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Apple - 27" iMac® with Retina 5K display - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Fusion Drive - Silver

With 14.7 million pixels, the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is the most powerful iMac ever. It features quad-core Intel® processors, the latest AMD graphics, a 1TB Fusion Drive, and great built-in apps. All in the same ultrathin design that's just 5mm at the edge.

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    What's Included


    • 27" iMac with Retina 5K display - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Fusion Drive
    • Power cord
    • Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2
    • Owner's manual

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    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1657 out of 1697)

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    Features


    • Intel 6th Generation Core i5

    27-inch 5120 by 2880 Retina 5K display

    Stunning 5mm thin design

    Intel® Core™

    Powerful AMD Radeon R9 M390 graphics with 2GB video memory

    802.11ac Wi-Fi

    Magic Keyboard

    Magic Mouse 2

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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1697 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Once you go Mac, you don't go back..

      Posted
      DonnieZ
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      What can I say about the iMac that hasn't been said? If you're considering a 27" iMac then you know what you're looking at. Yes - if you look at a spec sheet between this and a comparably equipped PC - you're paying a decent premium for similar specs. However, where the Mac shines is in some of the intangibles. The 5K Retina display is just over-the-top good. It's literally candy for the eyes, no matter what you have on screen. It's also a huge boost to my productivity. First - this is a machine that's built for photo editing. With all this display real-estate you can have today's high megapixel images on screen and have a decent, if not full, portion of the image available for viewing without scrolling. Using Lightroom is a joy on this machine. In the productivity category the 5K retina also shines - it gives me so much desktop real-estate I can have multiple terminal windows open, a browser session, instant messaging, and another app or two all in a usable display size. I used to run a dual and triple monitor Windows 7 and Windows 10 setup but the 5K Retina display allows me to be as productive, if not moreso. I also love the Continuity features that allow handoff of calls to the Mac. It's one of the features I use the most. My office computer is literally a huge speakerphone that I use with my iPhone. As long as my phone is on the same Wi-Fi network, I can place and receive calls. I also love the integration with iMessage, I can send and receive text messages to both Apple and non Apple devices. The keyboard does take a little getting used to I will admit, but I have adapted quite nicely and can hammer out 80+ WPM on it even with larger hands. I still prefer the comfort of a nice Das Keyboard or my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic keyboard, but the Apple keyboard isn't bad. I also have both the Magic Trackpad 2 and the Magic Mouse. I use them both. Sometimes I naturally reach for the mouse for some tasks, and others I use the trackpad for. The trackpad also allows me to use OSX gestures, which make switching desktops, and between programs a breeze. The only reason I scored this Mac model down one star is the Fusion drive. Apple got cheap with this generation of iMac and dropped the SSD portion to 24GB on the 1TB Fusion Drive equipped Mac. If you're a speed demon and have a lot of things going on at once, you might find that the Fusion drive slows you down. Initially I didn't - but I really wanted an all solid state drive iMac, so I returned the 1TB Fusion drive model and had to custom order one from Apple. This is a big purchase that I expect to last for a few years so I want the absolute fastest performance I can - and most of the time the limiting factor is disk speed. For someone who doesn't have a ton of programs loaded at once or isn't running Virtual Machines, or loading a lot of disk intensive apps, you might find the 1TB Fusion Drive OK. The 2TB model has 128GB of SSD combined with a 2TB spinning disk, which might be a better choice. With that being said, I'm a Mac convert after using DOS/Windows based PCs for almost 30 years now. If you'd have told me two years ago I'd be "Mac Guy", I'd have said you're nuts. However, Windows 10 didn't impress, the way all my Apple devices work together is just awesome, and the 5K Retina display is icing on the cake. If you're thinking about getting a Mac - definitely consider one with a Fusion drive. If you can afford the 2TB model, go for that. It has a slightly faster processor and more solid state drive which is what will make the Mac feel fast.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Everything a computer should be and more

