10 Responses to “Apple iMac MB950LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop”

  1. James Peterson says:

    Review by James Peterson for Apple iMac MB950LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop
    I’ve been a PC users since the PCXT days. Now I have a mac. I really have been suprised at how easy it is to learn the mac way of doing things.

    I’m a programmer by trade (not a desktop coder, but mainframe/database) and I actually decided to buy the iMac because of my desire to create apps for my iPhone. I was shocked to learn that I could keep my windows environment. I could have both worlds.

    So far, everything has been very easy to install and use. I had the windows/vmware setup and the iPhone SDK install the first day. Coming from a PC, I’m delighted at how elegant the interface is, even the mouse and keyboard are elegant. The screen is very nice. Colors seem very good, but I haven’t done any photo editing and color correction/matching (so you’ll have to get the pros opinion on that one).

    Windows runs very well on it and I’ve had no problems with it.

    I can’t see changing back to a PC for my uses (not a gamer). This iMac was the best value IMO, compared to the other mac’s and macbooks. Even compared to the new mac mini (if you add in the additional cost of a good monitor, bluetooth keyboard and magic mouse, the mini was closing in on the iMac price). I’d recommend this iMac for any deveoper to use as a base system. Power seems more than sufficient add to that the capability to run windows as well and you have one of the best values in a development system I’ve seen.

    All this and lets face it the mac experience is very pleasant, and it doesn’t hurt to expand your development into the mac arena.

    After one week, I’m already a satified mac user.

    I’ll update after a year or so of use and abuse.

  2. T. Zee says:

    Review by T. Zee for Apple iMac MB950LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop
    I bought the iMac in Feb 2010, and in April 2010 the iMac started freezing at random times. Finally, it wouldn’t even power on. I only installed Photoshop and Sophos Anti-virus onto the iMac. Thank goodness it was in the 1 year limited warranty period. However, I did a quick search and found that Apple has been having logic board problems for a long time. It was certainly a disappointment to find that my first mac failed in 2months!

    On a second note, if you still really want to buy an iMac, consider buying it from the Apple store instead of Amazon. When I brought the product into the Apple Store, they told me that if I had bought it there, they would just give me a new one. However, since it was purchased from Amazon, they would have to send it in for repairs and replacement parts (which may or may not be refurbished parts).

  3. S. geddamuri says:

    Review by S. geddamuri for Apple iMac MB950LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop
    This version of imac is amazing.


    1 This computer is fast and sleek.Looks beautiful.

    2 No noise of fan or so.If one close there eyes,they can hardly tell if it sunning.This is not the case with any other ALLINONE desktops i owned.Ex dell studio 15 makes more noise then my kitchen fan.

    3 The hardware is just enough for any thing.500GB hd is PLUS.The ram 4gb is hardly used.

    4 Screen is beautiful.For some people the screen is like mirror and gets lots of reflection.But for me i love the screen.The screen can be moved easily if you getting any reflection.The glossy screen makes the view more enjoyable.

    5 THE LEOPORD SNOW is very good.No issues so far.For PC users it will take little while to learn the shortcuts.But once they are used to it it will be very fast to access any thing.

    6 The MOUSE was never a problem for me.I am so used to use forward and backward on the web pages using this mouse,When i use other mouse my fingers automatically slide.One can really admire the mouse once they get used to it in couple days.

    7 Keyboard is small.i would love to have wireless keyboard with the numeric pad.

    8 The sound is good on this computer.for a medium room i think this is more then enough.


    1 The keyboard could be little better.i mean with numeric pad and more F buttons.

    2 there should have a hard button for ejecting the DVD.When i was installing Windows 7 i was stuck with the DVD.Couldnt find a way to eject without loading OS.

    3 DVDs with paper stickers on it stucks some time.So be careful if you are inserting a DVD with sticker labels.

    Overall very happy with this purchase.

  4. V says:

    Review by V for Apple iMac MB950LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop
    I’ve been strictly a PC guy for as long as I can remember (only used Macs in college writing labs). Since graduating from college over 14 years ago I literally have not used even one Mac. I was pretty much anti Mac because I thought they were over priced, underpowered and Steve Jobs really got on my nerves. I mean for the money you could get a faster, more feature packed PC for much less. I was also concerned about compatibility with PC files and software.

