Apple iMac 24 “(2021) with ARM processor M1 in the test

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Reminiscence of the ancestor from 1998: In the very first iMac, the tube monitor (!) Was in a plastic housing, which Apple offered in a number of bold colors. The iMac from 2021, which costs at least 1450 euros, has now become colorful again: It is no longer only available in silver, as it was before, but also in blue, green and rose; higher equipment variants (from 1670 euros) are also available in yellow, orange and purple. The chosen tone colors the back with a large apple logo, while the base, the included accessories and the chin on the front come in a pastel color variant.

The frame around the screen is thinner than before and is also basically white instead of black. This makes the iMac an eye-catcher, but reduces the immersion when watching videos, for example. In addition, the frame does not exactly cover the edge of the panel, so that a fine dark line runs around the actual image. The frame and panel are covered by a glossy acrylic sheet. The panel displays 4480 × 2520 pixels (slightly more than 4K resolution) on a 23.5-inch diagonal with stable viewing angles and, with full coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, is one of the better of its kind.

The approximately 500 cd / m2 maximum brightness is provided by classic LED backlighting; There are no mini LEDs like in the iPad Pro (test) or Apple’s XDR professional monitor. Speaking of external monitors: While older iMacs with Intel CPUs can control three monitors at the same time, the M1 model, like the M1-equipped MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini (test), only manages two – despite two Thunderbolt outputs.

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