Apple iMac Core i5 3.5 27-Inch (Retina 5K, 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 3.5 27-Inch Aluminum (Late 2014/Retina 5K) features a 22 nm “Haswell” Quad Core 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5 (4690) processor with four independent processor cores on one chip, a 6 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-12800) installed in pairs (two 4 GB modules), a 1 TB Fusion Drive (1 TB hard drive and 128 GB SSD), and a AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. It has a built-in FaceTime HD webcam and stereo speakers, but does not have an optical drive.

This model has a vibrant 27″ 5120×2880 LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen IPS display that Apple has dubbed “Retina 5K”. The rear of the case is aluminum, is thicker in the middle, and tapers to razor thin 5 mm edges.

Connectivity includes dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n backwards compatible), and Bluetooth 4.0.

Compared to the Late 2013 models introduced previously, this model essentially has the same external enclosure, but it has a much higher resolution display, a Fusion Drive by default, a modestly faster processor, a higher performance graphics processor, and Thunderbolt 2 support.


3.5 GHz Core i5 (I5-4690)
8 GB 32 GB
Radeon R9 M290X GDDR5
Details: This model has an AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. At the time of purchase, it can be custom configured with an AMD Radeon R9 M295X with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory for an extra US$250.
2 GB 2 GB
Details: By default, this model has 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory. It can be upgraded to 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory at the time of purchase with the AMD Radeon R9 M295X option for an extra US$250.
27″ 16:9 Widescreen 5120×2880
Details: This model has a 27″ LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen TFT active matrix display with IPS technology and a native resolution of 5120×2880.
Dual/Mirroring 3840×2160
Details: In addition to the internal display, this model can support an external display up to 3840×2160 via Thunderbolt 2 (4K UltraHD). Third-parties have discovered that it also can support two simultaneous 27-Inch Thunderbolt displays at 2560×1140 each in lieu of a single UltraHD display.
1 TB (Fusion) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)/PCIe
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 27″ iMac Late 2012
MF886LL/A Late 2014
A1419 (EMC 2806) iMac15,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1419 Model Number, the 2806 EMC Number, and the iMac15,1 Model Identifier.
X 10.10 (14A389) Current
Original Price (US): $2499

Rating overview

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Total score
Good 4.7

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