Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid 2017)

Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid 2017)

Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid 2017)

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  • 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM | 512GB SSD
  • 27" 5120 x 2880 IPS Retina 5K Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 580 Graphics Card (8GB)
  • UHS-II SDXC Card Reader
  • Thunderbolt 3 | USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • Magic Keyboard (Keypad) & Magic Mouse 2
  • macOS High Sierra
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CPU: 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core

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GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 580 (8GB)

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Apple weds high-res 5K visuals into its sleek, 5mm thin, mid 2017 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display. With a 5120 x 2880 screen resolution, this iMac provides 1 billion colors and 500 nits of brightness, which is 43% brighter than the previous model. The Retina 5K display also features a wider color gamut. Using a P3-based color gamut, the Retina 5K display provides a larger color space that more equally represents red, green, and blue, as compared to standard sRGB displays. And with more available colors, the images will appear more vivid and reveal greater detail, with more balance and precision.

The iMac's processor has been upgraded and now houses a 7th-gen Kaby Lake 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core processor that can be overclocked up to 4.5 GHz, as well as 8GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM. Visuals are powered by a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 580 graphics card with 8GB of vRAM, and for storage, there is a 512GB SSD.

Outfitted with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n for speedy hook-ups to your home network, this iMac is also configured with Bluetooth 4.2, as well as a UHS-II SDXC card slot, two 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 ports, four 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, and a FaceTime HD camera. It also has a Kensington lock slot for added security.

Apple's 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid 2017) operates using 100-240 VAC at 50-60 Hz and includes an Apple Magic Wireless Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, an Apple Magic Mouse 2, a Lightning to USB cable, and a power cord. The installed operating system is macOS High Sierra, and protection is provided by a limited 1-year warranty, which can be extended using AppleCare.

Please note that this Mac may come with an earlier version of macOS. You can upgrade to the latest version through the Mac App Store app.

General Features

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 screen resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, you'll be able to playback 5K content natively. The IPS panel allows for wider viewing angles so more people can enjoy the display without having to crowd around it. With a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 580 graphics card and 8GB of vRAM, the iMac delivers visual effects and 3D graphics, as well as video editing capabilities that can tackle multicam projects in Final Cut Pro X with up to five streams of full-res 4K video, as well as the ability to edit 360° video and create 3D VR content.
7th-Gen Kaby Lake Quad-Core Intel Core Performance
The iMac houses a 7th-Gen Kaby Lake Intel Core i5 Quad-Core processor that can reach a stock speed of 4.2 GHz. It can also be overclocked up to 4.5 GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. The 7th-gen Kaby Lake Intel processor uses low voltage for better energy efficiency while still providing fast performance needed to run processor-intensive applications such as Logic Pro or Final Cut Pro. Combined with 8GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM, the iMac allows you to multitask quickly and efficiently.
External Displays
The iMac simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and either one 5120 x 2880 (5K) external display at 60 Hz with support for 1 billion colors, two 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) external displays at 60 Hz with support for 1 billion colors, or two 4096 x 2304 (4K) external displays at 60 Hz with support for millions of colors.
Thin Design
The iMac maintains its 5mm profile, which is up to 40% less volume than the 2011 iMac. Its display panel is 1.4mm thin.
802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2
With three-stream 802.11ac technology, you're instantly connected to all your favorite content. Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse.
Gigabit Ethernet
For a more reliable network connection, take advantage of wired Gigabit Ethernet technology.
Thunderbolt 3
Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) ports come standard on all iMac models, each delivering up data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s for external drives and cameras, plus twice the bandwidth for video and display connectivity. Thunderbolt 3 also supports 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2. Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI, and VGA output is also supported using adapters (sold separately).
USB 3.0
With USB 3.0, you can transfer large files in seconds instead of minutes. Every iMac comes with four 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 Type-A 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.
Up to 64GB RAM
While the current 8GB memory configuration is made up of two 4GB modules, the memory can be upgraded to a maximum of 64GB, using a 16GB chip in each of the four 260-pin SO-DIMM sockets.
FaceTime HD Camera
A built-in FaceTime HD camera allows users to use apps such as FaceTime and Skype for video calls.
In the Box
Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid 2017)
  • Magic Wireless Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (Silver)
  • Magic Mouse 2 (Silver)
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Apple iMac specs

    Processor Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
    Base Clock Speed 4.2 GHz
    Maximum Boost Speed 4.5 GHz
    Total Installed Memory 8 GB
    Maximum Memory Capacity 64 GB
    Memory Type DDR4 SDRAM
    Memory Speed 2400 MHz
    User-Replaceable Memory 2 x 4 GB
    Available Memory Slots 2
    Graphics Type Dedicated
    GPU AMD Radeon Pro 580 with 8 GB
    Panel Type IPS
    Size 27"
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Native Resolution 5120 x 2880
    Touchscreen None
    Maximum Brightness 500 cd/m2
    External Resolution Up to 5120 x 2880
    Available Slots None
    Total Capacity 512 GB
    Solid State Storage 1 x 512 GB Integrated PCIe
    Optical Drive None
    Input/Output Connectors
    Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 3
    4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    Display 2 x DisplayPort via Thunderbolt Port
    Audio 2 x Integrated Speaker
    1 x Integrated Microphone
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone Output
    Expansion Slots None
    Media Card Slots SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Network 1 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
    Modem None
    Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
    Mobile Broadband None
    GPS None
    NFC None
    Webcam User-Facing: 720p Video
    Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
    Operating System macOS High Sierra
    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 20.8 lb / 9.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 32.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.5 x 24.0 x 11.0"

