Apple iMac Core i5 1.4 21.5-Inch (Mid-2014)

An Attractive Option for Professionals and Casual Users Alike

The powerful iMac series of all-in-one desktop computers shines brightly in Apple’s lineup as yet another feat of versatility and performance. Arguably one of the most elegant, aesthetically pleasing desktops in existence, the iMac has since its genesis been an attractive option for professionals and casual users alike.

Available over the years in 17″, 20″, 24″, and more recently 21.5″ and 27″ display sizes, with screaming fast Intel processors, top-of-the-line consumer graphics options, and plenty of RAM and hard drive configurations, the iMac can be configured to excel at nearly any task.

From graphic design to programming, from video editing to writing, from business to photography, and — yes — even gaming! The iMac’s have more than enough display space that even the avid multitasker will feel at home, and its sheer speed and power won’t fail to please those engaged in intensive work or play. 

When the recent, tapered edge iMacs were released and Apple decided to forgo inclusion of an optical disk drive in further models, they also saw fit to make it significantly more difficult to upgrade the RAM and hard drive. However, this resulted in a far sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing case design.

Perfect for the home and the office, the iMac has seen heavy use in nearly every avenue of personal computing.

Stable, sleek, versatile — the iMac is yet another example of Apple’s transcendent, artfully engineered personal computers.


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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The iMac Core i5 1.4 21.5-Inch Aluminum (Mid-2014) features a 22-nm “Haswell” 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 processor (4260U) with two independent processor cores on one chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM (not upgradeable), a 500 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive, and an Intel HD Graphics 5000 graphics processor that shares system memory. It has a built-in FaceTime HD webcam and stereo speakers, as well.

This model has a beautiful 21.5″ 1920×1080 LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen IPS display with the cover glass fully laminated to the LCD and anti-reflective coating. The rear of the case is aluminum, is thicker in the middle, and tapers to razor thin 5 mm edges.

Connectivity includes dual Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible), and Bluetooth 4.0.

Compared to its Late 2013 contemporaries, this model essentially has the same external enclosure, but it has a slower processor with half the number of cores, a slower graphics processor, onboard RAM that is not upgradeable, and a smaller hard drive.

The Mid-2014 iMac includes a compact aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard and the buyer chooses either a multi-touch Magic Mouse, a multi-touch Magic Trackpad, or a traditional wired Apple mouse.

1.4 GHz Core i5 (I5-4260U)
8 GB 8 GB
HD Graphics 5000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 5000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
1 GB 1 GB
Details: 8 GB of RAM is onboard. As first confirmed by site sponsor Other World Computing, this RAM is soldered onboard and cannot be upgraded at all.
21.5″ 16:9 Widescreen 1920×1080
Details: This model has a 21.5″ LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen TFT active matrix display with IPS technology and a native resolution of 1920×1080. Apple also reports that the “cover glass is fully laminated to the LCD and an anti-reflective coating is applied.” The company does not report viewing angle or contrast ratio.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600 (x2)
Details: This model can simultaneously support two external displays up to 2560×1600 via Thunderbolt.
500 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
None None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11ac 4.0
4 (3.0) None
SDXC SD Card None
Details: N/A
Apple Wireless Keyboard Magic Mouse/Trackpad
All-in-One 21.5″ iMac Late 2012
MF883LL/A Mid-2014
A1418 (EMC 2805) iMac14,4
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1418 Model Number, the 2805 EMC Number, and the iMac14,4 Model Identifier.
N/A N/A
X 10.9.3 (13D2061) Current
Original Price (US): $1099

Rating overview

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Total score
Good 4.7

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