Apple’s New iMac 5K Display Is Sharp But Should You Get One?


Apple introduced its new lineup of iPads this week along with iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay. Nestled within the major announcements was the introduction of a new iMac 5K display, which boasts a crazy 5120×2880/218ppi resolution. The industry is just starting to sell its first batch of 4K televisions with an already impressive 4096 x 2160 resolution and Apple’s iMac 5K takes that up a notch.

But with even 4K content limited at the moment, is this computer really worth it for the common person? Unless you’re a person who’s obsessed with specs and have a need to have it, there really is no reason for it.

The iMac 5K display will be a purchase best left to those who do heavy photo and video editing. The display will work in their favor in order to see the smallest detail in the work that they do. The low end iMac 5K already comes in at $2500 with a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 and AMD’s Radeon R9 M290x  GPU and 8GB of RAM with Apple’s 1TB Fusion Drive. Those specs are nothing to scoff at but your eyes will bleed when you see the price of the high end iMac 5K which comes in at a whopping $4500! That will bump up your processor to a 4GHz Intel Core i7, R9 M295X GPU, 32GB of RAM and 3TB Fusion Drive.

For $1200 cheaper you can get a fully loaded regular iMac 27″ computer with its already capable display. There’s no doubt that Apple computers are pricey any way you cut it, but dishing out that much more cash for a 5K display seems unnecessary for the average consumer. Dell is also preparing to release a 5K monitor (no CPU) for a whopping $2500 around Christmas so I suppose if you’re looking for a 5K display the low-end iMac 5K is a steal with CPU included. What do you think of 5K displays and all in ones? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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