iMac (27-inch with Retina 5K display, late 2015)by Apple

  • iMac (27-inch with Retina 5K display, late 2015)
  • iMac (27-inch with Retina 5K display, late 2015)
  • iMac (27-inch with Retina 5K display, late 2015)
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A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
92%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The 27-inch display is absolutely stunning at 5,120 x 2,880 pixels.
  • Performance is very good with the new Intel Skylake processor, although it's a modest increase over Haswell.
  • The new Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, and trackpad are improved and rechargeable now.

CONS

  • The port placement at the back of the iMac is a nuisance and hasn't been addressed. Also, it lacks Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C ports.
  • Base models include a performance-killing mechanical hard drive. Nearly every reviewer highly suggests upgrading to either Apple's Fusion drive or an SSD.
  • The integrated graphics performance is just average.
Apple’s late 2015 update to the 27-inch 5K iMac adds more color support to the display and moves to Intel’s latest Skylake processors. CPUs start with a 3.2 GHz quad-core i5 and go up to a 4.0 GHz quad-core i7. The 5K display has a resolution of 5,120 x 2,880 pixels and is driven by an AMD Radeon R9 GPU. RAM starts at 8GB and can be user-upgraded to 32GB. The ports include two Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, an SDXC card slot, and a headphone jack. The iMac comes with a rechargeable Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2.
NameiMac (27-inch with Retina 5K display, late 2015)XPS 27 (2012)Z1 G2 All-in-OneiMac (21.5-inch with Retina 4K display, 2015)Yoga Home 900
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One dead neat feature is that the iMac with Retina 27in, like a laptop or phone, has an ambient light sensor that lets it dim down the backl…

One dead neat feature is that the iMac with Retina 27in, like a laptop or phone, has an ambient light sensor that lets it dim down the backlight when you turn the lights off.

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If I have one minor complaint it’s that the screen doesn’t have any height adjustment: you can only tilt it.

If I have one minor complaint it’s that the screen doesn’t have any height adjustment: you can only tilt it.

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Find the prettiest, most astonishingly handsome monitor you can. Take your time, I’ll wait. Done? Ah, well, sorry to waste your time – the i…

Find the prettiest, most astonishingly handsome monitor you can. Take your time, I’ll wait. Done? Ah, well, sorry to waste your time – the iMac is substantially prettier.

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That being said, it's worth spending an extra $200 to get the model with faster Fusion Drive storage and M390 graphics.

That being said, it's worth spending an extra $200 to get the model with faster Fusion Drive storage and M390 graphics.

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...given that Thunderbolt 3 is newer, better, and faster, and has been on another Mac computer for a good six or seven months, we’re surpris…

...given that Thunderbolt 3 is newer, better, and faster, and has been on another Mac computer for a good six or seven months, we’re surprised that it hasn’t been included on the new iMac.

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Whenever a new Apple system is released into the market, it is hard not to get caught up in the rhetoric, but the Apple iMac MK462LL/A 27-In…

Whenever a new Apple system is released into the market, it is hard not to get caught up in the rhetoric, but the Apple iMac MK462LL/A 27-Inch Retina 5K (2015) silences critics by offering some finer things that nobody else has: a class-leading desktop with unparalleled 5K screen.

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The 27-inch iMac With Retina 5K Display also provides strong performance for video editing and other graphics-intensive tasks.

The 27-inch iMac With Retina 5K Display also provides strong performance for video editing and other graphics-intensive tasks.

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...I viewed a handful of photos shot with a DSLR camera in the P3 color space, putting them side-by-side with their sRGB counterparts to see…

...I viewed a handful of photos shot with a DSLR camera in the P3 color space, putting them side-by-side with their sRGB counterparts to see if the difference was noticeable. Spoiler: It was.

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...this year, Apple has improved performance by giving its SSDs even more PCI Express bandwidth to use.

...this year, Apple has improved performance by giving its SSDs even more PCI Express bandwidth to use.

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... what Apple didn’t announce was the ability to use these 5K Retina iMacs as an external display using Target Display mode. Checking the c…

... what Apple didn’t announce was the ability to use these 5K Retina iMacs as an external display using Target Display mode. Checking the company’s support site, it turns out Apple updated its Target Display documentation the following day, confirming that none of the 2015 iMacs support the feature.

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