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Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Mid 2014 (MF883, MG022)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1498 reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Mid 2014 (MF883, MG022). The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and size. The price and design also get good comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Mid 2014 (MF883, MG022) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Mid 2014 (MF883, MG022)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Mid 2014 (MF883, MG022) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk.

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac 21.5 inch 8GB RAM MF883B/A + Wireless Keyboard and MouseApple iMac 21.5 inch 8GB RAM MF883B/A + Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Mid 2014 (MF883, MG022)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 user reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Mid 2014 (MF883, MG022) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Comments about the reliability and price are generally positive. The design and usability also get good reviews. Views are divided on the size.

usability, design, price, reliability

98% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac MF883LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple iMac MF883LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Konrad Krawczyk (digitaltrends.com)

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (2014) review

 

Apple's reduced-price iMac is a fine system for students and families whose computing needs are light and who prioritize style over performance.

Apple has always demanded a premium for its hardware, and even after a $200 price drop, that hasn’t changed. Any number of cheaper Windows machines will outperform Apple’s equivalent. For instance, the offers a larger 23.8-inch 1080p screen, an Intel...

Jul, 2014

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

Apple iMac 21.5-Inch (2014)

 

Apple's entry-level 21.5-inch Mac is a solid, basic OS X-equipped all-in-one. It's priced like a midrange desktop, however, and the competition is tough at that level.

Least expensive iMac. Same display and chassis as higher-end Mac desktop models. Two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 ports. Thin construction and design.

Configuration options limited to storage. System effectively sealed. RAM is not upgradeable. Target display mode only supports Thunderbolt.

The entry-level Apple iMac 21.5-inch is a good starting point for the budding Apple fan or a person who wants a desktop base station for their iOS devices. It's easy to set up, powerful enough for basic tasks plus a bit more, and comes with an...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Price cut for the 21-inch iMac makes it a mainstream machine

 

A new, mostly frills-free configuration brings the price of this all-in-one down, but requires performance concessions.

The new entry level 21.5-inch Apple iMac is now only $100 more than the (already discounted) 13-inch Macbook Air. The display, design, and build quality remain top-notch, and it includes high-end features such as Thunderbolt, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and...

This lower-cost model has a small hard drive and laptop-like CPU and graphics performance compared to the more-expensive iMac configurations. It lacks even basic user upgradability.

While it includes some performance and graphics concessions on the lowest priced model, the 21.5-inch iMac brings Apple's iconic design and top-notch bundled accessories and software to a wider audience.

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (letsgodigital.org)

Cheap Apple iMac 21.5-inch

 

Entry level Apple iMac 21.5-inch : Apple introduced a new 21.5-inch iMac starting at just £899 making the world's leading all-in-one desktop even more affordable. Featuring a stunning ultra-thin design, brilliant display, Core i5 processors and the...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : ZDNet (zdnet.com)

Apple iMac (24-inch, 2.8GHz)

 

With the same elegant design as its 20-inch, 2.4GHz sibling, the 24-inch, 2.8GHz iMac offers 30 percent more screen area and a modest performance boost. The iMac competes with the PC desktop market now better than perhaps any previous Mac to date, but...

Industry-leading design, Big, beautiful display, Excellent application performance

Higher-end model features same midrange graphics card of lower-end models, Free phone support ends after 90 days, Might want to hold off until Leopard is released to save yourself the cost of an OS upgrade

May, 2008

Expert review by : Simon Jary (techadvisor.co.uk)

Apple 21.5-inch iMac (Mid-2014) reviews

 

Apple sells three versions of its 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop iMac, differentiated by processor speed, hard drive capacity and graphics card. Here we speed test the Mid-2014 iMacs and look at which is best for you.

The 21.5-inch iMac is a beautiful all-in-one desktop Mac, starting at a reasonable £899. For that price you get a Mac that is fine for everyday tasks but a little slow for more labour-intensive jobs like editing photos and videos, but it’s still...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by (stuff.tv_in)

Apple iMac 21.5in (1.4GHz) review

 

Apple's all-in-one computer has a new, lower entry-point – but does the cheapest version of the iMac still have that Apple magic?

