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Apple iMac MC812/813/814/309 (Mid 2011)

Apple iMac MC812/813/814/309 (Mid 2011)
alaScore 94

804 reviews

Apr, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analysed 804 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the size and reliability are generally positive. The value for money and design also get good feedback.

usability, design, value for money, reliability, size

We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktop Computers the Apple iMac MC812/813/814/309 (Mid 2011) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Apple iMac 27-inch (2012) review


There are two iMac sizes available in the newly refreshed late-2012 line with the 27-inch positioning itself as the powerful big daddy of the two. While the 21.5-inch model we've recently played with suggested itself as a kitchen computer, to be shared...

Big screen, thin design, fast, looks good, Fusion drive

Not very portable

It's big, it's powerful, it gets the job done

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Apple iMac 21.5-inch-2011 review


Apple's popular all-in-one computer gets a very significant performance boost.

We’ve a few relatively minor complaints about the new iMac. Mac Pros aside, the Mac range seems to have been stuck with an 8x SuperDrive for years. We’re never going to get a Blu-ray drive, but it’s time for something faster all the same. There are...

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Apple iMac 27-inch (2011)


Although the form factor is unchanged, the 2011 Apple iMac refresh represents a significant step forwards for the popular all-in-one computer. Again consisting of two 21.5-inch models and two with 27-inch screens, the entire lineup has switched to...

Powerful Hyper Threading CPU ; Great new AMD graphics ; Excellent 27-inch screen ; Twin Thunderbolt ports ; Most powerful iMac ever

Same old optical drive ; No antiglare screen option ; Additional memory very expensive ; Currently few Thunderbolt peripherals available ; Cheaper iMac might prove good enough

This top-of-the-range, 27-inch 2011 Apple iMac with a 3.4GHz Core i7 processor added as a custom option is an incredible machine, but it might be more than you actually need.


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Apple iMac 21.5in review


Apple's iMac is the original and definitive all-in-one computer. It's by far the best-looking and - if you're of a certain mind-set - the most prestigious to own. The model we've looked at is also one of the most expensive for a 21.5in display size.

It's a bit expensive, but this 21.5-inch iMac is powerful and fantastic to use - it's brilliant, if you're happy with the restrictions of Apple's design and software choices

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Apple iMac 27-inch review


Apple's refreshed iMac isn't very ambitious, but it's still the most attractive, elegant and eminently usable all-in-one computer out there. It's extremely expensive compared to its Windows rivals, but the iMac is great fun to use.

Stunning design ; Great performance ; Big, beautiful display

Very expensive ; No USB 3.0 port or Blu-ray player ; Awkward port placement ; Thunderbolt ports aren't useful yet

As with previous versions, we have our gripes about the port line-up on the new Apple iMac. You'll have to make up your own mind up as to whether these issues are likely to get on your nerves. Still, this is a gorgeous machine that offers great...


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Apple iMac 27-inch 2.7GHz review


Apple's iMac range sets the standard by which every other all-in-one computer is judged, with impeccably-styled aluminium chassis and massive integrated displays. This 27in widescreen is the same as the iMac's previous incarnation, with a massive...

Apple's newest iMac is an outstanding all-in-one, but its high price and limited performance improvement mean it's not worth upgrading from a recent model.


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Apple iMac 21.5in (2011)


Do new Sandy Bridge internals and the addition of Thunderbolt make Apple's new iMacs the best all-in-one PCs money can buy?

Stylish, sleek design ; Excellent build quality ; Vibrant IPS screen ; Slick, reliable OS ; Thunderbolt connectivity

No Blu-ray ; Expensive ; No height adjustment ; No USB 3.0

Apple has gone the route of "if it ain't broke don't fix it", keeping the beautiful chassis of earlier iMac models in this latest refresh. The addition of Intel's 'Sandy Bridge' internals combines with Thunderbolt connectivity and niceties like an HD...

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Apple iMac 27-inch (2011) review


For digital media professionals, or others in need of a fast, serious-minded all-in-one with a large display, the new iMac is an excellent choice.

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Apple iMac (Intel Core i5 2.66GHz; 27-inch LCD; ATI graphics)


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Apple iMAC 27”


We huge fans of Apple design and there is no getting away from the fact that the Apple iMAC 27” is one of the best looking All-In-One desktop PCs on the market today. The aluminium body and smooth lines make it a dream to use as well as simply look at....

It's not only the size of the screen of the Apple iMAC 27” that is beautiful, it is also the clarity. The resolution is higher than on a standard Full HD screen, so you're looking at something that is pretty special. This means that whether you're...

The Apple iMAC 27”comes with just 4GB of RAM and is powered by the older Intel Core i5 processor. What this means is that this isn't the desktop you want if labour intensive apps are the way you'll be using your desktop PC

The screen of the Apple iMAC 27” is amazing and more than lives up to expectations, but when it comes to performance this is much more a pedestrian affair than we were expecting.

Product Specifications

The all-in-one iMac packs a complete, high-performance computer into a beautifully thin design. So within minutes of opening the box, you'll be doing everything from sharing photos to creating movies and building websites.


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:Single Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
True Resolution:Full HD / WQHD

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X Mountain Lion / Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Product Type:AIO


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / ATI / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GT640M / GEFORCE GT650M / Radeon HD6770M
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU


Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown / Z68 / Z77
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2310 / I5-2500S / I5-3330S / I7-2600S / i7-3770S