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Apple iMac 21.5-Inch (Late 2012) (MD093 / MD094)

Apple iMac 21.5-Inch (Late 2012) (MD093 / MD094)
alaScore 92

51 reviews

Apr, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-Inch (Late 2012) (MD093 / MD094). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. Many are less positive about the reliability and price.

design, size

price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac 21.5-Inch (Late 2012) (MD093 / MD094) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 51 reviews)

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Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2.7GHz, fall 2012)


For the same $1,299 you could spend on this 21.5-inch Apple iMac, you can buy a 23-inch or even a 27-inch Windows-based all-in-one, and with more robust features.

Apple's attention to detail extends to the 21.5-inch version of its thin-looking Apple iMac .

Windows-based all-in-one PCs offer tough hardware competition in the sub-$1,400 price range.

The 21.5-inch iMac will be a compelling lower-cost all-in-one for Mac loyalists, but you can get more capabilities from similarly priced Windows all-in-ones.

Jan, 2013

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple iMac 21.5-Inch (Late 2012)


Though the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012) ($1,299 list) is technically Apple's entry-level all-in-one desktop, that price point puts it in more in line with midrange all-in-one desktop PCs (Midrange all-in-ones usually retail for between $899 and...

Speedy Intel Core i5 quad core processor. Discrete graphics. No power Brick. Svelte chassis

No touch-screen option. Entry-level pricing isn't so entry level. No HDMI-in. Magic No user upgradability. No height adjustment

Slimmer and faster, the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012) is the desktop PC to buy if you're looking to avoid the whole touch-screen conundrum. The new iMac upgrades components, looks great, and has the power to do real work in a business or at home.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (

Apple iMac - 21.5-inch (2012) review


Apple's iMac has always been a beautiful device, and one that has made the industry create thin clone after thin clone to try to compete. If you are reading this on an all-in-one computer, it's either an iMac, or the designer wanted it to be one.

Screen, thinness, build quality, power

SD card reader cumbersome to use, screen isn't Retina, it's hard to upgrade the memory and hard drive, do you still need a desktop

As for whether this will be your next computer, it's hard to tell, the days of the personal computer being something static in your house are on the wane.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: (

Apple iMac 21.5in (1.4GHz) review


Apple's all-in-one computer has a new, lower entry-point – but does the cheapest version of the iMac still have that Apple magic?

Amazing looks Reasonable price Nice operating system and extras

Wimpy processor Slow hard drive

The iMac is still the best-looking computer money can buy, but this new, more-affordable option cuts a few too many corners

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Paul Monckton (

Apple iMac 21.5in (Late 2012) review


It may be the baby iMac, but the 21.5in model can certainly hold its own against the competition. Its IPS display delivers the same 1920 x 1080-pixel image as 23in models; and does so with far superior results and much more accurate colour reproduction.

The 21.5in Apple iMac of late 2012 delivers a great deal of performance while taking up very little space. It delivers excellent screen quality and of course that unrivalled Apple design and build-quality. It is more expensive than other small...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Edward Chester (

Apple iMac 21.5in (2012)


The new 21.5in Apple iMac is stunning to behold but is expensive for the performance you get.

Stunning design ; Good quality display ; Incredible speakers for the size ; Good overall performance

Limited adjustability and upgradeability ; Not for gamers ; No touchscreen ; Expensive

As well as being rather awkwardly positioned, connectivity on the new 21in iMac is only okay. Four USBs is on par, as is an SD card slot and Ethernet port (plus there’s built in Wi-Fi), while two super high-speed Thunderbolt ports allow for fast...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: (

Apple iMac 21.5in 2012 Review


Beautiful to look at and beautiful in use, the new iMac is the best desktop in the world

Apple iMac 2012 reviewApple’s one-boxer was never going to disappoint on the style front. The boffins at Cupertino have managed to fit all the neccessaries into a rectangle only 5mm thick at the edge

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Bobby Macpherson (

Apple iMac 21.5in (late 2013)


Apple's iMac updates follow a reliable annual schedule these days: every other year comes a dramatic design change; then around 12 months later Apple updates that design with a milder, internal upgrade. The late 2013 iMac 21.5in is of the latter...

Apple delivers solid upgrade to the guts of the 21.5in iMac – it’s still the best compact all-in-one PC around

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph (

REVIEW: Apple iMac 21.5-inch (2012)


The iMac hasn't had much attention from Apple in recent years―its metallic all-in-one design has received only minor modifications since its introduction in 2007. Despite...

The new iMac is certainly impressive, both aesthetically and in terms of performance, and having one on your desk will certainly make a statement. But if you’d rather save money than make a statement then you’ll find that the recently released Mac Mini...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: (

Apple iMac 21.5in (Late 2013)


Faster, more efficient processor; available PCIe-connected Flash storage; faster 802.11AC WiFi networking

Integrated graphics; 5400 rpm hard drive; no optical drive

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Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:Single Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
True Resolution:Full HD

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Product Type:AIO


Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce GT 640M
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU + OnBoard


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:Unknown
Hyper Threading: No
Processor:Core™ i5
Processor Brand:Intel®
Processor Number:I5-3330S