Amazing looks ; Reasonable price ; Nice operating system and extras

Wimpy processor ; Slow hard drive

The iMac is still the best-looking computer money can buy, but this new, more-affordable option cuts a few too many corners

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Andrew Harrison (macworld.co.uk)

Apple iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014) with Fusion Drive review

 

This summer's new iMac is the most affordable ever made at just £899. But what do you get for that money, and is there any benefit upgrading to the £1,099 version with its clever Fusion Drive?

New low price ; Same great design and build

899 model with HDD feels and performs slowly ; True price of comfortable usability is £1099

The new 21.5-inch budget Apple iMac is every bit as good in its quality of design and standard of build as the more expensive quad-core iMac range. To reach the lower price, economies are made primarily in the processor and storage configurations. And...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : Simon Jary (techworld.com)

Apple 21.5-inch iMac reviews

 

Apple's all-in-one iMac starts at £899 but you might want to spend a little more to find the best iMac for you.

The 21.5-inch iMac is a beautiful all-in-one desktop Mac, starting at a reasonable £899. For that price you get a Mac that is fine for everyday tasks but a little slow for more labour-intensive jobs like editing photos and videos, but it’s still...

Jul, 2014

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Apple 21.5in iMac (mid-2014)

 

Lower price; integrated IPS LED screen; eye-catching design

Non-upgradable RAM; slow, limited-capacity 5400RPM drive; only iMac without four processing cores

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Product Specifications

Audio

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

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Color of product:Silver
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminium, Glass
Wall mountable: Yes

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Detachable display:N / No
Display Diagonal:21.5
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: 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 model:No / Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA26
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 5000

Memory

Internal memory:8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:1 / 2 / 4
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM

Multimedia

Built-in camera: Yes
Camera Resolution:2560 x 1600
TV tuner integrated: No

Networking

Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards: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

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
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600
Numeric keypad: Yes
SmartCard slot: No
Storage drive interface:SATA

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Maps, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Time Machine, Photo Booth, iTunes, Game Center, Preview, Notes, Mac App Store / iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Time Machine, Photo Booth, iTunes, Game Center, Preview,\nNotes, Mac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / Mac App Store\nSafari\nMail\nMessages\nCalendar\nContacts\nReminders\nNotes\nTime Machine\nFaceTime\nPhoto Booth\nGame Center\niTunes\niLife (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand) / Safari, Mail, iBooks, Mac App Store, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Calendar, FaceTime, Messages, Contacts, Reminders, Preview, Notes, iTunes, Game Center, Time Machine, Photo Booth
Cables included:AC
Drivers included: Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Mouse included: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Placement supported:Horizontal
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
Thunderbolt 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

Processor

64-bit computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
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:DDR3L-SDRAM,LPDDR3-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:i5-4260U
Processor boost frequency:2.7
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor code:SR16T
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i5-4xxx
Processor frequency:1 / 1.4
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i5-4260U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: 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:N / No
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: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
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 Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No
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
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75030
Processor code:SR16T
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Software

Bundled software:iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Maps, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Time Machine, Photo Booth, iTunes, Game Center, Preview, Notes, Mac App Store / iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Time Machine, Photo Booth, iTunes, Game Center, Preview,\nNotes, Mac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / Mac App Store\nSafari\nMail\nMessages\nCalendar\nContacts\nReminders\nNotes\nTime Machine\nFaceTime\nPhoto Booth\nGame Center\niTunes\niLife (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand) / Safari, Mail, iBooks, Mac App Store, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Calendar, FaceTime, Messages, Contacts, Reminders, Preview, Notes, iTunes, Game Center, Time Machine, Photo Booth
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / OS X Mavericks

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface: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
Storage media:Flash / Fusion Drive / HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.6 / 6.89
Height:14.9 / 17.7
Weight:11.5 / 12.5
Width:20.8