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Apple iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K, Late 2015 (MK452)

Apple iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K, Late 2015 (MK452)
alaScore 96

385 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 385 reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K, Late 2015 (MK452). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and size. The design and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, design, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K, Late 2015 (MK452) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K, Late 2015 (MK452)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K, Late 2015 (MK452) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design. There are some negative comments about the usability and reliability. Comments are divided on the size.

design

price, reliability, usability

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac MK452LL/A 21.5-Inch Retina 4K Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple iMac MK452LL/A 21.5-Inch Retina 4K Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph (zdnet.com)

Apple 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display (2015) review: Display dazzles, but options are fewer

 

The 4K display might be something of a luxury for business users who simply want to run Microsoft Office, but the latest top-end 21.5-inch iMac will be an attractive option for users who need a fast and versatile desktop computer.

Bright, colourful 4K display ; Broadwell update provides strong processor performance ; Slimline, all-in-one design

Slow hard drive ; No longer includes discrete GPU ; Limited upgrade options

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple iMac with 4K Retina display 21.5-inch, 2015

 

The flagship device in Apple's just-updated late-2015 iMac line is the configuration reviewed here, stepping up to a gorgeous 21.5-inch 4K resolution display and starting at $1,499 in the US (£1,199 or AU$2,099). Two other base models, at $1,099 and...

Apple upgrades the 21.5-inch iMac with a stunning 4K-resolution display, along with faster processors and Thunderbolt 2. The redesigned keyboard, mouse and trackpad all have rechargeable batteries and lightning connectors.

The new processors are still one generation behind Intel's latest and there are no discrete graphics options. No HDMI input means it can't double as a TV monitor.

The smallest Apple iMac trades up to a 4K display, and jumps to newer, but still not the latest, processors. While the design hasn't changed, newly crafted accessories with rechargeable batteries and Lightning connectors add flair and convenience.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple iMac 21.5-Inch With 4K Retina Display (2015)

 

With a new Retina display, the latest Intel Core I CPU, and faster memory, the latest 21.5-inch Apple iMac is a very attractive option if you're creatively inclined and have limited space and/or funds.

Bright 4K Retina display. DCI-P3 color gamut. New rechargeable wireless peripherals. Includes Lightning cable.

No discrete graphics option. Base hard drive is only 5,400rpm. Headset jack and SD card slot are on back panel.

Conclusion If you make your living through the lens of a camera, or you're a serious creative type, the 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac belongs high up on your short list —especially if you want the hi-res display but don't want to pay for the 27-inch 5K iMac...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Mikey Campbell (appleinsider.com)

Review: Apple's 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display is great, but skip the slow HDD model

 

Apple's marketing team didn't need to dig deep to dream up a campaign for the new 21.5‑inch iMac with Retina 4K display -- its best feature is in the name. The stellar ultra high-resolution screen mates well with Apple's chosen internals, but it...

4K Retina display with P3 color gamut ; Powerful internals ; Small footprint

5,400 rpm HDD is a snail ; Price borders on 27-inch 5K iMac ; Slight backlight bleed at screen periphery ; Apple prices the new iMac with Retina 4K display at $1,499 for a baseline model and scales the line up to $2,399. Fortunately, a big part of what...

The 4K iMac's main draw is its gorgeous Retina display. For desktop users interested in having the best display around, the 21.5-inch 4k iMac is an easy recommendation with one caveat: it needs the HDD upgrade. An SSD would be preferable, obviously,...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Apple iMac 21.5-Inch With 4K Retina Display Review and Ratings

 

With a pixel-dense 4K display, refined design, and now-rechargeable peripherals, Apple's $1,499 compact iMac is an eye-pleasing, premium computing machine. (As good as it is, just know that the larger-screen 5K model doesn't cost that much more.)

Stunning, pixel-dense 4K display ; Bundled peripherals are now rechargeable ; Very good performance for an all-in-one

Hard drive in entry-level model makes for slow bootup, occasional sluggishness

Sure, we have our quibbles with the Magic Mouse 2's charging port, and the lack of any real internal upgradability on the system itself. But the Apple iMac 21.5-inch With 4K Retina Display is still, unquestionably, a great space-saving desktop for...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Stephen (4k.com)

A Review of the Apple 21.5 inch iMac with 4K Retina Display

 

Superb color rendering with DCI-P3 color space ; Fast, powerful machine for most uses ; Beautiful design ; Wonderfully quiet, cool running ; Decent price tag ; 9.4 million pixels ; El Capitan OS X works great with 4K display

No HDMI connectivity ; Uses slightly older Intel processing chip architecture ; No discrete Graphics card technology ; Storage memory could have been more advanced

While we consider Apple’s 5K Retina iMac to be the superior machine overall, the new 4k iMac has plenty going for it and comes at a relatively reasonable price for a piece of Apple technology with such a superb integrated True 4K display. On the whole,...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Jason Snell (macworld.com)

iMac with 4K Retina display review: A high-resolution desktop Mac for the masses

 

The Mac is a small fraction of Apple's total business, and of that, roughly three-quarters of the Macs sold are laptops. Apple could probably be forgiven if it put the entire iMac line into maintenance mode: after all, sometimes it seems like that's...

