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Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Late 2014 (MF886, Z0QX)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 808 reviews of Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Late 2014 (MF886, Z0QX). 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. Comments about the size and reliability are on the whole positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Late 2014 (MF886, Z0QX) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Late 2014 (MF886, Z0QX)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Late 2014 (MF886, Z0QX) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the reliability and size. The usability and price also get good feedback.

design, price, usability, size, reliability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MF886B/A 27 inch All-in-One iMac PC (Intel Core i5 3.5GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Mac OS X)Apple MF886B/A 27 inch All-in-One iMac PC (Intel Core i5 3.5GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Mac OS X)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Late 2014 (MF886, Z0QX)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Late 2014 (MF886, Z0QX) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People really like the reliability and usability. The design and price also get good reviews, but many are critical about the size.

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90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac with Retina 5K displayApple iMac with Retina 5K display

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: David Pierce (theverge.com)

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review

 

Every once in a while, a gadget completely resets the curve. Once I started wearing good, expensive headphones, I suddenly couldn't even tolerate Apple's EarPods anymore. When I first grabbed my...

Spectacular display ; Slim, attractive body ; A terabyte of solid-state storage is a remarkable thing ; Seriously, the screen is fantastic

You'll pay for the power you need ; Doesn't work as a secondary display

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Christina Bonnington (wired.com)

Review: Apple iMac With Retina 5K Display

 

The 5K display in the new 27-inch iMac is the most beautiful, most pixel-packed screen on the market, and the computer inside ranks near the...

Absolutely the best PC display, desktop or otherwise, you can buy. Very reasonable price tag for a 5K machine. Solid performance. Whisper-thin unibody design

Wish the stand had adjustable height. Rear ports are difficult to reach; plugging in peripherals takes some trial and error. Broadwell processors will likely bring faster processing in an update next year

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple iMac with 5K Retina display (27-inch) review

 

Just when you thought it was safe to get comfortable with the look and language of 4K, Apple comes along and adds what the company is calling a 5K display in the premium 27-inch iMac all-in-one desktop.

The new 27-inch Apple iMac adds a stunning 5K display for not much more than last year's high-end model. The design, while not updated, remains the gold standard for all-in-one desktops.

Except for the new screen and a different GPU, the components are essentially unchanged from last year's version. The high starting price only gets you a mid-level Core i5 processor.

Apple skips 4K and goes directly to what the company calls a 5K display in this expensive, extravagant all-in-one iMac desktop that will appeal to photo and video professionals -- or anyone else looking for the best possible screen resolution.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple iMac (27inch, 2014)

 

Officially called the iMac with Retina 5K display, the screen uses a new material, oxide-based TFT, and borrowed tech from the Retina iPad to reduce pixel crosstalk to keep images sharp. The panel is also just as bright as the previous-gen model, but...

The new 27-inch Apple iMac adds a stunning 5K display for not much more than last year's high-end model. The design, while not updated, remains the gold standard for all-in-one desktops.

Except for the new screen and a different GPU, the components are essentially unchanged from last year's version. The high starting price only gets you a mid-level Core i5 processor.

Apple skips 4K and goes directly to what the company calls a 5K display in this expensive, extravagant all-in-one iMac desktop that will appeal to photo and video professionals -- or anyone else looking for the best possible screen resolution.

Oct, 2014

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Expert review by: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Apple iMac With Retina 5K Display

 

Apple's beautifully designed 27-inch iMac will surely dazzle anyone who works in 4K video or high-resolution photography. The unmatched 5K Retina display paired with solid high-end performance at a surprisingly affordable price makes it our top pick...

