Apple 27-inch iMac: 2560 x 1440, IPS, LED Backlight, i7


Resolution Ah, finally. Apple‘s got the resolution bug. And I’m glad. Apple introduced a bunch of gear today including two new iMacs. The new iMacs come in two sizes: 21.5-inch and 27-inch. I’ll concentrate on the larger 27-inch iMac because that’s where I think Apple put a bit more energy into updating one of the most brilliant all-in-one computers to date.

IPS LED 2560 x 1440 The 27-inch LCD is of the IPS variety and that means superb color and viewing angles (178/178). Add to that the huge 27-inch LCD sports LED backlight technology and that means more durability, less power consumption and instant on (for the LCD, not the system). The resolution is a class-leading 2560 x 1440. Finally, I can put up any two windows side by side with plenty of space left over. You can do that with 1920 x 1080 but a lot of websites are designed with a width of 1024 that requires horizontal scrolling, which I don’t like at all. I am not 100% happy that Apple has decided to go 16:9 but I’ll have to face reality: the iMac is a consumer-oriented product and so 16:9 was inevitable. You can watch a 1080p Blu-ray title in full window mode within a window! That’s how many pixels there are on the 27-inch. The LCD is also class-leading and very bright at 375 cd/m2.

GPU You can power the quad-core 27-inch iMac with ATI’s blazing fast Radeon HD 4850 GPU with 512MB of GDDR3 memory. You can step down the GPU on the dual-core 27-inch to a Radeon HD 4670 with 256MB. You can connect a 30-inch monitor (2560 x 1600 resolution) to the 27-inch iMac and run both displays simultaneously at full resolution. The 27-inch iMac can also act as an external display accepting an external DisplayPort source.

CPU There are two kinds of quad-cores on the 27-inch: 2.66GHz i5 or the 2.8GHz i7. Plus you can combine the ultrafast i7 with up to 16GB of memory!

Connectivity You get WiFi ABGN, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Gigabit Ethernet. There is one FireWire 800, four USB 2.0 and a SD card slot. I guess in Apple’s mind external memory storage is moving toward a single standard: SD.

Ultimate The new iMac with the 27-inch IPS LCD with LED backlight and 2560 x 1440 resolution coupled with one of the fastest CPUs (i7) around make it as close to ultimate as you can get in an all-in-one.

Source: “The new iMac. The ultimate all-in-one. Now with the ultimate display.” – Apple

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