In order to appeal to consumers that are looking for an affordable desktop computer and don't need state-of-the-art processing power for their computers, Apple (News - Alert) has officially released a cheap and affordable model of the iMac computer, priced at a mere $1,099. This price range is a full $200 drop from the iMac SKU, which has been promoted to a mid-range model as a result of the release as the new entry-level iMac fills the role as the cheapest model available. Featuring a 21.5-inch screen and core i5 processors, the new iMac desktop is sure to turn heads.
Of course, affordability has it's own price, and the new iMac features only a 1.4 GHz dual-core i5 CPU. The iMac SKU boasts a 2.7 GHz CPU, and even though the newer model can reach the same speeds at peak operating efficiency through a Turbo Boost, the fact remains that the computer does not quite pack the same punch. Additionally, the hard drive only holds up to 500 GB of data, and the graphics chip is underwhelming compared to the dedicated Nvidia cards that are standard in other iMac computers.
Despite these shortcomings, the new iMac is relatively unchanged from the iMac SKU, and is a perfect solution for those looking for a cheap computer for basic tasks. The simple fact remains that not everyone needs a high-end computer if the bulk of the work being done on it is simple word processing and basic Internet use. This makes the new iMac a prime candidate for business computers within workplaces.
Of course, other competitors fill the same product role at lower prices, most notably Google (News - Alert)'s chromebook and the more recent chromebox. Both products offer even less overall functionality than the new iMac boasts, yet even the highest end chromebook laptops clock in at under $350. The Chromebox is now available for even less at $250 retail, but some of the price difference is made up from the fact that Chromebox does not include a monitor, which must be purchased and plugged in separately. Overall, the differences in prices and functionality will make very little difference, as the new iMac offers an all-in-one desktop solution that is ready to go right out of the box – a luxury that many Apple users are perfectly comfortable paying a little extra for.
Edited by Maurice Nagle
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