I used Windows at work and macOS at home before the pandemic.
Since March, I’ve only used a MacBook and never Windows.
When I have to drop by the office for work, I’m like a duck out of water trying to figure out Windows 10 before.
Confined to my MacBook for months, I’ve been wondering if it’s time to invest in a desktop, as it’s healthier for my posture and anchors my work-life — otherwise, I’m all over the place from the sofa to the bed to work table.
In all my years of reviewing electronics, this was a first, so I was delighted to review the new iMac.
My assessment after two weeks.
The New iMac 2021
Devices that redefine a segment are rare.
Apple inexplicably releases such devices often.
I think this year’s iMac qualifies.
This desktop resembles an extra-large tablet.
The new iMac is thinner than a closed MacBook.
The new iMac is powered by Apple’s M1 chipset, which also powers the new iPad Pro.
The iMac’s 24-inch screen is atop an aluminium stand with a hinge that lets you alter the angle.
A new magnetic charger connects to the iMac’s rear like Apple’s MagSafe cords.
Very great. The iMac includes four USB-C connections and a 3.5-mm jack.
The front camera is now Full HD.
What’s Wonderful About iMac 2021?
The iMac’s slim shape is luxurious and modern.
After years of using custom-made Windows desktops, a small computer surprised me.
Despite appearing intimidating, the iMac leaves a lot of space on my table.
Apple’s keyboard, trackpad, and mouse are included.
The 24-inch screen’s 4.5K resolution is superior to most TVs’.
The resolution implies you can fit in more than what you would with a 24-inch Full HD screen.
This allowed me to open two windows side-by-side without feeling crowded.
The colours on this screen are extremely vibrant and natural, making this a perfect investment for individuals who deal with photography and design.
The iMac’s display is large enough for short breaks between work-from-home sessions.
Six-speaker Dolby Atmos hi-fi system makes you feel like cars and monsters are passing behind you and the screen.
The M1 CPUs make this iMac possible. Despite being 8-core, this has a minimal thermal footprint, allowing a powerful computer design.
My review model featured 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD.
All programmes launch quickly, so I can keep opening more and have them work as small partitions on the screen without this thin big complaining.
An hour of work for me equals 20 tabs on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox — I use multiple browsers to separate personal and work accounts.
With most computers, this slows down speed, but on the iMac, it only prepared it for a Zoom call and live share. This is one.
Some of my desktop apps didn’t operate on the M1-based iMac.
When I downloaded and launched Slack, my doubts vanished.
Rosetta started as I installed it, and the app ran normally a minute later.
Then there’s gaming with Apple Arcade or other programmes, using the iMac’s display and acoustics. An hour during a long gaming session, I could still feel the rear panel as chilly as when it was off.
The M1 image signal processor-powered Full HD FaceTime camera was the most noticeable modification.
Given my messy room, I usually blur the background during Zoom conversations.
On the iMac, I look like a 3D cutout emerging from my Zoom box. How many times have I been asked what I was doing on these calls?
This is what a star would use to be seen by millions on streaming calls. I’d purchase an iMac for this function.
The iMac’s new keyboard is great. My review model has a TouchID button.
The iMac’s keyboard is smaller than a MacBook’s and takes some getting used to.
Once you get going, typing is fun.
While there was a sleek Apple mouse on the table, I used the trackpad significantly more.
It could have been muscle memory from working on laptops and tablets for over a year or the effort of dragging the mouse all over the table to reach the far corners of this 24-inch screen.
The iMac 2021’s Flaws
It’s hard to criticise the iMac, which surprised me in many ways.
However, buyers should beware. This iMac needs a 16amp outlet, which I didn’t have.
Before commencing the review, I had to acquire a converter online.
Also, a 16a UPS slot is hard to find.
Buying The iMac 2021?
Since I plan to work from home more in the future months, I will get one.
Yes, individuals who perform great work from home should make this investment.
And it’s as portable as a MacBook and costs as much.
So I recommend it to anyone seeking a home or work-from-home computer.
Having a TV and music system is a plus.
The iMac 2021 is the first pandemic-era computer.