    Well, now that I’ve matured and gotten over my childish hating of Steve and Mac now has PC emulation software, I reconsidered. My first reaction was to get another PC and continue along my merry way as I’ve always done. When I started my shopping I thought what the heck, let me check out the latest Macs on the apple Web site. I was blown away by the new iMacs. I ended up spending about 2-3 hours over a few days looking at the iMacs and reading reviews around the Web.

    Long story short I finally got my iMac. It was a tough decision because I was purchasing one of these things I thought was overpriced and underpowered years back. The specs on these new iMacs got me intrigued. The large screen and all-in-one form sold me. The Core 2 Duo and 4GB ram was decent enough for me to give it a try.

    In short I am VERY pleased I bought this computer. It’s outstanding. Pros and Cons:


    – Design: This all-in-one design is absolutely better than any other all-in-one out there. Just a stunning screen, keyboard and a mouse (and no large brick connected to the power cord!). When I took the thing out I was looking for the other “components”. Simply refreshing. How can Apple create such a slim, light and usable machine while HP, IBM and the others produce these clumsy all-in-ones?

    – Screen: Just one word: amazing.

    – Ease of use/setup: It’s obvious these Apple guys really think about what users go through from the point they open the box, to the point they start using the computer. The process was so simple and easy. This old PC guy was almost looking for warnings or errors to pop up or something. Well done.

    – Login process: OS X boots up so quick that sometimes I sit there waiting for the computer to do the hourglass thing like a PC. But it doesn’t. You log in, you see the main screen shortly thereafter and you’re ready to go. It almost seems wrong. Doesn’t this thing need to boot up a bunch of stuff to get going? Apparently not. Also the clean layout of the icons on the bottom of the screen with no other pre-installed craplets or other desktop icons is such a refreshing change vs PCs.

    – Software: I will hold off on commenting here until I’ve spent more time with the installed and purchased iWork software. Can’t wait to get my hands on Garage band. My kids and I will have a blast.

    – Keyboard and Mouse: Keyboard is so sleek and small you’d think it was a toy. It takes a bit of getting used to because some of the keys you’d find on a PC keyboard are missing (the back space and delete keys are the same key…use the Fn+delete to do forward deleting of characters). All in all though, not a problem. I haven’t gotten used to all the multifunction keys yet, but I’m assuming these other cool stuff I can do with it that I’ll figure out later.

    – Magic mouse: One word: Schweet! I’m using it now to easily scroll through this comment I’m writing.

    – Speed: So far haven’t done any real heavy lifting with it like movie editing or MP3 encoding/transfers, but my Web browsing and video watching are blazing. And overall system response is excellent. Will report back as I use the system more over the next few weeks/months.

    – Integrated with my home Wi-fi without a hitch. Even automatically found the drivers for my HP All-in-One printer. I didn’t even have to download the Mac driver or anything.

    – Oh, and it’s real quiet too.


    – Screen can show a lot of glare. This can be a problem for some folks and in certain room settings

    – Could have gotten a unit with more ram and faster processor if I got a PC. But to be honest, given my experience so far with this thing, I really don’t care. Technical specks aint everything. User experience is important as well. I guess a gamer would care though. But they can get the 27″ model with the intel i7 processor.

    – PC guys have to learn some things like how to cut, paste, undo, use safari, navigate around the OS, etc.

    – That’s all so far, will report back over the next weeks/months with new issues/concerns.

    In summary, I am one happy customer. We still have two PCs in the house and I’m still a PC guy; but check back with me in a year or so — that may change.

    Hey PC guys/gals out there…you will not regret buying this thing. Go ahead, do it.


    6/25/10 Update:

    Now that I’ve had my iMac for several months now I can provide an updated review:

    Overall: My family and I still love it and would definitely buy it again. My next computer purchase will be a replacement for my IBM ThinkPad — it will certainly be a Mac Book.


    – Screen size, resolution and design (with caveat noted in Cons)

    – Operating system/User Interface — just plain smooth, fast and user-friendly.

    – Various utilities that come pre-installed.

    – Reliability – Rock solid. The thing is like an appliance. When you need it, it’s ready. When you don’t, it fades into the background and sucks very little power.

