Apple iMac 21.5 4k Review

About a year after I started working at Mobile-Review.com, I began to think about buying a new computer. My old PC was good as a gaming PC back in 2008, but as time went on, toys faded into the background, comfort and convenience became more important.

I paid attention to iMac for two reasons: I really didn't like font smoothing on Windows and I wanted to get rid of the constantly buzzing black box under the table (yes, dear readers, I know that your system units are perfectly quiet, Artem Lutfullin too once boasted of his silent self-assembled PC). Initially, I considered a bunch of a Mac Mini and an external monitor, but as I imagined that I would need to connect a webcam, microphone, external speakers, etc. to this, this idea immediately became less attractive. Just then, a friend of mine drew my attention to the iMac, for plus or minus similar money, I could get a full-fledged computer running from a single cable! To be honest, initially I didn’t even look in the direction of this decision, the stereotype that iMacs are very expensive played a role.

For the first four months, I got used to a new computer and an unusual operating system for a long time and painfully. Yes, he Tables in Ethiopia worked very fast and looked great, but man is a conservative creature, so old habits are not so easy was to forget. It's funny to say, but the longest time I got used to switching layouts was CMD+Space instead of Shift+Ctrl. I talked about all my misfortunes in a separate article two years ago, so those who wish can re-read it, given that most of the information is relevant now.

Two years later, I can say that I'm used to my iMac, and it makes me happy to this day, if not for one "but": in the Yosemite update, Apple changed the main font and anti-aliasing type (and this is one of the reasons by which I initially chose their computers!), this negatively affected their display on non-Retina displays. I also have a MacBook Pro Retina 13 and it doesn't have these issues. It was after Yosemite that I began to periodically think that it would be nice to upgrade to a model with a Retina display, but at that time Apple only announced a 27-inch model, which I did not really need. And just a month ago, the announcement of a 21.5-inch iMac appeared, which I immediately decided to take for a test. In addition to his review, I was also curious myself whether it was worth paying extra for a new model. Actually, I will try to answer this question in this article, and at the same time I will talk about the positive and negative aspects of using my iMac, since they will also be true for the new model (and I will mention those that have been fixed separately).

Packages

  • iMac
  • Power cable
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse
  • Lightning cable

The computer comes in a good old big trapezoidal box, a beautiful main box is hidden under the cardboard base, I do not recommend throwing it away, as it may be needed to transport your computer.

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Latest iMacs come with new versions of the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse, which we will talk about separately in the corresponding section.

Once again, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that iMac uses a regular cable without a separate power supply, the latter is already built into the case. Why am I talking about this specifically? Because manufacturers of monoblocks and monitors on Windows for the most part still do not implement this simple, but very user-friendly "trick". And the last thing you need to know about the configuration of this computer. The power cable is white here, and this is another feature of Apple computers, which for some reason is not used by manufacturers of monoblocks on Windows. Recall even the recent monitor from Acer - a great external solution, but with an ugly black cable and power supply.

Appearance, connectors, case materials, assembly

The word "stylish" has long become almost a curse when describing any thing. Now we have everything “stylish”: from a gray faceless smartphone to a bright pink ugly handbag. But specifically for the iMac line, this word (without ironic undertones) is perfect. This is a really beautiful computer that will decorate your room. Another confirmation of my words is a huge number of design projects for rooms, in many of them iMac is drawn on the desktop, which is significant.

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In general, Apple computers really decorate the workplace, as a confirmation of my words, let me share a link to 60 beautiful desktop organization options.

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I stop here for a reason. In the case of the iMac, it's not just a computer, it's a thing that will please the eye even a year or two later. Of course, everything here depends on the person: for some it does not matter, but for someone, on the contrary, it is important. Personally, I belong to the second category.

Apple has been exploiting the successful design of their devices for years, so the new iMac has not changed much on the outside, even more: it looks exactly the same as my model from the end of 2012.

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My iMac 21.5 Late 2012. As you can see, it looks exactly like the new model

The front side is devoid of any control elements or connectors, there are only a display and a front camera eye. And although from an aesthetic point of view, such a solution looks beautiful, in terms of practicality, everything is not so great. If you need to insert a flash drive or memory card, then you have to do it blindly, sorting through the connectors on the back of the iMac, or just turn it over every time. The problem is partially solved with the help of the BlueLounge Jimi accessory, but not everything is so simple with it either. By the way, a separate section will also be devoted to all the iMac accessories I use.

The set of connectors has also not changed since iMac 21.5 Late 2012: 3.5 mm for headphones or a headset, an SD card slot, four USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet and two Thunderbolt 2 connectors. And this is also a drawback of the model. Firstly, more USB ports could have been added, and secondly, I am insanely missing a full-fledged HDMI port. It seems that Apple basically does not add it, and this can be safely called a lack of a computer.

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Old and new iMac screens

When you work on your new iMac, you realize that Yosemite and El Capitan were made specifically for Retina displays, because the new fonts look great on them. You don't have to be a designer, artist or photographer to appreciate this screen. Each letter seems to be drawn with a thin black marker. In words, it sounds like an insignificant trifle, but in fact, all work at the computer becomes tritely more pleasant. Switching from a regular iMac to an iMac 4k is like replacing an iPhone 3GS with an iPhone 4, an iPad 2 with an iPad 3, and so on. It only takes a few minutes of use and you instantly fall in love with this display.

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But that's not all, because other companies have good 4k displays, but they still lack something. We are talking about gorgeous scaling in OS X. In short, instead of a super-small picture, you see the same image as on a regular iMac, just all the elements become 2.5 times clearer. Don't underestimate this benefit, because scaling doesn't work so well on Windows: when enabled, icons and applications become blurry, even Microsoft's Skype is not optimized for ultra-high resolutions.

Another advantage of the iMac 4k is that all elements can be resized to look like HD, FHD, 2k or 4k resolutions. In this case, as I said, the clarity of the interface will not deteriorate. I have very poor eyesight, so I am sincerely grateful to Apple for such a setting, I myself actively use it on my MacBook Pro Retina 13.

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And this is what the desktop looks like on an old iMac

Since we started talking about people with poor eyesight, I'll tell you something else on this topic. For me, text with not the highest resolution looks much more blurry than for the average person. That is, where you will simply notice pixelation, it will, in principle, be more difficult for my eyes to focus. The higher the screen resolution, the easier it is for me to work on it.

I also really like the magnifier tool, in my opinion, it is implemented more conveniently than on Windows. When you hold down the Command key and start scrolling up with the mouse, the selected area of ​​the screen (where the cursor is located) starts to increase. This is convenient, especially when you can't figure out the captcha letters, for example.

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Apple spent a lot of time talking about new features, the expanded sRGB color range, and perfect blacks. I can’t say that you immediately pay attention to all these details, but they definitely leave their mark on the overall impression of the display.

By the way, I sat down to type this text on my old iMac to compare the impressions after two weeks of using the Retina display. What can I say, everything is very, very sad, the saying “you quickly get used to good things” is more relevant than ever in this case.

I almost forgot about the angle of inclination, as you can see, it is not very large here and only vertical. For some users, this may be a disadvantage, but I did not feel discomfort with such a solution.

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Performance

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Characteristic Value
Chipset Intel Core i5
Processor Quad-core 3.1 GHz
Video accelerator Intel Iris Pro Grapics 6200
RAM 8 GB
Internal storage capacity 1 TB (Hard drive 5400 rpm)

I received a low-end iMac configuration with a hard drive, not SSD/Fusion Drive drives, for testing. I had never used an Apple computer without an SSD before, so I figured it would be a rewarding experience. And I was not mistaken, however, it will be more useful for you, dear readers.

Be sure not to skimp on memory and get either the SSD version or the Fusion Drive version, otherwise you will be completely disappointed with this computer. I just didn't expect OS X to be that slow in the first place. The first inclusion takes 10-15 seconds, opening applications or settings - another six to seven seconds. You open a new tab in Safari and start typing in text, the computer can't keep up with you and displays only the end of your phrase. You load the page and enter your login on the site, and only its last letters are loaded. You fire up Skype and start writing a message, and the iMac starts thinking again. You can’t, you can’t put a hard drive in a computer for 122,000 rubles, and even at a speed of 5400 rpm. If you are considering this model, get ready to pay extra for an SSD/Fusion Drive right away.

Since we are talking about choosing a drive, let me share other experiences on this part. My old iMac runs on a Fusion Drive and I realize that I'd go for the full SSD version now. Yes, the system and applications start very quickly, but you never know if your photos or videos are on the SDD or on the HDD, and the speed of their download depends on this. To avoid such a problem, take the version with an SSD, and if there is not enough memory, you can always buy a Time Capsule or any wired drive. There are a lot of models that match the design of iMac.

Note that the new Fusion Drive comes with a smaller capacity flash drive, this is a situation with its pros and cons. On the plus side, this makes the FD version a bit cheaper than the 256GB SSD version. The downside is also obvious - less content will be on a fast SSD drive.

In terms of RAM and processor, 8 GB is enough for the average user, as is the performance of a quad-core Intel Core i5.

