Apple iMac Series

Apple iMac Series

Apple iMac 2023 M3Processor: Apple Apple M-Series M1, Apple Apple M3 M3, Intel Comet Lake i9-10910
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
Display: 23.50 inch, 27.00 inch
Weight: 4.404kg, 4.48kg, 8.917kg
Price: 1800, 5500 euro

Average Score: 87.27% – good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

performance: 88%, features: 66%, display: 87%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 87%, emissions: 88%

Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020

Specifications

Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020Notebook: Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Processor: Intel Comet Lake i9-10910
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
Display: 27.00 inch, 16:9, 5120 x 2880 pixels
Weight: 8.917kg
Price: 5500 euro
Links: Apple homepage

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Reviews

86.4% Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020 Review: The All-in-One gets a matte display | Notebookcheck
In addition to several hardware upgrades, Apple’s all-in-one system is also available with a matte display for the first time. But is it really worth the additional price and how do the other components perform?

Apple iMac 24 M1 2021

The latest iMac 24 M1 is not only an impressive improvement over its predecessor in almost every way, it is also the boldest reinvention of Apple’s iconic all-in-one Mac for almost 15 years. It features a whole new look that seems to be both sleek and modern, and it is a very welcome update, as the previous design was beginning to feel rather stale.

As far as its design is concerned, this model has a slightly more rectangular design that is reminiscent of the latest iPhones, and is thinner and more compact than ever, thanks in large part to the inclusion of the Apple M1 chip that powers this iMac. Basically, this has allowed Apple to drastically shrink down the Logic Board, reducing the volume of the iMac by 50%, resulting to a size of 11.5mm thin. In addition, the total footprint of the new iMac has been reduced by 30%, with dimensions of 18.1 x 21.5 x 5.8 inches (46.1 x 54.7 x 14.7cm).

Apart from that, the device is also significantly lighter, at 4.48kg (9.88 pounds) as compared to the 5.68kg (12.52 pounds) of the previous 21.5-inch iMac. This simply means that when the new iMac is taken out of the box, the biggest design change one will notice is how light this iMac really is. It is quite impressive, and combined with the reduced depth and footprint, it really means that the new iMac can be easily carried around, and installed almost anywhere in a home or office setting.

By their nature, it is a known fact that all-in-one PCs are more compact and easier to set up than traditional PCs, as there is no need to connect cables to a monitor, and thanks to the wireless keyboard and mouse included with the new iMac (and the Magic Touchpad in some configurations), the user only need to plug in one cable to set up and run the power supply.

In terms of its performance, well, it is not just on the outside that Apple has made big changes to the iMac 24, as this is the first iMac to run on the Apple M1 chip. It is also worth mentioning that this is the same chip that powers the Mac mini (M1, 2020), MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) and the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), and also replaces the Intel processors that previously powered the iMac.

Apart from that, the iMac 24’s webcam has also been improved. It is a 1080p FaceTime camera, which is an instant upgrade over the 720p camera found in the 21.5-inch model. Along with the resolution boost, it has a much larger sensor for better low-light performance, while the advanced image signal processor (ISP) feature of the M1 chip significantly boosts the image quality. Overall, this leads to a generally excellent image from the built-in webcam, with excellent colours, high clarity and very little lag. In a nutshell, it is a great device to be explored, depending on the need and preference of the user. 

Specifications

Apple iMac 24 M1 2021Notebook: Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Processor: Apple Apple M-Series M1
Graphics Adapter: Apple M1 8-Core GPU
Display: 23.50 inch, 16:9, 4480 x 2520 pixels
Weight: 4.404kg
Price: 1800 euro
Links: Apple homepage

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Reviews

85.4% Apple iMac 24 M1 2021 in review: Does Apple’s M1 SoC also convince in the desktop? | Notebookcheck
Apple now also uses its own M1 processor for the iMac. The new model with a 23.5-inch 4.5K Retina display replaces the previous 21.5-inch model and is available in many different colors. In the test, the desktop computer convinces in many areas, only the loud cooling is a surprise.

Apple iMac 2023 M3

Specifications

Apple iMac 2023 M3Notebook: Apple iMac 2023 M3
Processor: Apple Apple M3 M3
Graphics Adapter: Apple M3 10-Core GPU
Display: 23.50 inch, 16:9, 4480 x 2520 pixels
Weight: 4.48kg
Links: Apple homepage

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Average Score: 90% – very good

Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

Foreign Reviews

90% Apple iMac M3
Source: PCtipp.ch German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/27/2023
Rating: Total score: 90%

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Apple: Apple is a US company founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, the company is known for its innovative products such as the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, and manufactures computers and consumer electronics as well as operating systems and application software. Apple is also a leading provider of software and services such as the App Store, iTunes and iCloud.

Apple has earned a reputation as a company that focuses on design and ease of use. As for their notebooks, they are mostly in the high-priced segment, have their own operating system, but also run Windows on the newer Macbooks.

Apple is one of the most valuable companies in the world and has a loyal following of customers and fans. The company also has a strong presence in the entertainment industry, with services like Apple Music and Apple TV+. In 2023, Apple had an approximate 8% market share of global PC sales, ranking it 4th after Lenovo, HP, and Dell.


With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop):

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

Apple M1 8-Core GPU: Integrated graphics card offering 8 cores (depending on the model) designed by Apple and integrated in the Apple M1 SoC. According to Apple faster and more energy efficient as competing products (like the Tiger Lake Xe GPU).

Apple M3 10-Core GPU: Integrated graphics card offering 10 cores (depending on the model) designed by Apple and integrated in the Apple M3 SoC. According to Apple 20% faster compared to the M2 GPU. Offers a new architecture with dynamic caching, mesh shading and ray tracing support.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Comet Lake:

i9-10910: Comet-Lake based high end desktop CPU with ten cores (based on the Skylake architecture) clocked 3.6 – 5.0 GHz (for short bursts at low temperatures). The CPU also integrates the old UHD Graphics 630 GPU. Exclusive CML-S CPU for Apple’s iMac.

Apple Apple M-Series:

M1: System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that integrates a processor (eight 64 Bit cores, 4 performance and 4 power saving cores) and a 8 core GPU (7 cores activated in the MacBook Air).

Apple Apple M3:

M3: System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that integrates a 8 CPU cores (4 performance cores with up to 3.5 GHz and 4 efficiency cores at up to 2.4 GHz), 16 + 4 MB Level 2 cache and unified memory controller that supports up to 24 GB LPDDR5-6400 (100 GB/s). 

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


4.404 kg:

A laptop with this weight is comparatively heavy and less designed for mobility than for use at the desk. Therefore, the devices tend to shine less with battery life than with a large screen and higher performance.

8.917 kg:

Only desktop devices or large monitors should have such a weight. 


87.27%: This is an above-average rating. Nevertheless, it should not be forgotten that about one fifth of all tested models receive a better rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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