Imac 27-inch with retina 5k display
Its basic design is also four years old, an eternity in personal-tech years. Although Apple doesn't publish the specific CPU models it uses, the specs it does publish suggest that the iMac is using Intel's Core i9-9900K. The mouse is also too flat for my liking and can't be charged and used at the same time, since its Lightning charging port is located on the back side.
Text is razor-sharp, and macOS Finder windows look gorgeous. Using an early 2018 release of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, we apply a series of 10 complex filters and effects to a standard jpeg test image.
The screen was one of the main upgrades during the 2017 iMac refresh, when Apple increased its brightness to the current 500-nit maximum. For more on the new features in Mojave, check out our full review of the.
The new iMac features upgraded 2,666MHz DDR4 memory, which the Mac mini (699.99 at Amazon) also uses. The SSD can write data at an average of 1,915MBps and read it at an average of 2,548MBps, as measured by the Blackmagic benchmark test. We time each operation and, at the end, add up the total execution time. The rest of the iMac mirrors that classy, minimalist look, clad in the same brushed-silver aluminum case that's been around since 2015.
But Apple is persistent in withholding full-screen touch support from macOS. Both the Dell XPS 27 and the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 (3,499.99 at Amazon) are far more flexible, with stands that even allow you to lay them flat on your desk. The iMac ships with macOS Mojave, a largely bloatware-free operating system as exquisitely designed as the iMac itself. That's because they're all about refreshed processors, GPUs, and memory tweaks.
The large black bordersbezelsthat surround the display are thick and prominent, matching the reflective black Apple logo mounted at the bottom center. That's because its proportions seem the most appropriate. These deficiencies, ultimately, aren't major enough for us to withdraw from recommending the 27-inch iMac as one of the best all-in-one computers you can buy, however.
Apple's main goal with the 2019 iMac refresh is eking out better performance, and based on PCMag's testing, it appears to have accomplished this with aplomb in the Core i9-powered version. The iMac is lucky to excel in several other areas, such as head-turning styling, a gorgeous screen, and an excellent software complement. The iMac is available in 21-inch and 27-inch screen sizes, but I believe that the latter looks the best on your desk, assuming you've got enough room. I compared these two machines with the XPS 27 and the Surface Studio 2, with configurations listed below.
Our review unit comes with a 512GB SSD, which is a relatively small capacity for such an expensive machine. Audio quality is excellent, with the iMac's stereo speakers offering dimensional sound and surprisingly robust bass while I listened to the bass-heavy track "The Knife" by Silent Shout. For people who need lots of graphics muscle but don't care about the Xeon CPU or other elite accoutrements that make up the iMac Pro's lofty 5,000 starting price, the 27-inch iMac is now a more viable option. Although faster memory is a nice marginal benefit, if you're a power user who frequently browses the web with dozens of tabs open, the amount of memory you choose is far more important than the speed.
The latter is from Intel's latest and greatest 9th Generation "Coffee Lake" line. The company isn't alone in sticking with combo drives, though: They're also offered on the Dell XPS.
The Vega 48 is a significant upgrade, because it moves the 27-inch iMac just below the entry-level iMac Pro, with its Radeon Pro Vega. Apple describes it as simple, stylish, and uncluttered, and I tend to agree.