27-inch iMac (2020) review

The new 27-inch iMac is jaw-dropping in practically every way, not least in price… so is this the ultimate computer for creatives?

5 Star Rating
27-inch iMac
(Image: © Apple)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Apple products divide opinion, and the 27-inch iMac exemplifies the divide between those who resent the brand’s prices, designs, simplifications and restrictions, and those who will willingly pay more to get less. We are not talking about less power and less performance – goodness, no – but less complexity, less fuss, and less cost-cutting naffness.


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    Design, build and materials

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    The Mac OS and apps

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    That eye-popping display


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    Cost, cost, cost

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    Hard/impossible to upgrade later

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One way or another, the 27-inch iMac is going to get a reaction. Some people like to build a PC out of bits, some like the value of a modular tower PC and don’t see why they need to pay more for a Mac (no-one who uses a Mac asks that question, by the way). What you think of this iMac, or any iMac will almost certainly come down to your attitude to money and your attitude to design. If money is everything and design can go to hell, then you should probably stop reading now.

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Off the shelf iMac 27-inch configurations
Header Cell - Column 0 $1,7999/£1,799$1,999/£1,999$2,299/£2,299
Processor3.1GHz 6-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz3.3GHz 6-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz3.8GHz 8-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
Internal SSD256GB512GB512GB
GraphicsRadeon Pro 5300 with 4GB of GDDR6 memoryRadeon Pro 5300 with 4GB of GDDR6 memoryRadeon Pro 5500 XT with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
Row 4 - Cell 0 Base modelFaster processor, bigger SSDFaster processor, better graphics card

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com