      Posted
      carche69
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      I decided to buy a Mac after my last Windows PC crashed and burned after just shy of 4 years. The Dell I had prior to that was about the same, and the one before that, and the one before that, etc. I was so fed up and tired of all of the problems and issues that come with anything Windows-based; I mean, if you click 'print' to print something, it should PRINT. You shouldn't have to constantly install drivers and remove/reinstall printers every time you want to print something, yet this was standard on my PC. You shouldn't have to disconnect/reconnect to wifi every time after your laptop goes to sleep, yet this was routine for my Toshiba. After having an iPhone for two years prior and never having one problem with it, I decided to purchase an iPad Pro a year ago just so I could use the internet without having to start up my computer or laptop and wait...wait...wait while it decided if it was having a good day or not. I discovered very quickly that the iPad did way more than I thought it could and it soon replaced both the computer and laptop. Just recently, I started an at-home job that required me to purchase a desktop, and it was really a no-brainer on what kind I would buy. Best Buy had the best price around on iMacs and this one was in stock at my store. I got it home, plugged it in, went through the standard 5 minute setup on any Apple product, and it's been going great ever since. (I did have an issue with my U-verse wifi going out repeatedly after I got the iMac--turned out to be an IPv4 vs IPv6 issue that just required me to change a setting on the iMac. AT&T wanted to send a technician out for $99 but google helped me for free!) It has a beautiful design (just one piece with ONLY ONE CORD--imagine that!!!), clean lines, paired seamlessly with my iPhone and iPad, and it actually PRINTS when you hit 'print.' Just like that. It still surprises me every time I print something, like I'm constantly waiting for an error message or something. And there are probably a million other things this machine can do that I will never use, but for everything I've thrown at it so far, it hasn't missed a beat. Just like on my iPad and iPhone, I can have 10 different internet tabs open, 5 apps running, texting and talking, and it never slows down and definitely never crashes. These are the kinds of things that are important to me and make it worth paying double or even triple the price of a PC. There is definitely a learning curve included with this machine if you've only ever used Windows-based computers. Even after having the iPhone and iPad (the iMac has a completely different iOS), it has taken some getting used to to operate and I still find myself trying to use Windows commands often, but I am slowly getting out of that habit. And I had one really frustrating issue while working where I was trying to import some CSV files into QuickBooks from Excel and nothing I tried would work; after about 4 hours I was about to give up, but as a last resort I tried using Numbers instead, and the files imported on the first try with no issues. So much for that free year of Office I got when I bought this lol! The Apple office apps will now be my go-to programs from here on out. And now I'm tempted to just delete all the Microsoft Office stuff for fear it will eventually poison my lovely Apple products! All in all, this is a great machine and I'm hoping to have it for many years. Literally, the only con I can come up with is that I had to purchase a numeric keypad separately (which Apple does not make, btw) because the magic keyboard doesn't have one and it is almost impossible to do my job without one (I do Accounting). This is not reason enough for me to deduct a star though because every thing else is just as perfect as it could be. There is simply no comparison out there to this machine or Apple products in general (it makes me chuckle to myself when I hear people talk about how much better their Galaxy is than an iPhone or how their Surface or whatever is the best. Um, no. It's not. And we both know it.) I am an Apple customer for life as long as they continue making products of this caliber and hopefully one day the prices will be affordable for everyone so that we can all experience the difference quality can make.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Machine

      Posted
      LazyGuru
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      This is a fantastic machine. The screen is enormous which makes graphics creation and digital editing fun and easy. The dedicated video ram is helpful also. Unlike my MacBook - which is also fantastic in its own way - this iMac desktop machine has a terabyte hard drive for storing all the stuff that won't fit on the laptop's 128gb SSD. Some like to compare Apple's to Windows PC's - there is really no comparison. The hardware in many Windows based machines is great, however Windows 10 and 8 before it are the clunkiest, slowest, most infuriating operating systems in the history of computer technology. There are so many unnecessary background processes going on that you have to use 16GB of RAM in a Windows unit to even feel like its as fast as a system from 2009 with a dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. Even with a 4.0ghz i5 processor and 8GB of RAM and 2GB of Video RAM I have endless crashes and slow downs on my Windows desktop. Even if you spend a comparable amount of $ you still won't be happier than if you get a Mac. The Mac operating system is stable and easy to use. Sure - you can mistreat a Mac or leave it on too long and it'll get a bit slow - fine - restart it and you're off to the races again. Another thing - if you're done with a program - don't just close the window - Exit the program so you don't clutter it unnecessarily with lots of stuff open and you'll see a real difference in how long it takes for your Mac to get slow and need a restart. Another thing that Mac does better than Windows - all Mac computers, phones and tablets come with iWork which includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software for free. They're called Pages, Numbers and Keynote. iWork programs can read Microsoft office documents just fine and give you the ability to save your documents In the proprietary format, as a MS Office document like .docx, and the ability to save your creations as PDF's. Theres no need for additional software! I use Adobe Creative Cloud apps on both Mac and Windows and have never had the endless issues on Mac that I experience on PC. Just crashing and freezing - but when you are trying to get stuff done you want your computer to be reliable. People tell me all the time "I don't use my computer for much, just email and Facebook." Yeah right - every one of those people was using email, Facebook, searching on Amazon, etc all at the same time - though you're just using multiple browser tabs that still qualifies as multitasking. For multitasking Apple computers are king. The keyboard, though small - is nice and easy to use, the Magic Mouse II is awesome because you can scrolll by rubbing your fingers on the slick top of the mouse. I also use the Magic Trackpad II which makes editing very nice and helps mitigate the extreme movements I must make with the mouse when I'm trying to move the pointer from one end of this 27" screen to another. All the accessories are rechargeable - lightening cable - now too! No more searching for batteries. The charge lasts a long time too. One last point about this particular unit - I meticulously researched the different iMac models to ensure I was getting one that could be upgraded later. I just wanted the option to add more RAM (memory) at a later date and the 27" models usually have that option. I used Apple's website to find a model comparison page that listed which year and which models had the little openable bay on the back for adding extra RAM. All in all I am very pleased with this purchase and would recommend it to everyone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Goodbye Windows

