21.5″ iMac for $1179 – Deal Alert

21.5-inch iMac Entry-Level 2014

Apple announced a new entry-level iMac this week. As I noted in the coverage, however, the processor and graphic performance are quite the drop off from the next 21.5″ iMac model up in line, which retails for $1299.

B&H has that $1299 model for $1179 right now, which means you get a big bump in speed from the entry-level model for $80 more, instead of the retail bump of $200 between the models. Check it out while the deal lasts here at B&H Photo.

27″ iMac and HP ZR2740w 27″ Monitor First Impressions

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I picked up a new 27″ iMac a couple weeks ago when B&H dropped the price of the previous generation iMac by $300. Specifically, I bought the 3.2GHz Core i5 unit with a nVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1GB GPU. I paired the iMac with a HP ZR2740w 27″ IPS display.

After using it for a couple weeks, I thought I would take a few minutes to share my thoughts on my new setup. I figured this would be an appropriate time since we have an active “Mac or PC” thread going on over on our Facebook page now.

I am generally not an early adopter. In fact, I often purchase a product near the end of its market life cycle (there are exceptions though – e.g., the 5D Mark II). This has worked well for me with Mac desktops and laptops over the years for a couple of reasons. [Read more...]

Apple Updates iMac Line for Fall 2013

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Apple updated its iMac line with a rather modest refresh. Key new specs include an update to fourth generation Intel quad-core processors – i5 is the base offering on all models; however, it is upgradeable to i7 processors up to 3.5Ghz.

Video editors will be pleased with the upgraded graphics cards, including the ability to upgrade to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB of video memory. However, the displays did not receive the 4K/Retina upgrade that had been rumored and hoped-for in recent months. [Read more...]

iMacs up to $150 Off at B&H

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B&H has a sale on 21.5″ and 27″ iMacs right now with up to $150 off and free shipping.

Macs are always a good deal at B&H due to the solid prices on AppleCare that are substantially below what Apple charges at retail. I’ve been buying Macs from B&H for years for myself and they’ve always beat Apple’s pricing on both the Mac and the AppleCare. I’m not sure how they offer the cut rate prices on AppleCare, but that’s a key reason why I stick with B&H for any Mac or other Apple hardware that I buy.

I had a conversation with one of the Mac sales guys at B&H a year or so back and he told me that B&H was the biggest Mac retailer in New York state – selling more Macs that even Apple in New York.

Check out all the iMac deals here at B&H Photo.

New iMacs with Core i5/i7 Processors and Thunderbolt

Apple unveiled the new iMac desktops today.  The new models keep the 21.5″ and 27″ screen sizes and step up to Core i5 processors across the board in the base configuration – with Core i7 processors available as an upgrade.

As expected, the iMac now has Thunderbolt I/O ports (like the recently announced MacBook Pro models), which deliver data transfer rates at a whopping 10 Gbps – up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12x faster than FireWire 800.  The 21.5″ models sport one Thunderbolt port, while the 27″ models offer two ports.  Four USB 2.0 and a Firewire 800 port round out the I/O options on the backside of the new iMacs.

Continue reading at Tech Tilt: New 2011 iMacs Announced.