Apple iMac (21.5-inch, mid 2011)

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Reviewed by Ico (Currently owns)

After infuriating experiences with PCs, I jumped ship to the entry level iMac and it's been a delightful experience. Even years after its aluminum redesign, the iMac is still the most aesthetically appealing gadget on my desk, and the included Magic Keyboard and Trackpad look and work great. The Magic Mouse isn't my cup of tea, but thankfully the Logitech Control Center lets me hook up Lion's intuitive gestures to my Marathon Mouse. While the OS is fairly fast and blemish-free, some UI elements are disastrously skeuomorphic and there are the occasional hang ups, especially when using non-Apple programs. Like most computers, the built-in speakers are merely passable, but that can be dealt with easily. My last quibble would be that when my room is whisper quiet, I can hear an extremely faint scratching from the hard drive. Definitely not a deal breaker, but I long for the day when SSDs become the standard, not the $600 upgrade.

All in all, a sublime all-in-one.

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