      Posted
      Colorado
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      We have been Windows users forever, probably back to the 80's/90's. Yes, that puts us in our 60's. When it came time to move to Windows 8/10 - we just didn't want to anymore. Tired of dealing with viruses, updates, etc. Everyone we knew with an Apple/Mac had been very happy We read and questioned a lot. Including a Geek Squad friend which simply told us "Once you go Mac, you never go back". That pretty much sealed the deal. We took the plunge about a month ago and are overwhelmingly happy. We even bought a Visual iMac book from amazon instead of the dummies kind. It's actually been quite easy to navigate after the first week. The screen is beautiful. The system is fast. And no more tower on the desk to collect dust with the fan constantly running. We really checked out the solid state disk drive before making the decision. Thinking about not having that tower with a physical hard drive and CD/DVD drives was a little hard to imagine but it turns out that we don't miss them at all. We do have an external drive that we just plug into the USB port in the back which allowed us to move all of the data via CD from Windows to iMac. One Note: This brand new version "El Capitan" came with a one year free Kapersky virus protection but there is apparently a bug in that software which has not been fixed yet which meant that the version Best Buy gave us wouldn't run on "El Capitan". We researched and found that WebRoot virus protection would work so Best Buy refunded us on Kaspersky and gave us WebRoot instead - No problem! The wireless keyboard and mouse are really nice too. We just had to get used to not having the numbers on the right side of the keyboard. And the nice little tone when mail comes in or the machine goes to sleep is very pleasing as well. Extremely happy with the purchase!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Going from a PC to Mac was a challange, but good

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      PoolGuy
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      I was tired of upgrading my Desktop PC every 3 years due to crashes and bugs. I went to Best Buy looking at getting another All-In-One and saw this iMac on sale for $1799.00 with the upgraded graphics card. As many have noted the screen resolution is just amazing. Also, the quietest machine I have owned. And the HD is super fast. The downside is learning a new operating system. I played with the settings so the windows stay open like a Windows 10 machine. You can also open two windows side by side like in Windows 10. The "Finder" thing is just strange. The only drawback is that it comes with a lousy Photo program. And unlike Windows 7 you can't name the photos you are loading, for example "Birthday party, Sunset Feb 12 2016 001. jpg" Instead it loads it with just an image number like 00123.jpg. Very bad for organizing. So I purchased a batch renaming program for $20.00 and use that to load the photos. A bit of a hassle. It would be nice to have that option built in to name the photos when importing them. A major oversight by Apple for us photo bugs. The Photo viewing program is very bad. I am using a PhotoscapeX which is an awesome viewer. Double click to close, click to open, scroll between photos from the bottom while looking at large image. the "Photo" program has you using the space bar and arrow keys or clicking with mouse but no click to close. You have to scroll over to the top left to close it, which is too time consuming. Keyboard is tiny but functional and the magic mouse took me awhile to get used to. Basically scrolls the opposite of a Windows PC. It is a cool mouse. You can also check in the settings menu to see when you need to plug in the keyboard and mouse for charging. So far after a week of solid use the mouse is at 65% charge. So I would say two weeks between charging. Only 4 USB ports on back which is a little low compared to a PC. SD card also loads in back which is a bit awkward. And last, no built in DVD/CD drive. So I had to get a USB Super Drive for another $100. These gripes are minor compared to all the pluses. Stunning screen, fast and quite and with a track record of extreme reliability. So long Desktop PC - RIP.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      iMac 27'' 5K comes out swinging

