Apple iMac with Retina 5K display: Unboxing & Review

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Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a look at the new iMac with a stunning retina 5k display so this is joining the existing lineup of the 21.5 inch and 27-inch iMac switch are carried over unchanged now for the most part the retina iMac is identical to the existing non-retina 27-inch iMac but they adds a 5k display and upgraded internal specs and before we get to the specs and what makes this display so stunning let's get it out of the box so we can take a close look around now if you order your iMac from Apple it ships in a cushion trapezoidal phonics identical in shape to the I'm Xbox he even opens the same

Way folding forward for easy accessibility so you not to strain to pull it out of the box now once again we have that distinctive trapezoidal box which makes the packaging much more stable for transport the packaging has been updated with the artwork for OS 10 Yosemite which just went public last week Apple also makes this really easy to open once again so I have to do is slice the tape and let the front of the box open up which reveals a styrofoam cocooned iMac now tucked in the top is our accessory box containing our wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse

First up is the multi-touch Magic Mouse which is carried over unchanged now of course if you do a custom order you could get a Magic Trackpad instead now this comes pre-installed with non-rechargeable batteries and the first thing that we'll need to do here is to switch it on so the mouse is ready to pair to the iMac when it boots up for the first time next up is the Bluetooth keyboard which is very familiar terra-tory here with that aluminum unibody design and the chiclet style keyboard now on either side we'll find a power button as well as the battery

Compartment which can be opened with a coin when it's time to replace the batteries but once again these come pre-installed with two doublea's we still have all of our familiar Apple keyboard functions at the top such as controlling screen brightness Mission Control launcher and media controls now below that we'll find our literature packet which includes a Quick Start Guide warranty information Apple stickers and an Apple branded microfiber cleaning cloth for that glass display the Quick Start Guide covers the basic setup and installation information as

Well as highlighting some of its major software features on OS 10 Yosemite now it's probably best to do this on the floor instead of on a table like I'm doing here but you can see our iMac is completely cushioned in styrofoam segments which makes them easy to take apart now behind the packaging will find our detach power cord just kind of hanging a we're going to connect this later now the next thing I need to do is remove the styrofoam envelope protecting the iMac now to free of just peel these tabs at the back of the iMac free them from

Behind the stand and just pull up next up we have lots of clear plastic covering the glass of the iMac and the user-accessible Ram slots which thankfully still here next we can start peeling plastic off from the size of the iMac so we can pull this off in one piece next up is a plastic covering the pedestal and as you might have noticed the hinge is still using a spring to help hold up the heavier 27-inch iMac now the chassis of the iMac is again identical to the 27-inch design they debuted back in 2012 so same dimensions and all with that aluminum unibody

Design we still have that razor thin 5 millimeter edge that curves toward the center to create the illusion of a super thin display while giving space for the components inside the effect is still really attractive here now at the bottom once again we'll find the chin with the Apple logo now like before the chin houses the air vents and down facing stereo speaker grilles which in this case are milled into the edge of the bezel and again that bezel is also razor thin I've always really liked these speakers in the 27-inch iMac and I use them regularly thanks to the deep bass

Response and clear dynamic range I'll have a sample later in this video so you can judge for yourself now on the top of the display we'll find a FaceTime HD camera along with an ambient light sensor and LED indicator also find a pair of dual microphones edged into the metal unibody at the top edge of the display and just below that on the backside of the iMac now behind the iMac on the top will find that glossy black plastic Apple logo that acts as an RF transparent window for Wi-Fi to pass through the metal chassis unaffected and of course we're running a low 2011 ICI

In this computer now behind the pedestals hinge you'll find the chassis exhaust vent the RAM door the power port and a Kensington lock at the very bottom now on the back of the iMac we'll find all of the i/o ports in one location including an SDXC card slot as well as a headphone jack which also acts as an input for a microphone and also acts as an optical audio output as well with the right adapter we also have four USB 3.0 ports two Thunderbolt 2 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port now on the opposite side will find that concaved power button so it's easy to feel for

Without having to see it now once again this 27-inch iMac has user upgradeable RAM so we can pop off the back panel to install our own RAM sticks now concealed in the power port is a button to release that panel you'll probably need something to push on the button to release it since it's so recessed now the panel pops off and is only held on with anti-vibration friction fittings along the side now inside that panel you actually see some instructions on how to remove and install your own ramp first step is to release the RAM carriage which pops up when you spread the clips

Apart now I'm removing the existing four gig Ram sticks and replacing them with a gig sticks so they'll bring me up to 32 gigs and again this is a lot cheaper than what Apple will charge this is two hundred and seventy dollars for 32 gigs versus $600 for Apple's upgrade for 32 gigs now the installation is very easy the slots are clearly defined and all you need to do is push them in firmly to seat them correctly once you're done with installation we just need to push the carriage back down and reinstall the back panel now if you want to buy your own RAM upgrade kit I'll post a link in

