Review: Apple’s iMac 2021 is a remarkable combination of style and power
The iMac is also remarkably thin – the screen is 11.5mm thick and the whole thing weighs just 4.5kg. It doesn’t take up much space and is easy to move around.
The wow factor also continues after startup. The Retina 4.5K display is breathtaking, which makes watching 4K videos or viewing a high-resolution photo a real pleasure.
As with MacBooks with M1 engines released last year, Apple’s silicon is once again proving to be an absolute beast.
Early benchmark tests show these new iMacs are way more powerful than any previous iMacs – even around 38% more powerful than last year’s 27-inch Intel Core i7-10700K model.
For standard day-to-day users, that means you hardly ever have to wait for anything because of the hardware. I certainly haven’t juggled a lot of apps at the same time, including demanding ones.
It never seems to heat up or make any noise either.
Beyond standard use, iMacs are more than powerful enough to do a lot of professional work as well.
Using Final Cut Pro, I comfortably edited 4K video content, with other apps open that I was able to navigate without a hitch. In a demo, I saw an iMac playing four tracks of 4K video simultaneously, without dropping a frame.
Like many tech devices released since the COVID-19 outbreak and the shift to working from home that followed, the new iMac has boosted video conferencing capabilities.
It has the best camera, mic system, and best speakers ever made on a Mac, all cleverly tuned on the fly by the M1 to ensure super high quality video calls.
While it’s not a gaming PC, it obviously handles everything on Apple Arcade without breaking a sweat. You can also easily connect an Xbox or PlayStation controller to it, if you want.
As someone who has primarily used PCs on Macs, despite owning an iPhone, one of the most refreshing things about the iMac is its iPhone continuity features.
If you’re looking at something in Safari, Notes, or any of the Apple apps on your phone and you’re near the iMac, a small icon for that app will appear on its screen. You click on it and it opens on the iMac.