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Apple Releases Brand New iMacs

Apple has released a pair of new iMacs, one with a 21.5-inch screen capable of showing 1920x1080 pixels and the other with a 27-inch monitor that can display 2560x1440 pixels.

Apart from the fact that both screen sizes are not industry standards (we were expecting 22-inchers and 28-inchers instead), the new iMacs start from as little as £949 (with an Intel Core 2 Duo running at 3.06Ghz. 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, an integrated Nvidia 9400M chipset and a DVD writer).

Adding another £250 doubles the size of the hard disk drive and swaps the Nvidia subsystem with a 256MB ATI Radeon HD4670 video card. The cheaper 27-inch monitor costs £1349 and is essentially the same as the dearer 21.5-inch model(which means that you're paying £150 for an additional 8-inch and 1.62 million extra pixels).

The top of the range version £1599 iMac, which will be launched in November, comes with a quad core Intel Core i5 CPU running at 2.66GHz (and dynamic overclocking to 3.2GHz) and a Radeon HD4850 card with 512MB RAM.

As usual, all the iMac come with integrated 802.11n wireless network, Bluetooth, GbE Ethernet, two speakers, a microphone, a webcam, a Mini DisplayPort output port with support for DVI, VGA and dual-link DVI, Mac OSX 10.6 and iLife '09.

Obviously, the new iMac is as environmental friendly as it can be with a number of steps that Apple has taken to reduce the environmental impact of producing and using the device. The aluminium-clad iMac comes with the new multi-touch mouse as well.

Our Comments

Think what Apple is charging is expensive? Well think again. Apple's platform is so advanced that you'd have a hard time looking for a comparable model from a mainstream vendor. The Dell XPS One 24 comes with Blu-ray and a TV Tuner but has a smaller screen, a much slower processor, less memory (RAM and storage) and a slower video card

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