Apple iMac MK452LL/A 21.5-Inch Retina 4K Display Desktop (3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Mac OS X), Silver Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



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4.8 out of 5
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    3.9 out of 5
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    4.8 out of 5


  • 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 8GB Onboard Memory (Configurable to 16GB)
  • 1TB (5400-rpm) Hard Drive
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
  • 21.5" Retina 4K Display
  • 4096 x 2304 Resolution
  • 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5
  • 8GB of 1867 MHz LPDDR3 Onboard Memory
  • 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2x Thunderbolt 2 and 4x USB 3.0 Ports
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Dual Mics, Speakers
  • Mac OS X El Capitan
  • Buy
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Amazon Review by Joe Crescenzi :star::star::star::star::star:

197 people found the following review helpful

The Best Desktop Computer. Ever.

When Apple introduced the iMac with Retina 5K in Late 2014, it was groundbreaking and it stood alone as the most impressive desktop computer in the world. A year has passed since then, and it still stands alone.

When it came out, a lot of people felt it was too expensive, but as it stands a year later high quality 4K monitors still cost between $1000 and $2000 or more, just for the monitor. For example, Dell’s 5K monitor is $1600 by itself. Dell Ultra HD 5K Monitor UP2715K 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor. This means that if you bought a Dell tower PC with similar specifications, it would cost far more than the 5K iMac, and it would be stuck running Windows.

The price of 4K monitors are finally dropping, but 5K has 67% more pixels and when it comes to editing photos and videos, that extra space is a welcome luxury. We’re talking about a screen that can show a 14.7 Megapixel photo, without zooming. That’s simply amazing.

The other thing to keep in mind is that because the 5K monitor is built-in, it has direct access to the graphics hardware. Using a cable creates a bottleneck because HDMI specs weren’t designed with that kind of resolution in mind. Another benefit of the built-in display is that you know that it will work. If you bought a 5K monitor and tried to plug it into any old PC, you’re going to need an expensive graphics card and a good CPU to keep up with it.

I can edit and playback 4K video just as seamless as 1080. That’s pretty amazing.

Another major benefit is Thunderbolt 2, which doubles the speed of the previous generations. It has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and because the monitor is built-in, you won’t need to use either to connect the monitor.

PLEASE NOTE: Most Apple Retail stores and Amazon are still only selling the ENTRY LEVEL configuration. To me, that’s like going into the Chevy dealership and to buy the Camaro, but finding out that if you spend just a little bit more, they’ll ship you a Corvette.

As far as I’m concerned, the price difference for upgrades is so small, that just about everyone who is in the market for this system should upgrade to the 4.0 Ghz i7 and the AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory… that configuration cranks out 3.7 Teraflops of graphics power. That’s about as fast as a Mac Pro.

In my case, I also upgraded to 512 GB Flash Storage, because speed is more important to me than storage. The stock configurations come with Fusion Drives, which is a mixture of 128GB of flash storage with a conventional hard drive. I’m not a fan of conventional drives… I like the speed, silence and durability of solid state drives. - Customer Reviews: Apple iMac MK452LL/A 21.5-Inch Retina 4K Display Desktop (3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Mac OS X), Silver


Here is a nice video

Apple iMac 21.5-inch with Retina 4K display: Unboxing & Review


Best Buy Review by Nostromo504 :star::star::star::star::star:

Love my Mac...and still love my PC

I got this Mac to complement my 1.5 year old HP Envy laptop. I know a lot of people say that once they have a Mac, they will never go back to a PC, but I like both platforms. My PC laptop is my business machine with all my work files, and this machine is for video and photo editing. So far, this Mac has turned out to be a great machine.

Pros: the outstanding, crystal clear display. Sometimes when I’m looking at a photo, it feels almost 3D-like.
8GB of Ram - great for photo and video work.
1TB hard drive - same.
Very easy to setup and get running (though my PC didn’t take long either).
No clutter: only one power cord. No cords connecting the keyboard and mouse to the machine.
You definitely get more for your money vs MacBook Pro, though you obviously lose portability.
The Mac OSX app store has a pretty good selection of apps, though many IOS apps aren’t available.

Cons: the computer can be just a tad bit slow sometimes. It boots up super fast, but sometimes takes just a bit too long to load certain programs. But that’s a minor issue.

I can’t really speak of the reliability of the machine, as I haven’t had it very long. But so far, so good.

All in all, it’s a great machine. It’s great to have both a Mac and windows machine, and really get the best of both worlds. - Customer Reviews: Apple iMac MK452LL/A 21.5-Inch Retina 4K Display Desktop (3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Mac OS X), Silver