It’s only been a year, but Apple’s 27 inch 5K iMac is already in its third version, with an updated processor, graphics chip, and even a new screen. Is this the ultimate all-in-one, and the last desktop you’ll ever need?
Apple’s 27 inch iMac is undergoing a refresh, and if you’re shopping for a new computer, there’s a good chance this is one you’ll want to consider.
This time, Apple is taking the design it has had for a few years now with an ultra-thin aluminium chassis and updating the important bits, providing a new processor, new graphics chip, and refreshed screen.
New to the computer is a choice of Intel quad-core processors, starting with the quad-core Core i5 clocked at 3.2GHz, configurable all the way up to a 4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. These processors sit under the sixth-generation of Intel processors, also known by the codename of “Skylake”.
This processor works alongside 8GB of RAM standard, though this is configurable to 32GB RAM, while the hard drive choices include either a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, a 1 or 2TB Fusion drive (conventional hard drive with solid state memory to speed it up), or choices of solid-state drives.
Regardless of what you choose, Apple’s Mac OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” is found on the computer out of the box.
Graphics for the computer will be handled by either an AMD Radeon R9 M380, M390, M395, or M395X depending on the model you opt for, with either 2 or 4GB graphics RAM.
Connection options are standard for an Apple iMac, however, with wireless handled via 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, while wired ports are found on the back, providing four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, one SDXC card slot, and a single 3.5mm headset jack for your headphones and microphone.
You don’t necessarily need a microphone, either, because along the front, you’ll find a FaceTime HD camera sitting above the display, with two microphones and stereo speakers built into the aluminium body of the 27 inch iMac.
Finally, there’s the screen, and this is a 27 inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display offering a resolution of 5120×2880, which technically constitutes the 5K resolution Apple mentions in the model name.
Apple provides both a keyboard and mouse in the box, with the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 included by default in the box, complete with a Lightning cable.
The iMac reviewed in this article was equipped with a 3.3GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, a 2TB Fusion Drive, and AMD’s Radeon R9 M385 graphics processor with 2GB RAM. Based on these specifications, the iMac we’re reviewed is priced at $3599.