Review: Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

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apple-imac-retina-5k-display-700x374Apple has revamped iMacs with two models, one 21.5 “4K and one 27” 5K. In both cases, the prices are obviously quite high, starting at roughtly $1,700, and we have therefore decided to review the largest model, even in its basic version of the range, also integrated with  the new Skylake processor.

Design

Apple products design always looks premium, and the new 27-inch iMac is a bit like its predecessor with the exception of Retina 5k display, which will look good in almost any environment. It made almost entirely of metal, with a base fixed to the monitor, which allows you to adjust the inclination but not in height; all you have to do, once taken out of the box it weighs around 21 pounds, just connect the cable to the power and you’ll be ready to go.

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Screen

The display of this iMac is beautiful, in every aspect. It is not only for the 5K resolution, for the fact that the fonts are precise and “printed” on the screen, for the very high brightness (but already optimal if left in automatic adjustment depending on the ambient light), but also for the colors. Apple boasts of play 25% of colors in more than a traditional panel sRGB, and this can be seen, although it is not immediate; But when you put next to the same image seen on this iMac with another screen, then you will understand why. You will see on the other nuances that are not there, you will realize how all the colors are more vivid and obvious, and in general every image on the iMac screen seems to have a thickness more.

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The large space available makes it ideal for any type of content: from movies and images that are so “enormous”, the navigation / office that will reveal much more practical and relaxing than other monitors, especially if you have to read long. The ultra-wide solutions remain a top coat for fans of multitasking more stringent, but also nell’iMac if there is a bit ‘less space horizontally, you will gain in visual quality.
Perhaps a consumer typically consumer would not even need this quality, relegating it to graphics and industry experts, but if you can afford it.

Magic Keyboard and Mouse

Included in the box you will find the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2. The second is practically identical to the first in functionality, and has the only difference (important!) Being rechargeable, and no longer powered by AA batteries. More beautiful and elegant than it is practical, Magic Mouse 2 has the same gesture available in the previous model, which often work but sometimes can be confused with each other, unless you are sensitive to move your finger with precision longitudinal or transverse direction, depending on the case.

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More interesting is the new Magic Keyboard, also rechargeable, which enlarges the size of all the buttons, especially those function and arrows, and considerably shortens the ride, pretty much on a par with the new 12-inch MacBook. Those used to a mechanical keyboard, with larger keys, hollowed out of the race and wide, will probably displaced by key square, flat and so short as to press this keyboard. Once accustomed, however, it feels like flying, because you simply a minimum pressure and not too heavy to write, and the space has been optimized to be reduced but comfortable. It is one more touch that keyboard to press, one of those who do a background buzz rather than a continuous ticking, and for these reasons may be more or less suited to your needs. Small note: compared to the previous model, the writing on the various keys are more faded, so that where once were black, are now gray and faded.

2015 iMac With Retina 5k Display Specs:

imac-updates1444741252565There are basically three different configurations of the new 27-inch iMac, you find illustrated on the Apple site, and for each of these possible further customization. The model we tested is basically the entry level of the family, and as always we summarize the features below.

  • Screen: 27-inch 5K (5,120 x 2,880 pixels)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 3.2GHz Skylake processor
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 M380 2 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB LPDDR3
  • Internal memory: 1 TB (7,200 rpm)
  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt, Gigabit Ethernet, audio jack player SDXC
  • Webcam: HD
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • OS: OS X El Capitan

It is a complete model a bit ‘of everything, who sees in the monitor and CPU in its most valuable points, and the use of a mechanical disc a discordant note, that even his good performance (for its category) They can soothe; it is true that there are also configurations with hybrid drives or SSD, but of course the price will rise.
We could then also complain of the absence of a USB Type-C (not even speak of HDMI), since it was Apple has already cleared with the new MacBook, maybe right now is not so important, but that in the meantime he It made a little ‘less awkward presence of the ports on the back, and then would be more “future proof”, especially in a device that would last for years.

Price

From the store Apple the basic model costs $2,129 for the basic version, the one we tested, rising rising up to $2,629 for faster processor, more powerful graphics card and double the mass storage, but in any case you can further customize the different versions in these three aspects. The product is quite “unmatched”; the brand is Apple: it is obvious that it is not economical. If you look a bit ‘over reactivity, I recommended certainly not settle the HDD base, but at that point you will need even more money.

 

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