I would also like to discuss the noise level of the iMac with you. If you just work with documents, photos, mail and browser, then you will not even hear the noise of coolers. But everything changes when we launch iMovie. When this application is running, you can immediately hear the fans running at high speed. However, the overall noise level even in this case is low. And just a few words about video processing. Roman Belykh and I noticed that in OS X video processing with similar parameters takes much less time than in Windows, this is a big advantage, in my opinion.

Before buying, think carefully about the package you need, because in iMac you cannot replace the internal drive or RAM with standard tools, and you will spend about the same money on paying for the services of a third-party master as buying a more expensive version.

Operating system

I have been using OS X since Mountain Lion, so I can see the evolution of this operating system very well. Perhaps, for starters, I’ll remember the update to Mavericks. A chic update for laptop owners, giving them an extra hour of work, has become a nightmare for me. Firstly, the beautiful preview of images by space broke. Every time you clicked on it, you had to wait 4-5 seconds for the preview to load, all this time the colorful ball was spinning, which is why the problem was dubbed the "Beach Ball" (beach ball) on the network. A friend recommended updating to the latest beta version, and there the “ball” really didn’t bother me anymore, but then Wi-Fi fell off, then something else happened. As a result, shortly before updating to Yosemite, I returned to the stable version of Mavericks, where the preview had already been fixed.

Next came an update to Yosemite, which not only changed the main font to Helvetica Neue, but also broke my favorite anti-aliasing algorithm. The fact is that earlier Apple used a special anti-aliasing that improves the appearance of fonts on monitors with low resolutions. Letters on OS X looked significantly better than on any version of Windows. It is clear that Yosemite was made for Retina displays, but it was not so ugly to deal with the owners of older computers. Font smoothing doesn't make me as happy now as it did a couple of years ago. There was also some kind of trouble with Continuity: if I picked up the phone from an iMac, all subscribers complained about poor voice transmission, although the iPhone showed five network divisions. From Handoff, I expected full integration of SMS messages and iMessage on OS X. That is, so that I could not only reply to an incoming message, but also see the entire message history from my phone.

But the upgrade to El Capitan went more or less smoothly. As inappropriate as the new font looked in iOS 9, it fit into the theme on the company's computers and laptops.

And another drawback that really annoys me is that you can't completely turn off the brightness on the iMac, so if you watch a video on a connected TV, the iMac's screen will remain on, albeit at the minimum brightness. Of course, third-party developers solved this problem by installing a black background on the iMac’s desktop, but you must admit that simply turning off the backlight would look much more appropriate, especially since there is such an opportunity on MBPr13. And yes, I know about the Ctrl+Shift+Eject combination, but it turns off not only the iMac's display, but also the connected TV.

Along with the upgrade to Yosemite, the iWork office suite has also been upgraded to include features for continuous use. I admit honestly, on paper it looks very good, but in life there is one “but”. Personally, I cannot use Pages version 5.x due to the fact that this editor does not have automatic capitalization after a period. I love how it looks on the outside, but functionality is more important than beauty, so I'm still sitting on the latest version of Pages 4.x waiting for this autocorrect to appear.

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Backup and Restore

The ability to easily backup and restore is a significant benefit of OS X, and I thought so too for a long time. However, when I failed to restore my iMac backed up in Time Machine twice, I slowly began to question the effectiveness of this method. Partially faith in OS X was restored by transferring data from an old iMac to a new one using a Thunderbolt cable: when using this option, in an hour and a half you get exactly the same copy of your old computer, and, unlike Time Machine, this process will not take forever .

Keyboard and mouse

The new iMac comes with an updated Magic Keyboard 2 and Magic Mouse 2, as well as a Lightning cable to charge them. Let's start with the keyboard.

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A macbook friend of mine said that the Magic Keyboard follows the layout of the MacBook, and his words were not far from the truth. Apparently, with the release of a thin 12-inch MacBook, the company decided to transfer all keyboards on new devices to a butterfly mechanism. I heard a lot of different reviews about this solution in the MacBook, while they were diametrically opposed: some praised the new technology, others strongly scolded.

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Personally, I almost instantly got used to the new keyboard. Yes, she has a shorter press, but it did not cause almost any discomfort. But what I definitely liked was the increase in the number of buttons with function keys, it became much more convenient to use them. And yet, now that I'm back on my old Apple wired keyboard, I find that I like the softer action of the older models more. I also add that I really miss the wireless keyboard with Numeric Pad.

Mouses are even less different. In fact, they slightly reduced its weight and added the ability to recharge via a Lightning cable.

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I've been using an iMac for a long time, so I can safely say that the built-in batteries are a big boon, I used to have to use replaceable batteries and recharge them once a month, which gets boring after a while. I would love to buy a new Magic Mouse 2 if it cost two, not six thousand rubles.

Third Party Accessories

As you use your computer for a long time, you start to acquire additional accessories that improve it or level out some of its shortcomings, and the iMac is no exception.

BlueLounge Jimi. The location of the USB ports on the back is a significant disadvantage in terms of convenience. I occasionally use flash drives, so fast USB access is important to me. My problem was easily solved with the help of a simple BlueLounge Jimi dongle, now this model can be purchased in Russia for 1,000 rubles. Among the shortcomings of Jimi, I note the selective reading of flash drives, he did not recognize a couple of models.

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Just Mobile Drawer. I don’t know about you, but I often have various items necessary for work lying around on my desk. Either a pen with leaves is needed, then an i-paper clip, then scissors, then something else. At the same time, I like it when the workplace is as clear as possible from foreign objects. Previously, all small things were in a separate box, but this was not very convenient. And somehow they brought me a Drawer stand-box for a test. Not only does it raise the iMac to a more comfortable height, but it also does a great job of keeping the little things on your desktop. Now it is being sold for 3500 rubles. The thing, of course, is niche, but I really like it.

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Time Capsule. Probably not my best purchase. For two years of use, I realized that spending 12,000 rubles on it was an unaffordable luxury. Firstly, using it as a wireless hard drive is still not very convenient: the speed of working and opening files is much lower than a conventional drive. Secondly, as a router, it also works very mediocre. For example, if you use torrents, then the speed often drops to zero, and after 10-20 seconds it returns to its previous value again (if the number of seeds allows). Thirdly, it is noisy. Four times a day, I consistently hear the buzz of the hard drive, and this despite the fact that I have a daily, not an hourly backup of the system.

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Apple Wired Keyboard. In fact, I really like both the new and the old wireless keyboards, but neither the first nor the second has a separate number pad and large arrow buttons. Because of this, I am forced to use the company's wired solution. Of its advantages, it is worth highlighting the presence of two USB ports, the only pity is that they are of the 2.0 standard. There were some drawbacks: sometimes after turning on the keyboard is simply not recognized by the computer, it's ridiculous to say, but only its connection to the Jimi adapter helps, there is no reaction to ordinary USB ports. I read about this problem on the Internet, but apparently there is no solution.

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Belkin miniDP to HDMI Cable. I bought this cable from the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York, because it was unrealistic to find it in our stores. The beauty of the cable is its long length and the absence of the need to buy any additional adapters. Faithfully serves me for the third year.

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Wireless interfaces

In terms of wireless interfaces, we have a complete gentleman's set, especially Wi-Fi. The new iMac not only works with dual-band Wi-Fi, but also supports the .ac standard. Bluetooth version 4.0.

Camera, speakers and microphone

I already talked about this two years ago, but it is unlikely that all our readers have seen that article, so I will repeat myself. iMac has excellent stereo speakers, they will perfectly replace your good speakers and save space on your desk. I listen with great pleasure to music from them for two or three hours a day.

The microphone has very good sensitivity, you can even move two meters away from the iMac, and you will still be perfectly audible in the same Skype. I also like the quality of the HD webcam, though I don't use it that often.

Three years later

Obviously, this is based on my experience with the iMac 21.5 Late 2012, but most of the following will be true for the new model as well.

After three years of using the iMac, I have become very used to this computer, I still get great aesthetic pleasure from its appearance, I like listening to music from it, viewing photos and working with text. This is my working tool, which has become a faithful assistant. However, I can not call the iMac an ideal computer, it also has its drawbacks. Now I would attribute them to poor anti-aliasing (irrelevant for the new model) and inconvenient location of connectors, as well as the lack of an HDMI port.

Most of my work takes place on the computer, it is important for me that it be a reliable and convenient tool.

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About a year after I started working at Mobile-Review.com, I began to think about buying a new computer. My old PC was good as a gaming PC back in 2008, but as time went on, toys faded into the background, comfort and convenience became more important.

I paid attention to iMac for two reasons: I really didn't like font smoothing on Windows and I wanted to get rid of the constantly buzzing black box under the table (yes, dear readers, I know that your system units are perfectly quiet, Artem Lutfullin too once boasted of his silent self-assembled PC). Initially, I considered a bunch of a Mac Mini and an external monitor, but as I imagined that I would need to connect a webcam, microphone, external speakers, etc. to this, this idea immediately became less attractive. Just then, a friend of mine drew my attention to the iMac, for plus or minus similar money, I could get a full-fledged computer running from a single cable! To be honest, initially I didn’t even look in the direction of this decision, the stereotype that iMacs are very expensive played a role.

