iMac with 5K Retina dis­play

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Need a more com­plete pack­age? When it comes to a desk­top – in­clud­ing a gob-smack­ing Retina 5K dis­play – then choose this iMac. Although the new en­try-level 3.3GHz model squeezes the price down to £1,599, there are too many com­pro­mises – a hard drive by de­fault, and a less pow­er­ful graph­ics chip – so the 3.5GHz model re­mains the one to look at; it ships with a Fu­sion Drive as stan­dard, while the AMD Radeon R9 M290X graph­ics en­sure it’s great for games.

The 5K iMac also has an ac­cess panel in the back for up­grad­ing the RAM, so while it only ships with 8GB as stan­dard, you’ll save money by up­grad­ing the mem­ory your­self – you can get 32GB of it from Cru­cial for £20 less than the price Ap­ple will charge you for 16GB.

The large, 5K Retina dis­play opens up a wealth of pos­si­bil­i­ties – run mul­ti­ple apps side-by-side, for ex­am­ple, or com­pare lots of pho­tos at once – and thanks to the pow­er­ful spec, you’ll get a long-last­ing ma­chine.

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