Today Apple released a new [27″ iMac](http://www.apple.com/imac/) with [impressive specs](http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html), a unibody design and an impressive LED backlit display. Somewhat hidden in the announcement is a small but important feature – the DisplayPort connection on the back of the 27″ iMacs operates both as a jack for an external monitor and also as an input for an external computer if you want to use your 27″ iMac as a monitor.
The 27″ iMac [starting at $1699] has the same modern LED screen as Apple’s [24″ LED Cinema Display](http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB382LL/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1MzE)[$899] – noticably higher quality than Apple’s dated [30″ Cinema display](http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9179LL/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1OTQ) [$1799]. It is of comparable size and weight, nearly the same resolution [2560×1440 vs 2560×1600] – $100 cheaper, and comes with a free Mac – namely a 3Ghz Core2 Duo with 4 Gigs of RAM and a 1TB hard drive in the base configuration.
**30″ Cinema display – $1799** **27″ iMac – $1699**
I’ve had Dell’s [3008WFP 30″ monitor](http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Monitors/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=223-4890) [MSRP $1699] sitting on order for a few days now – which I just canceled in favor of Apple’s 27″ LED version, which comes with the free Mac.