For the first four months, I got used to a new computer and an unusual operating system for a long time and painfully. Yes, he Tables in Ethiopia worked very fast and looked great, but man is a conservative creature, so old habits are not so easy was to forget. It's funny to say, but the longest time I got used to switching layouts was CMD+Space instead of Shift+Ctrl. I talked about all my misfortunes in a separate article two years ago, so those who wish can re-read it, given that most of the information is relevant now.

Two years later, I can say that I'm used to my iMac, and it makes me happy to this day, if not for one "but": in the Yosemite update, Apple changed the main font and anti-aliasing type (and this is one of the reasons by which I initially chose their computers!), this negatively affected their display on non-Retina displays. I also have a MacBook Pro Retina 13 and it doesn't have these issues. It was after Yosemite that I began to periodically think that it would be nice to upgrade to a model with a Retina display, but at that time Apple only announced a 27-inch model, which I did not really need. And just a month ago, the announcement of a 21.5-inch iMac appeared, which I immediately decided to take for a test. In addition to his review, I was also curious myself whether it was worth paying extra for a new model. Actually, I will try to answer this question in this article, and at the same time I will talk about the positive and negative aspects of using my iMac, since they will also be true for the new model (and I will mention those that have been fixed separately).

Packages

  • iMac
  • Power cable
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse
  • Lightning cable

The computer comes in a good old big trapezoidal box, a beautiful main box is hidden under the cardboard base, I do not recommend throwing it away, as it may be needed to transport your computer.

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Latest iMacs come with new versions of the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse, which we will talk about separately in the corresponding section.

Once again, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that iMac uses a regular cable without a separate power supply, the latter is already built into the case. Why am I talking about this specifically? Because manufacturers of monoblocks and monitors on Windows for the most part still do not implement this simple, but very user-friendly "trick". And the last thing you need to know about the configuration of this computer. The power cable is white here, and this is another feature of Apple computers, which for some reason is not used by manufacturers of monoblocks on Windows. Recall even the recent monitor from Acer - a great external solution, but with an ugly black cable and power supply.

Appearance, connectors, case materials, assembly

The word "stylish" has long become almost a curse when describing any thing. Now we have everything “stylish”: from a gray faceless smartphone to a bright pink ugly handbag. But specifically for the iMac line, this word (without ironic undertones) is perfect. This is a really beautiful computer that will decorate your room. Another confirmation of my words is a huge number of design projects for rooms, in many of them iMac is drawn on the desktop, which is significant.

Apple iMac 21.5 4k

In general, Apple computers really decorate the workplace, as a confirmation of my words, let me share a link to 60 beautiful desktop organization options.

Apple iMac 21.5 4k

I stop here for a reason. In the case of the iMac, it's not just a computer, it's a thing that will please the eye even a year or two later. Of course, everything here depends on the person: for some it does not matter, but for someone, on the contrary, it is important. Personally, I belong to the second category.

Apple has been exploiting the successful design of their devices for years, so the new iMac has not changed much on the outside, even more: it looks exactly the same as my model from the end of 2012.

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My iMac 21.5 Late 2012. As you can see, it looks exactly like the new model

The front side is devoid of any control elements or connectors, there are only a display and a front camera eye. And although from an aesthetic point of view, such a solution looks beautiful, in terms of practicality, everything is not so great. If you need to insert a flash drive or memory card, then you have to do it blindly, sorting through the connectors on the back of the iMac, or just turn it over every time. The problem is partially solved with the help of the BlueLounge Jimi accessory, but not everything is so simple with it either. By the way, a separate section will also be devoted to all the iMac accessories I use.

The set of connectors has also not changed since iMac 21.5 Late 2012: 3.5 mm for headphones or a headset, an SD card slot, four USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet and two Thunderbolt 2 connectors. And this is also a drawback of the model. Firstly, more USB ports could have been added, and secondly, I am insanely missing a full-fledged HDMI port. It seems that Apple basically does not add it, and this can be safely called a lack of a computer.

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I would like to dwell separately on build quality and reliability. My iMac hasn't changed in two years in appearance: nothing leaves, it doesn't creak, it doesn't play, it doesn't fall off, it looks almost like new. Given the same external design, I dare to assume that it is unlikely that something will happen to the new generation even in a couple of years. However, Apple computers usually last a long time, I know that many still use iMac 2008 and feel great.

Dimensions

When it comes to a desktop computer, its size does not play a special role, and yet I would like to draw attention to one parameter. This, of course, is about the thickness of the iMac. It's amazing that in such a thin case they could fit the new display, and all the stuffing, and even the power supply.

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Compared to Apple iPhone 6

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Display

Let's move on to the main innovation of the updated version of iMac - the ultra-high resolution screen. To begin with, briefly about the characteristics:

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Display resolution 4096x2304 dots
PPI value 218
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Air gap No
Auto brightness control Yes

First of all, I would like to note that the display in the old iMac was quite good even in the previous generation: excellent color reproduction, a huge range of brightness, excellent behavior even in direct sunlight.

In the iMac 4k, all these qualities have not gone away, but one more thing has been added to them - ultra-high resolution. To be honest, after upgrading to Yosemite, I began to miss the FHD resolution for work, the pixelation was very conspicuous and became more noticeable compared to Mavericks and earlier versions of OS X.

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Old and new iMac screens

When you work on your new iMac, you realize that Yosemite and El Capitan were made specifically for Retina displays, because the new fonts look great on them. You don't have to be a designer, artist or photographer to appreciate this screen. Each letter seems to be drawn with a thin black marker. In words, it sounds like an insignificant trifle, but in fact, all work at the computer becomes tritely more pleasant. Switching from a regular iMac to an iMac 4k is like replacing an iPhone 3GS with an iPhone 4, an iPad 2 with an iPad 3, and so on. It only takes a few minutes of use and you instantly fall in love with this display.

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But that's not all, because other companies have good 4k displays, but they still lack something. We are talking about gorgeous scaling in OS X. In short, instead of a super-small picture, you see the same image as on a regular iMac, just all the elements become 2.5 times clearer. Don't underestimate this benefit, because scaling doesn't work so well on Windows: when enabled, icons and applications become blurry, even Microsoft's Skype is not optimized for ultra-high resolutions.

Another advantage of the iMac 4k is that all elements can be resized to look like HD, FHD, 2k or 4k resolutions. In this case, as I said, the clarity of the interface will not deteriorate. I have very poor eyesight, so I am sincerely grateful to Apple for such a setting, I myself actively use it on my MacBook Pro Retina 13.

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And this is what the desktop looks like on an old iMac

Since we started talking about people with poor eyesight, I'll tell you something else on this topic. For me, text with not the highest resolution looks much more blurry than for the average person. That is, where you will simply notice pixelation, it will, in principle, be more difficult for my eyes to focus. The higher the screen resolution, the easier it is for me to work on it.

I also really like the magnifier tool, in my opinion, it is implemented more conveniently than on Windows. When you hold down the Command key and start scrolling up with the mouse, the selected area of ​​the screen (where the cursor is located) starts to increase. This is convenient, especially when you can't figure out the captcha letters, for example.

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Apple spent a lot of time talking about new features, the expanded sRGB color range, and perfect blacks. I can’t say that you immediately pay attention to all these details, but they definitely leave their mark on the overall impression of the display.

By the way, I sat down to type this text on my old iMac to compare the impressions after two weeks of using the Retina display. What can I say, everything is very, very sad, the saying “you quickly get used to good things” is more relevant than ever in this case.

I almost forgot about the angle of inclination, as you can see, it is not very large here and only vertical. For some users, this may be a disadvantage, but I did not feel discomfort with such a solution.

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Performance

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Characteristic Value
Chipset Intel Core i5
Processor Quad-core 3.1 GHz
Video accelerator Intel Iris Pro Grapics 6200
RAM 8 GB
Internal storage capacity 1 TB (Hard drive 5400 rpm)

I received a low-end iMac configuration with a hard drive, not SSD/Fusion Drive drives, for testing. I had never used an Apple computer without an SSD before, so I figured it would be a rewarding experience. And I was not mistaken, however, it will be more useful for you, dear readers.

Be sure not to skimp on memory and get either the SSD version or the Fusion Drive version, otherwise you will be completely disappointed with this computer. I just didn't expect OS X to be that slow in the first place. The first inclusion takes 10-15 seconds, opening applications or settings - another six to seven seconds. You open a new tab in Safari and start typing in text, the computer can't keep up with you and displays only the end of your phrase. You load the page and enter your login on the site, and only its last letters are loaded. You fire up Skype and start writing a message, and the iMac starts thinking again. You can’t, you can’t put a hard drive in a computer for 122,000 rubles, and even at a speed of 5400 rpm. If you are considering this model, get ready to pay extra for an SSD/Fusion Drive right away.

Since we are talking about choosing a drive, let me share other experiences on this part. My old iMac runs on a Fusion Drive and I realize that I'd go for the full SSD version now. Yes, the system and applications start very quickly, but you never know if your photos or videos are on the SDD or on the HDD, and the speed of their download depends on this. To avoid such a problem, take the version with an SSD, and if there is not enough memory, you can always buy a Time Capsule or any wired drive. There are a lot of models that match the design of iMac.

