Along with the new MacBook and Magic Mouse, Apple today refreshed its entire iMac line with LED-backlit 21.5 and 27-inch widescreen displays in a new edge-to-edge glass design and all aluminum enclosure that pulls it even closer in line with the unibody MacBook Pros.
The new iMac line starts at $1,199 with the 21.5-inch screen and Core 2 Duo at 3.06 GHz. Those willing to shell out top dollar can upgrade all the way up to the new Nehalem-based Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors (but expect to pay $2,000 to get there).
The new 21.5-inch iMac features a 1920-by-1080 pixel display and the 27-inch iMac features a 2560-by-1440 pixel display. Pleasantly, both 21.5 and 27-inch displays use IPS panel technology.
Powering the pixels will either Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics (ATI Radeon HD 4850 discrete graphics in the 27-inch model).
If you're not into the idea of having a screen built into your computer, there's also an upgraded Mac Mini today. Starting at $599, the entry level Mac Mini features a faster 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, a 160GB hard drive, five USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics and a SuperDrive. The $799 Mac Mini features a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of memory and a larger 320GB hard drive.
For those using the Mac Mini a server, Apple now offers a $999 Mac Mini that is specially configured with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server. Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server features two 500GB hard drives for a total of 1TB of server storage in the tiny 6.5-inch square by 2-inch tall Mac Mini enclosure.
Apple today also announced the new plastic, unibody MacBook and the Magic Mouse.
As a comparison, a Dell XPS 8000 with similar specs comes out at $1069 (without Bluetooth). Considering the cost of LED display panels and the fact that Apple's $899 for its 24" 1080p LED panel is meant to be a relative steal for the cost of manufacturing, the extra $930 for an LED display with that resolution is really quite reasonable. When you factor in things like Education or Higher Education discounts, the iMacs really start to look very attractive price wise.
Adding the fact that the 27" built in display can be used as an external display for a separate device, I'd have to think long and hard about buying an Octo core workstation or a 27" Core i7 iMac and Core i7 gaming machine for pretty much the same price.
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Not quite. They tend to update their iMac lines every 6-9 months. The average is about 7 and a quarter months. True they'll keep their price point though which is why its always worth buying Apple machines when they first come out. Macs tend to be pretty good value for money just after a line's been refreshed. Some models have been considerably cheaper than PC equivalents for quite a while after release (such as all Mac Pros until the Nehalem based ones).
The benefit though is that since their prices remain pretty constant also because there are only a few models to choose from and also since Macs are so fashionable and desirable, they retain their value very well. I.e. the resale value of one of these iMacs will not have dropped very much at all in six months. In three years time they'll also be worth a fair chunk more than similar priced Dells etc.
The 27" LED display makes these a fair bit better value than any PC and will stay so for a while imo because of the cost of LED displays of this size.
For anyone considering ever buying an iMac, now is certainly the best time ever.
i5 came out when? a month or so ago? and the i7 in there is the 860. Don't call mac people ignorant when your post is clearly biased and misrepresenting the facts
Or a $2k price tag for a machine with an LED backlit 1440p 27" IPS panel. Which makes it a relative steal. The 4850 isn't a bad card and is pretty much the best mobile graphics solution currently available and thus pretty much the best that can fit in this form factor.
If you're a gamer, you won't be buying a mac for gaming. If you're not a gamer then a 4850 is pretty respectable graphics.