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Apple iMac 21.5" MC309B/A - Intel Core i5, 500GB, 4GB Memory

The new iMac is not just unbelievably stylish, but it offers higher performance with faster processors, advanced graphics and better connectivity than previous iMacs.

Inside the beautifully sleek and stylish all-in-one iMac body is a new quad-core Intel Core i5 processor that makes your iMac run at super-fast speeds and breezes through the most data-intensive tasks and detail-rich content.

The i5 processor is the standard processor built into the new iMacs, replacing the Core i3 processors that were previously used. Quad core processors load up web pages, applications and software in next to no time, so there?s less waiting around for web pages and programs to open up. In fact, the latest Apple iMacs are up to around 80% faster than the previous generation.

The Core i5 processor is also joined by two other performance-enhancing additions: 4GB (two 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 memory, for effortless multitasking, and an AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory, for up to three times better gr aphics performance. This means you?ll get more frames per second in your 3D games, HD video editing and more responsive images.

Whatever tasks you?re performing on the 21.5? iMac, it will look amazing. It has an LED backlit 16:9 screen, which makes everything look bright and stunning, from films to TV programmes, games and websites. And thanks to in-plane switching technology it doesn?t matter what angle you?re viewing the screen from, everything will look just as good as it would head on. And everything head on looks fantastic. That?s because the Apple iMac boasts a high-definition picture resolution of 1920x1080, for pixel-packed video on your LED screen.

There?s a slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD?R DL/DVD?RW/CD-RW) on the side of the 21.5? screen, so you can load up multimedia stored on disc. Then the LED screen displays the content perfectly, reaching full brightness with no waiting. It also lets you fine-tune the brightness to perfectly match your surroundings. 500GB of built-in storage space give you plenty of room for storing downloaded films and music, as well as holding your photos and documents.

Besides DVDs, websites and online videos, the new iMac uses the screen to bring you closer to your friends and family, thanks to the addition of a FaceTime HD camera. The new camera lets you make video calls to other Apple devices (IPad 2, iPhone 4, the latest iPod touch, Macbook Pro) in 720p resolution, and in full screen, so you can really enjoy chatting on your iMac over the high-speed 802.11n wireless connection.

Apple combines stunning visuals with equally impressive audio, with two built-in 17W amplifiers boosting the sound played through the iMac?s stereo speakers so that you get an immersive film and audio experience.

However, if you?ve got separate speakers you want to hook up to your iMac, or any other computer peripherals for that matter, there are plenty of connection options. This new iMac features an audio input and an audio output, for headphones or speakers, as well as four USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 800 connection.

Also featured on this new iMac is an ultra-fast Thunderbolt port, which can transfer data up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. This drastically cuts the time it takes to print out documents on your high-speed printer, transfer content between external hard drives and send images to an additional display. You also have more than enough bandwidth to daisy-chain lots of high-speed devices without using a hub or switch. For example, you can connect several high-performance external disks, a video capture device and even a Mini DisplayPort display to a single Thunderbolt chain without slowing the system down.

The neatness of the iMac extends to its included peripherals, with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse included in the package. The Magic Mouse is designed to do all the things a mouse should do - pointing, clicking and scrolling - but with no scroll wheel, no trackball and no visible button.

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#1
use the code to get this price

Voucher Code: IMAC5 (5% Off All Apple iMacs)
#2
Apple Store price £999.00

21.5-inch: 2.5GHz

2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
1920 x 1080 resolution
4GB (two 2GB) memory
500GB hard drive1
AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB


http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_mac/family/imac/select?mco=MjIwNTQyNjE

Edited By: rodman on Aug 28, 2011 20:32
#3
Do dixons do any interest free finance?
#4
Good deal for the specs of this iMac
#5
It's a good deal, why is it cold?Is it those Apple Haters
#6
realblender
Gillykins
It's a good deal, why is it cold?Is it those Apple Haters

Many people seem to think that they can build their own cheaper

Well, yes you can but it won't look nowhere near as minimalistic as an iMac as the 'tower' is integrated beautifully into the monitor.
Apple haters can hate, simply as they're jealous that there's nothing in it's class that matches it by the slightest - INCLUDING price.
#7
realblender
Stunning deal.
Stunningly beautiful, magic deal.
#8
£150 saving is pretty good for this, hot. The iMac is undoubtedly the best value for money mac there is.

I like both generic PC hardware and Mac hardware. I'm ambivalent about both operating systems; they have their own benefits and short-falls. Would be nice if other manufacturers, such as Dell could get their act together and make hardware this sexy, but for less money.

