Apple iMac 2.93GHz £1499
7th May 2009 | 09:00
A good upgrade but it will put a dent in your wallet
Nothing has changed with the styling in this refresh of the Apple iMac, though you could argue that that's a good thing.
It's a thing of beauty, and though some detest the glossy screen, we found reflections rarely showed. The screen's good, too; it's not up to the standard of the best from NEC or Eizo, but it's good enough for medium-weight creative work and you can always use a second display if you need it.
It's hardly a huge powerhouse of a computer, but the iMac's performance is decent enough for anything up to and including semi-serious video and 3D work.
And it would be unfair to ignore the bundled media applications: the suite of iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb and iDVD remains better consumer software than anything found on Windows.
The spec overall is more generous than with the Mac Mini. The 4GB of RAM and 640GB hard disk are more like what we'd expect, though there's still a premium to pay.