Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Late 2015)

Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Late 2015)

Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Late 2015)

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Product Highlights

  • 27" Retina 5K IPS Display
  • 5120 x 2880 Screen Resolution
  • 3.3 GHz Intel Core i5 (Skylake)
  • 8GB of 1867 MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 2TB Fusion Drive
  • AMD Radeon R9 M395 GPU (2GB GDDR5)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Thunderbolt 2 + USB 3.0
  • Magic Keyboard & Magic Mouse 2 Included
  • Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra
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Apple iMac overview

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Apple weds high-res 5K visuals into its sleek 5mm thin 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display. With a 5120 x 2880 native resolution, this iMac provides 14.7 million pixels, which is 7 times more than the standard HD display. The Retina 5K display also features a wider color gamut. Using a P3-based color gamut, the Retina 5K display provides a 25% larger color space than standard sRGB displays. And with more available colors, the images will appear more vivid and reveal greater detail.

The iMac houses a quad-core 6th-gen Skylake 3.3 GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of 1867 MHz DDR3 RAM. The iMac also has an AMD Radeon R9 M395 graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 vRAM. For storage, the iMac has a 2TB Fusion Drive.

Outfitted with 802.11ac Wi-Fi (backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n) for the speediest hook-ups to your home network, this iMac is also configured with Bluetooth 4.0, as well as an SDXC card slot for extra storage, four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) jack. It also has a Kensington lock slot for added security.

For ports, the iMac has dual Thunderbolt 2 ports (which also double as Mini DisplayPorts) and four USB 3.0 ports. You'll be able to connect with various compatible components. If you would rather go wireless with your peripherals, you can use Bluetooth 4.0 technology where compatible.

27" Retina 5K IPS Display
Whether your iMac is in your studio, living room, or kitchen, the display is the focal point. With a 5120 x 2880 resolution, the iMac with Retina 5K display features 14.7 million pixels, which allows for crisp, clear text and support for 4K photos and videos. The IPS panel allows for wider viewing angles so more people can enjoy the Retina 5K display without having to crowd around it.
6th-Gen Skylake Quad-Core Intel Core Performance
The iMac houses a quad-core 6th-gen Skylake Intel Core i5 processor. Its quad cores can reach a stock speed of 3.3 GHz. It can also be overclocked up to 3.9 GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. The 6th-gen Skylake Intel processor uses low voltage for better energy efficiency while still providing fast performance. Combined with 8GB of 1867 MHz DDR3 RAM, the iMac allows you to multitask quickly and efficiently.
Impossibly Thin
The iMac with Retina 5K display maintains its 5mm profile, which is up to 40 percent less volume than the 2011 iMac. Using an advanced welding method called friction-stir welding, Apple was able to join the front and the back of the iMac together directly.
802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0
With three-stream 802.11ac technology, the iMac takes desktop Wi-Fi speeds over the top. When it's connected to an 802.11ac base station - including AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule (both sold separately) - you can reach data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps. That's triple the previous 802.11n standard, which means you'll get up to three times faster Wi‑Fi. You also get double the channel bandwidth, with 80MHz-wide channels providing more room for more data to flow faster than ever. Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse.
Thunderbolt 2
Expand the capabilities of your Mac. Connect high-performance peripherals. Transfer data at high speed. Even daisy-chain multiple devices. And the iMac with Retina 5K display has Thunderbolt 2, delivering twice the bandwidth - up to 20 Gbps - for fast data transfers. While the Thunderbolt 2 ports double as mini DisplayPorts, the iMac with Retina 5K display cannot be used as a standalone monitor like its predecessor. It can, however, be used simultaneously with an external display and can output up to a 5120 x 2880 resolution.
USB 3.0
With USB 3.0, you can transfer large files in seconds instead of minutes. Every iMac comes with four USB 3.0 ports - with speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 - and you can connect all your USB-compatible devices, including your iPhone, iPad, iPod or digital camera.
In the Box
Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Late 2015)
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse 2 (Silver)
  • Power Cord
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Apple iMac specs

