Apple iMac 27″ – The ultimate all-in-one computer

iMac 27" with my wireless keyboard, magic mouse and magic Trackpad

Finally got myself a decent computer from the recent PC Show 2011 (9 June to 12 June 2011). In fact, I got myself the ultimate all-in-one desktop computer and I am using it to compose this entry you are seeing now.

This Apple iMac 27-Inch is the mid 2011 model that comes with the following configuration:

  • 27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT display (resolution: 2560 by 1440 pixels)
  • 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache
  • 8GB (two 4GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 memory (upgradable to 16GB although some have pushed it successfully to 32GB)
  • 1TB (7200 rpm) harddrive  (upgradable to 2TB or 256GB SSD)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 512MB DDR5 memory
  • Two Thunderbolt ports
  • One FireWire 800 port
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • SDXC card slot

Check out the Apple iMac page.

Interested to get a iMac 27-inch? Check out the Apple iMac 27-Inch Desktop deals on Amazon.

Setting the system up

The Apple iMac 27" package I got from PC Show 2011

First thing I said after setting the system up? Marvelous.

Why? Just because the process of setting it up is so straight-forward:

  1. Unpack the iMac from its packaging
  2. Connect the power cord. One end to the back of the display, the other to the power socket and flick the switch. No prize for guessing which end goes into the power socket
  3. Hit the power button at the back of the iMac
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions

Yes, just that. No “Take A, connect to B, using tool C, follow instruction diagram D” type of instructions. It is simply intuitive.

The Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Magic Mouse and Apple Magic Trackpad get recognized straight out of the box.

Maximizing the Apple experience

Using a Mac probably means – spending time on productive work, leave the mess (for Apple to clean up). So getting the AppleCare is probably recommended. AppleCare extends the warranty coverage to three years of service and expert telephone technical support.

AppleCare includes:

1. One stop technical support

  • Direct access to Apple experts
  • Global repair coverage
  • Onsite, mail-in, or carry-in repairs

2. Apple hardware coverage

3. Software support

  • Using Mac OS X
  • iLife and iWork questions
  • Connecting to Apple AirPort networks

So if you have not got yours, consider getting the AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac.

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  • ykk

    Looks really great! The surge protector doesn’t look like it belongs there though =P

    How useful is having both a mouse and a trackpad?

  • shadowandy


    Ya, should have left the power strip out of the picture. Well, I would say the trackpad is good for general usage like surfing or choosing photos. But when you need precision like photo editing, I think the mouse is better.

    Three fingers swipe on trackpad is less straining than two finger swipe on the magic mouse. The gesture is for forward and backward in web browser.

  • ykk


    I see I see. Haven’t used any Apple products yet because of their prices. But the trackpad sounds good. I think my right hand has been mangled by too much mouse and bad posture.

  • shadowandy


    Yes, the apple trackpad is not bad! Quite nice to use. But not suitable for gaming. Haha~

  • kent

    hi, u seems to get a good deal on PC fair.
    Do you mind to share how much u spend on everything?
    coz i aiming for the similar spec as urs also

  • shadowandy

    Hi kent,

    I paid S$2562 for the iMac 27-inch (i5 2.7GHz) + AppleCare + Magic Trackpad. Hope it helps.

  • kent

    That really a good deal Imao…
    which reseller u go for?
    You still have the contact with the salesperson xp

  • xtrocious

    That’s really a great deal…

    I paid more than that for my 24″ iMac two years back 🙁

  • kent

    Just check with Multimedia Integrated Pte Ltd for the quotation.
    They only able to make the same spec with $2631.
    Do you think is worth it….
    OMG… ur deal still the best so far ><

  • shadowandy


    I got it from Epicenter. I don’t have the contacts of the person I got it from. Cos it is pretty much those temp promoter and running between me and their manager to get the deal.

    You have the price breakdown? They offered you 30% discount for AppleCare and probably $70 / $98 for the Magic TrackPad?

  • kent

    He didnt provide the breakdown price for each of the item but as i know i show what you got and he ok with the price with $69 for ram upgrade to 8gb

  • shadowandy


    IT stuffs get cheaper as time goes by. So it is time to buy new one!

  • kent

    hmm mind to share which epicentre u go for?

  • shadowandy


    I went to the PC Show. So I don’t know which EpiCentre outlet are they from.

  • kent

    Haha i got their quotation le

    They offer me a few package:
    S$2631- 8gb RAM+Apple care+Trackpad
    S$2408- 8gb RAM+500gb HDD
    S$2622- 8gb RAM+Apple care+500gb HDD

    then now i still considering which one to go with…

  • Andrew James

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  • kent

    Haha just inform you that i got a good deal from Challenger for S$2435 for imac27″ i5 + additional trackpad + applecare