We’ve already placed an order for the 27-inch 2012 iMac with a Fusion Drive and a number of other optional upgrades, although some people are a little undecided or just fancy a closer look at the design and how well the 2012 iMac performs. Today we wanted to feature a couple of new iMac reviews that look at the all-in-one Apple desktop from different perspectives. One shows how the design looks when compared to past generations and another looks at the hardware in detail.
2012 iMac showcased in a visual review — this article showcases 17 photos taking a closer look at the 2012 iMac design, and then compares it to other Apple hardware. The author doesn’t offer much insight into how well the 2012 iMac performs, but the new 21.5-inch iMac is compared from a number of angles to a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, a 2011 MacBook Air, 2008 and 2011 iMac, plus a number of other devices like an iPhone 5. It is strange seeing so many Apple gadgets compared to the new iMac in this way, which is exactly what some people thought after looking at this particular review.
2012 iMac given a performance review — another article found on MacWorld has taken a look at the performance of build-to-order versions of the new iMac. This article explains what specs come with the 2012 iMac as standard and also the different upgrade options available to max-out the hardware. They then take a look at how the custom 2012 iMacs score in their tests, and also compare these test scores to previous generations of iMac. It is no surprise that the late 2012 iMac scores very high for Speedmark/application scores and in the graphics tests. You can see the Speedmark scores in the image below, although head over to MacWorld via the above link for all the results.
Have you ordered the 2012 iMac yet, and if so what configuration did you choose? On paper the second review shows that the new iMacs are really impressive, and the visual review in the first article reveals how much the form factor has changed overall. You can also see a couple of internal 2012 iMac reviews via this article, which provide a look at how
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