I need a Mac for work which is why I have one as I develop for iOS. It would be great it Apple made it easier to do this on a regular PC. Clearly wouldn't make sense from a business point of view though. Just can't be bothered with the hassle of getting OSX to work on PC hardware and have to reconfigure every time an update is applied.

Anyways, this is still a good deal.
#9
Think i saw this model at Costco in Thurrock but cant recall the price....anyone else spot it?
#10
Why has it got a mobile graphics processor?
2 Likes #11
realblender
alasrati
realblender
Stunning deal.

Stunningly beautiful, magic deal.

You are right. Its just unbelievable how they do it. It is a shame there are no games on the apple platform to take advantage of that remarkable GPU.


How to install Windows on a Mac:
1- turn mac on.
2- run bootcamp assistant (included in OSX)
3- insert preferred Windows CD/DVD/Flashdrive (driver support for 32&64bit versions of WinXP, Vista, Win7)
4- in Windows run bootcamp drivers program from Mac DVD.
5- play games.
(6- stop trolling, as you obviously have no idea what you're talking about)
1 Like #12
realblender
alasrati
realblender
Stunning deal.

Stunningly beautiful, magic deal.

You are right. Its just unbelievable how they do it. It is a shame there are no games on the apple platform to take advantage of that remarkable GPU.


Windows Bootcamp,

Steam Mac OSX,

Mac store has many good games too.
#13
Crosny
realblender
alasrati
realblender
Stunning deal.

Stunningly beautiful, magic deal.

You are right. Its just unbelievable how they do it. It is a shame there are no games on the apple platform to take advantage of that remarkable GPU.


How to install Windows on a Mac:
1- turn mac on.
2- run bootcamp assistant (included in OSX)
3- insert preferred Windows CD/DVD/Flashdrive (driver support for 32&64bit versions of WinXP, Vista, Win7)
4- in Windows run bootcamp drivers program from Mac DVD.
5- play games.
(6- stop trolling, as you obviously have no idea what you're talking about)


Things are improving round here. It took 13 posts before an apple fanboi/hater went on the offensive.
#14
Crosny
realblender
alasrati
realblender
Stunning deal.
Stunningly beautiful, magic deal.
You are right. Its just unbelievable how they do it. It is a shame there are no games on the apple platform to take advantage of that remarkable GPU.

How to install Windows on a Mac:
1- turn mac on.
2- run bootcamp assistant (included in OSX)
3- insert preferred Windows CD/DVD/Flashdrive (driver support for 32&64bit versions of WinXP, Vista, Win7)
4- in Windows run bootcamp drivers program from Mac DVD.
5- play games.
(6- stop trolling, as you obviously have no idea what you're talking about)

Spot-on: the graphics in the games on these screens are stunning. These are fabulous machines.

I run Parallels too (allows you to run Windows applications on the Mac OS desktop)

Great price
#15
Made by Apple, got to be hot!
#16
realblender
Crosny
realblender
alasrati
realblender
Stunning deal.

Stunningly beautiful, magic deal.

You are right. Its just unbelievable how they do it. It is a shame there are no games on the apple platform to take advantage of that remarkable GPU.


How to install Windows on a Mac:
1- turn mac on.
2- run bootcamp assistant (included in OSX)
3- insert preferred Windows CD/DVD/Flashdrive (driver support for 32&64bit versions of WinXP, Vista, Win7)
4- in Windows run bootcamp drivers program from Mac DVD.
5- play games.
(6- stop trolling, as you obviously have no idea what you're talking about)



I have a Boot Camp partition set up on the computer I’m writing this post from, which I’ll occasionally use to run a game that’s Mac bound to get an early preview, or for some other purpose. I use Boot Camp as infrequently as possible, however.

I find maintaining two operating systems to be a wretched pain in my backside. I end up spending a stupid amount of time just getting Windows to run effectively: making sure anti-virus and anti-malware profiles are up to date, applying the latest security patches from Microsoft, and making sure the latest game patches or updates are installed. Not to mention the expense I’ve incurred of buying a second operating system to run on the Mac, and the utter waste of hard disk space—a particularly loathsome choice.

From where I sit, announcing that you use Boot Camp to play games on your Mac is a bit like telling me that eating from the dumpster in the alley behind that four-star restaurant is a much better deal than being a paying customer.

That may be true, but where’s your dignity?


Yikes, using Boot Camp is hardly undignified. I agree it's a bit of a pain but if OSX is your cup of tea then it's a small price to pay.
#17
without Steve it will all go wrong anyway ;) enjoy it while it last apple fanboys ;)
1 Like #18
A nice looking pc for the slow people who can't use a grown up pc.

