Apple iMac 2.93GHz £1499

7th May 2009 | 09:00

Apple iMac 2.93GHz

A good upgrade but it will put a dent in your wallet

TechRadar rating:

4 stars

A good update to a familiar line with enough power to handle all but the most intensive of tasks. We can't help feel it's a bit over priced for what it is though but that could be the weak pound biting us hard

Like:

Good screen; Decent HDD space; Good power; Great software included;

Dislike:

Expensive; Some may dislike the glossy screen; Cannot adjust height of display;

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.

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