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      vhscollector
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      I've never owned an all-in-one computer before and anytime someone suggests that I purchase one, I instantly responded by telling them why having a traditional tower desktop is much better (many reasons but one of them is the ability to make easy repairs to the hardware). I purchased a 2012 Macbook Pro for college three year ago and I have been very satisfied with it. After observing how well the iMacs have been received by the public, I decided that my first "AIO" computer would be an iMac. Originally I wanted to purchase the 21.5'' 4K model but I ultimately landed on the 27'' model for a few reasons. The first being that the 27'' model has a 5K resolution screen to it, making it one of the most impressive devices when it comes to picture quality. Secondly, the 27'' model is the only Apple all-in-one device that allows users to add more RAM. Mine came with 8GB and is expandable up to 32GB. This will come in handy for future projects that I will be using it for. Finally, the last feature that made me choose the 27'' was the fusion drive. While you can custom order one from Apple that's in the 21.5'' size with a fusion drive, you will find that you will only be about $100-$200 shy of the 27'', making the 5K resolution and screen size the only difference between the two different models. Using all of this, I can easily justify my actions for jumping up to the 27'' iMac with the 1TB fusion drive and 5K screen. If anyone is looking for a good stationary computer that will last them a long time as well as deliver a powerful experience, I would highly recommend that they consider this computer. It may leave a bit of a hole in your wallet, but the computer is well worth it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Back to Mac after 20 years

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      mtcva
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      After a series of incredibly frustrating hardware and software issues with HP and Dell machines and Windows 10, in somewhat of a fit of passion, I pulled the trigger on this beautiful machine. It's my first Mac since a Powerbook 165c I owned in the early 1990s (and which cost about twice as much as this at the time). I un-boxed the iMac, plugged it in, and it worked. I set up an account for my wife and it seamlessly integrated into the Apple ecosystem of her iPhone and iPad. No problem installing one of our 5 MS Office 365 Home licenses on it (it turns out the 5 seats can be a mix of Win and Mac machines). The 5K screen is almost as sharp as looking out a window. The built in speakers sound better than I expected given the shallow body of the machine. I had played with the non-Fusion drive model before this and realized the small price difference was worth the extra bit of performance. There are some things to get used to in transitioning back from Windows, but honestly with all there is to learn with the changes in Win10 anyway, I don't consider it a big deal. And I haven't completely escaped glitches - the Mac has still frozen up a couple times in the first month of owning it forcing a hard reboot. All the USB ports are on the back which makes them a bit awkward to use. The giant screen is not touch enabled. Bottom line: a Windows all-in-one with most of these specs plus a touch screen may cost half as much as the iMac. However, the stability of the system is worth a lot too - much less time spent acting as family system administrator trying to troubleshoot "now what's wrong" with the PC. The unequaled 5K screen is a differentiator if that's important to you. And if you are an iPhone user, don't underestimate the value of running a "all Apple" technology and having messages, photos, even calls transition from device to device as you like. I didn't realize what we were missing until I saw it in action.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A month in with my Mac

      Posted
      JDFree
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      After much debate, I pulled the trigger and got my first Mac. The primary use for this device is amateur video editting and music recording. I was talked into the 27 inch display and faster processor by the salesman. Cons: Obviously, apple products are notably more expensive than the comparable PC's but i did find an open box model that has worked out for me. Also, my wife and I found the mouse to have an odd response. I can't really describe it more eloquently then that. Try it's response for yourself, maybe it's just that we're used to PC. Pros: Very happy with the processing speed. You can alter aspects of your imovie project in live time and experience no lag time. For the most part, I'm editting travel videos that I captured using GoPro Hero 5 black in 1080p with occasional 4k. The brilliant 5k retina display is indeed worth the hype. I've only slightly dabbled with garageband so I can't speak earnestly about it. It appears to take evwrything I throw at it using my fender strat, emulating the effects pedal in live time. The built in audio is impressive compared to past PC tower speakers. The user interface is a very enjoyable experience, especially when simply looking at media on YouTube. I am very happy that I was talked into the faster model with the brilliant 27 inch screen. Overall, if you have a little extra cash in your pocket (or ok with their 12 month interest free financing) then this is the way to go. I tried to put it at 4.5 stars, deducting solely for price, but best buy site only allows full stars.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, usability, size and reliability. Editors are less positive about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 96/100 = Excellent quality.
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    • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5Christopher Minasians on June 28, 2017
      27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (2017) review: The fastest, most stunning iMac ever made
      An amazing display with so many pixels makes the 27-inch iMac a real winner and puts itself in a league of its ownFull Review
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      iMac with Retina 5K display: has Apple created the ultimate all-in-one?
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    • Pocket-lint (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5Britta O'Boyle on November 26, 2015
      Apple iMac with Retina 5K display (2015) review: Pixel-packed powerhouse
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