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Apple iMac 27 inch 2012 review: Core i7, GTX 680MX and Fusion Drive

Lots of bang for lots of bucks

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Introduction

This is the third iMac we've tested in recent times. After the entry-level 21.5-inch Mac (review) and the higher-end version of the 27-inch iMac (review), we will now take a closer look at an even more advanced version of the 27-inch iMac, equipped with a Core i7, Nvidia GTX 680MX and a Fusion drive.

The front looks about the same as the previous version. When you look at the 27-inch iMac from the side, it's a lot sleeker. The sides are thin, but the middle part where the base enters the chassis, the iMac is considerably thicker. From the front it looks the same as previous versions, except that the new one is less shiny. Compared to the 21.5-inch iMac, it's easier to upgrade or replace the RAM. What's different here is that between where you plug in the power cord and the cooler grill, there's a small hatch. You open it with a button, and behind it are the four SO-DIMM memory slots so you can add more RAM. The iMac does not have a DVD burner.

Apple iMac 27

The connectors consist of four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt connectors, a gigabit network port, a headphone jack and an SDXC card reader on the back. A webcame is built into the edge of the monitor. The high resolution of 2560x1440 pixels remains one of the unique qualities of the 27-inch iMac. In our previous review we looked at the display in-depth.


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