Apple’s new M1 chips have taken the front pages in all of their new products due to their excellent performance and battery life. We’ve seen the M1 in devices like the MacBook Pro, and even the iPad Pro, which now blows up all the other “mobile” devices in benchmarks. So, when Apple inserted this chip into the iMac, it made Apple’s main desktop immediately interesting. And after using the M1 iMac for a few months, we can easily say that it is one of our favorite computers we have ever used.
- SoC Apple M1, 7-core GPU or Apple M1, 8-core GPU
- RAM 8GB ili 16GB
- Internal storage 256GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB
- 24-inch 4.5K Retina display
- Webcam 1080p FaceTime HD sa M1 ISP-om
- Ports 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 (40Gb / s), 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (10Gb / s) (8-core model only)
- WiFi 6 connectivity (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0
- Measures 25.5 x 18.1 x 5.8 inches
- Other Includes wireless keyboard and mouse, optional Gigabit Ethernet,
- Price Starting at $ 1,299, the reviewed model is $ 2,100
- The design of the IMac looks fantastic in almost every way.
- Display The 4.5K screen is bright and watching movies on it is wonderful.
- Performance The M1 chip is super fast and efficient.
Not so good
- The weight of the IMac weighs so little that it starts easily while you disconnect USB devices.
- Ports There should be more than 4 USB-C ports on the iMac.
- Keyboard The keyboard feels worse than other Apple-branded Magic Keyboard keyboards.
Design, hardware, what’s in the box
The M1 iMac has a very unconventional all-in-one design. The composition of the screen is super thin, it only comes with 11.5mm thickness. The front is glass and mostly with a screen, with white frames and a beard on which there is a logic board. The top has a 1080p HD FaceTime camera, which produces fantastic video quality, which has long been a step for Apple. On the back there is a connector for a non-removable stand, a power port and 2 or 4 Type-C USB ports depending on your version.
Apple has several versions of the M1 iMac. The base model iMac comes with 2 Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, M1 with 7 GPU cores and has only 1 fan and cooler. Models with 8 GPU cores have 2 fans and a heat pipe with 2 Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports and 2 USB 3 ports. This, in theory, means that you will get better CPU and GPU performance than the 8-core model because the thermal space on the M1 chip is larger.
The iMac comes in seven colors: blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange and purple. Each iMac also has color-matched accessories. This means that your blue iMac will have a shiny blue Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse / Trackpad. It is worth noting that they are not yet available separately, so if you want accessories that match the colors, you must purchase them at the time of ordering. All the colors are beautiful, but we still love pure old silver the most.
The screen on the iMac is fantastic. It is a 24-inch 4.5K LCD screen with a resolution of 4480 x 2520 pixels. It becomes bright with a top of 500 threads, but it is still difficult to see it in direct sunlight. Fortunately, this is a desktop. Just do not place it in direct sunlight. The screen has a wide 10-bit color palette, which means it can display up to 1 billion colors. This 10-bit panel also has support for HDR10 + and Dolby Vision. Apple has decided to include True Tone, which harmonizes the white balance on the screen with the light environment around you.
The box Apple contains an iMac, a magnetic charger, a mouse, a keyboard and the usual manuals. There is nothing surprising here. We’re going to be hairy here… but all iMac models come with Apple stickers that match every color of the iMac. For example, the blue iMac will come with a dark blue and light blue sticker. Unfortunately, silver only comes with one silver Apple sticker instead of silver-white, as might be expected. We want our second sticker, Apple.
Tastatura i trackpad
Unlike most sall-in-ones, the iMac has several different keyboard and mouse options, depending on the version you buy. The base model iMac only comes with a standard Magic Keyboard, but you can customize it to include a Magic Keyboard with TouchID or a Magic Keyboard with Numpad and TouchID. However, this keyboard is cheap. The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard for MacBook Pro work harder than the portable one that comes with the iMac.
Touch ID on Magic Keyboard 2 is probably one of our favorite features. It makes it easy to sign in to your computer and even allows you to complete Apple Pay transactions with your fingerprint or verify autofill information. It is much easier than entering a password and saves a lot of time. The keyboard also makes it easy to lock your computer – just press the Touch ID button and you’ll be able to leave without leaving any exposed data.