    – Overall design and form factor of the entire unit. It’s such a pleasure to look at and use. The keyboard (with caveats noted in the Cons section), mouse and screen work together very well (especially on a small desk)

    – It’s so quiet that when it’s on and you’re not using it, it just fades into the background. You forget it’s there.


    -Keyboard missing a dedicated key. While I really like keyboard (I type faster with it than a standard PC keyboard), I will be upgrading to the full iMac keyboard because I REALLY miss my forward delete key and number pad. Omitting the forward delete was a real big mistake in my idea. It’s driving me crazy! Having to do the Fn-Delete combination each time is very annoying.

    – I was annoyed that I couldn’t do some standard PC things on it, like tile all displayed windows with a few key or mouse strokes. To be fair, a Mac is a Mac and does not try to be a PC so it’s not a Mac’s fault it can’t do these things. But PC users will have to spend time figuring out “how do you do [insert routine PC function here] on a Mac” . Again, not fair, but a Con nonetheless because I had to spend time figuring it out rather than just doing.

    – Screen gets a lot of finger prints and smudges. A magnet for kiddie finger prints. Screen glare is bothersome under certain lighting conditions.

    – Kinda makes me kick myself for being so anti-Mac for so long and not buying one sooner. I could have avoided so much PC pain.

    That’s all for now.

  5. Paul C. Huang says:

    Review by Paul C. Huang for Apple iMac MB950LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop
    The trouble began when the aluminum-bodied 20″ iMac replaced the white polycarbonate 20″ iMac. Not only does it have a highly-reflective (albeit high-quality, very plane) glass, it has a TN screen that is 6-bit per channel. The TN screen found in the 20″ iMac was inferior to the IPS panel found in the 24″. Those who demand image quality had two choices: buy the 24″ iMac or buy the 20″, turn it toward the wall and make the wallpaper white so it lights up the user environment, and buy a quality IPS screen. This back-to-back solution may seem funny, but it does work. The TN screen displays different colors at different viewing angles (Unless the user moves his/her eyes directly over the pixel, the viewing angle variation relative to the pixel position causes the color to vary greatly.

    The 21.5″ is a major leap forward, because the entry-level iMac has the same GHz rating as the old top-of-the-line model, has a new two-AA bluetooth keyboard, and a wireless mouse. These are the added value that used to be extra before, and the Magic Mouse wasn’t even available.

    With the new 21.5″, the users no longer have to choose a larger screen simply for better image/color quality. The glass, however, continues to be highly reflective and uncoated (no anti-reflective coating, as you may find on camera lenses, MacBook Air, and even Audi TT’s speedometer/Tachometer).

    Those who do not use the numeric keypad would definitely welcome the small-footprint wireless keyboard. It allows the user to bring the mouse closer to the keyboard and reduce wrist, forearm, and shoulder stress.

    The Magic Mouse has finally done away with the problem-prone scroll ball found in the Mighty Mouse. I wish the top surface of this mouse were more matte/velvety than the glossy surface it is. The glossy surface is nothing more than cosmetic. Imagine if the trackpad on all the Mac portables turn glossy. I am sure there would be plenty of complaints. The glossy surface on the predecessor was OK because the fingers didn’t have to glide over the glossy surface. Although the glossy surface is not a problem for me, because I don’t use a mouse at all (Kensington Expert Mouse and WACOM, please), those with sweaty fingers would find it problematic.

    Those familiar with the round iMac mouse will find this familiar: Its symmetrical shape lets the user easily lose orientation, because there is not a cord attached to it. As a result, the user must look at the logo first to identify which direction is supposed to be pointing up.

    The integrated nVidia 9400M is more than good enough for casual users. Those who may need 3D or gaming capabilities should choose the other models with independent video cards.

    NOW, THE $500 QUESTION. How does this screen compare to the 24″ in physical dimension? This screen has 1920 pixels across, which is the same as the 24″. The 21.5″ is 18.7″ wide, which is slightly narrower than the 20.25″ width found on the 24″. This means the 21.5″ has higher pixel density. What about the height? 12.75″ for the 24″ iMac and 10.5″ for the 21.5″ iMac.

