IT Pro reviews Apple’s 27-inch 5K iMac: ‘Still a stunner and one hell of a machine’

“Like most of Apple’s products, including its MacBook laptops, iPhones, iPad tablets and even its accessories, the iMac 27.5-inch is a thing of beauty,” IT Pro writes. “An all-in-one is also something that’s become somewhat of a luxury, with only a handful of companies now producing them. So unsurprising that Apple’s particular computer and screen combo is one of our favourites.”

“The iMac 27.5-inch is a little old now compared to its iMac Pro buddy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not well worth a compliment or two,” IT Pro writes. “It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that the iMac is an absolutely gorgeous piece of technology, both inside and out. It still looks like a slice of the future, despite not having changed much in more than three years, and it goes like a bat out of hell.”

27‑inch iMac with Retina 5K display
Apple’s 27‑inch iMac with Retina 5K display

“The iMac also includes one of the best 5K displays we’ve ever seen – there are TVs that don’t look this good. Viewed through that lens, the 27in iMac starts to look like a bit of a bargain,” IT Pro writes. “As with every iMac before it for the past five years, the 2017 model is a powerhouse, perfectly suited to creative and design work.”

Much more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take:


  1. The screen alone is worth the price of admission – just wish they made it a tiny bit easier to replace a hard drive.. The older iMacs were still hard to do but you could do it without buying new adhesive strips..

    1. Got mine done at the local authorised Apple dealer upgraded to a SSD while I was at it, they did it in 24 hours and very reasonable price too considering the upgrade. So less of a problem at least for me than I was expecting after all the scare stories around. Decent improvement in performance too as a bonus.

        1. Are you new, Tau Myx? Macs are not for gaming. IKR? You might think so because there is a keyboard and mouse, but if you’re a gamer you are on the wrong platform and you’ll NEVER be happy with a Mac. #byefelicia

  2. The screen is wonderful… except that you can’t plug a damn thing into it and have to watch cable, camcorder, and Playstation on a plainly inferior TV right next to it! Why no HDMI input? Also…

    Hopelessly neglected finder. It is a slow clumsy waste of space and the find command buries properly-spelled results under hundreds of irrelevant “context” hits.
    Hard drive slot. If a Sony playstation can have this, there is no excuse for a Mac not having one. External drives with tangles of wires are inelegant and add failure potential.
    Front accessible ports for SD cards, USB sticks, and headphones. RCA output for connecting to a stereo. People use this stuff, and having to turn your computer is another risk for damaging wires or unplugging things unexpectedly.
    Sliding lens cap for FaceTime camera. You told us once it was unhackable. It never will be.
    Real keyboard and mouse. (See Naga hex, lights not necessary. Working drivers are.)
    Mac compatibility. Stop breaking our software. Future Macs will still be able to run 32 bit software – if it is for windows!
    Why does Mac OS have to lock up everything for 20 seconds to spin up hard drives for no obvious reasons? I thought OS X had multitasking.
    Nobody cares about making it a millimeter thinner! Add an inch just to remind yourself that it doesn’t matter, and maybe allow for some heat dissipation.

    1. That is exactly what I did. I was so close to getting the iMac Pro. In the end, I simply could not justify the extra cost. Very happy with my iMac after a year and a half of service.

  3. So the question is why doesn’t the Mac mini just delete the screen from the iMac package and keep the rest?

    Mac mini: 1TB SSD integrated GPU,16 GB RAM, NO 5K screen, NO mouse, NO KB: $1800

    5K iMac: 1 TB Fusion HD, dedicated 4GB GPU, 16 GB RAM, 5k screen, mouse, KB: $2000

    Which one looks to be the better deal and more balanced machine?

    1. My question is why Apple doesn’t believe in offering full capability performance workstations at all.

      There is no reason the Mini or the iMac couldn’t have faster components and full size dual drive bays.

      Let’s look at the iMac. While performance is adequate for many users, it’s too expensive for beginners and too weak for gamers or intensive workstation users. Apple makes perhaps the least ergonomic and versatile All-in-one. It It sacrifices performance for thinness. The connections are all on the back. The screen has no height adjustment. There is no matching monitor for iMacs, and of course Apple has abandoned drive sanity with its desire to have users rent iCloud. Thus for the average user who isn’t interested in monthly cloud rental fees, backups require 3rd party NAS or drives sharing desktop space. This completely negates the absurd efforts Apple goes to to make its desktop products thin and pretty.

      It is truly pathetic that Apple hasn’t made a proper desktop workstation since 2012, and that none of its Macs have proper dual or more drive bays. The new Mini, which arrived at least 3 years late, remains an 80% effort. Once again Apple reduced user options and value to sell a wildly overpriced fashion piece.

      If you can accept iMac or Mac Mini performance, then you can probably accept the performance of a 2010-2012 Mac Pro for a fraction of the price and 10 times the versatility.

  4. The iMac Pro makes sense for 24/7 production, that is why it has Xeon processors and much better cooling capacity.

    If the new 27 iMacs get the new i7 and new GPUs the gap with the iMac Pro will even be smaller, at least for not so demanding jobs taking hours of 100% CPU utilization. Although I hope Apple won’t increase the price significantly as they are destined for different purposes. So, If you -need- the best machine the iMac Pro right now has no competition on the Apple camp. For very heavy tasks the regular iMac is Not Recommended, you will fry the machine in 2 years or less. Mine did.

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