So may be hot.
#19
If people are interested in a getting a mac but dont think there are games around then take a look at Steam, Direct2Drive etc. They have Mac sections. Call of Duty MW is available, Portal 2, GTA, Civ 5 Duke Nukem. Mac games do tend to be a bit more expensive though. Presumably because of development cost vs sales as they have a smaller market. However, most people i know with Macs arent big gamers. Like me they work in the design / print business. Not everyone wants a computer to play games on.

This is a very good price for the 21" iMac. Be warned though, once you have seen and used the 27" model. The 21 loses its appeal! Thats why i went for a 27 as soon as they did the model refresh earlier in the year. I just wish the aluminium case didnt cause WiFi problems!
#20
Codify
Why has it got a mobile graphics processor?

It's to do with the lower heat dissipation required for such a small chassis. It's the same GPU they use in their top-end MacBook Pro's.

If you plan on gaming heavily on this, then walk away now - the 6750m will be good enough for older games, but the newest ones will probably require a step down in either resolution or detail. This mGPU should perform somewhere around the desktop Radeon HD 6570 if that helps.
#21
okay, im not a hater or anything. But I seriously dont understand why you'd get this mac when you can get a similar windows desktop for couple hundred quid cheaper and then just install mac os on it? Baffles me, it really does.
#22
realblender
sanj.m
okay, im not a hater or anything. But I seriously dont understand why you'd get this mac when you can get a similar windows desktop for couple hundred quid cheaper and then just install mac os on it? Baffles me, it really does.

Can you get a similar windows desktop?

so is it all down to how it looks like ? i was always trying to understand apple fanboys and why are they willing to pay whatever apple wants them to pay. considering the fact that at this price you would buy something with i7 and proper SLi graphics and put OS on it if you want to.
#23
A word of advice for anyone considering The Switch from PC -> Mac - check that all your peripherals are 100% compatible under OSX. For instance, my sound card has Mac drivers but they don't work as well as the Windows ones - e.g. it doesn't wake up properly when the computer has gone to sleep, and has to be power cycled to get it working (normally meaning you have to faff around in your DAW to get it working again). So that's a £200 piece of kit that doesn't work properly.

Also, if you're vaguely technical and know your way around Windows, be prepared to spend a bit of time learning the ropes in OSX - there's a lot that just handles differently, and it's a little off-putting to say the least.
#24
drbristow
Thats why i went for a 27 as soon as they did the model refresh earlier in the year. I just wish the aluminium case didnt cause WiFi problems!


Is it the case that causes the WiFi issues? I've had mine for over a month and I've had dropouts all the time - this is one area where Apple really haven't pulled their weight, and there's a giant support thread on the forums with people trying different solutions to no avail. Luckily mine's booked for collection and refund tomorrow, hooray!
#25
:( Just bought 93 of these for £999 each. Oi vey with a schmay.
Exquisite pieces of kit though.

Edited By: snapdragon on Aug 29, 2011 14:25
1 Like #26
TBH I see buying a Mac over a PC a bit like buying a high-end car over a low-end car. They both do broadly the same job but if you've ever had a really well-engineered car, it's difficult to go back - possible but difficult.
#27
Crosny
Codify
Why has it got a mobile graphics processor?

It's to do with the lower heat dissipation required for such a small chassis. It's the same GPU they use in their top-end MacBook Pro's.

If you plan on gaming heavily on this, then walk away now - the 6750m will be good enough for older games, but the newest ones will probably require a step down in either resolution or detail. This mGPU should perform somewhere around the desktop Radeon HD 6570 if that helps.


Actually that is completely wrong. I used to have a 15" high end macbook hooked up to an ACD. Most new games ran on relatively high settings @ 30fps @ native res (2560x1440). Gaming should be perfectly fine on this given the lower screen res.

Obviously some games like WoW I had locked down at 30fps due to the mass heat produced by the new MBP on ultra, but the GPU really is good enough for most people if they intend to play games.

The whole GPU/Gaming argument is completely irellevant though in reality as Mac's are not intended for gaming in any way.
#28
StauntonLick
drbristow
Thats why i went for a 27 as soon as they did the model refresh earlier in the year. I just wish the aluminium case didnt cause WiFi problems!


Is it the case that causes the WiFi issues? I've had mine for over a month and I've had dropouts all the time - this is one area where Apple really haven't pulled their weight, and there's a giant support thread on the forums with people trying different solutions to no avail. Luckily mine's booked for collection and refund tomorrow, hooray!


