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Apple iMac MC812/813/814/309 (Mid 2011)

Apple iMac MC812/813/814/309 (Mid 2011)
alaScore 94

804 reviews

Apr, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 804 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size and reliability. The value for money and design also get good comments.

usability, design, value for money, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac MC812/813/814/309 (Mid 2011) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Apple iMac 27-inch (2012) Review


Apple doesn't change things for the sake of change, and that's why we've had to wait a few years for a redesign of the iMac. When a fresh model does arrive, though, it arrives in style: for 2012, the iMac is slimmer than ever, with a crisp new casing...

DIY enthusiasts may miss the upgrade possibilities, but everyone else will be enjoying an incredibly capable computer. With strong performance the 2012 iMac proves that beauty needn’t be merely skin-deep, and that all-in-one needn’t mean conceding...

Editor's Choice!

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Apple iMac 27-Inch (Late 2012)


Viewing Apple's iMac 27-inch (Late 2012) desktop (model MD096LL/A) from the front, it looks at first as if Apple is doing the same thing to the iMac that it did with the Mac mini (Late 2012): updating the internal hardware but leaving the exterior...

Stunningly thin design. Impressive low-glare display. Top-of-the-line processor and graphics card offer best-in-class performance. User serviceable memory slots. Ports include Thunderbolt and USB 3.0

Pricey. No upgradability beyond RAM. No height adjustment

The Apple iMac 27-inch (Late 2012) all-in-one PC is the pinnacle of desktop design and manufacturing. It's not perfect, or cheap, but it's worth every penny.

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Apple iMac spring 2011 (2.5GHz, 21.5in)


Apple's 27-inch iMacs stand out largely because they offer bigger displays than any other all-in-one. The newly updated 21.5-inch iMac has always had a harder time persuading buyers thanks to the glut of 23-inch Windows-based all-in-ones in the same...

As the most-affordable iMac, the Apple iMac 21.5-inch offers competitive speed, the unique potential of its Thunderbolt port, and Apple's trademark design leadership

The 21.5-inch iMac isn't the best all-in-one for home entertainment, and its performance competitiveness suffers without an option for more video memory

Apple's $1,199 iMac doesn't offer the same home entertainment features as Windows-based all-in-ones, but its speed, looks, and the future utility of its Thunderbolt port make it a strong choice for performance-sensitive professionals.


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Apple 21.5-inch Core i5 iMac/2.7GHz (quad-core)



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Apple iMac (27-Inch, 2012 Version)


We hate fanboys. People who swoon and gush over a company's products are disgusting. Critics who can't write reviews without using words like gorgeous, immaculate, and elegant make us sick.

Superlative 2,560x1,440 display ; Swift performance ; Matchless software ; Available Fusion Drive

Expensive ; No HDMI input ; Awkward rear-facing ports ; No hard drive access ; No height adjustment

Apple again delivers the all-in-one desktop to beat, with brisk performance and a glorious thin-edged, reflection-fighting display as well as Cupertino's classy, admirable software. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise: Avoid the options, and you...


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Apple iMac (21.5-Inch, 2011 Version)


Still, we can't help but feel respect for, rather than jealousy of, this AIO computer. This time around, the iMac proves itself the prom king of AIOs, with stronger CPU and graphics power, along with the new Thunderbolt port that promises high-speed...

Excellent performance ; Gorgeous, minimalist design ; Superior LCD

No Blu-ray drive or HDMI port ; Peripherals will require learning curve for Mac newbies

With serious speed improvements and the promising new Thunderbolt port, the 2011 iMac keeps an iron grip on its position as today's leading all-in-one PC.

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Review: 27-inch Core i5 iMac (with Core i7 option)


The wait is over: The 27-inch Core i5 (and Core i7) iMacs have arrived. We've tested the new quad core iMacs, and it was worth the wait.

The Core i5 features a technology Intel calls Turbo Boost. If an application isn’t using every available core, the cores that are idle shut off, and the active cores speed up. According to Apple, this allows the processor to run up to 20 percent faster...

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Very Very Good


I switched to a mac two years ago after 20 years on a window's machine and have no regrets. Great quality, much more intuitive to use than Windows, and the folks at the Apple store provide great service.

Macs seem to hold their value very well. Sold my 2yr old mac mini for $550 making the upgrade price very reasonable. Could not get anywhere near the same value from a windows machine. Fantastic display, puts my old LCD to shame. Recommend adding addi

Wish Apple made accessing the hard drive easier in case I want to replace it

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The kid's Dell tower died. The kids never got on with Vista or with the Dell; it would continually develop allergies to various bits of hardware and party 3rd software and I was forever taking "tech support" calls whilst I was away from home. They love...

Mac OS X (Face Time & Time Machine in particular are ace, ace, ace); fabulous screen; great performance; aesthetics and lack of desktop (of the physical variety) clutter

Good range of ports, but they aren't so easy to access; experiencing problems with Skype videoconference from-Mac-to-PC (not a Mac issue, but annoying nonetheless)

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The perfect package...


This is the computer I should have bought years ago, it has been absolutely spectacular. People (eg. Windows fanboys) often complain about the lack of BluRay, USB 3, etc. but you can never have everything. Regardless of those minor setbacks, this is...

Mac OS X (obviously) ; Sleek design ; Quad core ; Great keyboard and Magic Mouse

None yet, runs like a dream

Product Specifications

No computer on earth makes it as easy to work with digital photos, movies, music and the web as iMac. And now it all happens with blazing speed - powered by the revolutionary Intel Core Duo. With two processors built onto a single chip, this new Intel engine kicks iMac performance up to a whole new level. Coupled with the new ATI Radeon X1600 graphics processor and the world's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X, iMac will run all your software, fast.


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard 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:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
True Resolution:Full HD / WQHD

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X Mountain Lion / Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Product Type:AIO


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / ATI / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GT640M / GEFORCE GT650M / Radeon HD6770M
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU


Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown / Z68 / Z77
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2310 / I5-2500S / I5-3330S / I7-2600S / i7-3770S