Apple iMac 27-inch (2020) review The iMac 27-inch (2020) is Apple’s latest entry in its iconic lineup of all-in-ones, bringing a number of impressive upgrades that will particularly appeal to people working from home – which due to the Covid-19 pandemic is a growing number of us.
We’d been expecting a new iMac in 2020, and Apple has delivered, especially when it comes to offering a boost in specifications, with the new all-in-one now coming with the latest 10th generation Intel Comet Lake processors, speedy solid state drives (SSDs) across the board, powerful AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards and bags of RAM.
For home workers, there’s also a new 1080p FaceTime HD webcam and studio-quality microphones, which make a big improvement to video calls, which are now an essential part of home working.
Those two new features certainly got a workout during our time with the iMac 27-inch (2020), as we had multiple video meetings – and the results were very positive.
Best of all, these new features, along with the more powerful components that power them, all come for the same price as last year’s model.
So, the entry level model sells for $1,799/£1,799/AU$2,799 – the same as the 2019 model’s entry level. If you were eyeing up the 2019 model but didn’t buy it, you can now essentially get a big upgrade for free.
Apple iMac 27-inch review The leap here isn’t so large that it will make the 2019 model feel obsolete, but with the new 10th generation processors (which can be configured up to 10 cores, which is a first for the standard iMac), and SSDs, this is a noticeably faster and more powerful device. During our time with it we found that the iMac 27-inch (2020) was fast to boot up, with macOS running fast and smooth. It also handled any benchmark and task we threw at it with ease.
Apple iMac 27-inch review The GPU also gets an upgrade, with the new AMD Radeon Pro 5000 graphics cards that come with the device offering a big step up from the Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPUs in the previous iMac, and Apple promises up to 55% faster graphics performance.
Display – Apple iMac 27-inch review iMac (Retina 5K
Retina 5K display
27-inch (diagonal) Retina 5K display
5120‑by‑2880 resolution with support for one billion colors
500 nits brightness
Wide color (P3)
True Tone technology
Configurable with nano-texture glass
3.1GHz 3.1GHz 6‑core 10th-generation Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
3.3GHz 3.3GHz 6‑core 10th-generation Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz Configurable to 3.6GHz 10-core 10th-generation Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
3.8GHz 3.8GHz 8‑core 10th-generation Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz Configurable to 3.6GHz 10-core 10th-generation Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
3.1GHz 8GB (two 4GB) of 2666MHz DDR4 memory; four SO-DIMM slots, user accessible Configurable to 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB
3.3GHz 8GB (two 4GB) of 2666MHz DDR4 memory; four SO-DIMM slots, user accessible Configurable to 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB
3.8GHz 8GB (two 4GB) of 2666MHz DDR4 memory; four SO-DIMM slots, user accessible Configurable to 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB
3.1GHz 256GB SSD
3.3GHz 512GB SSD Configurable to 1TB or 2TB SSD
3.8GHz 512GB SSD Configurable to 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB SSD
3.1GHz Radeon Pro 5300 with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
3.3GHz Radeon Pro 5300 with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
3.8GHz Radeon Pro 5500 XT with 8GB of GDDR6 memory Configurable to Radeon Pro 5700 with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB of GDDR6 memory
Video Support and Camera
1080p FaceTime HD camera
Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at 1 billion colors and:
One 6016-by-3384 (6K) external display at 60Hz with support for 1 billion colors, or
Two 6016-by-3384 (6K) external displays at 60Hz with support for 1 billion colors, or
One 5120‑by‑2880 (5K) external displays at 60Hz with support for millions of colors
Two 3840-by-2160 (4K UHD) external displays at 60Hz with support for 1 billion colors, or
Two 4096‑by‑2304 (4K) external displays at 60Hz with support for millions of colors
Thunderbolt 3 digital video output
Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI, and VGA output supported using adapters (sold separately)
Audio – Apple iMac 27-inch review
Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming
3.5 mm headphone jack
Support for “Hey Siri”
Connections and Expansion
3.5 mm headphone jack
SDXC card slot (UHS-II)
Four USB A ports
Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for:
Thunderbolt (up to 40Gb/s)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)
Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI, and VGA supported using adapters (sold separately)
Configurable to 10Gb Ethernet with support for 1Gb, 2.5Gb, 5Gb, and 10Gb Ethernet
Kensington lock slot
Magic Keyboard Magic Keyboard comes standard with your iMac. It’s wireless and rechargeable (so you won’t be replacing batteries), with an ultracompact, edge-to-edge design that wastes no surface space. It has a stable scissor mechanism, optimized key travel, and a low profile that provide control and comfort. And it pairs immediately with your iMac right out of the box.
Magic Mouse 2 Magic Mouse 2 comes standard with your iMac. The design of Magic Mouse 2 lets it glide smoothly across your desk. And since it supports Multi-Touch, you can use simple gestures on its surface to do things such as swipe between web pages and scroll through documents.
Configurable with Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad You get all the functionality of Magic Keyboard, with an extended layout that makes it even easier to work and play. Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad includes document navigation controls — page up, page down, home, and end — and full-size arrow keys that are perfect for navigating pro apps, moving through spreadsheets, and playing games.
Configurable with Magic Trackpad 2 If you prefer using a trackpad, Magic Trackpad 2 gives you the full range of Multi-Touch gestures and introduces Force Touch to the desktop. Sensors underneath the trackpad surface detect subtle differences in the amount of pressure you apply, bringing more functionality to your fingertips and enabling a deeper connection to your content. This design, along with a low profile, makes it extremely comfortable to use.
Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 90% noncondensing
Operating altitude: tested up to 16,400 feet (5000 meters)
In the Box
iMac with Retina 5K display
Magic Mouse 2
Lightning to USB Cable
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1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available on the Mac App Store. Downloading apps requires an Apple ID and a device that is compatible with the OS version required for each app.
Data accurate as of product launch.
Every Apple product is free of PVC and phthalates with the exception of AC power cords in India, Thailand (for two-prong AC power cords), and South Korea, where we continue to seek government approval for our PVC and phthalates replacement.
Final assembly supplier sites for 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display and 27‑inch iMac with Retina 5K display are third-party certified as Zero Waste by UL LLC (UL 2799 Standard).
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