Apple is focusing on upping the pixels in their display, but not on adding or optimizing for touch. If you’ve used a device with a touch screen you know how hard it is to take that step back. In this post we will round up the top alternatives to the iMac with 5K Retina Display that come with Touch.
Before we even start to dive into the alternatives, let me preface this with the fact that you’re not going to get a 5K All-in-One in the Windows World. At least not right now. We’re going with 4K or QHD options, so if you have to have 5K, just stop reading and go buy you 2014 iMac with Retina!
The 2014 iMac is 27 inches and comes with a resolution of 5120×2880. Under this display we’ve got a killer Radeon R9 290X or 295X graphics card and the base CPU configuration is a 3.5Ghz Intel Core i5, which can be upgraded to 4.0Ghz. High-bandwidth Thunderbolt 2 ports are standard, as is a 1TB Fusion Drive and 8GB of RAM. Starting price for this is $2,499.
Not everyone needs the apocalypse of power that is reigning down from the 2014 iMacs. These are the alternatives for people looking for something fast with enough graphics power they won’t need to worry about their machine not being robust enough. We also take into account great design that won’t hurt your pocketbook quite as much as what was launched in Cupertino.
If you don’t need to absolute best specifications available in an All-in-One and aren’t a professional content creator and just like the form factor, then keep reading.
Dell XPS One
The Dell XPS One is a 27-inch All-in-One with a high resolution display of 2560x1440p. It comes with options up to Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 processor and runs Windows 8.1. It has 6 USB 3.0 ports, Gesture Control, HDMI, SD card slot, eSATA port, desktop mouse and keyboard ports, trackpad, speakers, webcam and most importantly, it has a Touchscreen.
It also comes with a graphics card punch running a robust NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M so gaming is 100% on the table with this table top device. It also comes with 2TB which is handy if you’re sharing the with your entire family or shooting RAW. It also comes with Thunderbolt which is a necessity if you’re looking at competeting with the iMac.
This is as close as we’re going to get in the All-in-One space to what the iMac is offering with its 5K display. The A740 comes with a QHD option and sports an NVIDIA GeForce GT850A GDDR5 2GB, which doesn’t benchmark as high as the AMD card Apple has gone with. It comes with a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of Storage and Windows 8.1.
ASUS All-in-One ET2322INKH
Not Retina, but one thing that you should keep in mind is the quality of the panel, and in this instance they’ve used a great one. It’s a little smaller at 23 inches, but has an IPS panel that’s Full HD 1920×1080. Under the hood we’ve got a 4th generation Core i7 with an Nvidia GT740M graphics card to back it up. There’s also 8GB of RAM, Bluray, Bluetooth 4.0, 3 x USB 2.0 & 3.0, HDMI in and out, an SD card reader and a subwoofer jack.
For the refined at-home experience ASUS provides SonicMaster Technology for improved audio clarity. What really sets this apart from other All-in-One machines is the design – ASUS really is setting the bar, like Apple, with sleek and elegant lines. The other great thing is the price.
You’re not getting the crushing graphics card, but you are getting the Core i7 processor. The matter here is: if you’re a casual gamer, the ASUS computer will be fine. If you’re a graphics professional, you’re going to notice the difference. But hey, this is half the price!
If you are serious about alternatives to the iMac and are looking at picking up an all-in-one, let me give you a few guidelines. You usually can’t upgrade parts so think of the lifetime you’ll be owning your PC. Go for processors with at least 64 bits, and upgrade to at least 6 GB of RAM. Furthermore, 1 Terrabyte of storage space should be your first choice.
What do you think? Are you just a fan of the form factor, or is the appeal of the iMac with 5K Retina the fact that it wins out on the specification race?