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Apple’s Best Mac Right Now
Jonathan Morrison

Jonathan Morrison

Published on 5 months ago

The 2019 iMac, particularly the 21.5 inch 4K retina model is a surprisingly great value. Just don't buy the base model! Thanks to VARIDESK for sponsoring this video! • Learn more about VARIDESK by visiting http://www.VARIDESK.com/JonathanMorrison

My review of the new 21.5" iMac comparing the quad-core i3/555X model vs the six-core i5/560X. Enjoy!

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$18 AirPod Clones! https://www.youtubeid.com/watch/RgPY0l0mib4
AirPods 2 vs Galaxy Buds! https://www.youtubeid.com/watch/-dkfZuT7OCE

I turned my Galaxy S10 into a Desk Setup! https://www.youtubeid.com/watch/dEpHBK8ipdI

What's in my Tech Bag 2019! https://www.youtubeid.com/watch/0orbL_WNcWE
Tech that made my iPhone better: https://www.youtubeid.com/watch/LrcHHyMSVtY

TLD Spotify Playlist! https://open.spotify.com/user/jonathan.morrison/playlist/3wmqwmIrP6MFizjiyM7k6y?si=x_rBjHbiQp2lFmyM5Qj5SQ

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My Audio Setup & Gear: https://www.youtubeid.com/watch/v9hu-Avj2oE

Comments :

Jonathan Morrison

Jonathan Morrison . 5 months ago

if you're looking to buy a new 🖥 here's the one you should buy!


Voeris . 2 days ago

This was JUST the video I was looking for! Thank you so much!! ^_^

Dominic .LoFranco

Dominic .LoFranco . 1 week ago

just buy the 21.5 4k 2017 model from B&H for $1050. top spec is 2017 is better than mid spec in 2019.


SeniorCooler . 4 weeks ago

2019 is Apple's [email protected]

senor frog

senor frog . 1 month ago

can i ask a serious question? i'm considering trading in my 2017 5k imac and getting the refreshed 13"mbp. thoughts? the only reasons i'd want to hang on to the imac is for the 27" 5k display, no t2 chip, and user upgradeable RAM; but there are so many other things going against the imac. i would like to think apple is going to refresh it sometime in the next year? or less? the looks are dated, which i don't care that much about in and of itself, but if a redesign comes with upgraded I/O, that's something I'd want. It's also got the same old ass BT, not even an option for 10gig ethernet (not that I can make the most of it, but it's like a $90 upgrade on the mac mini), the vega 48 seems like an overpriced and lackluster upgrade, and they leave so much empty space on the inside, which could have been used for a secondary fan(????), which would seem like a smart idea for a computer with heat issues... desktops are going out of fashion, and mobile productivity is the present and the future. But I still do enjoy the desktop experience. I figure that with a MBP + TB3hub + egpu + external storage, I can get similar performance (if I go for the 15"), plus portability. As far as why i'm looking at the 13" mbp is because I can almost trade them for each other straight up (maybe a few hundred on top for upgraded RAM and SSD). Ideally I'd like the MBP 15" with the vega 20 and 32gb RAM and a larger SSD thanks to the price drops. But because of the nightmare stories I've seen relating to the keyboard and thermal throttling, it seems like a big risk to spend that much money on a laptop, especially with the rumors of a new MBP with a keyboard going back to the scissor mechanism... even if it ends up being in an even higher tier pricewise. Also, the vega 20, while better than the radeon pro, is still pretty underwhelming. Should I just wait to see what Apple releases for new imacs or mbps? The problem with this is that my trade in value is going to sink fast. No I'm not a "power user", but if I'm going to invest this kind of money on a computer, I want it to have a little more longevity. To be honest, I've had a hard on for the MBP for a while, but the price to performance seems... blehhhh... plus the aforementioned throttling issues and crap keyboard (tbh i like typing on it, but i dont want to deal with having to get it repaired all the time). I'm so torn. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


extensionsorbit . 1 month ago

"Let me know by dropping a like"

Mo Sizleck

Mo Sizleck . 1 month ago

The Mac interface has to be the most counterintuitive, cumbersome, and slow system ever marketed. My 1995 model 486 PC was WAYYY faster than my brand new imac. Other than itunes, every single progam on my imac is the laughing stock of the industry. ha ha ha Stick to PC and Office, where at least the formatting is widely recognized. Buying an imac is the single most regrettable purchase of my life.

Team Member

Team Member . 2 months ago

I'm planning to buy (Customize iMac) mainly for music production but I might also use it for video editing, I wanted to know what if i have to choose from two options like: 3.6GHz 8-core 9th-generation / 8GB RAM / Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory / 1TB SSD . OR 3.7GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz / 8GB RAM / 1TB SSD with Radeon Pro Vega 48 with 8GB of HBM2 memory Which one is the best choice ? I'm going to upgrade Ram by myself later in both options. So basically I'm confuse between (3.6GHz 8-core & Radeon Pro Vega 48) Thanks

Blue Zaddy

Blue Zaddy . 2 months ago

when you said your name at the beginning it sounded like you said John Lennon really fast

Satya Yaya

Satya Yaya . 2 months ago

27inch base model 3.0GHz imac, is it enough for video and photo editing?or do I need to upgrade the SSD and RAM myself?