    Processor Intel Core i5 Quad-Core
    Base Clock Speed 3.3 GHz
    Maximum Boost Speed 3.9 GHz
    Total Installed Memory 8 GB
    Maximum Memory Capacity 32 GB
    Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
    Memory Speed 1867 MHz
    User-Replaceable Memory 2 x 4 GB
    Available Memory Slots 2
    Memory Slot Type 204-Pin SO-DIMM
    Graphics Type Dedicated
    GPU AMD Radeon R9 M395 with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM
    Size 27"
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Native Resolution 5120 x 2880
    External Resolution Up to 5120 x 2880
    Total Capacity 2 TB
    Hybrid Storage 1 x 2 TB Integrated Fusion Drive
    Optical Drive None
    Input/Output Connectors
    Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 2
    4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
    Display 2 x Mini DisplayPort via Thunderbolt Port
    Audio 2 x Integrated Speaker
    2 x Integrated Microphone
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
    Media Card Slots SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Network 1 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
    Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5; Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
    Webcam User-Facing
    Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
    Security Kensington Lock Slot
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 25.6 x 20.3 x 8.0" / 65.0 x 51.6 x 20.3 cm
    Weight 21.00 lb / 9.53 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 32.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 31.0 x 24.0 x 10.5"

    Apple iMac reviews

    27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Late 2015) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 78.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beware! Remember just because it's an Apple computer doesn't mean you'll be trouble free. If you can't afford the Apple Care plan you can't afford to own this computer. B&H return policy doesn't allow for return of computers. I had problems with my IMAC freezing and rebooting intermittently since day one. I had to take it down to the local Apple store for diagnosis. They determined the main processor was bad. I bought Apple after being a lifelong PC user because of its reliability reputation. So I'm not real happy. Apple reserves the right to put Refurbed parts in my brand new computer, not crazy about that either. Don't buy this without Apple Care maintenance plan. Hopefully they can fix it and I'm not stuck with a lemon for the next 5 to 10 years.
    Date published: 2016-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Computer I had previously used a Mac Pro, but didn't have the budget for a new one again. I thought this iMac would fit the bill just fine. I love the large display, getting started was easy other than getting the file structure view that I wanted in the Finder window, but I got that figured out quickly. So far, I am very happy with it. I read that I can add more RAM on this model (but not on the smaller display models), so that was a plus, though I haven't tried it yet. The only things I don't like about it is that it doesn't have an optic drive and the keyboard lacks a Ten-Key pad and a forward delete button. The Magic Mouse is great.
    Date published: 2015-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A superb all in one with a fabulous display I purchased this to replace a 2011 27 iMac with an 3.4GHz i7 processor and was concerned that this would not be as fast as my old machine. I need not have had any worries and am very impressed with performance. I had upgraded my older machine with an SSD and again was concerned that a Fusion drive would not compete, but again I am not disappointed. This is a fast superb machine with a fantastic display. I use my machines mainly for photography (Lightroom and Photoshop) and music work and it has proved its capabilities extremely well, handling complex Photoshop filters with ease. I have attached a Dell P2715Q secondary display which this machines handles with ease. I consider this to be a worthy upgrade and you can save considerable amounts of money by going with the i5 processor instead of the i7 and the Fusion drive seems to work well, combining the boot speed of the SSD with the capacity of a standard hard drive thus saving the cost of a pure SSD drive (although in this machine they are super fast SSD drives). I use my machines with a lot of external drives (4 x 8TB) since photographs and music consume a lot of space, so the small internal drive is not an issue (2TB). USB 3 and TB connectivity make external drive access quite efficient. Pros: 1. Screen. Superb colour gamut and resolution. 2. Performance and speed of the Fusion drive surprising. 3. Runs fairly cool even when being pushed. 4. Will run with 64GB memory despite Apple's claim for 32 GB max. 5. Very well made. 6. Plenty of external expansion (2 x TB type 2 ports plus USB 3 ports etc.). 7. Supplied keyboard (wireless) is surprisingly good. Cons: 1. All the USB sockets are on the back of the machine including the SD card slot which is a pain (I attach a card reader and USB hub to bring everything round to the front where I can get to them). 2. Drives are not upgradeable. This is a sealed unit and only the RAM can be upgraded without breaking the glued seal between screen and aluminum body. 3. Expensive but you get what you pay for. 4. Supplied Magic Mouse is terrible. Charging port is on the bottom of the mouse and ergonomics are terrible.
