The exceptional 27-inch work-from-home all-in-one desktop computer. Killer webcam, faster CPU and GPU, and the best big screen in the industry today.
- Fast CPU and GPU
- 1080p camera
- Sleek, minimalist design
- Available in matte “nano-texture” or Glossy 5K display
- Not available in touch screen
- Cramped keyboard
The 27-inch iMac has an improved webcam and an option for the anti-glare nano-texture screen. However, it requires you to pay an extra $500. Apple’s big surprise is not the new Mac Mini or the 12-inch MacBook comeback. Instead, it’s the 27-inch iMac.
While the new model has the same design with the previous models, it doesn’t mean that there’s nothing much going on inside. The newer model comes with a higher-end CPU and GPU. Not only that. It has an expanded RAM and storage as well.
The 27-inch iMac has big changes. The truth is, there are many. Here are the ones that really stand out:
- A massive jump to 10-core, 10th Gen Intel CPU
- AMD Radeon Pro 5000-series GPU
- Standard SSD up to 8TB
- DDR4 RAM (up to 128GB)
- Apple T2 security chip-enabled (“Hey, Sir” and other camera functionalities)
- Available in True Tone display
- Improved studio mics (the same with the 16-inch MacBook Pro
Although there’s a healthy competition versus Windows, Apple blessed the new iMac with an Intel and AMD processing power. The improvements are very significant. The 27-inch iMac looks quite the same as its 2015 model.
While it seems like the new iMac is a combination of modern and classic, the noticeable, thick black borders surrounding the attractive Retina Display, likewise, the silver aluminum case features a minimalist chassis.
The 27-inch iMac is about 20.3 x 25.6 x 8 inches (HWD), and it weighs about 19.7 pounds. Although it has a big screen, it doesn’t look and feel bulky at all. The stand gives depth along with the elegant chassis. Don’t worry about the screen’s angle since you can tilt the iMac forward and backward since it doesn’t have a height adjustment.
Graphics and computer power
The 27-inch iMac doesn’t just come with new features alone. The truth comes with more graphics and computing power. Thanks to the new and powerful processor from Intel and AMD GPU.
The truth is, the 27-inch iMac is equipped with the latest 10th Gen, ‘Comet Lake’ CPU. What’s even surprising is, it comes with the powerful 10-core Core i9 processor. The processor supports Hyper-Threading. The CPU can handle two instruction threads simultaneously.
Let’s jump to the graphics department. Thanks to the AMD Radeon Pro GPU with the latest RDNA processing architecture. The new iMac features the Radeon Pro 5700 XT GPU. The graphics processor comes with 16GB of video memory.
Storage has significant improvements, as well. The truth is, Apple took out the option on the outdated Fusion Drives. Instead, they zeroed in on the fast SSD. While the entry level option on the iMac features a 256GB, the highest-tier 27-inch iMac boasts a whopping 8TB of storage.
The memory has significant improvement as well. The entry-level model sports an 8GB 2, 666MHz DDR4 memory. On the other hand, the top ones sport a 32GB memory which is almost overkill. However, it’s a sweet benefit for the creative professionals.
The Nano-texture display is the other high-end feature of the new 27-inch iMac. However, this doesn’t come as a standard base model. In fact, you need to add $500 if you want to avail the nano-texture glass.
The glass aids in reducing screen glare. While you might think it’s an expense, you’re wrong. The truth is, it’s a big investment if you plan on working in the long term. This is mainly because matte screen coatings can result in dull, washed-out images.
On the other hand, the nano-texture is fixed right into the glass. It’s safe to say that the nano texture affects the color accuracy.
The improved webcam
One of the significant improvements with this iMac is the 1080p full HD camera. The high resolution is a great benefit. This is essential if you’re doing multi-person video conferencing. Apple guarantees that the new camera even with its high resolution doesn’t compromise low-light performance.
Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t come with face recognition. However, it comes with a face detection algorithm that comes in iPhones. The algorithm is capable of detecting your face and automatically adjusts exposure and tone mapping. As a result, you have a very distinct background from your face.
Part of what makes the camera very special is the addition of the T2 coprocessor. This is exclusive to Apple MacBook laptops. The T2 chip can handle a wide range of tasks aside from image processing. The chip also comes with a dedicated audio and storage controller. The storage controller is responsible for the iMac’s fast boot drive.
Chic wireless peripherals
The iMac comes with a wireless Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2. But you can upgrade to the Magic Keyboard with a number pad and the Magic Trackpad 2. Of course, you have to add a few dollars more.
Unfortunately, the Magic Keyboard isn’t as comfortable if you’re into long typing sessions. But don’t fret yet. Apple offers the new iMac with the standard one-year warranty and 90-day complimentary technical support.
There’s also another option if you’re willing to pay, of course. It’s the extended warranty coverage period of three years and accidental damage protection.
Rich sound quality (In and Out)
Apple did nothing on the iMac’s speakers and it’s a good thing. That’s because they maintain the stereo speakers with dimensional sound and superior bass. The excellent bass quality is a product of the new audio controller within the T2 chip.
It allows the variable equalizer to all volume levels thereby ensuring the rich low sound when you increase the volume. While it’s not the best option for audiophiles, still the iMac’s AIO offers superb sound quality. It has two tweeters, double medium drivers, and a woofer that runs in the full width of the chassis.