Unboxing The New 27″ Core i7 Apple iMac

The replacement for my broken 30″ Dell LCD showed up today. After much thought, I decided to go with a maxed out 27″ Apple iMac. This is the fastest iMac you can configure at the Apple website. It’s powered by a 2.93GHz Core i7 processor with four CPU cores plus hyper-threading and turbo boost, a 256GB SSD drive and 4GB of RAM, which I’ll be upgrading to 16GB next week.

As for why I went with the 27″ iMac, there are several reasons. I wanted an Apple display because they are just the most amazing displays I’ve ever seen. I also like the 16:9 format over the 16:10. My old Macbook Pro can’t power a 27″ Apple LED display without a $99 dual link DVI to mini-display port adapter and I didn’t really felt like buying one. I was thinking of upgrading the Macbook Pro to the latest mini-display port version but then figured I already had a Macbook Air for going on the road so there wasn’t any need to get another laptop. So instead of getting a Macbook Pro with 27″ LED display, I went with the 27″ iMac.

The maxed out iMac is not cheap by any means. If you want to configure the same setup, it will cost you $2,799 plus tax. Upgrading to 16GB of RAM would add another $1,000 to the price tag. I ordered 16GB of DDR3 RAM from Amazon.com for $276.96 instead. Apple really rips people off on memory upgrades!

The new iMac is worlds faster than the old Macbook Pro or new Macbook Air. It processed the following unboxing video in only three minutes. The laptops would would have taken up to three times longer.

106 thoughts on “Unboxing The New 27″ Core i7 Apple iMac”

  1. PPC Ian says:

    That’s awesome John! I want one! Apple RAM prices sure are crazy! 🙂

    1. Sweet! I got a 27″ iMac back in April, but not the i7. Love the Apple display, it it amazing!

      1. Boy this one can make any desk more beautiful and more attractive, there is no doubt about it.

        John now your desk is looking more beautiful and more attractive.

        Congratulation for the new member of Apple.

        1. d3so says:

          Look at all those apple products. Everything is well organized.

          1. I love apple products. I have an imac, iphone, macbook and an ipad. All are awesome! 🙂

          2. How much it cost to you ?
            I think around $ 3075.

          3. Boy … father and daughter both were busy in opening.

            Very soon Sally will be your main helping hand John.

          4. Yup ! Sally is going to make a unique position in this world, that I really think.

          5. Robin Gupta says:

            Sally is certainly one of the most impressive person on John’s blog.

            Sally’s blog is also doing great … this will be a great assets to Sally when she will grow up.

            John what is your planning for Sally’s blog ?

    2. Exoclyps says:

      Talking about prices. He sure got an expensive one! My budget would perhaps allow for a 10th of that at most.

      1. d3so says:

        I know. I would go broke if I got a Mac like that.

        1. Fernando says:

          That’s why I stopped using credit cards! haha 🙂

          1. Like your sense of humour …

  2. Hey John,

    You’ve made an excellent choice. I hope that everything will work the way you expected.


    1. d3so says:

      If anything doesn’t work, he can send it to me!

      1. I think amazon should give money back guarantee for this kind of situations.

        1. d3so … is always ready to get … lollzzz

          You are charm of John Chow comments section.

        2. Dan Lew says:

          What kind of situations? It looked liked it was packaged pretty well.

          1. I mean if not got what expected in views of hardware.

  3. I am waiting for a Chrome OS notebook

    1. John Chow says:

      You mean Chrome OS netbook or tablet. The Chrome OS isn’t designed to power a real computer.

    2. d3so says:

      I haven’t heard of it.
      I’m guessing it’s by google?

      1. Fernando says:

        Like the Chrome Explorer.

        1. Yes this a new operating system by Google you can read more about it here

          1. This is an important line on above link which you have provided –

            “the operating system will only ship on specific hardware from Google’s manufacturing partners.”

          2. Robin Gupta says:

            Thats nice pick …

            But I am sure Google will come with their own OS in near future to gain more strength and all.

            Just wait and watch.

  4. DailyTopTen says:

    Wow John, that’s pretty neat! 🙂

    1. Yes that is the specialty of Apple product … they are simply superb and beautiful craft.

      Every piece is like got the awesome attention.

      1. Robin Gupta says:

        Which one you are using ? Mac or PC ?

  5. David says:

    Awesome John!

