iMac fam­ily

Dis­cover what key el­e­ments to look for when choos­ing your new desk­top

Mac Format - - BUYER’S GUIDE -

The iMac sits in the mid­dle of Ap­ple’s desk­top of­fer­ings, above the Mac mini and be­low the Mac Pro, making it the per­fect choice for most users. The cur­rent 2015 range is avail­able in a stag­ger­ingly wide ar­ray of con­fig­u­ra­tions to suit all bud­gets and de­mands. Its lat­est up­dates in­tro­duced the first Retina 4K dis­play to the 21.5-inch range, while also up­grad­ing the 27-inch mod­els to a Retina 5K dis­play. Pro­ces­sor re­freshes and the in­tro­duc­tion of Thun­der­bolt 2 are other high­lights.

The iMac is an all-in-one com­puter, which means it’s built into the dis­play, and comes with wire­less Ap­ple Magic key­board and Magic Mouse 2, so no ca­bles to clutter up your desk. That said, there are plenty of ports around the back for hook­ing up your pe­riph­er­als, in­clud­ing four USB 3.0 and two Thun­der­bolt 2 ports, as well as an SDXC slot for mem­ory cards and a Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net port.

When it comes to choos­ing your model, pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the con­fig­urable op­tions, specif­i­cally mem­ory, stor­age and – to a lesser de­gree – pro­ces­sor. While 27-inch mod­els al­low you to up­grade the RAM your­self, if you’re choos­ing a 21.5-inch model you’ll need to pay up front for your up­grade to 16GB RAM (an eye wa­ter­ing £160) or get it fit­ted at a later date through your lo­cal Ap­ple Re­tail Store or Au­tho­rised Ser­vice Provider.

An­other con­sid­er­a­tion: if your cho­sen iMac comes with a reg­u­lar hard drive, pay the £80 pre­mium for an up­grade to a 1TB Fu­sion drive. It’ll add no­tice­able zip to sys­tem per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in the en­try level model.

Screen size The iMac is avail­able in 21.5-inch or 27-inch ver­sions with a choice of HD, 4K or 5K Retina dis­plays. In­put op­tions Ev­ery iMac comes with a wire­less mouse and key­board and well as a Light­ning to USB ca­ble. Stor­age op­tions The iMac is avail­able with a range of stor­age op­tions – from slow, but big, to su­per-fast SSDs. Our pick? The 2TB Fu­sion Drive, which gives you the best of both worlds. Pro­ces­sors All iMac mod­els come with the In­tel Core pro­ces­sors with Turbo Boost tech­nol­ogy for ex­tra power when you need it.

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