Apple launches new iMacs with Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt

By Matthew
May 3, 2011
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  1. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    The 27" version will support two external displays out-of-the-box through the Thunderbolt ports, the 21" only one since it will only have one TB port as the article describes unless you can daisy chain the 2nd display.

    I hope Thunderbolt really takes off, it is a great technology and its daisy chaining support will make hubs obsolete, I'm always running out of usb ports.

    I've only owned Apple notebooks but this release is making me consider an iMac as my next PC.
  2. Cota

    Cota TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    1,199 o.O!? my 4GHz i7 12GB ram Radeon HD 6950 PC cost half that :)
  3. CamaroMullet

    CamaroMullet Newcomer, in training Posts: 115

    I'm not a mac guy, but I hope thunderbolt takes off as well. I fear that it'll end up like good ole firewire though. :(
  4. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TechSpot Booster Posts: 351   +38

    I know the prices are a little high, but that really is better than I expected for apple. I guess the specs clearly show why no one uses them for gaming though. They all feature mobile quality graphics cards. Yeah there not bad, but a standard desktop graphics card can beat those mobile chips for less than $130.
  5. Only steve jobs slaves buy slow and overpriced machines like this.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Surely you can upgrade these computers with your own graphics card?
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,287   +262

    Great - now I get to order another development machine for work tomorrow.
  8. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    Only an ***** would do that after spending 1,199 for a supposedly high-end computer.
  9. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 342   +20

    How'd you build that for $600?
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Yeah, I always wondered about that. I'm sure we use it more in the third person than second person, lol.
     
  11. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,523   +312

    @lawfer, gwailo247. Because things only tend to scale from there, that's why.
  12. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    i beg to differ. i was just looking at the new iMac today with a friend. if you consider the 27" LED IPS panel that's included, which the closest equivalent would be the Dell U series priced at well over $1000 dollars, plus the cost of parts (CPU, GPU, mobo, Chasis), altogether, you're looking at well over $2500 dollars from the cheapest online parts e-tailer.

    believe me, i already tried to price out an PC equivalent, and i couldn't beat the iMac price.

    i have to say, this time apple has really stepped up and offered a very competitive product.
  13. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    I know. =) Is there a master list of the Seven Words not allowed on Techspot?

    What is kinda interesting is that these words actually had a quantifiable meaning, per Wikipedia:

    "Connotations easily change over time. "I-d-i-o-t", "i-m-b-e-c-i-l-e", and "m-o-r-o-n" were once neutral terms for a developmentally delayed adult with the mental age comparable to a toddler, preschooler, and primary school child, respectively."
  14. If you can't out price these ridiculously over-priced products with a PC then you're doing it wrong,
  15. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    That's just wrong. This is maybe your 2nd or 3rd similar post through the years. What do you do with the old.
  16. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

  17. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,287   +262

    If you saw how many of these machines I have sitting around it would sicken you. I've gotten to the point where I don't want them at my desk and I toss them in my work lab. I do have 2 of the now last-gen iMacs sitting next to me though.
  18. CamaroMullet

    CamaroMullet Newcomer, in training Posts: 115

    The cheapest one gives you a 21.5" display, 2.5ghz i5 cpu, 500gb hd, 4gb ram and a 6750M <---note the M graphics card.

    Building something close to those specs from newegg I just checked:
    21.5" Monitor: $130
    i5 cpu: $200
    500gb hd: $40
    ATI 6750: $110 <--- not an "M"
    Mobo: $70
    Ram: $40
    Case+Psu: $40
    Keyboard+mouse: $20
    DVD/CD: $20
    Speakers: $20
    Win7 OS: $100

    That's $790 or $400 dollars cheaper ( could upgrade the above specs with that extra 400 as well to really blow the cheap imac out of the water ). Plus you to use PC games/software and upgrade your system a lot easier in the future.

    When it comes to price/performance Apple is still far behind...IMO.
  19. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,473   +292

    CameroMullet - That ignores the form factor.. Perhaps its not a big deal to you to have a separate tower and several wires. Some people like the 'elegance' of only having a single power cord and no other wires. Is it worth $400 for a cleaner setup? To you, apparently not, to iMac buyers, apparently so.
  20. CamaroMullet

    CamaroMullet Newcomer, in training Posts: 115

    @ SNGZ1275, How's this then? Same price. But you get more horse power, ram, blue-ray and a touch screen.
  21. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    @CamaroMullet and of course that's a machine you have to build by yourself. The comparison you're doing is true to almost every product on the planet, go buy yourself 10 feet of fabric, some thread, buttons and needles and I'm sure you can get a suit for less than $100 bucks.

    With an iMac you are buying a PC that works out of the box and has been designed/developed by one of the greatest industrial design departments on the planet.

    And by the way be sure to fix your Win7 price, it actually is $274.99 for Windows 7 Ultimate Full since it there are no crippled versions of OS X. And then of course if you want an even fairer comparison add some quality bluetooth wireless mouse+keyboard, webcam, LED backlit display and you get an even closer price to the iMac.
  22. CamaroMullet

    CamaroMullet Newcomer, in training Posts: 115

    Well, marioestrada, I'm assuming most of us are tech geeks here on these forums. I love to build computers, and do so every chance I get. Of course the average user cannot build there own. But check out the post I did for SNGZ1275, then one above yours. Still think the iMac is an awesome deal?
  23. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    @CamaroMullet well that is a good deal. Although that machine originally costs $1500 and with an excellent sale is down to $1200 but you get Win7 Home, no LED backlit display, no external monitor support, no thunderbolt/firewire. But generally they are around the same price for approximately the same features. My point is Apple is not that far behind on prices, there might me some premium pricing but every year the gap is getting narrower and when using the actual products and noticing the little details that Apple products have you know there is a reason why that pricing gap might exist.
  24. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    what part of IPS LED panel don't you people get. a 24" Dell equivalent IPS panel U2410 costs like what $600? a 27" IPS panel Dell U27 is well over $1000 dollars, more than the included 27" cinemadisplay.

    sure, build yourself a cheap *** computer for $600 less. but if you match the products exactly by their spec, panel type. you're not gonna beat that price.

    find me a PC monitor that's IPS LED panel in either 24", or 27" for less than $600/$999. you can't. oh wait, the Dell U2410, or the U27, but they're NOT LED.


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