    I’m thinking of upgrading my 20in 2007 iMac to a 27in iMac as well, but not sure if I should wait until next year or does anyone know when the next iMac will be released?

    Oh and John, let’s hope this one doesn’t fall of the table 😛

    1. Fernando says:

      Don’t even mention it! 🙂

      1. I will pray for this, so it will not going to fall.

        1. I am sure … now John will take all precautionary steps, like may be change the placement of monitor and all.

          1. Dan Lew says:

            The only problem is if this one falls then its the computer that falls with it 🙂

          2. Yes that means more loss and this time … huge loss.

  6. Vincent Woon says:

    Wow Amazing display! Your office is looking more like an Apple store 🙂

    1. PPC Ian says:

      That’s a great point, John owns all the Apple products!

    2. John Chow says:

      Ya, I do have a lot of Apple products in my office. If you have a good eye, you would have seen the iPad and Time Machine in the video. 🙂

      1. Harshad says:

        So now you have an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, iPad, Macbook Air, Mac Pro … whats left? I am sure you have an iPod as well. The only thing missing is the Macbook (old white one)…or do you have it already?

        1. Harshad says:

          oops… It’s an iMac not Mac Pro… The config anyway makes it as good as a Mac Pro 😀

          1. Until last summer the iMac had a better processor than MacPro. At that time MacPro had more than one year old processor. Some stores that I talked to haven’t sold MacPro for a long time.

          2. Fernando says:

            I’ve read some story the other day that Apple is going to release a 12 cores Mac Pro

          3. Exoclyps says:

            Now that’d be strong.

          4. I have seen the ipad but can not find the Time Machine !

          5. John Chow says:

            The 12 core Mac Pro is already available at Apple. You can add up to 64GB of RAM. lol

          6. d3so says:

            That’s a lot of RAM I would love to have 🙂

          7. Dan Lew says:

            I think you could almost carry this screen around instead of your laptop to meetings 🙂

          8. But you did not show full set up of yours. Only that part where your apple products were lying.

            We would love to see left side as well.

        2. Dan Lew says:

          Well maybe they should invent a new one just for John, they can call it the “Mac Pho”!

  7. That Apple iMac is a million times better than the Dell LCD you had before. I love the monitor! I know the Dell was a little bigger, but the Apple iMac just looks better to me.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      That’s a good point. It’s really hard to design a better looking product than Apple.

      1. Fernando says:

        Yeah, same thing here. Apple has crazy designs!

        1. d3so says:

          I wouldn’t say crazy. Their designs are more simple and attractive. Alienware is more crazy.

      2. Exoclyps says:

        Agreed, Apple have worked out some real nice designs.

    2. Sony also have good designed products.

  8. Harshad says:

    Send this video to Apple and ask them for some favor for owning their top line of products.

    1. Asking a favor from Apple will hardly work for anybody and perhaps even being John Chow may not be enough for them.

      I’d be interested in their reaction though. Give it a try John and let us know.

      1. Fernando says:

        I was wondering about that, if John just asked them, wouldn’t them give him the stuff for free?

        1. Exoclyps says:

          Perhaps not for free, but maybe some nice discount?

          1. Fernando says:

            Only John knows I guess.

          2. I think anyone can only get discount if he purchases the products at once they can not offer discount if you purchase many products separately.

          3. Harshad says:

            I think it should work and if it does then lot of JC readers will follow the same and try their luck as well.

    2. d3so says:

      Influence is a powerful thing. I wonder how much impact John can have on them.

  9. Why didn’t you go for the Mac Pro with a 30″ HD display instead?

    1. John Chow says:

      Because Apple no longer sells the 30″ display and the Mac Pro is too big and doesn’t look as good as an iMac.

      1. Also, it would cost a lot more than getting the iMac.

      2. Fernando says:

        I wonder why they stopped making it. There is not really a lot of market for the 30 inch

        1. John Chow says:

          They stop making it because it’s a LCD display and everyone is going to LED. There are no 30″ LED on the market at this time. Maybe next year.

          1. Fernando says:

            I wish next year they go for a 32 instead of a 30 inch.
            That would be tight.

          2. d3so says:

            I see, LED is the new thing.

