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27–inch iMac (Early 2019)

$2,299 From Apple, apple.com

Display 5120x2880–pixel Retina display Processor 3.6GHz Intel Core i9 Memory 16GB Storage 512GB SSD Graphics AMD Radeon Pro Vega 48 8GB Connectivity 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports, 4x USB–A ports, SDXC card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm headphone jack, 802.11ac Wi–Fi, Bluetooth 4.2

Almost two years since its last update, the iMac returns with refreshed components, including ninth–gen Intel Core i9 processors and AMD Radeon Vega 48 graphics. Those optional high–end parts contribute to the big price tag at the top of this review, which is for the souped–up spec that we tested.

You might be tempted to rush into looking at the new Intel and graphics processors’ capabilities to help decide which new iMac to buy, but let’s first talk about the one component that every buyer ought to upgrade for performance reasons: storage. All 27–inch iMacs come with a Fusion Drive: 1TB in the base and mid–range models, 2TB in the top

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