    I forgot to mention that in the past, the power switch has a different shiny surface (while the entire back is matte) and has a concave surface. However, this one is perfectly flush to the back and is very difficult to detect. It takes some poking around. Another thing: they new wireless keyboard is noticeably noisier than the USB or previous three-AA aluminum wireless keyboard. Apparently the mechanism is not the same as the other aluminum keyboards.

  6. korova says:

    Review by korova for Apple iMac MC511LL/A 27-Inch Desktop
    First things first: the iMac offered on this page has the quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. A configuration with a dual-core i3 processor is also sold by Amazon. A more powerful quad-core processor, the i7, is available as a build-to-order option from the online Apple Store. Be sure you’re looking at the configuration you want. Apple makes four 27″ Aluminum iMac processor setups in all: an i3, two with the i5, and an i7 (see the Comments on this review for a link to Apple’s official tech specs).

    Now then, on with the show. Many reviewers of the previous release of the 27″ Aluminum iMac have already discussed the essential hardware and software features. So, rather than repeating stuff that has already been said, I am going to focus this review on my experience of upgrading from a G4 igloo iMac that was running System 10.5.8 .

    Migration Assistant

    *I used a Firewire 400 to Firewire 800 cable to move the contents of my old computer to the new machine with Migration Assistant.

    *The process was virtually seamless, with only a few minor adjustments necessary to the transferred data. Only four applications required reinstallation: ClamXav, iTunes (due to the Soundflower plugin–in any case, no music was lost or damaged), Microsoft Expression Media 2, and a Juniper Networks remote access program (part of a corporate telecommuting package).

    *Rules for Little Snitch, a third party utility, need to be reestablished.

    *Customized preferences for Spotlight must be reentered.

    Magic Mouse

    *iMacs now come with a wireless mouse as standard equipment. The Magic Mouse is a vast improvement over the Apple Mouse (aka Mighty Mouse) because it doesn’t have a roller ball that eventually stops working. In fact, there aren’t any external moving parts on the Magic Mouse, other than the on/off switch.

    *Exposé and Dashboard functions are now on the top row of the keyboard, not on mouse buttons.

    *If you’re interested in the new Magic Trackpad, you’ll have to order it separately. It doesn’t come as standard equipment right now.


    *The chiclet style keys took me a little while to get used to, but now I prefer them to traditional “long stroke” keys.

    *For some reason, Apple has made a compact laptop keyboard the standard iMac keyboard (Steve Jobs must be nostalgic for the original 1984 Mac keyboard). Anybody who relies on Page keys for navigation or on a numeric keypad for data entry is out of luck.

    *An extended keyboard with Home/Pg Up/Pg Dn/Delete keys and a number pad is available as a build-to-order option, along with additional memory and other treats, at the online Apple Store.

    Audio System

    *Optical digital audio input and output requires cables or cable adapters with 3.5mm plugs. Standard size TOSLINK connectors won’t work. Also, digital audio I/O is run through the microphone and headphone ports. It is consequently impossible to use headphones or an external mic when the computer is setup for optical digital audio use.

    *The speakers are a weak point in the design. They are small, underpowered, and sound tinny. I think the igloo iMacs had much better sound. If I recall correctly, they had a specially tuned amplifier–plus the speakers were fairly large and were not built into the computer housing. Users who use their iMac as their main music source or who work with music and sound will want to buy a separate pair of speakers.

    Using the computer: screen, fan noise, heat, Rosetta

    *This iMac is all about the gigantic 27″ screen. It’s incredibly sharp and bright, with better-than-HD resolution. Excel users will love being able to see columns A-AE and rows 1-95 all at once at 100% zoom. No more wasting time scrolling around and splitting windows. Photos, movies, and graphics all look absolutely fabulous.

    *I initially thought I would hate the glossy finish on the screen, especially after seeing how much glare demo models at the Apple Store showed. But, as it turns out, the shiny glass isn’t distracting at all in my home office. That said, anybody who hasn’t ever seen a glossy screen computer in person should go check one out before placing an order.

    *Something that I miss from my igloo iMac is the ability to move the screen both from left to right (x-axis) and up and down (y-axis). Aluminum iMac screens can only be swiveled up and down, in a fairly limited range.

    *Under most conditions, the computer runs very quietly. Fan noise is normally inaudible.

