Ap­ple iMac (21.5-inch)

Ap­ple iMac 21.5-inch (Mid-2014)

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - by Ken­nyYeo

While it is true that Ap­ple can be con­sid­ered a pre­mium brand, the company has ac­tu­ally been try­ing to make its Macs more af­ford­able. For in­stance, the Mac­Book Air be­gan life as one of the company's most costly note­books, but is now as af­ford­able as many Win­dows­based Ul­tra­books. Like­wise for the iMac, Ap­ple has been steadily try­ing to bring prices down to ap­peal to the av­er­age con­sumers. For 2014, Ap­ple in­tro­duced a brand new 21.5-inch iMac that is its most af­ford­able yet, with a start­ing price at just RM3,499, mak­ing it one of the most af­ford­able all-in-one sys­tems in the mar­ket right now.

Of course, this was achieved with some com­pro­mises. This new en­try-level iMac only has a dual-core Core i5 pro­ces­sor and comes with 8GB of RAM stan­dard, which also can­not be up­graded un­like the other mod­els. The two other 21.5inch iMac mod­els have more pow­er­ful quad-core pro­ces­sors and mem­ory that can be up­graded to a max­i­mum of 16GB.

As a re­sult, the new en­trylevel iMac suf­fers no­tice­ably in bench­marks and recorded a score of just 5,376 on Geek­bench 3, which is roughly only half that of the next model in the 21.5-inch lineup. While the num­bers show a wide gulf in per­for­mance, ac­tual us­age ex­pe­ri­ence paints a dif­fer­ent pic­ture. The unit still felt re­spon­sive enough for every­day com­put­ing tasks such as web brows­ing and watch­ing videos and had more than what it takes to run pro­duc­tiv­ity ap­pli­ca­tions. The In­tel HD Graph­ics 5000 in­te­grated GPU was also up for gaming, as long as you keep the res­o­lu­tion and graph­ics set­tings down. Speak­ing of res­o­lu­tion, the 21.5-inch dis­play of­fers Full HD res­o­lu­tion, and even though it is not quite Retina-class, images were sharp and col­ors were bright.

All things con­sid­ered, the new en­try-level iMac is a good at­tempt by Ap­ple to make its desk­top Macs more af­ford­able for the masses. While per­for­mance can be con­sid­ered sig­nif­i­cantly com­pro­mised, this new iMac is speedy enough for every­day com­put­ing tasks and is much more palat­ably priced. That said, we would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend splurg­ing for the op­tional Fu­sion Drive up­grade—like our re­view unit—even if it costs an ad­di­tional RM850. It is a small up­grade that'll give the big­gest no­tice­able per­for­mance boost.

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