          3. LED is far better than LCD, John did the right thing.

          4. I didn’t realize they stopped, but I can understand why.

  10. fas says:

    Excellent choice JOhn, I had told you so :p

  11. Thats awesome, I really have to sort myself out with one of them maybe next year.

  12. Sweet… I just got a new 21.5″ with the 1 TB. Maybe at some point I’ll be ready for your iMac on steroids! lol

  13. Fernando says:

    Just looking at that video makes me want to have an iMac too. So good looking!

    1. Robin Gupta says:

      Yeah simply amazing beautiful … boy would love to have with me.

      But I prefer two monitors.

  14. Exoclyps says:

    John, with that video you made me want a Mac even more. After trying to edit videos on my PC… well, Mac is for art creating.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I agree! I have an iPad and Macbook. This video has me seriously considering an iMac!

      1. Fernando says:

        Is iMac the next generation of tight computers? 🙂

      2. d3so says:

        The Apple products I have are the iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 1st gen, and 3 iPod Classics.
        I’ve yet to get a Macbook.

  15. Awesome John! I have never bought an iMac back even though I hear they are amazing. I have always liked PCs myself but I have a friend who says Macs are the best.

    1. For a normal internet user PCs are the best.

      1. Robin Gupta says:

        Would like to give a try to Mac.

        May be start with a mac book pro first and after that will transfer all my pc and staff pm to mac.

  16. Awesome! You’ll love it. Mine is an i3, tons faster than my 2005 iMac G5. Some people might think the display is overkill, but I’m telling you, I use every square inch of this screen real estate!

    1. Robin Gupta says:

      If you want to manage your window more perfectly than give a try to this – http://winsplit-revolution.com

      Or if you are using anything else than do not forget to share with us as well.

  17. I have a macbook but now I am also thinking to work on a large screen. Maybe I will also purchase it next year.

  18. Vee Sweeney says:

    The hang up I have always had and will always have about anything Apple computer related is the price. Yes, they may last longer. But do I really want to spend 3k for a laptop that will last me 4 years instead of 2 for half the power and punch inside? Nah, I can spend 1500 and buy new every couple of years. PC’s aren’t perfect by any means but I have yet to justify the price difference since I purchase a new laptop every 2 years whether mine is still fully functional at that point or not.

    1. John Chow says:

      Apple does cost more than a normal comp but not everyone buys on price. I upgrade my laptop every 2 years as well and they’re still Apple.

      I kinda think of it this way. The Corvette ZR1 will outperformance any Ferrari that cost more than twice as much. But at the end of the day, it’s not a Ferrari.

      1. Dan Lew says:

        I think I will buy an imac next year, you may of convinced me!

        1. Robin Gupta says:

          Aahh Apple should also start affiliated link.

          In that case more zeros will be added to John’s revenue.

  19. Dan Lew says:

    You have surely been spoiling yourself this month, 1st the mac book air now the imac 🙂

    1. Robin Gupta says:

      This is all about life my friend.

      If you have money than simply enjoy it.

  20. Dan Lew says:

    I have an apple mini which powers my 42 inch tv screen 🙂

  21. Kristi says:

    While the Mac is impressive, your daughter totally steals the show. Adorable! 🙂

  22. Blog Tips says:

    Great unboxing video, that is a fine piece of kit!

  23. Krystle IVM says:

    Indeed, Apple has the greatest display among them all. Good choice. 🙂

  24. Dang I’m jealous! LOL! It is stunning John, great choice. I don’t think I can buy that, too pricey for me. But it is worth it, I think 🙂

  25. Chris S. says:

    I can’t believe how much Apple charges for RAM. Thanks for the tip. I’ll look elsewhere when I upgrade to a new Mac soon…

    1. John says:

      Indeed they do..I love apple products but the only thing I gripe about them is that their products border on the luxury.. Oh well,

  26. John says:

    Sweeettt..Gotta love them 27 inches..Just a thought though..Isnt a 256GB SSD drive too small? I mean yeah it is SSD and all but by today’s standards it could get filled in no time…

    1. John Chow says:

      With 5TB of external Firewire 800 and network drives plus cloud storage, 256GB is too much drive space! 😛

      1. John says:

        whoopsie..oh yeah..i totally forgot about firewire and external storage.. I take my comment back..:D

  27. Unboxing gives a great pleasure to see the unseen, and I was feeling like that all is going in front of me in reality. Great exposure to your best buy …

  28. Phil Dawson says:

    The Imac is still a great product although it has somewhat been overshadowed with the current Apple Iphone craze

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