Gorgeous Retina screen ; Thunderbolt 2 support

Fast flash-storage available as an option ; Hampered by slow 5200 rpm hard drive ; Discrete GPU available only as configuration option ; Uses previous generation Intel chipset

The 5K iMac is an incredible computer, one of the best Macs ever made—but it’s also just too much for many people. A 27-inch display can dominate a desk or a room, and though the price tag has come down a lot in the past year, it’s still on the pricey...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Kane Fulton (techradar.com)

Apple iMac with 4K Retina display (21.5-inch, Late 2015) review

 

Incredible display proves that good things come in small packages

Display ; Design ; Speakers ; Accessories

Fusion drive not standard ; Chunky display bezel

Apple's smallest all-in-one features a great design and fantastic 4K display. Just make sure you upgrade to the Fusion Drive (at the very least) for faster boot and resume times.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Apple 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display review: All about the ultra-high definition

 

A new iMac range is here to woo you into staying with the desktop in 2015 rather than going mobile. If you are still wanting to be bound to the desk and go Apple then the iMac is certainly the way to do it. Going Retina is certainly worth the extra...

4K screen resolution in top-end model looks great, new keyboard, faster performance than predecessor

Slow 5,400rpm hard drive as standard, mouse uncomfortable to use, no post-purchase RAM upgrades, Fusion Drive limits flash to 24GB (down from 128GB)

If you are still wanting to be bound to the desk and go Apple then the iMac is certainly the way to do it. Going Retina is certainly worth the extra cash with this 21.5-inch model - delivering ultra high-definition 4K without breaking the bank.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Apple iMac with 4K Retina display (21.5-inch, 2015) review

 

Last year's addition to the 21.5-inch Apple iMac line caught our attention by cutting the starting price to $1,099 (£899 or AU$1,349) and positioning itself as essentially a MacBook Air recast as a desktop system; the new version for 2015 aims higher.

Apple upgrades the 21.5-inch iMac with a stunning 4K-resolution display, along with faster processors and Thunderbolt 2. The redesigned keyboard, mouse and trackpad all have rechargeable batteries and lightning connectors.

The new processors are still one generation behind Intel's latest and there are no discrete graphics options. No HDMI input means it can't double as a TV monitor.

The smallest Apple iMac trades up to a 4K display, and jumps to newer, but still not the latest, processors. While the design hasn't changed, newly crafted accessories with rechargeable batteries and Lightning connectors add flair and convenience.

Oct, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Bronze / Gold

Design

Cable lock slot:No / Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Color of product:Silver
Housing material:Aluminium
Wall mountable: Yes

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:1.77:1 / 16:9
Detachable display:N / No / Y / Yes
Display brightness:500
Display Diagonal:21 / 21.5 / 27
Display Resolution:4096 x 2304 / 5120 x 2880
Full HD:Y / Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD / 5K Ultra HD
LED backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 4
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon Pro 555 / AMD Radeon Pro 560 / AMD Radeon R9 M395X / Not available
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:No / Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 11.2/12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Pro Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1622
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 / Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 6200
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Memory clock speed:1867 / 2400
Memory form factor:DIMM/SO-DIMM / On-board
Memory layout:1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 16 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 8
Memory slots:2 / 4
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM

Multimedia

Built-in camera:No / Y / Yes
TV tuner integrated: No

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a,802.11ac,802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other Features

Display Diagonal (metric):21.5
Storage drive interface:SATA

Packaging Content

Bundled software:- iPhoto\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- FaceTime\n- Time Machine\n- Photo Booth\n- iTunes\n- Game Center / - Photos\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- Safari\n- Mail\n- Messages\n- FaceTime\n- Calendar\n- Notes\n- App Store\n- iTunes\n- iBooks\n- Maps\n- Contacts\n- Reminders / Fotos\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nMac App Store\niTunes\niBooks / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSafari\nFaceTime\nApp Store\niTunes\niBooks / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center / iPhoto\nMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center
Cables included:Lightning
Keyboard supplied:Y / Yes
Mouse included:N / No / Y / Yes
Power cord included:No / Y / Yes
Trackpad included:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Product type:All-in-One PC / PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
Autonomy mode:N / No / Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):29.86
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600,1866 / 1866,1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.5
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 2x8, 1x8+2x4, 1x16
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-5675R
Processor boost frequency:3.5 / 3.6 / 3.8 / 3.9 / 4.2
Processor cache:4 / 6
Processor cache type:L3
Processor code:SR2AJ / SR2AL
Processor codename:Broadwell
Processor cores:4
Processor family:5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-5xxx / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7-5xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:3.1 / 3.3 / 3.4 / 3.6
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i5-5675R / i7-5775R
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor socket:BGA1364
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:G0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):65

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:87715 / 87718
Processor code:SR2AJ
Processor package size:37.5
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, AVX 2.0, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCA 2013D / PCG 2013D

Software

Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan / macOS Sierra 10.12
Operating System Language:English / French / German

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Storage media:Flash / Fusion Drive / HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 2000 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.89 / 7.99
Depth (without stand):2.6
Height:17.7 / 20.3
Height (without stand):14.9
Weight:0.2 / 12.5 / 21
Width:20.8 / 25.6
Width (without stand):20.8