Ap­ple iMac with Retina 5K dis­play (27-inch, Mid-2017)

More of the same for Ap­ple’s big-screen Mac, but that’s not a bad thing.

APC Australia - - Contents - Matthew Bolton

There’s been a big wait for the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of 5K iMac up­dates — al­most two years. With that kind of gap, we were hop­ing for some truly big changes. How­ever, it looks like we’ll have to rely on the iMac Pro re­lease in De­cem­ber for our fix of wild new fea­tures.

Firstly, that glo­ri­ous 5K screen is ba­si­cally the same. Same huge 5,120 x 2,880-pixel res, same 27-inch size, and the same wide P3 gamut for more re­al­is­tic colours than the av­er­age screen. To it’s credit, the 2017 dis­play comes with boosted bright­ness, and the dif­fer­ence is no­tice­able, adding an ex­tra level of vi­brancy that’s pleas­ing. That’s not a revo­lu­tion, but it’s im­pos­si­ble to over­state how im­pres­sive this screen is when it’s pack­ing a ridicu­lous amount of de­tail into im­ages that re­ally pop. The ex­tra bright­ness also helps curb re­flec­tions.

Let’s move on to the iMac’s in­nards, be­cause the 5K iMac still rep­re­sents Ap­ple’s most pow­er­ful com­puter that peo­ple ac­tu­ally buy. If it’s purely pro­ces­sor power you’re af­ter, the big­ger iMac isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a must-buy over its 21.5-inch 4K iMac sib­ling. The top-end 4K iMac ($2,199) and this en­try‑level 5K model ac­tu­ally share the same 3.4GHz quad-core In­tel chip, 8GB of mem­ory and 1TB Fu­sion Drive. The $500 dif­fer­ence gets you the big­ger screen and bet­ter graph­ics per­for­mance.

Ap­ple of­fers a lot of it­er­a­tions when it comes to pro­ces­sor, RAM and stor­age, giv­ing you op­tions to choose which model works best for you. The big iMac changes this year lie in graph­ics, with a speedy AMD Radeon Pro 570 with 4GB of video mem­ory un­der the hood.

If you’re not plan­ning on gam­ing or do­ing 3D work, the ex­tra mem­ory won’t make much dif­fer­ence. But for those that do, it’s an im­por­tant up­grade. If you’re do­ing that stuff you’ll prob­a­bly want to step up to the $3,449 model, which comes with a faster GPU and 8GB of video mem­ory.

Even if you’re not a gamer or a 3D pro, you’ll ben­e­fit from the graph­ics unit be­ing gen­er­ally more pow­er­ful — many apps, in­clud­ing Photos, take ad­van­tage of it to speed up cer­tain tasks. In terms of stor­age, you get a 1TB Fu­sion Drive in both the en­try-level 5K iMac and the next model up, with a 2TB drive in the top model. The flash mem­ory is ex­tremely fast (with read speeds of over 700MB/s and write speeds of 575MB/s), mak­ing the com­puter feel re­ally snappy in use.

The 8GB of main sys­tem mem­ory is enough for most home users, but you can add more when or­der­ing from Ap­ple, but you can in­stall more your­self.

You’ve also got ad­di­tional ports with this model — two Thun­der­bolt 3 ports that dou­ble as USB-C, in ad­di­tion to the same four USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports, SD card reader, and Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net port as be­fore.

As lovely as it is, the de­sign feels like it’s a bit be­hind Ap­ple’s other prod­ucts. But these are mi­nor ir­ri­ta­tions; the 5K iMac is still re­ally strong, mar­ry­ing sat­is­fac­tory power with an un­matched dis­play qual­ity.

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