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Apple iMac 21.5 inch (2014) Hands-on Review

Our review iMac had the stock 500GB mechanical drive upgraded to a 1TB Fusion Drive, adding $250 to the price for a total of $1,349. Other specs match the base model, including a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and Intel HD Graphics 5000.

Apple envisions its newest iMac as the perfect computer for basic day to day use – tasks like Web browsing, email, and perhaps some light gaming. While it may fit that description, $1,349 – or even $1,099 – is a lot to pay. So, does the iMac’s performance justify the new, lower price?

Right now, Apple sells a $1,299 iMac with the same size display, a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 quad-core processor, the same amount of RAM (8GB), a better, Intel Iris Pro Graphics GPU, and a 1TB mechanical hard drive. So, for $50 less, you get a better CPU, and graphics chip, rather than a Fusion Drive. That would make for a better rounded system, overall.