Apple iMac 21.5" 1080p LED All-in-One Desktop Computer, Intel Core i5 Quad-Core 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB 5400rpm HDD, Mac OS X Mavericks 64-bit


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Product Highlights

  • IPS technology and LED backlighting
  • Vivid, true-to-life color. Every time
  • Faster Fusion Drive
  • Up to a 3TB hard drive
  • Intel Core i5 Processor
  • MAC OS X Mavericks
  • 2.7GHz Processor
  • Four USB 3 Ports
Apple iMac 21.5 $1,199.99

About Apple iMac 21.5"

The Apple iMac 21.5" 1080p LED All-in-One Desktop Computer is an All-in-One desktop computer with an ultra-slim unibody design. Measuring at just 5mm at its edges, the iMac has 40% less volume than the 2011 iMac. The body of the iMac isn't the only thing that got thinner. The LCD display is now 5mm thinner and Apple also removed a 2mm gap between the LCD panel and the glass to save even more space.

The 21.5" widescreen display features LED backlighting for vibrant, accurate color. With in-plane switching (IPS) technology, the iMac has a wide 178deg. viewing angle. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution, supported by integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics.

Powered by a quad-core 4th-generation Haswell 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, the iMac takes advantage of each core to optimize performance. The 4th-gen Haswell Intel processor also allows for low voltage usage for better energy efficiency. The system also has 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac/a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones and built-in stereo speakers.

For ports, the iMac has dual Thunderbolt ports (which also double as Mini Display Ports) and four USB 3.0 ports. You'll be able to connect with various compatible components. If you would rather go wireless with your peripherals, you can use Bluetooth 4.0 technology where compatible.

Mac OS X Mavericks comes preinstalled on the iMac. Mountain Lion introduces a host of new features, such as Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notification Center and more. Mountain Lion seamlessly integrates with your other Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch using iCloud. Just sign into iCloud with your Apple ID and you'll instantly have access to all your settings, files, photos, music and more.

Also included with Mountain Lion is iLife. iLife has a complete suite of digital creativity applications. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos and compose original music. The system is also powerful enough to run Apple's professional-level applications, perfect for those who are ready to move up to the next level of creative software.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to set up (7),Fast (6),Great display (6),Screen (6),Quiet (5),Easy to customize (5),App availablity (4),Battery life (4),Operating system (3)
Best Uses:
Web browsing (9),Home (6),Email (5),Entertainment (4),Gaming (4),Social networking (3),Out-of-office productivity (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Tech savvy (10)

Apple iMac 21.5" Features

  • Innovations you can see - You won't want anything to distract you from what you're viewing on these big, beautiful 21.5" displays. And nothing will, thanks to an amazing display design that reduces reflection by 75 percent
  • IPS technology and LED backlighting: The gorgeous iMac display looks great from any seat in the house. A technology called in-plane switching (IPS) gives you a bright picture with excellent color from nearly any angle. And LED backlighting offers instant-on, uniform brightness with no waiting
  • Vivid, true-to-life color. Every time: Everything you see on the big, glossy display from skin tones and dark shadows to bright blue skies and green fields is rich and vibrant. And the colors are more true to life, too
  • Powered by fourth-generation Intel Core processors, this iMac is the fastest yet. The Intel Core i5 processor, starting at 2.7GHz and topping out at 3.4GHz
  • Faster Fusion Drive: Fusion Drive is breakthrough storage option that combines a high-capacity hard drive with high-performance flash storage. And now it's up to 50 percent faster than before
  • Up to 1TB of flash storage - For maximum performance, you can configure iMac with up to 1TB of flash storage (up to 512GB on the 21.5-inch iMac) instead of a traditional hard drive
  • Up to a 3TB hard drive: Go ahead and take all the photos, buy all the music and shoot all the video you want. A 1TB hard drive comes standard, with the option to upgrade to a massive 3TB hard drive
  • Faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi - iMac now supports ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi. When it's connected to an 802.11ac base station - including the new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule - wireless performance is up to 3x faster than with the previous generation of iMac. And your Wi-Fi range improves as well
  • Thunderbolt - Ultra-fast and ultra-flexible, the tiny Thunderbolt port offers unprecedented transfer speeds and incredibly versatile expansion capabilities. Connect high-performance peripherals such as external drives, cameras, audio and video capture devices
  • USB 3: Bring on your printer, digital camera, mobile phone and external hard drive. Every iMac comes with four USB 3 ports with speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2, so you'll have plenty of peripheral possibilities, including your iPhone or iPod, printer, or Apple USB SuperDrive
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology is also built in, so you can use your favorite wireless accessories - such as the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse - right out of the box
  • Higher-fidelity sound and a larger soundstage - Even though the iMac enclosure is thinner than ever, the built-in speakers deliver higher-fidelity sound than before. So when you're listening to that new album, watching the latest flick, or playing your favorite action game
  • Dual mics. Be heard loud and clear - iMac has two built-in microphones that work together to home in on your voice and filter out the sounds around you. That means more accuracy when you're using Dictation and better clarity during FaceTime video calls
  • FaceTime HD camera for high-resolution video calls - Get everyone in the picture with crisp, widescreen HD video. The built-in 720p FaceTime HD camera lets you make video calls that are so clear, it seems like everyone's in the same room

