If you're looking for innovation in the tech world the first place you need to look is your local Apple store and check out the new iMac. Ever since Apple came out with the iMac in 1998 they have been revolutionizing the way we look at desktop computers. While the mindless legions have come to accept the standard configuration of the PC through years of indoctrination Apple strived to focus on a combination of style and performance.
The iMac has been redone again for October of 2009 and released with much fanfare. With product offerings like this it's no wonder Apple gains new converts every day, continues to blow away sales estimates and has a stock price that just won't come back to Earth. The new incarnation of the iMac is better looking, more powerful, and surprisingly better for the environment than past versions and definitely any PC out there.
Let's break it down; shall we?
The iMac is famous for it's all in one design. That's right: no cords, wires or anything between you and your computer. The hard drive, graphics cards, processor and everything else you need to make a computer do what it does is all included in the back of the screen.
While the iMac looks killer there is always functionality behind the fashion. The wireless keyboard and mouse are not only sleek and smooth looking but also super practical. You don't have to worry about being close to the computer all the time. If you work better kicking back and relaxing then go for it. Unlike PC wireless keyboards and mice there are no wired bases to plug in.
When it comes to looks the first you thing you will notice is the screen resolution on this bad boy! The screen comes in either 21.5 or 27-inch versions with edge to edge viewing areas. The 16:9 wide screen is perfect for watching HD movies and shows with crazy high resolution. The 21-inch version offers 1920 by 1080 and the 27 inch version comes with an unheard of 2560 by 1440 resolution. Basically you're going to be set for HD for next couple of years.
The new iMac isn't just eye candy either; it's got some serious power under that screen. The iMac comes available with quad core Intel Core i5 or i7 "Nehalem". With less distance for info having to travel between the cores the speed and performance is super enhanced on this desktop. Combined with the new Snow Leopard and insane graphics cards this power will allow you fly through movies, games and applications with no hiccups.
I don't usually consider the environmental impact of the computers I buy; I guess that puts me on Al Gore's hit list or something. The new iMac would make our Nobel prize winning ex-Vice President happy though with it's slew of features that minimize the impact on the environment. The Apple desktop offers efficient power supply with state of the art power management. Basically, when you don't need the extra juice it shuts it off. The low power needs of the iMac even give it an Energy Star 5.0 qualification.
The entire system is designed around keeping the amount of toxic materials to a minimum. Harmful BFRs and PVCs have been eliminated from the iMac's construction while mercury has been removed from the back lighting and arsenic from monitor. The iMac's glass display and aluminum casing can be recycled as well. Apple will also recycle your old computer when you purchase their new all in one iMac.
So if you're in the market for a new desktop computer the iMac offers a whole lot. It's the perfect combo of looks and performance and is even good for the environment. The 21.5 inch version starts at $1199 and the 27 inch one starts at $1699. While you're going to pay more than a standard desktop PC you definitely get a lot more. If you care about performance, looks and simplicity then it's worth the extra cash.
Go and check one out at the Apple store, online or at your buddy's house or I'll sic Al Gore and his granola goons on you!
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