMac retains a similar form factor and silhouette, but it's considerably slimmer now. For those interested, the screen (or to be technically correct, the whole system) has a limited amount of tilt based on its fixed stand.

Round the back, from left to right, you'll find a headphones jack, a SDXC card reader, quadruple USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, Ethernet jack and further right is the power connector.

The speakers are downward firing and are hidden at the bottom of the display.

Bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse are bundled along with the system.

 

While most other AIO machines would require a power cable and an unsightly power brick, Apple has integrated everything into the unit itself which means this power cable is all you need. This makes for a less cluttered work space.

8.5
Design
9
Features
8.5
Performance
8.5
Value
7
The Good
Attractive, slim design
Good all-round performance
Better than expected discrete graphics
Fusion Drive technology
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports
Brilliant display
The Bad
Expensive
No optical drive bay
No user upgradeable components
Audio subsystem is weak
Screen tilt limited