Brilliant 27-inch 5K display brings Retina to the iMac. High-end performance for video and photo editing. Fusion Drive comes standard

Loses the monitor functionality of other iMacs. Upgrades limited to adding RAM. Lacks height adjustment. Rear-mounted ports aren't convenient

Editors' Note: This version of the Apple iMac With Retina 5K Display has been updated. A full review of the most current Apple iMac With Retina 5K Display can be found here.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: James Galbraith (pcworld.com)

Apple 27-inch Core i5 iMac/3.1GHz (quad-core)

 
May, 2011

Expert review by: Roman Loyola (pcworld.com)

Apple 27-inch Core i5 iMac/2.8GHz (quad-core)

 
Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Roman Loyola (pcworld.com)

Apple 27-inch iMac/3.06GHz

 

Impressive image quality from display and any angle ; New SD card slot ; Improved speaker system ; Mini DisplayPort has video-in support

Apple Remote not included ; No significant performance increase over previous top-of-the-line model ; Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users ; FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Michael Andronico (tomsguide.com)

Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display Review

 

The Apple iMac with Retina 5K display is the most attractive all-in-one on the market -- inside and out. Its gorgeous 27-inch, 5120 x 2880 display makes minute details like app icons and text worth staring at, and its solid Core i5 processor and R9...

Stunning 5K display ; Robust software suite ; Solid productivity performance ; Elegant design

Pricey ; Mixed gaming performance

The Apple iMac with Retina 5K display offers powerful performance and the sharpest all-in-one screen on the market.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Eric Grevstad (computershopper.com)

Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display Review and Ratings

 

Apple brings unbelievable 5K resolution to the all-in-one desktop, lifting photo and 4K video editors to ecstasy and delivering a nearly flawless hardware/software/visual experience.

Astonishing 5,120x2,880 display ; Zippy performance, except for gaming ; Nifty Fusion Drive ; Superlative software ; Fairly priced

No video input ; Unlike other iMacs, can't be used as a monitor ; No front-mounted USB ports ; Oh, forget it, just look at that screen

We wish we could quit humming, "Nobody does it better, makes us feel sad for the rest" whenever Apple stages one of its patented, hardware-and-software-in-tandem triumphs. The iMac with Retina 5K Display is a triumph because it makes everyday computing...

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Cable lock slot:No / Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Color of product:Black, Silver / Sand / Silver
Housing material:Aluminium, Glass

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Detachable display:N / No
Display Diagonal:27
Display Resolution:5120 x 2880
Full HD:No / Yes
HD type: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 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
Autonomy mode: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 2048 / 4 / 4096
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon R9 M290X / AMD Radeon R9 M295X / AMD Radeon R9 M390
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.024
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of execution units:20
NVIDIA G-SYNC:N / No
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N / No
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200 / 1250
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x412
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® HD Graphics 4600 / No

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1867
Memory form factor:DIMM/SO-DIMM
Memory layout:2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 8
Memory slots:2 / 4
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM

Multimedia

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

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
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, 802.11ad, 802.11b, 802.11g / 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 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2 / 0 - 120000 / 0 - 120078.7
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

GPS: No
GPS (satellite): No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x
SmartCard slot: No
Storage drive interface:SATA

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:AirDrop, AirPlay, Gatekeeper, iCloud, iCloud Drive, Dashboard, Mission Control, App Nap, Power Nap, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iBooks, Safari, FaceTime, Contacts, Time Machine, Photo Booth, Mac App Store, iTunes, Game Center / Fotos\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nMac App Store\niTunes\niBooks / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center
Cables included:AC / Lightning
Drivers included: Yes
Keyboard supplied:Y / Yes
Mouse included:Y / Yes
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Placement supported:Vertical
Product type:All-in-One PC / PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
FireWire 800: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
Thunderbolt ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Power

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

Processor

64-bit computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI / QPI
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-4690 / i7-4790K
Processor boost frequency:3.6 / 3.9 / 4.4
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor code:SR1QH / SR219
Processor codename:Devil's Canyon / Haswell
Processor cores:4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:3.2 / 3.5 / 4 / 4.4
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i5-4690 / i7-4790K
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4600 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-4700 Desktop series
Processor socket:Socket H3 (LGA 1150)
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Tcase:72.72
Thermal Design Power (TDP):84 / 88

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:80807 / 80810
Processor code:SR1QH / SR219
Processor package size:37.5
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2013D

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDHC / SDIO / SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
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 / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 256 / 3000 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.99
Height:20.3
Weight:21
Width:25.6