    *The top of the computer can become noticeably hot to the touch. Not hot enough to cook the proverbial egg, but definitely warmer than most other electronic devices (except for the original PlayStation3, otherwise known as the Sony Spaceheater).

    *PowerPC applications run well under Rosetta. Once it is downloaded automatically, upon demand, it runs invisibly.

    Bottom line: it’s the screen, the SCREEN, THE SCREEN!! Massive amounts of screen real estate, combined with fast performance, make the 27″ Aluminum iMac a true joy to use for both work and play. One star penalty for not making an extended keyboard standard and for the terrible built-in sound system.

  7. B. T. Denyer says:

    Review by B. T. Denyer for Apple iMac MC511LL/A 27-Inch Desktop

    My big concern is that the DVD drive would not play burned DVDs. Out of the box, my MBP did NOT play burned DVDs very well, if at all. After a couple OS updates, that seems to be a thing of the past, but a new concern for this drive. DVDs tested that worked are: Imation DVD-R 8x; Taiyo Yuden white; Verbatim DVD+R DL; Verbatim DVD-R; Memorex DVD-R 4x; Princo DVD-R ‘white star’.


    Upgrading memory on the iMac is easy. There are 4 slots for memory: 2 ‘upper’ and 2 ‘lower’, as Apple calls them, but they are really 4 side by side slots on the bottom (behind the Apple logo.) The 2 upper slots are populated by Apple’s memory, but the 2 lower slots are open (unless you upgraded already.) The 4 memory slots are accessed by unscrewing 3 screws with a Philips screwdriver (a normal size will do.) Apple recommends “For the iMac (Mid 2010) models, use 2 GB or 4 GB RAM SO-DIMMs of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM in each slot.” Removing the aluminum screen is a one-screw deal, then push in the memory, and power the iMac back on. That’s it. If you are planning on running VMWare, or playing games, or doing video, you will likely need to upgrade to another 2 or 4GB. I recommend 2 cards of 2GB each. VMWare running Win7, while OSX is running PS and a browser takes up about 60-75% of the 4GB installed memory. And remember: saving a little and buying janky memory is like putting used, dirty oil in your car – what are you really saving by doing that?


    The older remote control for my MBP worked just fine. That is until we started watching some streaming video through Safari. For some reason that video knocked out the ability to use the remote, and I had to restart the iMac to get it to see the remote again. Don’t know why, and it was only for video being played through todocast.tv website. May be a rare issue.


    It only took 63 mins for me to move 93GB of data from an external drive using USB 2.0 cable. Loading Mac Office took less than 10 minutes to load from DVD (default config) – fastest I have ever seen, yet. One thing I noticed is that I can hear this hard drive writing to the disc, whereas I cannot here my older iMac’s drive at all. I have to put my head up near the screen, but I can hear the thumping more prominently than I can on the 2-year old iMac. This might be due to the way the housing/area around the drive is designed: might be creating an echo chamber? Don’t know why, just do.


    Whoa! The wireless keyboard worked from over 50-feet away! I walked through a thick wood door, down the hall (cinderblock walls) and around the corner and it still worked! I have no idea how far away I can go, but across the room is no problem. Same goes for the wireless mouse. The mouse does not have the right-click set up as a default. I also found that the left-right swipe action was dangerous while browsing websites, for a left-swipe is the same as the ‘back’ button – and when filling out an online form hitting the back button (or accidentally swiping left on the mouse) can erase your inout data.) The vertical swiping action of the mouse is just like the iPhone, smooth and screen slides to a stop. Best mouse ever made.


    This card is definitely showing a stronger signal than my MBP sitting the same distance from the router (which is a G-band). It also shows a lot more networks to choose from than the MBP.


    Out if the box, the iMac needed to be updated. Nothing ridiculous, just about 7 updates (Safari, Java, AirPort, iTunes, OSX security…) with a half hour of download and updating.


    People new to Mac, and those that haven’t bought one in years, will find the contents of your retail box sparse: keyboard, iMac, mouse, 2 DVDs, small booklet, power cord and batteries for the keyboard and mouse (installed.) That’s it. PC users/converters will be shocked at how little documentation there is in your box: no yellow pieces of paper screaming out warnings and ‘do this first!’ type messages. This is true plug and play.