The Aluminium case doesnt cause wifi problems as the antenna is placed either behind the glass at the top of the screen usually or behind the apple logo on the back, cant remember which. From what I can gather the antenna issues some people are experiencing are down to software problems. The only problems I've had is when waking the computer after leaving it idle for a few hours or so, and it doesnt re-connect.
#29
realblender
Gillykins
It's a good deal, why is it cold?Is it those Apple Haters

Many people seem to think that they can build their own cheaper


You best be trolling. I have a better system than this that I have owned for over a year that came prebuilt from DELL for less than 650 with 22" screen.

I also laugh at people who suggest to INSTALL WINDOWS to fix all the shortcomings of the Mac.

Keep trying, apples.
1 Like #30
lol always the only excuse from apple fanboys is the magic mouse and apple keyboard :D i can say that the mouse is pretty good, nothing special about the keyboard though, but still that wouldnt convince to spend 900 quid on 1,5 years old specification ;0
#31
I always used to say you could pick up a Windows machine for a few hundred quid less. It's just not true. A 'PC' all in one is roughly the same price if not more. Remember you can run both Windows 7 and Mac OS X, it looks great, has a very good screen and also, what many people forget is that you can get Apple to fix them very easily in the Apple store or by phone if needed.
#32
Sandy Bridge is over 1 and a half years old? That's news to me.

Yet again the clueless PC brigade troll with their misinformed information.
1 Like #33
Vegito
realblender
Gillykins
It's a good deal, why is it cold?Is it those Apple Haters

Many people seem to think that they can build their own cheaper


You best be trolling. I have a better system than this that I have owned for over a year that came prebuilt from DELL for less than 650 with 22" screen.

I also laugh at people who suggest to INSTALL WINDOWS to fix all the shortcomings of the Mac.

Keep trying, apples.


i doubt you do mate
does your system have sandybridge ?
does it have thunderbolt?

apple must be doing something right as it could buy dell twice over cash and still have billions left over

http://techie-buzz.com/featured/apple-could-buy-dell-twice.html

what people fail to realise is apple may be more expensive to buy but they retain value much better than a windows based machine

its not just the components that make a good pc the os is most important and windows has a very long way to go to match osx
#34
Oooooh! all this fighting over is giving me a headache,
anyway they seem to have £100 off all the models, so you can also get a 27 inch iMac for 12% off the normal price (£100 + the 5% code)
thats a good deal as well I think
#35
Ravsterocks
Thanks OP, just ordered mine, I checked out the student discount as well but this deal still falls cheaper. I have been waiting for years to get my hands on one of these.


dont forget you get 3 years applecare and a £65 itunes voucher if you buy it via the he store though :)
#36
Thanks OP, just ordered mine, I checked out the student discount as well but this deal still falls cheaper. I have been waiting for years to get my hands on one of these. Oh not to forget I got £21 tracked from quidco too. But would see how it goes with missing the 3 year applecare. Have had the iPhone 4 for a year today, not needed the applecare. Hope don't need it in the Mac too.



Edited By: Ravsterocks on Aug 29, 2011 18:59
#37
Ravsterocks
Thanks OP, just ordered mine, I checked out the student discount as well but this deal still falls cheaper. I have been waiting for years to get my hands on one of these. Oh not to forget I got £21 tracked from quidco too. But would see how it goes with missing the 3 year applecare. Have had the iPhone 4 for a year today, not needed the applecare. Hope don't need it in the Mac too.




i think for the extra £16 you are mental the applecare will help sell it on if you choose and the itunes voucher could be sold to make it even cheaper than this deal????
#38
Really thinking about getting this. I'm the occasional light gamer, though - will it be sufficient enough for "little" games like Tales of Monkey Island, The Sims, Portal, Rollercoaster Tycoon, etc.? Not looking to play Crysis or anything.

Thanks!
#39
mini0ne
Vegito
realblender
Gillykins
It's a good deal, why is it cold?Is it those Apple Haters

Many people seem to think that they can build their own cheaper


You best be trolling. I have a better system than this that I have owned for over a year that came prebuilt from DELL for less than 650 with 22" screen.

I also laugh at people who suggest to INSTALL WINDOWS to fix all the shortcomings of the Mac.

Keep trying, apples.


i doubt you do mate
does your system have sandybridge ?
does it have thunderbolt?

apple must be doing something right as it could buy dell twice over cash and still have billions left over

http://techie-buzz.com/featured/apple-could-buy-dell-twice.html

what people fail to realise is apple may be more expensive to buy but they retain value much better than a windows based machine

its not just the components that make a good pc the os is most important and windows has a very long way to go to match osx


Oh Apples are rotten today :D
#40
realblender
alasrati
realblender
Stunning deal.

Stunningly beautiful, magic deal.

You are right. Its just unbelievable how they do it. It is a shame there are no games on the apple platform to take advantage of that remarkable GPU.


Was that a joke? The GPU isnt that good at all.

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