With stereo speakers backed by two internal 20-watt amplifiers, our i Mac was more than loud enough to fill a small conference room.
The audio preserved the rich bass lines of Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven," and it was easy to distinguish when guitar riffs and background effects were coming from the left or right.
The Aspire Z3 and Idea Centre Flex 20 were both louder, at 88 decibels each.
The 2013 i Mac runs Apple's latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks software, which brings a host of handy features to the Mac experience.
The latest i Mac also impresses with its added Haswell performance, a multitude of enhancements inside OS X Mavericks and a more robust app lineup. The 2013 i Mac is the company's sexiest all-in-one yet, with a razor-thin design that makes it look more like a sleek monitor than a full computer.
The i Mac's matte aluminum finish spans the desktop's base and back panel, which thins out to just 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) on the left and right edges.
Although our speed of 74 words per minute using this keyboard was significantly faster than our 65 wpm norm, our 5 percent error rate was higher than normal.
Apple's wireless Magic Mouse crams a ton of functionality into its slick, minimalist design.
As on all Macs, the i Mac features Photo Booth for some selfie fun.
The keyboard is thin and ultralight, with a round upper base that keeps the accessory on an incline while holding two AA batteries.
This set of white island keys sports hotkeys for brightness control, Mission Control, Launchpad, music and video playback, and volume control.
You can pull up Mission Control by double-tapping the device's surface with two fingers, and instantly zoom in to any page by doing the same with one finger.
Macs are known for having some of the sharpest webcams around, and the i Mac's 720p Face Time lens lives up to that reputation.