    These speakers sound just the same as the 2-your old iMac I am comparing all of this to. Maybe a little less tin/bright… Still not the best, most amazing speakers out there, but are far better than the majority of embedded computer speakers. I still recommend you buy a set of desktop speakers if plan on watching movies, playing music loud, or want a rich deep sound.


    Still not super-stoked about the glossy screen, but I think I am starting to get used to it. Bright rooms (especially where the light behind you is brighter than the light behind the iMac) just suck to work in. That’s when I break out the MBP and it’s matte screen. The 178-degree viewing angle statistic is ONLY for the most optimum viewing conditions! Again, a bright room where there are reflections on the screen will just turn it all to a kaleidoscope: colors are seen but good luck figuring out what you are seeing! In a pitch black room, yes, you can benefit from the 178-degree viewing angle and all is good.


    While having the quad core CPU makes for a very snappy and almost lag-free iMac, it does NOT speed up your old programs. It’s NOT like Office programs are suddenly using all four cores to compute your Chemistry spreadsheet or create that graph. It just means that there are more pipelines for your programs to run on. In short, the program has to be written to utilize the multiple cores at the same time. Not even my Adobe CS4 is using all four cores.


    The new thinner pedestal (“foot”) is great for pushing back the keyboard/work. The old iMac had a 1/4 inch tall foot, almost brick-like, whereas this one about an 1/8 of an inch or less. Works like a ramp.

    All said, I have to say that this is the best iMac so far. I know that should go without saying, but you can’t always take this for granted. If you have a 1-year old iMac, I can’t see upgrading unless you are having problems with it. If you have a 2+ year old iMac, or even a G5 rig, I can easily say that you should/could upgrade to this one. You will not be disappointed.

    Will update this review as I come across more revelations.

  8. R. Startzman says:

    Review by R. Startzman for Apple iMac MC511LL/A 27-Inch Desktop
    I got this to replace my three year old iMac. Transfer of files,settings and apps was easy. It took me less than ten minutes to pull the new iMac out of the box and set it up for transfer. The transfer took about 2.5 hours and occurred perfectly while I was away.

    The 27 inch display allows me to have as many as three large pages open in the same view. The resolution is incredibly high.

    Photos appear like I’m looking through a window.

    I use a lot of video and photo software. The processor speed is high. I can render videos about three times faster than I could with my older iMac that I thought was pretty fast.

    A bonus for buyers of Macs is the high quality service you get from Apple Care. Wait time is reasonably short and the competence of the tech service staff is higher than any computing organization I’ve had experience with in the past 45 years. Apple Care covers you for three years and costs about 170 bucks from Amazon. Most of my questions were answered on Apple’s website, but Apple Care bailed me out a number of times.

    Hardware reliability is unknown because the machine is so new. My past experience tells me that, if something doesn’t work, then Apple Care will either figure it out or help me get service without the hassle I used to get from HP and,especially, Dell.

  9. ICU Nurse says:

    Review by ICU Nurse for Apple iMac MC511LL/A 27-Inch Desktop
    This review is coming from a 23 year old male ICU nurse, and self described technology fanatic. My house is filled wall to wall with gadgets and I keep up on my tech news with a passion. This is my 3rd apple computer, 1st desktop experience. I debated on going for the i7 vs. the i5 for quite some time. Although the tech nerd side of me was screaming for the i7 simply because I could, I decided for what I need the computer for the i5 would suffice (i.e. word, excel, power point, web browsing, music, video etc.) I am more into media consumption than creation. Why not go for the i3 you ask? Well, as my biology professor said upon buying his iMac, it is to weather the computer future as gracefully as possible. You should never buy the dirt cheap model (although I imagine 1699 isn’t exactly dirt cheap to most), but rather decide what you really need a computer for and maybe go one above that to help it stay relevant as technology continues it’s breakneck pace (darn you Moore!). Anyway, the computer itself is terribly fast, there is no real lag between clicking and doing on this machine. Video playback is smooth and looks wonderful on the huge 27 inch screen which is really the selling point on this computer. The resolution is quite astounding and makes my samsung 55 inch 1080p seem drab in comparison. The speakers are about as good as to be expected in an all-in-one device (seriously, if you are looking for extreme base in this kind of set up, you are fooling yourself). The computer does seem to run a touch hot on top, but only when really putting those quad cores to use. While I haven’t done much gaming, I have read great reviews on it’s ability to run all the steam stuff available. What makes this thing really nice though, is the fact that the entire computer is powered by a single power cable. Sitting on my desk you see a huge, crisp, beautiful 27 inch display with wireless mouse and keyboard, and a single cable. That is really a site to behold compared to my desktop PC which has wires for speakers, monitors, keyboard, modem, wi-fi, etc. Overall, this is a truly fantastic machine that will please most in my opinion.

