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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 94

375 reviews

May, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 375 reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K, Late 2015 (MK452). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the reliability and size. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the price.

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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 Retina 4K, Late 2015 (MK452) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = 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 are impressed by the design. There are some mixed reviews about the size. Some have doubts about the usability and reliability.

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

May, 2019

Expert review by : Kane Fulton (t3.com)

Apple iMac with 4K display review: small all-in-one gains a hugely impressive screen

 

The most compact desktop around just turned beautiful, and more useful too

Display ; Design ; Build quality

Fusion Drive not standard ; No height adjustability ; No discrete GPU

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 : 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 : 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

Expert review by : Karen Haslam (macworld.co.uk)

21in 4K Retina iMac (2015) review

 

The 21in iMac has FINALLY been given an update and the top of the range model gets a 4K Retina display. We take a look...

The 21.5in iMac with 4K Retina display might not be as big as the 27in iMac, and it might not have as many pixels as that model, but it finally brings the Retina display on the iMac to around the £1,000 mark, which we think it a great deal - especially...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by : Jason Snell (goodgearguide.com.au)

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

 

The transition of the iMac into the Retina display era is now complete—and worth upgrading to.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Apple iMac review (21.5-inch, 2015): 4K is optional, faster hard drives shouldn't be

 

The iMac is still the all-in-one to beat, with an optional 4K display on the 21.5-inch versionand improved color accuracy. Creative pros will gravitate toward the 5K27-inch model, which offers better specs, while casual users will appreciate that the...

4K resolution is now an option ; Improved color accuracy ; Attractive design ; Input devices are now rechargeable ; Robust audio

Faster Fusion Drives are an up-sell, even on more expensive models ; Slow start-up with the entry-level 5,400 rpm hard drive ; Discrete graphics no longeroffered on the 21.5-inch iMac

The iMac is still the best all-in-one, with an attractive (if predictable) design, near-standard 4K and 5K screens, and even better color accuracy than before. The 21.5-inch version is in some ways the more interesting of the two models, as this is the...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple iMac with 4K Retina display review: Apple packs more pixels into its smallest iMac

 

The 21.5-inch Apple iMac all-in-one steps up to a 4K display.

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 (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