As for the mouse, each iMac model comes with a Magic Mouse 2 that is color-matched to the computer case. You can customize your iMac to get the Magic Trackpad 2 for an additional $ 50 or buy it separately for $ 120. This sounds expensive for an input device, but today’s macOS is designed for use with trackpads. All the movements that make macOS feel fast and accessible are with the trackpad. We only used the trackpad with our iMac because it is no longer okay to use the Magic Mouse. It’s just an unnatural way to control macOS. That extra $ 50 or $ 120 is worth it if you want to enjoy the iMac experience.
Both the mouse and keyboard are charged via the Apple Lightning port. The battery on the trackpad lasts about 2 weeks for us, and the mouse is about the same. The keyboard lasts even longer, it will last about 3 or 4 weeks. The mouse charging port is one of the worst designs we’ve ever seen, with a connector on the bottom of the mouse. This means that you cannot use the mouse at the same time while charging. Fortunately, both the trackpad and keyboard will work during charging because the charging port is on the back instead of the bottom.
Software and performance
macOS Big Sur is, well, macOS. It has this beautiful and colorful user interface that Apple has been perfecting for years and we really like it. It’s a little cleaner and sleeker than Windows. We can’t remember the big problems or troubles with macOS, it’s something we can’t say about Windows. From Apple Pay to Siri, macOS on the iMac supports all the usual Apple services and everything works well. If you have an Apple Watch, your computer will unlock automatically if you carry it – no password required. Siri supports “Hey Siri” so you can shout at your computer from the other side of the room. There’s also full support for iMessage and FaceTime, and if your phone rings while connected to the same wireless network, so will your computer. Integration with Apple’s other software and hardware is unmatched in personal computers. Although, it can be difficult to switch from Windows to macOS if you’re not used to it.
Now to the most important M1 ARM chip. We didn’t notice any slowdowns or stuttering in our 16GB RAM version. It can run everything we need from Chrome, Minecraft, Microsoft Office to Adobe applications. Most of these applications are compiled for ARM, which brings an increase of 20%, more or less. Applications that are still compiled for x86 will work through Rosetta, which translates the application to ARM, and most applications work well even when converted. The only time the M1 chip felt challenged was when we loaded Excel file processing equations into about 500,000 cells. Even then, it only took 300 seconds to process compared to 120 seconds of our gaming computer with the Ryzen 5800X. This seems like a big difference, but something like this would throw most other all-in-ones on their knees. The more impressive part is that the entire iMac uses 135W of power, while only the CPU in our gaming equipment uses 105W.
Apple limits RAM to a maximum of 16GB, which is a shame. We would love to see 32GB or even 64GB of RAM. It is rumored that this will come with the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros that will be launched later this year, but we cannot say for sure.
Do you need to buy it?
Yes, this is it fantastic computer. We’ve never been a fan of multi-purpose machines, but this iMac has turned us around. We are shocked that Apple has managed to fit so much great technology into this slim, beautiful case. We love almost all aspects of it – performance, screen and design. It is safe to say that this is one of our favorite machines right now.
However, you should look for new Apple computers. It is rumored that Apple is working on the iMac Pro and iMac with a better and bigger screen, a newer chip and more hardware options. That could come this year or next – but we don’t know. If the M1 chip and iMac specifications don’t do it for you, it might be worth waiting for new models. Or you can just pick up one of the MacBook Pro that was rumored to appear this year and add an external monitor.
Even with the new machines that are rumored to be coming soon, we love the M1 iMac and think it’s worth buying. It’s a little expensive when you add all the accessories and better specifications, of course, but it’s not a gaming computer. You won’t be upgrading it to the latest version every year. Giving anywhere from $ 1,300 to $ 2,500 might seem like a lot, but we think it’s a very fair price for what you get.
- You want a fast, reliable family computer.
- You have limited desktop space and want something that looks nice.
Don’t buy if…
- You haven’t used macOS before and don’t want to learn a new OS.
- You prefer Google and Microsoft ecosystems.
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