  10. B. Mullins says:

    Review by B. Mullins for Apple iMac MC511LL/A 27-Inch Desktop
    As a photographer, I was really looking forward to the great 27″ screen to edit on while also websurfing, chat, email etc.

    Unfortunately I got intense headaches using it, due to the brightness & glossy surface, even in a rather dark room. The screen may look great under the bright lights in the AppleStore – where the high contrast and color saturation still makes things “pop” – the reality of extended use I found to be something entirely different. If you dial the brightness down to a more reasonable level [for me less than half] it takes away the color saturation, and you still have all the reflections to deal with.

    At the suggestion of a couple of AppleStore employees with photography/video editing experience, I bought a connector to add my old 20″ matte cinema display. While not having the resolution or newer technology of the iMac screen, the color differences [even after both were calibrated] are quite clear. But more importantly, the comfort factor difference is astonishing. Apple Help has no idea what the native brightness standard should be prior to color calibration, and am awaiting a response from engineering to find out as at max brightness, it’s enough to burn holes in your eyes 🙂 If calibrated to that standard, then dialed back for eye comfort any photo adjustments will then be off for printing or web use.

    If you’re primarily using the machine to read/write text, play games, and watch DVD’s in very controlled lighting – then I can imagine this screen would be something you’d be interested in [however “overpowered” it would be to get the i5/7 version for that]. But if you are using it for media production, I have to reluctantly tell you to stay away unless you already have worked with this screen before.

    The experienced AppleStore employees told me that I would never be happy with the glossy/bright screen [where were they when I was shopping – and was told it would be “incredible…perfect…fantastic” by others?] and should consider going with a matte screen [build-to-order option] with the MacBook Pro 15″ or 17″ and combine it with a matte monitor [I’m looking at Dell’s 30″ for $900 as Apple’s old 30″ is far more even on clearance]. Not exactly what I had in mind, and a lot more $$ – but at this point I know I can’t comfortably work with this screen.

    Yes – the machine appears to be very fast [i7] even without the additional 8GB of RAM I bought but haven’t installed yet. And yes – eyesights are different – but now that I have the Issue, and have been doing a lot more reading about it, it appears I’m with the majority of users who do media work.

    While wanting to avoid too much detail – transfer from my G5 Tower using Tiger was very seemless, with one glaring exception: there were 3 .dfonts that came up that the i7 said I should trash [lucinda, geneva, helvetica] in order for the new OS to work properly – which I did – resulting in most displays on the computer, from the browser to the screenbar being unreadable with capital “A’s” instead of the text…until I dumped them back into a font folder. AppleHelp still believes this will cause other issues down the road – but at least I can read the text on my screen now.

    A keen disappointment, with many wasted hours and many yet to go before resolution, but I wanted to alert others who may be considering a purchase now.

    Update: I’ve gotten a MacMini, hooking up my old 20″ matte Cinema Display until I decide on the new monitor. Transition was seemless, once I figured a way around the restart-holding-t-down that didn’t work using the wireless keyboard [Support said that happens with all wireless keyboards – something they should tell you with the transition script]. Speed of Core-Duo Mini vs i7 iMac is noticeable, but it’s more about RAM memory [same type on older iMac’s/newer Mini] which I maxed out at 8G from OWC, so don’t think most users would notice speed differences then.

    Apple support, while being superior and more personal in comparison to most others, is slipping in their willingness to followup and make the customer happy. Still no answer from engineering over brightness/calibration issue after 3 weeks and 4 followups.

    [cross-posted under previous version as 27″ screen is identical]