In March this year, Apple introduced an updated iMac. The computers received new parts, and are noticeably faster. The only disappointment is the design of new products has remained absolutely identical, despite the fact that the appearance of the desktop has not changed for many years. However, following the upgrade, according to rumors, will not happen before summer next year so it is time to understand and choose which iMac is right for you.
Certainly not all our readers have time for once to work with the representative of one of the generations of the iMac. He prefer to work on MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, but about the purchase of this desktop computer is thinking for a long time. Now, when Apple has released a model for everyone (which is only iMac Pro), it is time to go shopping and choose between several modifications of the new iMac.
As you know, the iMac comes with two diagonals of the screen: 21.5 inches and 27 inches. Of course, in this dispute, technical failure count models, since almost all prefer their computer had the maximum possible screen size (as with television). Well, if 21.5 inches screen resolution limited to 4K, then in the case of 27 inches get a full 5K.
But does everyone need such a ratio?
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When working in a small office, where the crowds are thickest, these screens can greatly increase the personal space of some employees and hurt others. In addition, some prefer to take more modest configuration, as find big screens impractical and very uncomfortable.
The delivery and upgrade
Whichever configuration you choose, the box will still be wireless keyboard with Apple Magic mouse, power cord and of course the iMac itself. Processor features the new iMac is directly proportional to their prices, the only exception is Junior 27-inch model (5K, of course), which has exactly the same processor as in the older 21.5-inch. In addition, the latter has the ability to update shestiyaderny Intel Core i5 to Intel Core i7 with almost the same frequency as the most expensive configuration. Naturally, this will affect the price of the computer.
What is memory? In all the iMac has 8 GB of factory RAM, but if a younger model can only upgrade to 32 GB of memory, older as in 64. It is no secret that this is one of the most vulnerable aspects of computers from Apple, so in any case you can’t go wrong at this point. For cool newest games even 16 gigabytes of RAM may not be enough, and for exploring the Internet, watching movies — just 8 GB. 32 gigabytes will be sufficient for those who daily handles several dozen gigabytes of data and operates in such serious programs like Final Cut Pro X.
The system will work fine on lower specs, but if you want her responsiveness was comparable to the speed of flight, for example, Airbus, you should choose the maximum possible configuration.
It is not necessary to deprive of attention and graphics card. Here the situation is the same — the better characteristics, the higher the price. But only the older 27-inch model, you can increase the video card memory up to 8 GB in the standard is 4 GB, while other models 2 gigabytes.
Hard drive, Fusion Drive or SSD?
Leave behind the younger 21.5-inch model — it’s a Full HD display, and it is probably a choice only for those who have a limited budget. The fiercest opponents are two iMac 21.5-inch (Retina 4K). Their characteristics are not too different at first glance: of course, video card one is a little better, there are several additional opportunities to upgrade, but it’s not the most important. The game takes the Fusion Drive is a special technology which allows to combine together SSD and HDD hard drive, creating a sort of hybrid media.
It allows you to increase system performance due to the fact that all the programs you use most are on the SSD and others on the capacious HDD. Speed SSDS are known to be more, it was clear even to the MacBook Air. How Fusion Drive will affect the choice of a new iMac?
Junior 4K Retina 21.5-inch model can be upgraded to one terabyte Fusion Drive (initially it is the factory HDD to one terabyte). The older version is already original Fusion Drive at one terabyte, while a hard disk with higher speed of rotation. Although optimal seems to not even an option with Fusion Drive, and the configuration only with SSD drive (but in this case, the 41 000 — take out and leave).
It turns out that 15,000 rubles, we pay for advanced features upgrade (of which the most important is the Fusion Drive) and screen. Many people think this is enough, others a little such differences, and they prefer to save money and acquire less powerful model.
By the way, read the opinions of our author on why you should not buy the iMac with the HDD
Configuration for you
Therefore, first think for what purpose you intend to use your new iMac: do you need the largest screen, as much RAM and this Fusion Drive. Here is a sample package for people with different types of activities.
- Photographer: Junior 27-inch iMac (for photo editing, the screen must be large), 16 gigabytes of RAM and a Fusion Drive at one terabyte.
- Player: much depends on what screen you are accustomed to, but the choice is better to stop on the older 21.5-inch model with 16 gigabytes of RAM and a Fusion Drive at one terabyte. In this case, the avaricious pays twice.
- For everyday tasks it is better to use the youngest iMac (max c upgrade RAM to 16 gigabytes).
- But for complex work, we offer you to take the most senior — not because of its screen, because it may not be useful. And due to the fact that putting 32/64 gigabytes of RAM, you will realize that nothing more is necessary.
But what about the iMac Pro?
The price of this computer in the official online Apple store starts at 430 159 rubles. For the money Apple offers the 8-core Intel Xeon W with a clock frequency of 3.2 GHz, SSD on TB, graphics card 8 gigabytes, 32 GB of RAM. In top configuration this monster is worth more than 1 000 000 rubles.
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