The description below now our next step is to connect the power cable so we can power this on for the first time now like my 2013 iMac this iMac is the maxed out configuration which gets me a core i7 has well collect at 4 gigahertz and an AMD radeon r9 m-29 5x with 4 gigs of gddr5 Ram this GPU also has the more modern Tonga architecture compared to the older standard GPU also opted for the 3 terabyte fusion drive although a one terabyte fusion drive is standard and there are several SSD options up to one terabyte so if you want the ultimate speed pick an SSD but I preferred

Storage the fusion drive once again combines the speed of an SSD with a storage capacity of a hard disk drive which intelligently loads frequently use content on the SSD for quicker access andrey x so OS 10 and the amp load times are very quick now the big news here however is the display which has a resolution of 50-120 by 2880 which doubles the resolution of the old 27-inch iMac which quadruples the number of pixels on the screen to fourteen point seven million so we jumped from 109 pixels per inch to 218 pixels per now like the old iMac this is an IPS LCD

Display which is optically bonded to the glass the glass itself has an anti-reflective coating although it's still a glossy panel the screen seems to be equally as bright and colorful as the non retina iMac but the clarity is simply stunning on the retina 5k display so if you're familiar with other Apple Retina displays the experience here is very similar but on a much larger scale which makes it even more stunning now if you visit the resolution options of the display we can't select the native resolution instead it skills the content for better clarity instead of more

Screen real estate although you can select from a few scaling options to get a little more space on your display now unfortunately the 5k iMac does not support target display mode like the non retina iMac so unfortunately you can't use the iMac as a 5k external display for your Mac Pro or your macbook this is brought on by the limitations of thunderbolt 2 which can't handle the resolution of 5k this also explains why we did not get a 5k Thunderbolt display now unfortunately this will require updates to the Thunderbolt Hardware so no current Mac can support 5k externally

Now you can connect an external display to the 5k IMX such as a thunder will display or in my case I'm using another iMac in target display mode and it works seamlessly it'll all make these skills the content as you drag-and-drop windows between the displays now the great thing about a 5k instead of a 4k display is that you can actually preview a full 4k video project in the video editor like Final Cut Pro while still having room for the UI if you look at a non retina iMac side-by-side with a project set to actual fit you can see the full project on the retina iMac unlike the non retina

Which will have to scale it down significantly now the 4k video you're watching right now has been edited on the 5k iMac and it worked flawlessly with no signs of frame dropping so I can scrub the timeline like like you would with a non Retina display and it works perfectly over I'm really excited to finally have a display that allows me to fully preview and edit 4k while doing it flawlessly so let's take a look at our benchmarking to get an idea of the relative performance of our machine first stop is Geekbench which reveals a

Single core score of 44 38 and the multi-core score of 16 407 that's up fairly significantly from the non retina iMac which scored 3969 on the single-core and 14 960 on the multi-core score next is Cinebench to test our GPU performance which delivers an OpenGL score of 105 point 4 frames per second versus the eighty-seven point 94 frames per second on the GeForce 780 from last year which also had four gigs of RAM CPU is also up from 694 to 781 now in terms of disk performance again we have a fusion drive which is the same three

Terabyte unit I had in last year's iMac and performance is about the same here now the fusion drive can be kind of hard to gauge is because of the way behaves so when we're testing out disk speed we're actually testing out the SSD portion of that drive not the hard disk drive so the right speed is about 300 to 350 and the read speed can max out over 700 so that's pretty decent now if you want faster write speeds you're going to take a look at the SSD or the full SSD instead of the fusion drive so you'll see write speeds closer to the read speeds on the full SSD my final test is

A 4k export in Final Cut Pro love identical to minute and 20 second 4k video projects using the standard 4k compressor settings now the retina iMac completed the export in two minutes and three seconds while the non-retina did it in two minutes and ten seconds certainly a small gain here but this magnifies depending on the size of your project and as you know I make really long videos now as I promised let's take a listen to those impressive internal speakers you might have to decide for seeing children again in future the human race

We always have so in the end this iMac represents a monumental leap for desktop displays and at a starting price of $24.99 it's a relative bargain on the market when you consider Dell is selling a 5k display for the same price without the computer attached and for me this is the computer I've been waiting for since I began filming and editing in 4k this year so from the display to the processing power I'm extremely excited to use this for everything from browsing the web with pin-sharp texts and images to editing my huge 4k video projects so that's going to do for me in this video

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