Friday, October 17

Geek

Retina iMac

Retina iMac!

5120x2880 display.  

Mostly it's the same as last year's model, with the rest of the hardware getting minor upgrades - Thunderbolt 2, and up to the Core i7 4790K processor and Radeon R9 M295X graphics.  Which is the fastest 4-core desktop CPU you can get, and one of the fastest mobile graphics chips.*

So the new 14 megapixel display is the one standout feature.  Is it worth the price increase?

In a word, hell yeah.  Comparing equivalent models, retina and non-retina, the difference is only $300 - $2499 vs. $2199 in the US, or $2999 vs $2689 in Australia.

Given that Dell's 5K monitor is expected to sell for $2499 by itself, $2499 for a fairly well-configured** 5K iMac is a bargain.

Am I getting one here at PixyLab?  Yes.  No question, this is going to be my new primary computer.  I'm going to go for a system with a 1TB SSD, so my config will be a little more expensive, but I was planning to get a 4K display and some sort of Mac in any case.

Update: Just saw a review of the latest version of MacOS X 10.10.  Like iOS 7 and Windows 8 before it, it looks like a cheap cartoon version of itself.  You have 14 million pixels to work with and you give us this?!

* Faster than my desktop Radeon 7950.
** That includes a 3.5GHz quad-core CPU, Radeon R9 M290 graphics, a 1TB fusion drive, and 8GB of RAM.  That's a little light on the RAM, which is user-upgradeable and so not a problem, and probably also on the storage, which isn't.

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