The iMac has been a key part of Apple’s computer family for years, and with good reason. The premium all-in-one has redefined the desktop PC several times over the years and offers a blend of performance and visual capability that is undeniably impressive. After a couple of years with only mediocre updates, the 2017 update to the 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display (from $1,799; $2,899 as tested) moves the Mac family forward with smart improvements, including a brighter display, versatile Thunderbolt 3 ports, and updated processing and graphics performance that blows past the competition. It’s an improvement in every way that matters.
The iMac design has stayed relatively unchanged since the slim version was introduced back in 2012. With the 2017 update, you get the familiar minimalist design, with a 27-inch display surrounded by black bezels and covered in edge-to-edge glass. Below the display is the bare-metal chin bearing the Apple logo, and a sturdy L-shaped stand raises the whole thing a few inches off of the desk. The hinged stand gives you a reasonable amount of tilt adjustment, but there’s still no good way to adjust the height, other than stacking the iMac on some books.
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