Note that the new Fusion Drive comes with a smaller capacity flash drive, this is a situation with its pros and cons. On the plus side, this makes the FD version a bit cheaper than the 256GB SSD version. The downside is also obvious - less content will be on a fast SSD drive.

In terms of RAM and processor, 8 GB is enough for the average user, as is the performance of a quad-core Intel Core i5.

I would also like to discuss the noise level of the iMac with you. If you just work with documents, photos, mail and browser, then you will not even hear the noise of coolers. But everything changes when we launch iMovie. When this application is running, you can immediately hear the fans running at high speed. However, the overall noise level even in this case is low. And just a few words about video processing. Roman Belykh and I noticed that in OS X video processing with similar parameters takes much less time than in Windows, this is a big advantage, in my opinion.

Before buying, think carefully about the package you need, because in iMac you cannot replace the internal drive or RAM with standard tools, and you will spend about the same money on paying for the services of a third-party master as buying a more expensive version.

Operating system

I have been using OS X since Mountain Lion, so I can see the evolution of this operating system very well. Perhaps, for starters, I’ll remember the update to Mavericks. A chic update for laptop owners, giving them an extra hour of work, has become a nightmare for me. Firstly, the beautiful preview of images by space broke. Every time you clicked on it, you had to wait 4-5 seconds for the preview to load, all this time the colorful ball was spinning, which is why the problem was dubbed the "Beach Ball" (beach ball) on the network. A friend recommended updating to the latest beta version, and there the “ball” really didn’t bother me anymore, but then Wi-Fi fell off, then something else happened. As a result, shortly before updating to Yosemite, I returned to the stable version of Mavericks, where the preview had already been fixed.

Next came an update to Yosemite, which not only changed the main font to Helvetica Neue, but also broke my favorite anti-aliasing algorithm. The fact is that earlier Apple used a special anti-aliasing that improves the appearance of fonts on monitors with low resolutions. Letters on OS X looked significantly better than on any version of Windows. It is clear that Yosemite was made for Retina displays, but it was not so ugly to deal with the owners of older computers. Font smoothing doesn't make me as happy now as it did a couple of years ago. There was also some kind of trouble with Continuity: if I picked up the phone from an iMac, all subscribers complained about poor voice transmission, although the iPhone showed five network divisions. From Handoff, I expected full integration of SMS messages and iMessage on OS X. That is, so that I could not only reply to an incoming message, but also see the entire message history from my phone.

But the upgrade to El Capitan went more or less smoothly. As inappropriate as the new font looked in iOS 9, it fit into the theme on the company's computers and laptops.

And another drawback that really annoys me is that you can't completely turn off the brightness on the iMac, so if you watch a video on a connected TV, the iMac's screen will remain on, albeit at the minimum brightness. Of course, third-party developers solved this problem by installing a black background on the iMac’s desktop, but you must admit that simply turning off the backlight would look much more appropriate, especially since there is such an opportunity on MBPr13. And yes, I know about the Ctrl+Shift+Eject combination, but it turns off not only the iMac's display, but also the connected TV.

Along with the upgrade to Yosemite, the iWork office suite has also been upgraded to include features for continuous use. I admit honestly, on paper it looks very good, but in life there is one “but”. Personally, I cannot use Pages version 5.x due to the fact that this editor does not have automatic capitalization after a period. I love how it looks on the outside, but functionality is more important than beauty, so I'm still sitting on the latest version of Pages 4.x waiting for this autocorrect to appear.

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Backup and Restore

The ability to easily backup and restore is a significant benefit of OS X, and I thought so too for a long time. However, when I failed to restore my iMac backed up in Time Machine twice, I slowly began to question the effectiveness of this method. Partially faith in OS X was restored by transferring data from an old iMac to a new one using a Thunderbolt cable: when using this option, in an hour and a half you get exactly the same copy of your old computer, and, unlike Time Machine, this process will not take forever .

Keyboard and mouse

The new iMac comes with an updated Magic Keyboard 2 and Magic Mouse 2, as well as a Lightning cable to charge them. Let's start with the keyboard.

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A macbook friend of mine said that the Magic Keyboard follows the layout of the MacBook, and his words were not far from the truth. Apparently, with the release of a thin 12-inch MacBook, the company decided to transfer all keyboards on new devices to a butterfly mechanism. I heard a lot of different reviews about this solution in the MacBook, while they were diametrically opposed: some praised the new technology, others strongly scolded.

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Personally, I almost instantly got used to the new keyboard. Yes, she has a shorter press, but it did not cause almost any discomfort. But what I definitely liked was the increase in the number of buttons with function keys, it became much more convenient to use them. And yet, now that I'm back on my old Apple wired keyboard, I find that I like the softer action of the older models more. I also add that I really miss the wireless keyboard with Numeric Pad.

Mouses are even less different. In fact, they slightly reduced its weight and added the ability to recharge via a Lightning cable.

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I've been using an iMac for a long time, so I can safely say that the built-in batteries are a big boon, I used to have to use replaceable batteries and recharge them once a month, which gets boring after a while. I would love to buy a new Magic Mouse 2 if it cost two, not six thousand rubles.

Third Party Accessories

As you use your computer for a long time, you start to acquire additional accessories that improve it or level out some of its shortcomings, and the iMac is no exception.

BlueLounge Jimi. The location of the USB ports on the back is a significant disadvantage in terms of convenience. I occasionally use flash drives, so fast USB access is important to me. My problem was easily solved with the help of a simple BlueLounge Jimi dongle, now this model can be purchased in Russia for 1,000 rubles. Among the shortcomings of Jimi, I note the selective reading of flash drives, he did not recognize a couple of models.

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Just Mobile Drawer. I don’t know about you, but I often have various items necessary for work lying around on my desk. Either a pen with leaves is needed, then an i-paper clip, then scissors, then something else. At the same time, I like it when the workplace is as clear as possible from foreign objects. Previously, all small things were in a separate box, but this was not very convenient. And somehow they brought me a Drawer stand-box for a test. Not only does it raise the iMac to a more comfortable height, but it also does a great job of keeping the little things on your desktop. Now it is being sold for 3500 rubles. The thing, of course, is niche, but I really like it.

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Time Capsule. Probably not my best purchase. For two years of use, I realized that spending 12,000 rubles on it was an unaffordable luxury. Firstly, using it as a wireless hard drive is still not very convenient: the speed of working and opening files is much lower than a conventional drive. Secondly, as a router, it also works very mediocre. For example, if you use torrents, then the speed often drops to zero, and after 10-20 seconds it returns to its previous value again (if the number of seeds allows). Thirdly, it is noisy. Four times a day, I consistently hear the buzz of the hard drive, and this despite the fact that I have a daily, not an hourly backup of the system.

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Apple Wired Keyboard. In fact, I really like both the new and the old wireless keyboards, but neither the first nor the second has a separate number pad and large arrow buttons. Because of this, I am forced to use the company's wired solution. Of its advantages, it is worth highlighting the presence of two USB ports, the only pity is that they are of the 2.0 standard. There were some drawbacks: sometimes after turning on the keyboard is simply not recognized by the computer, it's ridiculous to say, but only its connection to the Jimi adapter helps, there is no reaction to ordinary USB ports. I read about this problem on the Internet, but apparently there is no solution.

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Belkin miniDP to HDMI Cable. I bought this cable from the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York, because it was unrealistic to find it in our stores. The beauty of the cable is its long length and the absence of the need to buy any additional adapters. It has served me faithfully for the third year already.

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Wireless interfaces

In terms of wireless interfaces, we have a complete gentleman's set, especially Wi-Fi. The new iMac not only works with dual-band Wi-Fi, but also supports the .ac standard. Bluetooth version 4.0.

Camera, speakers and microphone

I already talked about this two years ago, but it is unlikely that all of our readers have seen that article, so I will repeat myself. iMac has excellent stereo speakers, they will perfectly replace your good speakers and save space on your desk. I listen with great pleasure to music from them for two or three hours a day.

The microphone has very good sensitivity, you can even move two meters away from the iMac, and you will still be perfectly audible in the same Skype. I also like the quality of the HD webcam, though I don't use it that often.

Three years later

Obviously, this is based on my experience with the iMac 21.5 Late 2012, but most of the following will be true for the new model as well.

After three years of using the iMac, I have become very used to this computer, I still get great aesthetic pleasure from its appearance, I like listening to music from it, viewing photos and working with text. This is my working tool, which has become a faithful assistant. However, I can not call the iMac an ideal computer, it also has its drawbacks. Now I would attribute them to poor anti-aliasing (irrelevant for the new model) and inconvenient location of connectors, as well as the lack of an HDMI port.

Most of my work takes place on the computer, it is important for me that it be a reliable and convenient tool.

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About a year after I started working at Mobile-Review.com, I began to think about buying a new computer. My old PC was good as a gaming PC back in 2008, but as time went on, toys faded into the background, comfort and convenience became more important.

