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New Entry-Level 21.5-Inch iMac (2014): Top 3 Business Features

New Entry-Level 21.5-Inch iMac (2014): Top 3 Business Features
The new iMac offers good value for the money. / Credit: Apple

The new entry-level iMac is a more affordable option for budget-minded business users. The low-end version of Apple's all-in-one desktop computer boasts a significantly reduced $1,099 price tag, while retaining the same large 21.5-inch display. But buyers will have to make some sacrifices when they choose the more affordable iMac: The machine has a slower processor and less memory than the previous version. But it's still a good option for small business owners who want a capable Apple computer at a lower price — especially with a new operating system update on the horizon. Here are three features that make the new 21.5-inch iMac good for business.

Value

At $1,099, Apple's new offering is easily the most affordable iMac available, and the machine offers good value for the money. Under the hood, it packs a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and 500GB of onboard storage. That puts the new iMac about on a par with Apple's MacBook Air in terms of processing power. Previously, the low-end iMac cost $1,299. Now, that money will net you a more powerful midrange iMac, with a 2.7 GHz quad-core i5 processor.

OS X Yosemite

It's a good time to buy an iMac, with a fresh new operating system update slated to arrive this fall. OS X Yosemite features an interface overhaul and a slew of productivity-boosting features, including a revamped notification center, a new integrated cloud storage platform and numerous updates to Apple's email app. The refreshed operating system also includes new features to link your iPhone to your iMac, so you can take and place phone calls right from your desktop computer.

Lightweight design

The 21.5-inch iMac boasts the same superthin and lightweight design introduced on the 2012 iMac. Like other iMac models, it's just 5 mm wide. That makes this an all-in-one computer that won't take up too much space on your work desk, and it's much easier to move than the average desktop computer.

Brett Nuckles
Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.