appleposts.com – The stunning all-in-one iMac features a beautiful 21.5-inch widescreen display, dual-core Intel Core i5 processors and Intel HD graphics. And it comes standard with 8GB memory, a 1TB hard drive, and advanced, high-speed I/O, including two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3 ports.
Brilliant widescreen display
1920-by-1080 pixel LED-backlit display with IPS technology
Full lamination of the display cover glass creates a brilliant display that’s 75% less reflective
The extremely precise anti-reflective coating allows uncompromised vibrant, accurate colors to show through
- 21.5‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen display
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
- 1 TB 5400 rpm hard drive
- Intel HD Graphics 6000
- 8 GB Onboard Memory (Configurable to 16 GB)
- Four USB 3 ports; Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
- 802.11ac Wi‑Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
- FaceTime HD camera
- Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 included
Amazing ultrathin design
Stunningly thin, gorgeous aluminum and glass design and has a gorgeous aluminum and glass enclosure
Packs a remarkably powerful computer into an amazingly thin enclosure
Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 processor
Features a fifth-generation dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost–delivering great performance while using less energy
Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2
Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 are included and pre-paired with every iMac, so there’s no need for a separate external keyboard or mouse at set up
Charge your Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 from your iMac using the included Lightning to USB Cable
When Apple introduced the iMac with Retina 5K in Late 2014, it was groundbreaking and it stood alone as the most impressive desktop computer in the world. A year has passed since then, and it still stands alone.
When it came out, a lot of people felt it was too expensive, but as it stands a year later high quality 4K monitors still cost between $1000 and $2000 or more, just for the monitor. For example, Dell’s 5K monitor is $1600 by itself. Dell Ultra HD 5K Monitor UP2715K 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor. This means that if you bought a Dell tower PC with similar specifications, it would cost far more than the 5K iMac, and it would be stuck running Windows.
The price of 4K monitors are finally dropping, but 5K has 67% more pixels and when it comes to editing photos and videos, that extra space is a welcome luxury. We’re talking about a screen that can show a 14.7 Megapixel photo, without zooming. That’s simply amazing.
The other thing to keep in mind is that because the 5K monitor is built-in, it has direct access to the graphics hardware. Using a cable creates a bottleneck because HDMI specs weren’t designed with that kind of resolution in mind. Another benefit of the built-in display is that you know that it will work. If you bought a 5K monitor and tried to plug it into any old PC, you’re going to need an expensive graphics card and a good CPU to keep up with it.
I can edit and playback 4K video just as seamless as 1080. That’s pretty amazing.
Another major benefit is Thunderbolt 2, which doubles the speed of the previous generations. It has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and because the monitor is built-in, you won’t need to use either to connect the monitor.
PLEASE NOTE: Most Apple Retail stores and Amazon are still only selling the ENTRY LEVEL configuration. To me, that’s like going into the Chevy dealership and to buy the Camaro, but finding out that if you spend just a little bit more, they’ll ship you a Corvette.
As far as I’m concerned, the price difference for upgrades is so small, that just about everyone who is in the market for this system should upgrade to the 4.0 Ghz i7 and the AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory… that configuration cranks out 3.7 Teraflops of graphics power. That’s about as fast as a Mac Pro.
In my case, I also upgraded to 512 GB Flash Storage, because speed is more important to me than storage. The stock configurations come with Fusion Drives, which is a mixture of 128GB of flash storage with a conventional hard drive. I’m not a fan of conventional drives… I like the speed, silence and durability of solid state drives.
By Joe Crescenzi (amazon.com)