I paid attention to iMac for two reasons: I really didn't like font smoothing on Windows and I wanted to get rid of the constantly buzzing black box under the table (yes, dear readers, I know that your system units are perfectly quiet, Artem Lutfullin too once boasted of his silent self-assembled PC). Initially, I considered a bunch of a Mac Mini and an external monitor, but as I imagined that I would need to connect a webcam, microphone, external speakers, etc. to this, this idea immediately became less attractive. Just then, a friend of mine drew my attention to the iMac, for plus or minus similar money, I could get a full-fledged computer running from a single cable! To be honest, initially I didn’t even look in the direction of this decision, the stereotype that iMacs are very expensive played a role.

For the first four months, I got used to a new computer and an unusual operating system for a long time and painfully. Yes, he Tables in Ethiopia worked very fast and looked great, but man is a conservative creature, so old habits are not so easy was to forget. It's funny to say, but the longest time I got used to switching layouts was CMD+Space instead of Shift+Ctrl. I talked about all my misfortunes in a separate article two years ago, so those who wish can re-read it, given that most of the information is relevant now.

Two years later, I can say that I'm used to my iMac, and it makes me happy to this day, if not for one "but": in the Yosemite update, Apple changed the main font and anti-aliasing type (and this is one of the reasons by which I initially chose their computers!), this negatively affected their display on non-Retina displays. I also have a MacBook Pro Retina 13 and it doesn't have these issues. It was after Yosemite that I began to periodically think that it would be nice to upgrade to a model with a Retina display, but at that time Apple only announced a 27-inch model, which I did not really need. And just a month ago, the announcement of a 21.5-inch iMac appeared, which I immediately decided to take for a test. In addition to his review, I was also curious myself whether it was worth paying extra for a new model. Actually, I will try to answer this question in this article, and at the same time I will talk about the positive and negative aspects of using my iMac, since they will also be true for the new model (and I will mention those that have been fixed separately).

Packages

  • iMac
  • Power cable
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse
  • Lightning cable

The computer comes in a good old big trapezoidal box, a beautiful main box is hidden under the cardboard base, I do not recommend throwing it away, as it may be needed to transport your computer.

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Latest iMacs come with new versions of the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse, which we will talk about separately in the corresponding section.

Once again, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that iMac uses a regular cable without a separate power supply, the latter is already built into the case. Why am I talking about this specifically? Because manufacturers of monoblocks and monitors on Windows for the most part still do not implement this simple, but very user-friendly "trick". And the last thing you need to know about the configuration of this computer. The power cable is white here, and this is another feature of Apple computers, which for some reason is not used by manufacturers of monoblocks on Windows. Recall even the recent monitor from Acer - a great external solution, but with an ugly black cable and power supply.

Appearance, connectors, case materials, assembly

The word "stylish" has long become almost a curse when describing any thing. Now we have everything “stylish”: from a gray faceless smartphone to a bright pink ugly handbag. But specifically for the iMac line, this word (without ironic undertones) is perfect. This is a really beautiful computer that will decorate your room. Another confirmation of my words is a huge number of design projects for rooms, in many of them iMac is drawn on the desktop, which is significant.

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In general, Apple computers really decorate the workplace, as a confirmation of my words, let me share a link to 60 beautiful desktop organization options.

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I stop here for a reason. In the case of the iMac, it's not just a computer, it's a thing that will please the eye even a year or two later. Of course, everything here depends on the person: for some it does not matter, but for someone, on the contrary, it is important. Personally, I belong to the second category.

Apple has been exploiting the successful design of their devices for years, so the new iMac has not changed much on the outside, even more: it looks exactly the same as my model from the end of 2012.

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My iMac 21.5 Late 2012. As you can see, it looks exactly like the new model

The front side is devoid of any control elements or connectors, there are only a display and a front camera eye. And although from an aesthetic point of view, such a solution looks beautiful, in terms of practicality, everything is not so great. If you need to insert a flash drive or memory card, then you have to do it blindly, sorting through the connectors on the back of the iMac, or just turn it over every time. The problem is partially solved with the help of the BlueLounge Jimi accessory, but not everything is so simple with it either. By the way, a separate section will also be devoted to all the iMac accessories I use.

The set of connectors has also not changed since iMac 21.5 Late 2012: 3.5 mm for headphones or a headset, an SD card slot, four USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet and two Thunderbolt 2 connectors. And this is also a drawback of the model. Firstly, more USB ports could have been added, and secondly, I am insanely missing a full-fledged HDMI port. It seems that Apple basically does not add it, and this can be safely called a lack of a computer.

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I would like to dwell separately on build quality and reliability. My iMac hasn't changed in two years in appearance: nothing leaves, it doesn't creak, it doesn't play, it doesn't fall off, it looks almost like new. Given the same external design, I dare to assume that it is unlikely that something will happen to the new generation even in a couple of years. However, Apple computers usually last a long time, I know that many still use iMac 2008 and feel great.

Dimensions

When it comes to a desktop computer, its size does not play a special role, and yet I would like to draw attention to one parameter. This, of course, is about the thickness of the iMac. It's amazing that in such a thin case they could fit the new display, and all the stuffing, and even the power supply.

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Compared to Apple iPhone 6

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Display

Let's move on to the main innovation of the updated version of iMac - the ultra-high resolution screen. To begin with, briefly about the characteristics:

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Display resolution 4096x2304 dots
PPI value 218
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Air gap No
Auto brightness control Yes

First of all, I would like to note that the display in the old iMac was quite good even in the previous generation: excellent color reproduction, a huge range of brightness, excellent behavior even in direct sunlight.

In the iMac 4k, all these qualities have not gone away, but one more thing has been added to them - ultra-high resolution. To be honest, after upgrading to Yosemite, I began to miss the FHD resolution for work, the pixelation was very conspicuous and became more noticeable compared to Mavericks and earlier versions of OS X.

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Old and new iMac screens

When you work on your new iMac, you realize that Yosemite and El Capitan were made specifically for Retina displays, because the new fonts look great on them. You don't have to be a designer, artist or photographer to appreciate this screen. Each letter seems to be drawn with a thin black marker. In words, it sounds like an insignificant trifle, but in fact, all work at the computer becomes tritely more pleasant. Switching from a regular iMac to an iMac 4k is like replacing an iPhone 3GS with an iPhone 4, an iPad 2 with an iPad 3, and so on. It only takes a few minutes of use and you instantly fall in love with this display.

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But that's not all, because other companies have good 4k displays, but they still lack something. We are talking about gorgeous scaling in OS X. In short, instead of a super-small picture, you see the same image as on a regular iMac, just all the elements become 2.5 times clearer. Don't underestimate this benefit, because scaling doesn't work so well on Windows: when enabled, icons and applications become blurry, even Microsoft's Skype is not optimized for ultra-high resolutions.

Another advantage of the iMac 4k is that all elements can be resized to look like HD, FHD, 2k or 4k resolutions. In this case, as I said, the clarity of the interface will not deteriorate. I have very poor eyesight, so I am sincerely grateful to Apple for such a setting, I myself actively use it on my MacBook Pro Retina 13.

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And this is what the desktop looks like on an old iMac

Since we started talking about people with poor eyesight, I'll tell you something else on this topic. For me, text with not the highest resolution looks much more blurry than for the average person. That is, where you will simply notice pixelation, it will, in principle, be more difficult for my eyes to focus. The higher the screen resolution, the easier it is for me to work on it.

I also really like the magnifier tool, in my opinion, it is implemented more conveniently than on Windows. When you hold down the Command key and start scrolling up with the mouse, the selected area of ​​the screen (where the cursor is located) starts to increase. This is convenient, especially when you can't figure out the captcha letters, for example.

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Apple spent a lot of time talking about new features, the expanded sRGB color range, and perfect blacks. I can’t say that you immediately pay attention to all these details, but they definitely leave their mark on the overall impression of the display.

By the way, I sat down to type this text on my old iMac to compare the impressions after two weeks of using the Retina display. What can I say, everything is very, very sad, the saying “you quickly get used to good things” is more relevant than ever in this case.

I almost forgot about the angle of inclination, as you can see, it is not very large here and only vertical. For some users, this may be a disadvantage, but I did not feel discomfort with such a solution.

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Performance

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Characteristic Value
Chipset Intel Core i5
Processor Quad-core 3.1 GHz
Video accelerator Intel Iris Pro Grapics 6200
RAM 8 GB
Internal storage capacity 1 TB (Hard drive 5400 rpm)

I received a low-end iMac configuration with a hard drive, not SSD/Fusion Drive drives, for testing. I had never used an Apple computer without an SSD before, so I figured it would be a rewarding experience. And I was not mistaken, however, it will be more useful for you, dear readers.

Be sure not to skimp on memory and get either the SSD version or the Fusion Drive version, otherwise you will be completely disappointed with this computer. I just didn't expect OS X to be that slow in the first place. The first inclusion takes 10-15 seconds, opening applications or settings - another six to seven seconds. You open a new tab in Safari and start typing in text, the computer can't keep up with you and displays only the end of your phrase. You load the page and enter your login on the site, and only its last letters are loaded. You fire up Skype and start writing a message, and the iMac starts thinking again. You can’t, you can’t put a hard drive in a computer for 122,000 rubles, and even at a speed of 5400 rpm. If you are considering this model, get ready to pay extra for an SSD/Fusion Drive right away.