    Apple iMac reviews

    27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid 2017) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps Getting Better I use FCPX exclusively to do video editing. My 2011 21 Core i5 iMac just couldn't handle 4k. So I pulled the trigger on a 27 iMac with Core i7 - 4.2GHz Processors - 512SSD storage and Pro 580 Graphics card. I upgraded the RAM myself to 24GB. I am very satisfied with my purchase although it was a bit pricey for sure. FCPX editing works seamlessly, wait times for exporting video much improved. Recently exported a 50 minute 1080p documentary in Apple ProRes 422 in 7 minutes - then in 1080p in 8 and half minutes. A vast improvement from what I'm used to. I have a 4K project in the works editing is again seamless but haven't had a chance to export it. There is some fan noise when exporting but really no more than my old 2011 iMac when it was under heavy load. While editing video / photos, doing email, playing movies on line or other tasks there is complete fan silence. I'm not a gamer but understand some games can put extreme pressure on hardware if so expect to have fan noise. No matter what flavor iMac you may consider I highly recommend going for SSD storage - it is worth it. In general it speeds up most activities you do. Applications launch in an instant. Boot time is about 25 seconds but actually may be faster. I have 5 USB 3 external hard drives attached to the iMac. The iMac actually has to wait - tap its foot for a few seconds while the old drives come up to rotation speed then it begins booting. I'm storing all my FCPX libraries on two external 6TB USB 3 hard drives for now but eventually will switch over to external SSD's when they become less pricy. The 2 USB 3.0 Type-A (Thunderbolt 3) ports on back of the iMac should facilitate extremely fast transfer speeds when I migrate over to external SSD's While somewhat faster then conventional hard drives Fusion hard drives will be much slower than stand alone SSD's. Fusion drives are a hybrid mechanical hard drive with a 32GB integrated flash drive for the 1TB and 128GB for the 2 or 3TB drives that Apple offers. The flash portion of the drive acts like a cache however the Mac OS determines what's stored on them not the user you have no control. Personally I chose the 512GB SSD rather than a 2TB Fusion drive. The price is about the same but the SSD performance is unmatched. Other considerations I had were SSD's do not generate as much heat inside your mac which decreases internal ware and since SSD's are solid state devices their life spans will be considerable longer than any mechanical hard drive. In my case as I mentioned I already had my large files on external drives. If you have a lot of music, movies, photos etc. for now put them on a 6 TB external usb3 hard. I often see these drives on sale for around $200. The display color is very accurate my screen required very little calibration probably would have been ok right out of the box. We also do a considerable amount of video / photography editing having this display is a real plus. Really this is a great computer I'm so pleased with the whole experience except for two very minor areas. 1. Why does Apple insist on putting the card reader slot on the back of the computer? After you set up the iMac it's very awkward to reach around the backside (actually it becomes useless) especially if you have cables from external drives or other devices connected, a second monitor on the right side or you use a visa mounts. Constantly having to move things around to get at the slot stinks. I just ended up purchasing an external usb3 card reader which is what a lot of folks do I presume. I appreciate Apple pays attention to appearance. However would a small SDXC card slot in front right above the Apple logo be all that unseemly? It sure would be more functional. Perhaps in future designs they will consider moving the AC receptacle on the back side of the iMac up one inch to allow a front access card reader to be installed above the Apple logo. 2. I did order the $30.00 optional wireless Keyboard with Keypad. Granted It's a very cool looking KB but I'm not impressed with its functionally. The letter and number keys have three shades lighter print on the keys than my 2011 standard wireless KB. I often work in dim or no ambient room lighting - it's easier to see the true color and brightness of photos/videos I'm editing on the display screens with out polluted room lighting. I depend on the light from the display screen to show up the print on the keyboard keys, which was no problem with the older KB. The new keyboard print on letters / numbers just seems to disappear when used this way, very hard to see. Additionally this KB sits almost completely flat on the desk. Apple's new KB uses permanent rechargeable batteries; this change eliminated the built in case for replaceable batteries the older KB's had. The old built in battery case gave just the right amount of tilt to the KB for comfortable typing. I know this is a personal preference but for me this new KB's flat profile is difficult to type on. Just a thought - Apple now includes a lighting cable to charge the KB why not offer and optional lighted KB (like MB pros KB's have). Whenever the lighting cable is plugged into the KB you have an option to switch on the KB backlight. (may reduce charge time a little but who cares) Maybe that's too much to ask. Perhaps in future they will just print darker lettering on the KB keys, hope so. Don't know what solution might work for the KB tilt? Even so these are very minor areas of concern, which would not prevent me from purchasing this iMac all over again. It's mostly just an FYI for those of you considering a new iMac. Thanks for reading - Steve
    Date published: 2017-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5-stars Just what I was hoping for. �Major upgrade from 2010 iMac. �Processes LR and PS apps so easily now. �SSD hard drive is a real winner, especially when connected to an SSD RAID eternal.
    Date published: 2018-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with my purchase I am very happy with my new iMac. �It is simply beautiful and just works flawlessly. �The performance has been great and I am happy with my purchase. �No regrets!
    Date published: 2017-12-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy Buy to from B&H and save some money
    Date published: 2017-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Workhorse Workhorse with a beautiful screen
    Date published: 2017-11-26
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