PC World: New iMac improves on its predecessor's design and performance

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By: switchtoamac at: 12:07 AM on August 13, 2007 | Comments (0)
In her August 9, 2007 review, Melissa J. Perenson of PC World states that Apple's new iMac is an improvement over past iMac models.  Perenson's article continues the trend of positive Mac reviews from historically PC centric publications.

PC World tested the new iMac with the following configuration:

  • 2.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 processor
  • 1GB of memory
  • 320GB Serial ATA drive
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro graphics with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
  • slot-loading SuperDrive DVD burner

A few key quotes from the review
"The 24-inch iMac (list price: $1799) is a refresh of the big boy of its all-in-one desktop line. Despite tweaks to the design and specs, this is a modest, nonradical iMac update. Even so, the striking system will make you look twice."

"Though the physical dimensions of this new iMac differ only slightly different from those of its predecessor, the changes make a tremendous difference in appearance: The new iMac looks sleeker, more stylish, and less squared off than the older, plasticized version. The design is both simple and seamless, with air vents at the back of the screen and beneath it to facilitate airflow (The unit does get a bit toasty after it has been on for a while, but according to Apple that's to be expected, given the aluminum chassis). The only screw on the entire chassis is beneath the screen; removing the screw gives you easy access to the memory slots. A 640-by-480-resolution Webcam and microphone are subtly built in to the screen."

"Accompanying the new iMac is a redesigned matching keyboard with two USB 2.0 ports (the previous generation's keyboard had USB 1.1 ports). These new ports have enough juice to handle devices that draw up to 500 mA, including an iPod and some portable external hard-disk drives."

"When I used the keyboard, I was surprised at how easily my touch-typist fingers adapted to the MacBook-like keys. Despite having a key height of 0.33 inch (versus 0.89 inch on the previous version), the keys were distinct and crisp to the touch, and they felt roomy enough to accommodate my fast-flying fingers."

"Though the new iMac doesn't come with a next-generation Blu-ray Disc drive, the integrated graphics on the 24-inch model we tested can decode high-definition (1920-by-1080-pixel) H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video streams of the type used by Blu-ray. Consequently the iMac may be able to support an external Blu-ray Disc option, when a drive and playback software ship for the Mac."

Read the entire review here.

Switch To A Mac Commentary
The article incorrectly states that the iMac models use an integrated graphics card when in fact they use dedicated graphics cards.  The 2.0GHz 20-inch model ships with an ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics processor with 128MB of GDDR3 memory. The 2.4GHz 20-inch model and the 24-inch model feature the ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory.  Note that in the review's second paragraph PC World mentions that their test model had a ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro graphics with 256MB of GDDR3 memory.  It looks as though the error wasn't identified before the article was published.

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