The 5K display on the new iMac is truly gorgeous in every sense of the word.

- the display is incredibly beautiful
- performance is great
- thin side profile


- expensive
- some apps are not yet optimized for the high-resolution display

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The iMac with Retina 5K Display provides the best desktop computing experience with the amazing display and new improvements to power and performance.

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The iMac is the epitome of all-in-one desktop computers. Starting with the unibody aluminum chassis introduced to the iMac, it has been the gold standard for every all-in-one out there. It’s the desktop computer that transformed every desk it has landed upon into a beautiful, productive desk. There is a fact that with every release of the iMac, all other all-in-ones become more obsolete because of its new and advanced technologies. Recently, the iMac has lived up to that statement once again. It can be an assurance that every other desktop computer out there will meet obsolescence with the brand-new iMac. This is the review of the iMac with Retina 5K Display, a computer with an incredible display that will make you never look back to every other desktop computer, ever again.


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The iMac creates an illusion of thinness at its edge. Photo: Apple

It all started on the 2012 release of the then newly-redesigned iMac. From 2012, the iMac now thins out to an incredibly thin 5-millimeter edge. This design was made possible due to the advanced techniques introduced in unibody chassis manufacture. To complement this feat of engineering, is another feat of engineering. As beautiful as the chassis is, the display is gorgeous in every sense of the word. We have been looking in the same displays for years, but this iMac is redefining the computer display and takes it to an entirely new level. The display is an important design aspect of the desktop computer, and Apple made it right with the latest display designed to complement the elegant aluminum body of the iMac.

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The Retina 5K Display on the new iMac is worth the staring. Photo: Apple

The latest iMac has the most beautiful hardware that can be found in any all-in-one desktop computer in the market. It all starts with the most powerful internal components to debut on any iMac to date. The top-end model iMac with Retina 5K Display now packs in a powerful 4.0 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, AMD Radeon R9 M295X graphics processor with dedicated 4 GB of memory, 32 GB of RAM and a 1 TB PCIe-based flash storage. Some people might see these specs as an overkill, but these components make the new iMac the fastest running all-in-one Mac that Apple has ever built.

The main highlight of this incremental update from the previous iMacs is the Retina Display. Not only it is a Retina Display, it is a Retina 5K Display that is never seen in any Mac or even a Windows PC before. The high-resolution display measures at a resolution of 5120-by-2880 pixels, and is way above the 4K monitors that we see today. It has an insanely high number of pixels: 14.7 million of them packed in a single 27-inch display. This display alone is a feat of engineering for any consumer product in the tech industry. With all these huge amount of pixels comes an even more powerful display controller that is custom built by Apple to be able to drive all of these pixels in smooth orchestration.

When you look in the iMac’s 5K display, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of it. It’s so beautiful, and it has a great color reproduction, great contrast, great brightness – everything about this display is so great. Your content will look incredibly good on this high-res display, most especially your HD content and high-res photos. Professionals alike will benefit from the huge display estate, enabling them to pack more open windows at the same time.

On the back of the iMac are the set of ports. The new iMac has the same ports as the standard 27-inch iMac: four USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5-mm headphone jack, an SDXC card slot, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, an Ethernet port, and the power jack right in the middle.

With all of these processing power inside the new iMac, all the things that you dream of doing on a powerful computer is possible on this iMac. And with the beautiful 5K display, OS X comes to life. Apple targets the new iMac to consumers who want to experience the amazing display for games and entertainment, and to the creative professionals who look for the most powerful and most efficient desktop computer for their line of work. Photographers will love editing their creations on this iMac with the 5K display that lets them see every detail of their work in even greater detail. Video editors will also have a smooth working experience with the iMac, being able to see their content with pixel-for-pixel accuracy especially when dealing with high-definition video in 1080p and 4K.


The iMac with Retina 5K Display is truly the future of desktop computing. It has an amazing display that’s of super high resolution – never seen before in other computers of its class. The powerful components make it the best performing desktop computer for work and play. The price speaks for all the features you can get with this computer. The iMac with Retina 5K Display starts at a cool $2,500 for the base model configuration which can be enough for most people. But for its target audience of power consumers and professionals, the highest-end option that costs $4,400 is something that will give a lot of raw power for aiding in making your best professional output.

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