M1 Apple iMac 24-Inch Review: Price and Features

M1 Apple iMac 24-Inch Review: Price and Features
 
 
 
 

The new M1 iMac 24-inch desktop is one of the coolest inventions of 2021. Successor to the 21-inch model, the upgrades and improvements on this new model is a bold move by Apple to introduce both the sleekest and most modern design to date. Its impressive large screen is ideal for both home and business users and especially those working from home.

M1 Apple iMac 24-Inch: Price and Availability

The new M1 Apple iMac 24-inch desktop is available on Apple’s website at a starting price of $1,299. This gets you the base model with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, 256GB storage, and 8GB RAM. It features an Apple M1 chip with an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU. This model also ships with the Magic Keyboard that doesn’t support Touch ID and is available only in four colors out of the seven.

For $1,499, you get the midline 24-inch iMac with an M1 chip with an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU. On top of that, you get 256GB of storage, 8GB RAM, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB 3 ports, an Ethernet port, and a Magic Keyboard with a fingerprint Touch ID sensor.

The premium model will cost you $1,699 and ships with an M1 chip with octa-core CPU and GPU, 512GB of storage, and 8GB RAM. It also comes with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB 3 ports, an Ethernet port, and the fingerprint Touch ID sensor-supported Magic Keyboard. Of course, you have options to upgrade any of the accessories for extra bucks.

M1 Apple iMac 24-Inch: Design and Key Features

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So, this is a redesign of its predecessor, the 21.5-inch model. However, there’s very little remaining of the old iMac. Essentially, the M1 Apple iMac was redesigned from the ground up, with a completely revamped chassis. The bezels are skinnier, and thanks to the slimmer chassis, this model looks modern and elegant.

Apple’s decision to reduce the thick borders and increase the display gives this desktop a defining design and the assorted colors adds to its splendor. The entry-level 8-core CPU/7-core GPU is available in four colors; pink, silver, blue and green. The more expensive model with an 8-core CPU/8-core GPU adds orange, yellow, and purple to the iMac 2021 color collection. These attractive and exciting colors on a desktop are sure to grab the attention of many, and you can bet it will be gracing the desks of many reception areas and showrooms.

The model features a lower-profile stand, which, fortunately, doesn't take up much of your desk space. However, the stand lacks height adjustment nor the ability to rotate it to adjust the viewing angle, which is a shame for such a high-end product. According to Apple, the small ergonomic sacrifice was because it didn’t want unsightly bolts and nuts to spoil the wafer-thin profile. But, you can VESA-mount it if you're willing to spend an extra $40 for the adapter panel.

The iMac’s main motherboard is now slimmer, with the screen panel measuring just 11.5mm thick. Despite the slim design, Apple managed to squeeze in six separate drivers for the speaker system, with a group of two woofers and a tweeter located on each corner for the left and right stereo channels.

As for the ports, the iMac maintains the same location at the rear and to the right side, which can be a bit of a pain to use. But it keeps the front of the device neat and free of clutter. The ports have been upgraded as well. The SD card slot is no longer available, as well as the USB-A port.

All users get are USB-C ports: two on the 7-core GPU iMac (both Thunderbolt 4/USB 4) and four on the 8-core GPU iMac (two Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 and two USB 3). Luckily, the power cable doesn't occupy any of these ports. It connects magnetically to a circular port at the center of the machine, behind the stand.

The design overhaul wasn't limited to the desktop only. The new Magic Keyboard is wafer-thin as well and available in various colors to match the iMac itself. On the more expensive models, the keyboard comes with a fingerprint Touch ID sensor for extra security.

This new feature makes the process of authenticating software installs a tad easier. You no longer have to key in your password, just dab your finger to the reader, and you're good to go. However, the failure to include a backlight and maintain lifeless, low-profile keys is another downside of the M1 Apple iMac 24-inch desktop.

M1 Apple iMac 24-Inch: Performance

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The iMac 24-inch is powered by Apple’s M1 chip, making it a powerful choice for handling productivity and everyday tasks. The M1 chip is touted as being fast, super-efficient, and space-saving, hence the slim design.

There’s no lag navigating between multiple apps, and even with YouTube streaming, 4K video playing from the hard drive, and Steam downloading and installing games in the background, the 24-inch iMac didn’t break a sweat. The CPU barely registered anything higher than 30 percent.

The M1 chip lets you run most iOS apps natively in the iMac, which you can access directly via the App Store. Even Arcade games run well and look great on the 24-inch, 4.5k screen. Whereas the entry-level model gets an M1 chip with a 7-core GPU, the premium model comes integrated with the full-fledged M1 chip with an 8-core GPU.

M1 Apple iMac 24-Inch: Verdict

Overall, the Apple iMac sports a solid design with a sturdy build. Its performance is impressive, and the audio and picture quality is top-notch. However, some people might find the small Magic Keyboard and Mouse quite uncomfortable to use.

While the screen looks stunning when watching movies or games, the fact that it's not adjustable is a bummer to most people, especially, tall people.

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