Since we are talking about choosing a drive, let me share other experiences on this part. My old iMac runs on a Fusion Drive and I realize that I'd go for the full SSD version now. Yes, the system and applications start very quickly, but you never know if your photos or videos are on the SDD or on the HDD, and the speed of their download depends on this. To avoid such a problem, take the version with an SSD, and if there is not enough memory, you can always buy a Time Capsule or any wired drive. There are a lot of models that match the design of iMac.

Note that the new Fusion Drive comes with a smaller capacity flash drive, this is a situation with its pros and cons. On the plus side, this makes the FD version a bit cheaper than the 256GB SSD version. The downside is also obvious - less content will be on a fast SSD drive.

In terms of RAM and processor, 8 GB is enough for the average user, as is the performance of a quad-core Intel Core i5.

I would also like to discuss the noise level of the iMac with you. If you just work with documents, photos, mail and browser, then you will not even hear the noise of coolers. But everything changes when we launch iMovie. When this application is running, you can immediately hear the fans running at high speed. However, the overall noise level even in this case is low. And just a few words about video processing. Roman Belykh and I noticed that in OS X video processing with similar parameters takes much less time than in Windows, this is a big advantage, in my opinion.

Before buying, think carefully about the package you need, because in iMac you cannot replace the internal drive or RAM with standard tools, and you will spend about the same money on paying for the services of a third-party master as buying a more expensive version.

Operating system

I have been using OS X since Mountain Lion, so I can see the evolution of this operating system very well. Perhaps, for starters, I’ll remember the update to Mavericks. A chic update for laptop owners, giving them an extra hour of work, has become a nightmare for me. Firstly, the beautiful preview of images by space broke. Every time you clicked on it, you had to wait 4-5 seconds for the preview to load, all this time the colorful ball was spinning, which is why the problem was dubbed the "Beach Ball" (beach ball) on the network. A friend recommended updating to the latest beta version, and there the “ball” really didn’t bother me anymore, but then Wi-Fi fell off, then something else happened. As a result, shortly before updating to Yosemite, I returned to the stable version of Mavericks, where the preview had already been fixed.

Next came an update to Yosemite, which not only changed the main font to Helvetica Neue, but also broke my favorite anti-aliasing algorithm. The fact is that earlier Apple used a special anti-aliasing that improves the appearance of fonts on monitors with low resolutions. Letters on OS X looked significantly better than on any version of Windows. It is clear that Yosemite was made for Retina displays, but it was not so ugly to deal with the owners of older computers. Font smoothing doesn't make me as happy now as it did a couple of years ago. There was also some kind of trouble with Continuity: if I picked up the phone from an iMac, all subscribers complained about poor voice transmission, although the iPhone showed five network divisions. From Handoff, I expected full integration of SMS messages and iMessage on OS X. That is, so that I could not only reply to an incoming message, but also see the entire message history from my phone.

But the upgrade to El Capitan went more or less smoothly. As inappropriate as the new font looked in iOS 9, it fit into the theme on the company's computers and laptops.

And another drawback that really annoys me is that you can't completely turn off the brightness on the iMac, so if you watch a video on a connected TV, the iMac's screen will remain on, albeit at the minimum brightness. Of course, third-party developers solved this problem by installing a black background on the iMac’s desktop, but you must admit that simply turning off the backlight would look much more appropriate, especially since there is such an opportunity on MBPr13. And yes, I know about the Ctrl+Shift+Eject combination, but it turns off not only the iMac's display, but also the connected TV.

Along with the upgrade to Yosemite, the iWork office suite has also been upgraded to include features for continuous use. I admit honestly, on paper it looks very good, but in life there is one “but”. Personally, I cannot use Pages version 5.x due to the fact that this editor does not have automatic capitalization after a period. I love how it looks on the outside, but functionality is more important than beauty, so I'm still sitting on the latest version of Pages 4.x waiting for this autocorrect to appear.

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Backup and Restore

The ability to easily backup and restore is a significant benefit of OS X, and I thought so too for a long time. However, when I failed to restore my iMac backed up in Time Machine twice, I slowly began to question the effectiveness of this method. Partially faith in OS X was restored by transferring data from an old iMac to a new one using a Thunderbolt cable: when using this option, in an hour and a half you get exactly the same copy of your old computer, and, unlike Time Machine, this process will not take forever .

Keyboard and mouse

The new iMac comes with an updated Magic Keyboard 2 and Magic Mouse 2, as well as a Lightning cable to charge them. Let's start with the keyboard.

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A macbook friend of mine said that the Magic Keyboard follows the layout of the MacBook, and his words were not far from the truth. Apparently, with the release of a thin 12-inch MacBook, the company decided to transfer all keyboards on new devices to a butterfly mechanism. I heard a lot of different reviews about this solution in the MacBook, while they were diametrically opposed: some praised the new technology, others strongly scolded.

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Personally, I almost instantly got used to the new keyboard. Yes, she has a shorter press, but it did not cause almost any discomfort. But what I definitely liked was the increase in the number of buttons with function keys, it became much more convenient to use them. And yet, now that I'm back on my old Apple wired keyboard, I find that I like the softer action of the older models more. I also add that I really miss the wireless keyboard with Numeric Pad.

Mouses are even less different. In fact, they slightly reduced its weight and added the ability to recharge via a Lightning cable.

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I've been using an iMac for a long time, so I can safely say that the built-in batteries are a big boon, I used to have to use replaceable batteries and recharge them once a month, which gets boring after a while. I would love to buy a new Magic Mouse 2 if it cost two, not six thousand rubles.

Third Party Accessories

As you use your computer for a long time, you start to acquire additional accessories that improve it or level out some of its shortcomings, and the iMac is no exception.

BlueLounge Jimi. The location of the USB ports on the back is a significant disadvantage in terms of convenience. I occasionally use flash drives, so fast USB access is important to me. My problem was easily solved with the help of a simple BlueLounge Jimi dongle, now this model can be purchased in Russia for 1,000 rubles. Among the shortcomings of Jimi, I note the selective reading of flash drives, he did not recognize a couple of models.

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Just Mobile Drawer. I don’t know about you, but I often have various items necessary for work lying around on my desk. Either a pen with leaves is needed, then an i-paper clip, then scissors, then something else. At the same time, I like it when the workplace is as clear as possible from foreign objects. Previously, all small things were in a separate box, but this was not very convenient. And somehow they brought me a Drawer stand-box for a test. Not only does it raise the iMac to a more comfortable height, but it also does a great job of keeping the little things on your desktop. Now it is being sold for 3500 rubles. The thing, of course, is niche, but I really like it.

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Time Capsule. Probably not my best purchase. For two years of use, I realized that spending 12,000 rubles on it was an unaffordable luxury. Firstly, using it as a wireless hard drive is still not very convenient: the speed of working and opening files is much lower than a conventional drive. Secondly, as a router, it also works very mediocre. For example, if you use torrents, then the speed often drops to zero, and after 10-20 seconds it returns to its previous value again (if the number of seeds allows). Thirdly, it is noisy. Four times a day, I consistently hear the buzz of the hard drive, and this despite the fact that I have a daily, not an hourly backup of the system.

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Apple Wired Keyboard. In fact, I really like both the new and the old wireless keyboards, but neither the first nor the second has a separate number pad and large arrow buttons. Because of this, I am forced to use the company's wired solution. Of its advantages, it is worth highlighting the presence of two USB ports, the only pity is that they are of the 2.0 standard. There were some drawbacks: sometimes after turning on the keyboard is simply not recognized by the computer, it's ridiculous to say, but only its connection to the Jimi adapter helps, there is no reaction to ordinary USB ports. I read about this problem on the Internet, but apparently there is no solution.

Apple iMac 21.5 4k

Belkin miniDP to HDMI Cable. I bought this cable from the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York, because it was unrealistic to find it in our stores. The beauty of the cable is its long length and the absence of the need to buy any additional adapters. Faithfully serves me for the third year.

Apple iMac 21.5 4k

Wireless interfaces

In terms of wireless interfaces, we have a complete gentleman's set, especially Wi-Fi. The new iMac not only works with dual-band Wi-Fi, but also supports the .ac standard. Bluetooth version 4.0.

Camera, speakers and microphone

I already talked about this two years ago, but it is unlikely that all our readers have seen that article, so I will repeat myself. iMac has excellent stereo speakers, they will perfectly replace your good speakers and save space on your desk. I listen with great pleasure to music from them for two or three hours a day.

The microphone has very good sensitivity, you can even move two meters away from the iMac, and you will still be perfectly audible in the same Skype. I also like the quality of the HD webcam, though I don't use it that often.

Three years later

Obviously, this is based on my experience with the iMac 21.5 Late 2012, but most of the following will be true for the new model as well.

After three years of using the iMac, I have become very used to this computer, I still get great aesthetic pleasure from its appearance, I like listening to music from it, viewing photos and working with text. This is my working tool, which has become a faithful assistant. However, I can not call the iMac an ideal computer, it also has its drawbacks. Now I would attribute them to poor anti-aliasing (irrelevant for the new model) and inconvenient location of connectors, as well as the lack of an HDMI port.