Apple iMac 21.5" Specifications

Intel Core i5 Quad-core 2.7GHz
Turbo Speed
8GB (two 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
1TB (5400-rpm) hard drive
Operating System
Mac OS X Mavericks (64-bit)
21.5" LED-backlit display with IPS technology
1920 x 1080 with support for millions of colors
Intel Iris Pro graphics
Video Support and Camera
FaceTime HD camera
Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display
Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes
Support for Target Display Mode via the Thunderbolt port using a Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable
Stereo speakers
Dual microphones
Headphone port:
Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
Connections & Expansions
SDXC card slot
Four USB 3 ports (compatible with USB 2)
Two Thunderbolt ports
Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
Kensington lock slot
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Magic Mouse
Magic Trackpad
Wi-Fi: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Line voltage
100-240V AC
50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
Operating temperature
50deg. to 95deg. F (10deg. to 35deg. C)
Relative humidity
5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude
10,000 feet
Dimensions (H x W x D)
17.7 x 20.8 x 6.9" / 44.96 x 52.83 x 17.53cm
12.5lbs / 5.7kg
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Apple iMac 21.5" Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


i love it

super nice for music an Photoshop

Reviewed by 17 customers


i love it


from Bayamon PR  -  Multimedia Professional

super nice for music an Photoshop


Not recommended


from Enfield, CT  -  Tech Savvy

I would not recommend this for more than browsing the internet. Runs slower than the mid-2008 macbook pro it replaced. Multiple user profiles take minutes... MINUTES... to change from user to user. Has difficulty even running Safari and iTunes at the same time.


New iMac with better processor and wi-fi


from Raleigh  -  Tech Savvy

The newest iMac from Adorama was an excellent purchase. The item shipped fast and was in the original packaging (the white box inside a surdy brown carton). The machine, apart from other conf, also boasts of newest standard in wi-fi (ac) which makes it run super smooth.


TF700T is not reliable


from Vancouver  -  Software Engineer

I bought it in sep 2012. The reason I selected this model inspite of the very hight price tag was that it has a slot for external SD card and HD screen. Also it is relatively thin and light. Supposed to be fun to use. I have it for about two years now. First time it was OK. Then it started to reboot randomly without any reason for about a time or two in a week. Also it was lagging randomly so that it can freeze for about a minute then unfreeze even on light tasks like editing text in idle mode (no heavy background applications running). Couple of days ago it had entered a boot loop mode and basically turned into a brick. All it does is loads and resets without ever showing Android screen. After some research on the internet I found that many of these devices suffer from the same defect. Would not recommend to buy for anybody.


Adorama Helps Me Buy


from northern Arizona  -  Having Fun With Imac

I phoned Adorama and was promptly helped by sales people who were cheerful, knowledgeable, helpful. The iMac is great. The upgrade to Mavericks was free, and easy to do. Your write up of this computer is descriptive and helpful. My husband and I have had a Mac computer since 1984, and it's been fun seeing each new feature.


Fast, easy, powerful


from washington DC metro  -  Heavy Duty User

While expensive this tablet rocks. Also: have a 64GB SD card in it with no issue.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Very difficult to enlarge fonts!


from Phoenix  -  Tech Savvy

Disapponted after great experiences with iPhone & iPad. Switched from PC to get Lightroom for photo processing. If you are young & don't need glasses, this machine will suit your needs. If you need to increase font size, forget it. OS X was not designed for this, unlike iOS & Windows. To make things worse, Adorama will not take back computers! There is a third-party app called Tinker Tool(not approved by Apple), which helps increase font size, but it is not ideal.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


it didn't work


from connecticut  -  Easy Going

home use

(0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


piece of junk,nothing worked


from connecticut  -  Tech Savvy

home/personal use

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Just what I was looking for..versatility


from Helena,MT  -  Tech Savvy

This is my first tablet. It has the plugin's I wanted that were lacking with the I-Pad. The display is super sharp. Never used Android based system, so there was a learning curve. No big deal if your half way tech savvy. Worked great right out of the box, just did some upgrades to the operating system and I was good to go. Got the keyboard too. They work well together with great battery life. Bought a cover that works with the pad or the keyboard attached. So far it's more than I expected and integrates well with my other computers, even though there all windows based. Wi-Fi works really good on my home network. Like I said before the display has amazing clarity and really nice camera. Another high tech toy I'm having a lot of fun with.


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John R  can I get a magic trackpad instead of a magic mouse?
ABID S  Well, by default you will get the magic mouse with the new purchase,but magic track pad can be purchased separately. Hope answer your question.
amanda s  is this the 4th generation? Apple 21.5" iMac Desktop Computer (4th-Gen Intel Haswell CPU)?
WILLIAM D  Yes it was and I didn't have any problems with Adorama.
bruce y  Can I get the Apple Extended Keyboard (with Numeric keypad) with the iMac?
R A M  These are shipped as described, not as a CTO. If Adorama's ad copy doesn't say it has an extended (wired, with numeric keypad, it probably has the compact, Bluetooth keyboard.
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