iMac (21.5-inch with Retina 4K display, 2015)by Apple

  • iMac (21.5-inch with Retina 4K display, 2015)
  • iMac (21.5-inch with Retina 4K display, 2015)
  • iMac (21.5-inch with Retina 4K display, 2015)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
81%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The 4,096 x 2,304 pixel display is absolutely gorgeous with more colors than ever.
  • The iMac now comes with the new rechargeable Bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse.
  • Despite using the older Broadwell processor, performance is very good.

CONS

  • The base model comes with a 5,400 RPM mechanical hard drive that slows down overall performance by a significant margin compared with solid state drives and Apple's Fusion drives.
  • Discrete graphics isn't available on the 21.5-inch iMac.
  • Memory and storage drives are not user serviceable, so you'll need to carefully choose your configuration.
Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display has a resolution of 4,096 x 2,304 pixels and is powered by a 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and Intel’s Iris Pro Graphics 6200. A 3.3 GHz Core i7 CPU is optional, and memory can be configured up to 16GB. A 1TB 5,400 RPM hard drive is standard but can be upgraded to Apple’s Fusion drive or an SSD. Ports and expansion include a headphone jack, four USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card slot, two Thunderbolt ports, and Gigabit Ethernet. Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi are also supported. A wireless Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 are included in the box.
NameiMac (21.5-inch with Retina 4K display, 2015)XPS 18 (2014)Zen AiO Pro Z240ICiMac (21.5-inch, 2014)C560 Touch All-in-One
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...5,400 rpm hard drives are about as passé as 16GB of storage is on flagship phones, and in both cases, the rest of the industry has moved …

...5,400 rpm hard drives are about as passé as 16GB of storage is on flagship phones, and in both cases, the rest of the industry has moved on.

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80%

...the reliance on integrated graphics means that the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display manages a relatively modest 48fps for OpenGL per…

...the reliance on integrated graphics means that the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display manages a relatively modest 48fps for OpenGL performance when running the Cinebench R15 test suite, which is just 49 percent of the score achieved by the recently updated 27-inch iMac.

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The Apple wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad -- all familiar sights on Apple users' desks around the world -- have gotten the…

The Apple wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad -- all familiar sights on Apple users' desks around the world -- have gotten their first overhaul in years, and it might be the new feature I'm most excited about.

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80%

...for most people buying the 4K iMac, the real difference will be the mind-blowing jump to Retina.

...for most people buying the 4K iMac, the real difference will be the mind-blowing jump to Retina.

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80%

Equipped with an Intel Core i5-5675R processor with Intel Iris Pro 6200 graphics, the system performed quite well on our multimedia tests, m…

Equipped with an Intel Core i5-5675R processor with Intel Iris Pro 6200 graphics, the system performed quite well on our multimedia tests, making it well-suited for video editing and production tasks.

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It should be noted that neither RAM nor hard drive are user-serviceable on the 4K iMac, so choose wisely when configuring your purchase.

It should be noted that neither RAM nor hard drive are user-serviceable on the 4K iMac, so choose wisely when configuring your purchase.

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That new 4K resolution, which makes the iMac effectively as pixel dense as the company's MacBook and MacBook Pro models across its larger sc…

That new 4K resolution, which makes the iMac effectively as pixel dense as the company's MacBook and MacBook Pro models across its larger scale, is as sharp as you would hope it to be.

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The new 4K iMac remains impressively slim, with barely-there edges and a silver-metal shell that is still being emulated in desktops like th…

The new 4K iMac remains impressively slim, with barely-there edges and a silver-metal shell that is still being emulated in desktops like the Dell Inspiron 23 and convertibles like Microsoft's Surface Book.

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80%

Looking around the office, 24in monitors are the now the norm, and that's true at home too. 21.5in feels very small.

Looking around the office, 24in monitors are the now the norm, and that's true at home too. 21.5in feels very small.

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It’s still a screen sitting atop a pedestal, and Apple didn’t pull any punches by stripping it of ports. The iMac is still slim, sexy and ic…

It’s still a screen sitting atop a pedestal, and Apple didn’t pull any punches by stripping it of ports. The iMac is still slim, sexy and iconic.

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This year, Apple has removed all dedicated GPUs from all 21.5-inch iMacs, Retina and non-Retina alike.

This year, Apple has removed all dedicated GPUs from all 21.5-inch iMacs, Retina and non-Retina alike.

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