Most of my work takes place on the computer, it is important for me that it be a reliable and convenient tool.

Apple iMac 21.5 4k Review

About a year after I started working at Mobile-Review.com, I began to think about buying a new computer. My old PC was good as a gaming PC back in 2008, but as time went on, toys faded into the background, comfort and convenience became more important.

I paid attention to iMac for two reasons: I really didn't like font smoothing on Windows and I wanted to get rid of the constantly buzzing black box under the table (yes, dear readers, I know that your system units are perfectly quiet, Artem Lutfullin too once boasted of his silent self-assembled PC). Initially, I considered a bunch of a Mac Mini and an external monitor, but as I imagined that I would need to connect a webcam, microphone, external speakers, etc. to this, this idea immediately became less attractive. Just then, a friend of mine drew my attention to the iMac, for plus or minus similar money, I could get a full-fledged computer running from a single cable! To be honest, initially I didn’t even look in the direction of this decision, the stereotype that iMacs are very expensive played a role.

For the first four months, I got used to a new computer and an unusual operating system for a long time and painfully. Yes, he worked very fast and looked great, but the man is a conservative creature, so old habits were not so easy to forget. It's funny to say, but the longest time I got used to switching layouts was CMD+Space instead of Shift+Ctrl. I talked about all my misfortunes in a separate article two years ago, so those who wish can re-read it, given that most of the information is relevant now.

For the first four months, I got used to the new computer and the unusual operating system for a long time and painfully. Yes he Tables in Ethiopia Tables in Ethiopia he worked very fast and looked great, but man is a conservative creature, so old habits were not so easy to forget. It's funny to say, but the longest time I got used to switching layouts was CMD+Space instead of Shift+Ctrl. I talked about all my misadventures in a separate article two years ago, so those who wish can re-read it, given that most of the information is relevant now.

Two years later, I can say that I'm used to my iMac, and it makes me happy to this day, if not for one "but": in the Yosemite update, Apple changed the main font and anti-aliasing type (and this is one of the reasons by which I initially chose their computers!), this negatively affected their display on non-Retina displays. I also have a MacBook Pro Retina 13 and it doesn't have these issues. It was after Yosemite that I began to periodically think that it would be nice to upgrade to a model with a Retina display, but at that time Apple only announced a 27-inch model, which I did not really need. And just a month ago, the announcement of a 21.5-inch iMac appeared, which I immediately decided to take for a test. In addition to his review, I was also curious myself whether it was worth paying extra for a new model. Actually, I will try to answer this question in this article, and at the same time I will talk about the positive and negative aspects of using my iMac, since they will also be true for the new model (and I will mention those that have been fixed separately).

Packages

  • iMac
  • Power cable
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse
  • Lightning cable

The computer comes in a good old big trapezoidal box, a beautiful main box is hidden under the cardboard base, I do not recommend throwing it away, as it may be needed to transport your computer.

Latest iMacs come with new versions of the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse, which we will talk about separately in the corresponding section.

Once again, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that iMac uses a regular cable without a separate power supply, the latter is already built into the case. Why am I talking about this specifically? Because manufacturers of monoblocks and monitors on Windows for the most part still do not implement this simple, but very user-friendly "trick". And the last thing you need to know about the configuration of this computer. The power cable is white here, and this is another feature of Apple computers, which for some reason is not used by manufacturers of monoblocks on Windows. Recall even the recent monitor from Acer - a great external solution, but with an ugly black cable and power supply.

Appearance, connectors, case materials, assembly

The word "stylish" has long become almost a curse when describing any thing. Now we have everything “stylish”: from a gray faceless smartphone to a bright pink ugly handbag. But specifically for the iMac line, this word (without ironic undertones) is perfect. This is a really beautiful computer that will decorate your room. Another confirmation of my words is a huge number of design projects for rooms, in many of them iMac is drawn on the desktop, which is significant.

In general, Apple computers really decorate the workplace, as a confirmation of my words, let me share a link to 60 beautiful desktop organization options.

I stop here for a reason. In the case of the iMac, it's not just a computer, it's a thing that will please the eye even a year or two later. Of course, everything here depends on the person: for some it does not matter, but for someone, on the contrary, it is important. Personally, I belong to the second category.

Apple has been exploiting the successful design of their devices for years, so the new iMac has not changed much on the outside, even more: it looks exactly the same as my model from the end of 2012.

My iMac 21.5 Late 2012. As you can see, it looks exactly like the new model

The front side is devoid of any control elements or connectors, there are only a display and a front camera eye. And although from an aesthetic point of view, such a solution looks beautiful, in terms of practicality, everything is not so great. If you need to insert a flash drive or memory card, then you have to do it blindly, sorting through the connectors on the back of the iMac, or just turn it over every time. The problem is partially solved with the help of the BlueLounge Jimi accessory, but not everything is so simple with it either. By the way, a separate section will also be devoted to all the iMac accessories I use.

The set of connectors has also not changed since iMac 21.5 Late 2012: 3.5 mm for headphones or a headset, an SD card slot, four USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet and two Thunderbolt 2 connectors. And this is also a drawback of the model. Firstly, more USB ports could have been added, and secondly, I am insanely missing a full-fledged HDMI port. It seems that Apple basically does not add it, and this can be safely called a lack of a computer.

I would like to dwell separately on build quality and reliability. My iMac hasn't changed in two years in appearance: nothing leaves, it doesn't creak, it doesn't play, it doesn't fall off, it looks almost like new. Given the same external design, I dare to assume that it is unlikely that something will happen to the new generation even in a couple of years. However, Apple computers usually last a long time, I know that many still use iMac 2008 and feel great.

Dimensions

When it comes to a desktop computer, its size does not play a special role, and yet I would like to draw attention to one parameter. This, of course, is about the thickness of the iMac. It's amazing that in such a thin case they could fit the new display, and all the stuffing, and even the power supply.

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

Display

Let's move on to the main innovation of the updated version of iMac - the ultra-high resolution screen. To begin with, briefly about the characteristics:

Characteristic Value Screen diagonal 21.5 inches Display resolution 4096x2304 pixels PPI value 218 Matrix type IPS Protective coating Glass Air gap No Automatic brightness control Yes

But that's not all, because other companies have good 4k displays, but they still lack something. We are talking about gorgeous scaling in OS X. In short, instead of a super-small picture, you see the same image as on a regular iMac, just all the elements become 2.5 times clearer. Don't underestimate this benefit, because scaling doesn't work so well on Windows: when enabled, icons and applications become blurry, even Microsoft's Skype is not optimized for ultra-high resolutions.

Another advantage of the iMac 4k is that all elements can be resized to look like HD, FHD, 2k or 4k resolutions. At the same time, as I said, the clarity of the interface will not deteriorate. I have very poor eyesight, so I am sincerely grateful to Apple for such a setting, I myself actively use it on my MacBook Pro Retina 13.

And this is what the desktop looks like on an old iMac

Since we started talking about people with poor eyesight, I'll tell you something else on this topic. For me, text with not the highest resolution looks much more blurry than for the average person. That is, where you will simply notice pixelation, it will, in principle, be more difficult for my eyes to focus. The higher the screen resolution, the easier it is for me to work on it.

I also really like the magnifier tool, in my opinion, it is implemented more conveniently than on Windows. When you hold down the Command key and start scrolling up with the mouse, the selected area of ​​the screen (where the cursor is located) starts to increase. This is convenient, especially when you can't figure out the captcha letters, for example.

Apple spent a lot of time talking about new features, the expanded sRGB color range, and perfect blacks. I can’t say that you immediately pay attention to all these details, but they definitely leave their mark on the overall impression of the display.

By the way, I sat down to type this text on my old iMac to compare the impressions after two weeks of using the Retina display. What can I say, everything is very, very sad, the saying “you quickly get used to good things” is more relevant than ever in this case.

I almost forgot about the angle of inclination, as you can see, it is not very large here and only vertical. For some users, this may be a disadvantage, but I did not feel discomfort with such a solution.

Performance

Characteristic Value Chipset Intel Core i5 Processor Quad-core 3.1 GHz Video accelerator Intel Iris Pro Grapics 6200 RAM 8 GB Internal storage capacity 1 TB (Hard disk 5400 rpm)

I received a low-end iMac configuration with a hard drive, not SSD/Fusion Drive drives, for testing. I had never used an Apple computer without an SSD before, so I figured it would be a rewarding experience. And I was not mistaken, however, it will be more useful for you, dear readers.

Be sure not to skimp on memory and get either the SSD version or the Fusion Drive version, otherwise you will be completely disappointed with this computer. I just didn't expect OS X to be that slow in the first place. The first inclusion takes 10-15 seconds, opening applications or settings - another six to seven seconds. You open a new tab in Safari and start typing in text, the computer can't keep up with you and displays only the end of your phrase. You load the page and enter your login on the site, and only its last letters are loaded. You fire up Skype and start writing a message, and the iMac starts thinking again. You can’t, you can’t put a hard drive in a computer for 122,000 rubles, and even at a speed of 5400 rpm. If you are considering this model, get ready to pay extra for an SSD/Fusion Drive right away.

