Apple brought some design chops back to the iMac lineup with the 24-inch 2021 M1 models, and a pretty good dose of extra performance, too. If you’ve been looking at getting an 8-core model for productivity or creative chores but found the $1,500 price a tad much, there’s good news. The 8GB version with 256GB of storage is now available at Amazon for $1,400, the lowest price we’ve seen yet.
The 2021 iMac M1 received an excellent Engadget review score for a variety of reason. With a new M1 chip also found on Apple’s MacBooks, it delivers formidable performance for activities ranging from spreadsheets to video editing to gaming. It even loads quickly, waking up almost instantly from sleep mode and getting to the desktop in around 25 seconds from a cold start. On top of that, it’s 50 percent quieter than past models.
It’s also got a fresh new design, with slimmer bezels and a more refined look. The new 24-inch, 4.5K Retina display is also excellent, thanks to the full DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and 500-nit brightness. Another nice upgrade is the new 1080p FaceTime Camera with larger image sensors and AI tricks that improve exposure, color and noise levels.
The drawbacks are few, but they include a lack of HDR on the display, a port selection limited to USB-C and the Magic Mouse and Keyboard that can be uncomfortable to use. Also, if you were hoping to pick up a colorful version of the iMac, only the silver model is on sale, alas. Still, it’s a nice little saving for deal hunters on a model we haven’t seen discounted very often.
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