CNET First Look
Apple's 21.5-inch iMac gets a new 4K displayMore pixels, wider color support and new accessories for the smallest iMac all-in-one desktop.
[MUSIC] It's a whole new look, or at least a way to look at you iMac. I'm Dan Ackerman, and this is Apple's 21.5 inch iMac with a 4k retina display. That's the most obvious change to this year's 21 inch iMac. The physical design has actually stayed the same for the last couple of years. Still very slim here on the side. Kinda bows out gently in the back. All the components, obviously behind the screen. But, this is not exactly the same 4k as, let's say, your 4k TV. That's a consumer version and it's usual 3840 pixels wide. This is true 4k. 4096 pixels wide. More of a more professional format. Also telling us that this was a system to design would appeal to photo and film professionals. It supports a wider PC color gamma as opposed to regular RGB. What that basically means is, The wide range of reds and greens that these screens can display. Blues are actually already fairly maxed out. A lot of consumer equipment just is not going to show you that. You'll never really notice it unless you're very into very high-end photography and professional photo equipment. Or you're shooting 4K video or super high-end film. One of the coolest other upgrades to the system is the new set of accessories you can get with it. By default it comes with the keyboard and the mouse. You can also sub in the new trackpad, although that now costs extra. You used to be able to swap them for the same amount. Although It's certainly much nicer and you can see why it would cost a little bit more. First off there's a magic keyboard. All the accessories no longer use disposable batteries, they're rechargeable. You just plug in a Lightening cable and that recharges them and pairs them So you can see there's no more kind of bulbous battery compartment anymore. Key faces are a little bit bigger, although the actual footprint of the keyboard is smaller. The mouse looks and feels pretty much exactly the same, there's some new rubber runners on the bottom. Again, rechargeable And the big star here, I think, is the magic track pad two. You can see that it's much, much bigger than the original version. Also no batteries so you lose that cylindrical battery compartment. It recharges via lightening And it adds force touch, which means you can click and click again even though you're not actually clicking it to form a [UNKNOWN] feedback just like force touch on the MacBook, MacBook Pro and even the new iPhone and the Apple Watch. If you want to give your current iMac a kind of face lift without getting the new one, you can actually buy all of these separately and just Add them to your current system. Speaking of being current, this guy moves up one step in processes. It used to have Intel's fourth generation quad series processors, perfectly fine. It's moving up to the fifth generation, however we're already up to the sixth generation now. You can find those in the 27 inch versions, the 21 inch versions are still a generation behind. If you've got an iMac from the last couple years, it's still fine. You really don't have a compelling reason to upgrade. If you're working with a lot of 4K video, or super high res photography, and you're looking for a great baseline system that's not gonna cost a fortune, you can get the 4K screen starting at $1499. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that is Apple's new 4K 21.5 inch iMac. [MUSIC]