Since we are talking about choosing a drive, let me share other experiences on this part. My old iMac runs on a Fusion Drive and I realize that I'd go for the full SSD version now. Yes, the system and applications start very quickly, but you never know if your photos or videos are on the SDD or on the HDD, and the speed of their download depends on this. To avoid such a problem, take the version with an SSD, and if there is not enough memory, you can always buy a Time Capsule or any wired drive. There are a lot of models that match the design of iMac.

Note that the new Fusion Drive comes with a smaller capacity flash drive, this is a situation with its pros and cons. On the plus side, this makes the FD version a bit cheaper than the 256GB SSD version. The downside is also obvious - less content will be on a fast SSD drive.

In terms of RAM and processor, 8 GB is enough for the average user, as is the performance of a quad-core Intel Core i5.

I would also like to discuss the noise level of the iMac with you. If you just work with documents, photos, mail and browser, then you will not even hear the noise of coolers. But everything changes when we launch iMovie. When this application is running, you can immediately hear the fans running at high speed. However, the overall noise level even in this case is low. And just a few words about video processing. Roman Belykh and I noticed that in OS X video processing with similar parameters takes much less time than in Windows, this is a big advantage, in my opinion.

Before buying, think carefully about the package you need, because in iMac you cannot replace the internal drive or RAM with standard tools, and you will spend about the same money on paying for the services of a third-party master as buying a more expensive version.

Operating system

I have been using OS X since Mountain Lion, so I can see the evolution of this operating system very well. Perhaps, for starters, I’ll remember the update to Mavericks. A chic update for laptop owners, giving them an extra hour of work, has become a nightmare for me. Firstly, the beautiful preview of images by space broke. Every time you clicked on it, you had to wait 4-5 seconds for the preview to load, all this time the colorful ball was spinning, which is why the problem was dubbed the "Beach Ball" (beach ball) on the network. A friend recommended updating to the latest beta version, and there the “ball” really didn’t bother me anymore, but then Wi-Fi fell off, then something else happened. As a result, shortly before updating to Yosemite, I returned to the stable version of Mavericks, where the preview had already been fixed.

Next came an update to Yosemite, which not only changed the main font to Helvetica Neue, but also broke my favorite anti-aliasing algorithm. The fact is that earlier Apple used a special anti-aliasing that improves the appearance of fonts on monitors with low resolutions. Letters on OS X looked significantly better than on any version of Windows. It is clear that Yosemite was made for Retina displays, but it was not so ugly to deal with the owners of older computers. Font smoothing doesn't make me as happy now as it did a couple of years ago. There was also some kind of trouble with Continuity: if I picked up the phone from an iMac, all subscribers complained about poor voice transmission, although the iPhone showed five network divisions. From Handoff, I expected full integration of SMS messages and iMessage on OS X. That is, so that I could not only reply to an incoming message, but also see the entire message history from my phone.

But the upgrade to El Capitan went more or less smoothly. As inappropriate as the new font looked in iOS 9, it fit into the theme on the company's computers and laptops.

And another drawback that really annoys me is that you can't completely turn off the brightness on the iMac, so if you watch a video on a connected TV, the iMac's screen will remain on, albeit at the minimum brightness. Of course, third-party developers solved this problem by installing a black background on the iMac’s desktop, but you must admit that simply turning off the backlight would look much more appropriate, especially since there is such an opportunity on MBPr13. And yes, I know about the Ctrl+Shift+Eject combination, but it turns off not only the iMac's display, but also the connected TV.

Along with the upgrade to Yosemite, the iWork office suite has also been upgraded to include features for continuous use. I admit honestly, on paper it looks very good, but in life there is one “but”. Personally, I cannot use Pages version 5.x due to the fact that this editor does not have automatic capitalization after a period. I love how it looks on the outside, but functionality is more important than beauty, so I'm still sitting on the latest version of Pages 4.x waiting for this autocorrect to appear.

Backup and Restore

The ability to easily backup and restore is a significant benefit of OS X, and I thought so too for a long time. However, when I failed to restore my iMac backed up in Time Machine twice, I slowly began to question the effectiveness of this method. Partially faith in OS X was restored by transferring data from an old iMac to a new one using a Thunderbolt cable: when using this option, in an hour and a half you get exactly the same copy of your old computer, and, unlike Time Machine, this process will not take forever .

Keyboard and mouse

The new iMac comes with an updated Magic Keyboard 2 and Magic Mouse 2, as well as a Lightning cable to charge them. Let's start with the keyboard.

A macbook friend of mine said that the Magic Keyboard follows the layout of the MacBook, and his words were not far from the truth. Apparently, with the release of a thin 12-inch MacBook, the company decided to transfer all keyboards on new devices to a butterfly mechanism. I heard a lot of different reviews about this solution in the MacBook, while they were diametrically opposed: some praised the new technology, others strongly scolded.

Personally, I almost instantly got used to the new keyboard. Yes, she has a shorter press, but it did not cause almost any discomfort. But what I definitely liked was the increase in the number of buttons with function keys, it became much more convenient to use them. And yet, now that I'm back on my old Apple wired keyboard, I find that I like the softer action of the older models more. I also add that I really miss the wireless keyboard with Numeric Pad.

Mouses are even less different. In fact, they slightly reduced its weight and added the ability to recharge via a Lightning cable.

I've been using an iMac for a long time, so I can safely say that the built-in batteries are a big boon, I used to have to use replaceable batteries and recharge them once a month, which gets boring after a while. I would love to buy a new Magic Mouse 2 if it cost two, not six thousand rubles.

Third Party Accessories

As you use your computer for a long time, you start to acquire additional accessories that improve it or level out some of its shortcomings, and the iMac is no exception.

BlueLounge Jimi. The location of the USB ports on the back is a significant disadvantage in terms of convenience. I occasionally use flash drives, so fast USB access is important to me. My problem was easily solved with the help of a simple BlueLounge Jimi dongle, now this model can be purchased in Russia for 1,000 rubles. Among the shortcomings of Jimi, I note the selective reading of flash drives, he did not recognize a couple of models.

Just Mobile Drawer. I don’t know about you, but I often have various items necessary for work lying around on my desk. Either a pen with leaves is needed, then an i-paper clip, then scissors, then something else. At the same time, I like it when the workplace is as clear as possible from foreign objects. Previously, all small things were in a separate box, but this was not very convenient. And somehow they brought me a Drawer stand-box for a test. Not only does it raise the iMac to a more comfortable height, but it also does a great job of keeping the little things on your desktop. Now it is being sold for 3500 rubles. The thing, of course, is niche, but I really like it.

Time Capsule. Probably not my best purchase. For two years of use, I realized that spending 12,000 rubles on it was an unaffordable luxury. Firstly, using it as a wireless hard drive is still not very convenient: the speed of working and opening files is much lower than a conventional drive. Secondly, as a router, it also works very mediocre. For example, if you use torrents, then the speed often drops to zero, and after 10-20 seconds it returns to its previous value again (if the number of seeds allows). Thirdly, it is noisy. Four times a day, I consistently hear the buzz of the hard drive, and this despite the fact that I have a daily, not an hourly backup of the system.

Apple Wired Keyboard. In fact, I really like both the new and the old wireless keyboards, but neither the first nor the second has a separate number pad and large arrow buttons. Because of this, I am forced to use the company's wired solution. Of its advantages, it is worth highlighting the presence of two USB ports, the only pity is that they are of the 2.0 standard. There were some drawbacks: sometimes after turning on the keyboard is simply not recognized by the computer, it's ridiculous to say, but only its connection to the Jimi adapter helps, there is no reaction to ordinary USB ports. I read about this problem on the Internet, but apparently there is no solution.

Belkin miniDP to HDMI Cable. I bought this cable from the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York, because it was unrealistic to find it in our stores. The beauty of the cable is its long length and the absence of the need to buy any additional adapters. Faithfully serves me for the third year.

Wireless interfaces

In terms of wireless interfaces, we have a complete gentleman's set, especially Wi-Fi. The new iMac not only works with dual-band Wi-Fi, but also supports the .ac standard. Bluetooth version 4.0.

Camera, speakers and microphone

I already talked about this two years ago, but it is unlikely that all our readers have seen that article, so I will repeat myself. iMac has excellent stereo speakers, they will perfectly replace your good speakers and save space on your desk. I listen with great pleasure to music from them for two or three hours a day.

The microphone has very good sensitivity, you can even move two meters away from the iMac, and you will still be perfectly audible in the same Skype. I also like the quality of the HD webcam, though I don't use it that often.

Three years later

Obviously, this is based on my experience with the iMac 21.5 Late 2012, but most of the following will be true for the new model as well.

After three years of using the iMac, I have become very used to this computer, I still get great aesthetic pleasure from its appearance, I like listening to music from it, viewing photos and working with text. This is my working tool, which has become a faithful assistant. However, I cannot call the iMac an ideal computer, it also has its drawbacks. Now I would attribute them to poor anti-aliasing (irrelevant for the new model) and inconvenient location of connectors, as well as the lack of an HDMI port.

Most of my work takes place on the computer, it is important for me that it be a reliable and convenient tool.