iMac 5K Display: What’s the Verdict?

iMac-5KiMac 5K Display: What’s the Verdict?

Here we are with 2014 coming to a close, and Christmas is just around the corner. Santa could be bringing you a new iMac 5k if you have been a good girl or boy, and Apple certainly hopes so. But is the iMac 5k a truly marvelous machine or is it just filled with more Apple marketing hype? Was this machine created only with the intention to raise the price of Apple’s stock? You be the judge.

According to Michael Hession for Gizmodo, it’s a mixed bag. The iMac 5k will certainly delight photographers with its crisp, colorful 5k display and 2k video card, but can it handle 4k or 5k video smoothly out of the box? If your intention is to run Final Cut Pro X, then the answer is yes. However if your intention is to use anything else (i.e.,

Premiere Pro, Avid) expect to spend more money upgrading the machine. Of course, Apple has optimized its own software to integrate well with its own hardware. There should be no clear problems or lagging when running FCP X. Apparently, upgrading the RAM had no effect on improving the video editing experience with other software. Hession points out that the bottleneck could be in Yosemite, Apple’s newest incarnation of OS X.

On the other hand, Michael seemed to be simply delighted with the performance straight out of the box when it comes to working with still images. The exception being a lag time when previewing photos in Finder. Click the link to read his complete review complete with visual examples. It is worth reading if you are considering purchasing this beast.

— Stu Brown

iMac With Retina 5K Display Review: Do Those Extra Pixels Really Matter?

Resolution is often misunderstood. You instinctively know that you want more of it, even when its real utility doesn’t live up to the marketing hype. And Apple’s new $2500 iMac has a lot of hype to live up to.

The new iMac’s Retina 5K Display seduces your glassy orbs with 14.7 million pixels of pure visual splendor. There’s no question about that. But I tried the new desktop computer side-by-side with the previous 27″ iMac, without a Retina display, to find out whether this monument of resolution is really necessary. –Read more:



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