Written by David

Advice about Apple iMac (2018)

About to buy an Apple iMac, but not sure where to start exactly and what to keep in mind? We'll gladly help you choose your ideal iMac. The Apple iMac stands out thanks to its design. Its thin screen and aluminum casing make the iMac a beauty to behold. The design alone makes the iMac a worthy addition to your home or office. I compared 3 versions of the Apple iMac and made a list of the differences.

In short

Which iMac will you choose? iMac 21.5-inch Full HD iMac 21.5-inch 4K iMac 27-inch 5K
Don't want your iMac to take up too much space? Yes Yes No
Want to watch movies and series on your iMac in at least 4K quality? No Yes Yes
Want to experience iMac on a budget? Yes No No
Wat to edit photos and videos on your iMac in at least 4K quality? No Yes Yes
Is storage room on the iMac important to you? No No Yes

Apple iMac 21.5-inch Full HD

The 21.5-inch Full HD version of Apple iMac is the most affordable choice. The stylish, thin design is combined with a powerful Intel processor and a sharp Full HD resolution. I edit photos and videos, chat with friends via FaceTime, or watch movies on the iMac's screen. It's remarkable how little space the iMac takes up, which means I have room left over on my desk.

  • Stylish and thin design of just 2.05cm.
  • Clear Full HD screen.
  • Powerful Intel Core processor.
  • Most affordable iMac.
  • Can't change components yourself.
  • Full HD is the lowest iMac screen resolution.

Apple iMac 21.5-inch 4K

The 21.5-inch iMac with 4K screen stands out because of its high pixel density. A single glance at the screen is enough for me to see that everything looks very detailed in a resolution of 4096x2304 pixels. As a result, I can professionally edit videos and photos down to the smallest detail. A downside of the screen is its mere 21.5-inch size. Thanks to the powerful Intel Core processor, I can use graphical applications without any delays. Movies and series episodes look fantastic in 4K. Despite all its power and the clear screen, the 21.5-inch iMac 4K still looks stylish.

  • High 4K resolution of 4096x2304 pixels.
  • Edit photos and videos down to the smallest detail.
  • The 4K screen is just 21.5 inches.

Apple iMac 27-inch 5K

The 27-inch iMac is the powerhouse of the 3. If I want to do some next-level photo and video editing, the 27-inch iMac 27 is the best choice for me. The big 27-inch screen shows me everything in a resolution of 5120x2880 pixels resolutie. With a high resolution like that, I can dot the graphical I's and cross the graphical T's when editing videos and photos. Thanks to an Intel Core processor and AMD graphics processing unit on board, I can do so smoothly. Accessing saved files takes just seconds on the SSD, which comes in sizes as large as 1TB. That way, I have lots of storage capacity, while files and programs load in just seconds. If you're looking for the best the iMac has to offer, go for the 27-inch iMac 5K. The only downside is the price.

  • Very high resolution of 5120x2880 pixels.
  • Professionally edit photos and videos.
  • Powerful video card.
  • High storage capacity.
  • Quite a price tag.
  • Takes up more space than a 21.5-inch iMac.

Conclusion

There are 3 versions of the Apple iMac. If you want to use the Internet, watch movies, and occasionally edit a video or photo without spending too much? In that case, the 21.5-inch iMac Full HD is a fine choice. If you're doing more serious graphical work, prefer to watch movies at the highest possible resolution, and not want to use up too much space. In that case the 21.5-inch iMac 4K is your best choice. The 27-inch iMac is for true fans of sharp screens, powerful hardware, and lots of storage. Looking to experience iMac in the most spectacular way possible? Go for the 27-inch iMac.


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