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Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012)

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012)
alaScore 92

504 reviews

Feb, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 504 reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the size. The design also gets good comments, whereas reviews about the reliability and price are mixed.

usability, design, size

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

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the usability. The size also gets good views.

size, usability

71% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Feb, 2021

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 252 user reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The usability also gets good feedback. There are some less positive opinions about the size. Reviews about the reliability and price are different.

usability, design

size

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Feb, 2021

Expert review by : Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (December 2012) review

 

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

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Apple iMac 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz, fall 2012

 

Yes, for better or for worse, those other PCs have Windows 8 . They also have touch screens and optical drives, features that Apple has deemed inessential for a desktop. You might agree with Apple. You might also accept Apple's hallmark design...

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 (pcmag.com)

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 : Kenny Yeo (hardwarezone.com)

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (2012) - Slimmer, Faster, Better

 

The latest Apple iMac is slimmer and faster than ever thanks to new manufacturing techniques, taking out the optical drive and incorporating Fusion Drive technology. We check out it to see if it's still one of the most desirable AIOs around.

Attractive, slim design ; Good all-round performance ; Better than expected discrete graphics ; Fusion Drive technology ; USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports ; Brilliant display

Expensive ; No optical drive bay ; No user upgradeable components ; Audio subsystem is weak ; Screen tilt limited

So from a functional and versatility aspect, the iMac doesn't fare well for its asking price. If you can look past some of its limitation and asking price, it excels in the design and performance departments so much that the new iMac is hard to resist...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Darrell Etherington (techcrunch.com)

2012 21.5-Inch Apple iMac Review: Slim, Sleek, And Stylish, But Far From Shallow

 

Apple's new redesigned iMac marks a significant departure from a physical design for the company's all-in-one desktop that's been relatively the same, with a few tweaks, since 2007. The new iMac represents a significant visual change, and packs a lot...

Speed and processing power are only one aspect of performance. The iMac also scores high in another respect: audio/visual performance. The new model comes equipped with dual mics, which did indeed seem to help me come across clearer to FaceTime call...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Ross Catanzariti (goodgearguide.com.au)

Apple iMac 21.5in (late 2012)

 

The latest iMac comes with some trade offs, but remains one of the best all-round desktop computers on the market

Gorgeous design ; Great looking display ; Good performance

Limited post-sale upgradability ; No optical drive ; BTO upgrades are expensive

As an everyday home computer for most day-to-day tasks, the 21.5in iMac is an excellent choice. The gorgeous design comes with some trade offs, however, including the lack of a built-in optical drive, limited upgradeability of internal components and a...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Apple iMac (preview)

 

Apple turns to Fusion power for its desktop update

Thinner design, better screen ; Update to Ivy Bridge processors ; Fusion Drive tech compromises speed and space

As usual, pricy for an all-in-one ; Questionable upgradability

Apple’s reinvigorated iMac has the expected updates to processing and graphics performance, but the move to a hybrid flash- and traditional-disk hard drive is an interesting one. These class-leading all-in-ones are also predictably pricy.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

iMac 2012

 

Preview: Apple's thinnest iMac yet. Is it the best?

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Apple iMac - 21.5-inch (2012)

 

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?

During our time with the 21.5-inch iMac we did a number of daily tasks. Watched a movie, wrote this review, surfed the web, played some games, watch some more movies, and listened to music via Spotify. It's all good. Very good.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Apple iMac (2012) pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

Apple has revealed a new, thinner, sleeker iMac for those who still like to sit at a desk. Pocket-lint was at the San Jose Special Event to have a gander

Oct, 2012

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