    Date published: 2015-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful screen Replacing a 2012 MacBook Pro with this machine. I opted for the 2TB fusion drive, as most of my work is done off external USB 3.0 drives. I would have gone for the ssd, but the price difference was too much. I was a little disappointed using the machine straight out of the box, but in the past couple weeks since I got it, it seems as though the OS has moved the important bits to the ssd portion of the fusion drive, so I am not noticing any lag. I run Final Cut X, and my one issue is viewing 1080p video is comically small at 100%. I run a secondary 2880x1440 monitor as well, and am adding a 1080p tv for demoing video. That said, rendering times seem to be very good and it handles everything I've done so far without any delays. I'm mainly a still photographer that does some side video though.
    Date published: 2016-01-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from All the right features... When shopping for a mac, it's always hard to settle on the right set of features against bang for the buck. Here's the pieces that drove my decision... Chipset - only the 27 iMac has the skylake chip set (outside of the Macbook line) which improves memory addressing (as of this review). I like to get 5-7 years out of a computer and tend to buy a solid mid range configuration. Now, why the 3.3ghz? For starters, it's bundled with the 2 TB Fusion drive which incorporates the 128GB SSD. On other configurations, this is an option, on the 1 TB fusion drive, there is only a small 28GB SSD while the two and three TB drives have 128GB. An SSD absolutely double the speed of everyday work. The next biggie, the video card. The 27 base iMac comes with the M380. The M390 is close to twice as powerful for anything like video or game rendering. This model bumps to to the M395 which is a bit quicker, at least get a config with the M390 or higher if going beyond web browsing and word documents. Another nod to the 27 v. the mini or 21inch - the RAM is easy peasy upgradable to 32GB as opposed to soldered to the circuit board. Now - any customized config through apple, with these upgrades, will be the same or more dollars than B&H (not to mention tax). Thus, this config is the best long term value and like getting a processor upgrade for free. Also of note - the wireless keyboard and mouse are rechargeable now (via USB cable).
    Date published: 2016-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad I finally bought it When I read reviews, I always look for reviews that provide some amount of background information that may parallel my own situation. With that thought in mind, I am moving from a mid-2009 MBP (with max memory) to this late 2015 iMac. My major use will be to post process high resolution RAW files using stand alone versions of both Lightroom6 and PS CS6. It is not uncommon for my workflow to start processing a photo's RAW file in LR, then send it directly from within LR to PS, then have PS send it back to LR to finish it. (on average, 150 - 300 RAW files per week) While the MBP could still handle that workflow, it became painfully slow due to both PS and LR needing more CPU, memory, and graphics support than the MBP could understandably provide. The technology advances from 2009 to 2015 speak for themselves, so I don't need to spend time praising how much faster the iMac is compared to the MBP. I also added 32 GB of 'after market' memory to the standard 8 GB of memory that Apple includes with the unit (40 GB total now and well worth it!). All things considered, for my situation, the newer technology (i.e.: the additional 32 GB of memory, the faster processor, bigger/faster hard drive, and graphics adapter) in the iMAC saves me a tremendous amount of time. Granted, this purchase took me 2 years to justify, but despite that, I'm glad I finally made the decision to upgrade to this unit.
    Date published: 2016-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving my iMac! Will purchase again. I knew there would be a slight learning curve moving from Windows to the Mac environment but this iMac has made it enjoyable to learn on. The screen is absolutely breathtaking, number one. 4K and 5K video makes your jaw drop and my pictures have never looked better. The 2TB drive is spacious and plenty speedy. I love the Magic Keyboard, however the Magic Mouse 2 can make your hand cramp after extended use, just because it's not really designed well for the hand. With that said, it's perfectly optimized to be used with macOS and I would not want to use another mouse. It's a trade off I am willing to accept. All in all, great computer, I look forward to using it for many years to come!
    Date published: 2016-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks good so far, however bluetooth card blew 2nd day. Totally hassle free return from B and H. No questions asked. For over a $2,000 purchase that's pretty outstanding!! Apple store verified what phone service tech suspected that bluetooth card shot. Worked first day I received late at night when I set it up just to see what 27inch screen looked like. Not B and H fault blue tooth not working. Things are not perfect in the Apple world, but not buying Windows. Thanks B and H! Can't wait to use replacement coming tomorrow. It's an Apple, of course it will be super.
    Date published: 2016-08-22
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