With the all-in-one form factor that provides a 21.5-inch display, the Apple iMac has one great advantage over all the other business computers we reviewed. It comes installed with video and photo editing software and has a dedicated graphics card, which makes it a great business desktop PC for graphic designers and video editors. However, since much of the business world uses a Windows operating system, there can be some compatibility issues.

The i5-4570R is powerful enough to handle all of your basic business software programs, but the processor lacks the power and speed of those you'd find in the best business computers. While it has four cores, which allow significant multitasking, each core only has one thread of execution. For comparison, the best processors we reviewed have two threads per core. This is like using an eight-lane highway instead of a 16-lane highway, so there's more potential for a traffic jam of data when you're running data-intensive programs. You can upgrade the processor, but this adds a significant amount to an already high-end price.

While the iMac's all-in-one form factor has the advantage of having all of the components – the computer hardware and the high-definition display – in one machine, it doesn't have as much room to grow as other business desktop computers. Space is at a premium. It comes with 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage. You can upgrade the RAM to 16GB, but only before purchase. If you need to add more RAM, you have to take it into an Apple store for installation. You can't add more hard drives and other components either, making it difficult for the computer to evolve and grow with your business.

Another flaw with the Apple iMac is the lack of support features. You can only receive 24/7 support for 90 days. It only has a one-year warranty, though you can upgrade to three years, which is the industry standard. Apple also lacks asset recovery and accidental damage coverage. These are vital services for ensuring that your important information isn't lost when a hard drive or other component fails. There isn't remote diagnostic service or on-site service, which would send a certified technician to your business to service your computer as needed. If you need your iMac serviced, you have to take it into an Apple store.

Apple iMac Summary:

Apple's iMac is a great business computer for creative tasks like graphic design, video editing and audio recording because of the intuitive operating system. However, the quad-core processor isn't as powerful as the processors in other business computers within the same price range. Its compatibility issues with Windows, which is more widely used by businesses, can make it difficult to do business with others outside your company.


Apple iMac 21.5-inch

It has a high-definition 21.5-inch display.

The all-in-one form factor lacks important expansion features.

The Verdict:

The Apple iMac is an excellent computer for graphic designers and video editors because of the intuitive operating system and quad-core processor, but it lacks the expansion features to grow with your business.