Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Apple iMac 27 ME088LL/A Review

The 27 inch iMac offers same as his precursor a noble Unibody case and an excellent Retina display. In addition you get 1 Terabyte hard drive, an Intel Core-i5 of the Haswell series and a rapid middle class graphic card from Nvidia. While testing this device it's very quiet and it does perform well in all categories.

In our test configuration the ME088LL/A possesses the newest technology on narrow space. As a processor you will get the Intel Core i5-4570 with four CPU cores and a standard tact of 3.2 GHz. 8 GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive and the Nvidia Geforce GT 755M is included as well. While the processor is part of the desktop lineup from Intel, the Nvidia graphic card comes from the notebook segment. Same as with the precursor the 27 inch iMac is missing an optical disk drive. Instead he offers 4x USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt, 1x SSDXC card reader, Bluetooth 4.0 and WLAN-ac.

The MacOS X Mountain Lion is the pre-installed operating system. Next to the computer you receive a wireless Apple keyboard plus the "Magic mouse". During our test the Apple iMac 27 convinces across the board. Performance, display and the very quiet operating noise are of high quality, the electricity consumption is about average. Currently the price is $1699.

High-class display and high resolution

The 27 inch big IPS panel has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixel. Along with it you get the tried and trusted display technology IPS. The strong point of this technology is the high point of view stability with 176 degrees vertically and horizontally. The brightness doesn't exceed the value of 400 candela per square meter. Also the chessboard contrast of 172:1 is very good. This is the reason why the iMac display leaves a good impression during our testing phase. Like it is common with the iMac you will have to go without the "Touch" option. Apple still doesn't offer this feature.

Strong hardware convinces

Apple won't miss the opportunity to do things in style with the hardware equipment for its iMac. The integrated components can easily keep up with any upper middle class PC. Our benchmark results also prove this. With many 3D games this computer won't have any issues, only with the demanding games the Apple PC will somewhat struggle while playing with higher settings. The 3D shooter Metro 2033 in 720p reaches up to 46 fps, while with native display resolution it's 19.7 fps. This means that user who want to use the iMac for games will have to decrease the resolution for newer games to get playable frame rates. 

Very quiet and low consumption

Apple has put some serious effort into the cooling of the iMac. In nearly every situation the all in one computer stays pleasantly quiet. At idle mode the volume is about 0.2 sone and under heavy load the volume is 0.9 (very good results). Relating to the electricity consumption the iMac uses more energy than his Windows competitors. But that is mainly because of the strong competitors, because 0.5 watt in stand-by, 42.1 watt while using the desktop and 147 watt under heavy load are pretty solid results.

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