BlueyTheCircley . 2 months ago

Would you rather, Have a 1TB 5400-rpm Hard Drive, or have a very fast 128GB SSD. Reply for 1TB HDD, or Like for 128GB SSD.

Calum Neill

Calum Neill . 2 months ago

But now the real question is this imac or the new base macbook pro?

Danny Zaharie

Danny Zaharie . 2 months ago

Why do people exaggerate over bezels


Dime . 3 months ago

I have a question.. can you watch a YouTube videos at 4K ??


kwfown . 3 months ago

Jokes on you @ 3:43, Johnny Ives left :)

Zotac 101

Zotac 101 . 3 months ago

"So jony IVE time for a update " - 3:42 literally 2 months after the review - Jony left apple (thats how jony is............)

Platonic Game Studio

Platonic Game Studio . 3 months ago

the only thing that holding me from buying an iMac till this point is because they still use HDD instead of SSD. C'mon apple, Even if it's only SATA SSD I will buy one!


Dime . 3 months ago

Apple is always right !!!


Trusteft . 3 months ago

No one should go for a fusion/hybrid drive. Either go for an SSD, or go for an SSD.


congrattle . 3 months ago

"Jony Ive, it's time for an update".........


MVE . 3 months ago

The iMacs should finally come with touchbar keyboards.


Rub3n . 3 months ago

I think the Fusion Drive is a great compromise. I’m using it on my iMac and since the HDD is paired to an SSD the computer feels significantly faster


CEKROM . 3 months ago

SSD are not expensive anymore, but Apple has a other option on this topic =D


R3APST3P . 3 months ago

am getting a used 2015 5k 27inch imac for 1300euro :D

Jacob Frank

Jacob Frank . 3 months ago

How the i5 is able to keep up with the i9 in the MacBook pro is beyond me. I'm looking at an iMac and was thinking that for some Final Cut and more intensive programs I'd need to go all out, but clearly all I need is the i5 and the 560X

tionoma navalw

tionoma navalw . 4 months ago

it is still by no means ugly... it’s actually gorgeous, but it needs to move with the times... we’ve loved and still love this design but let’s make something new...

John R_

John R_ . 4 months ago

'jony ive its time for an update' well

Sandro Soares

Sandro Soares . 4 months ago

Did you dropped the captions? :(

Chris Iclickyou

Chris Iclickyou . 4 months ago

Hi Jonathan, can you do a comparison, lets say import RAW images into Lightroom ( lets say 1000 ) export same amount as Jpegs 300dppi and seperate as Tiff. To be compared against all 32 Ram, but different Cores. In this way to get a Time versus $$ value.

Slap Stick

Slap Stick . 4 months ago

Anyone else use the Samsung T5 with their IMac with 1TB fusion drive? Any problems configuring it? How do you backup your computer if you are using external memory?


MVE . 4 months ago

You never want to go back to 21" if you worked on a 27" iMac

ralph ortonio

ralph ortonio . 4 months ago

Watch me: Apple does not have really good value.


ickng456 . 4 months ago

building pc leaves u with a machine with glitches, 😪

chibon chibon

chibon chibon . 5 months ago

Drooling over the macbook


Askerovv . 5 months ago

These prices for what they offer are unacceptable

Jose Eduardo Medina Morillo

Jose Eduardo Medina Morillo . 5 months ago

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I LightenStar I

I LightenStar I . 5 months ago

Those bezels are bigger my wallet

Aidan Somerville

Aidan Somerville . 5 months ago

Another huge issue is that 21.5" is way too small for 2019. The models should be 27" and 32/34" at least by now.

ricky v

ricky v . 5 months ago

I wouldn't mind one of these modern 21.5' iMac computers. I have been looking online at the Apple store for a nicely spec'd one. Soon, I'll have to pull the trigger. (:

Chris Knox

Chris Knox . 5 months ago

Just buy the cheapest iMac and swap in a Samsung 860 evo. That is what I did.

Rimon *

Rimon * . 5 months ago

I would rather have good 128GB SSD than 2TB 5400 rpm HDD

Alex Dickgiesser

Alex Dickgiesser . 5 months ago

Jonathan, inremember you toled that in some Vid, but its some Time ago; whats that Desk the two 21 iMacs beeing reviewed ? Thanks for your answer!


Poxa . 5 months ago

A 5400 RPM HDD in 2019 what a fucking joke, yeah Apple really gives you the best of the best....

David Bailey

David Bailey . 5 months ago

I like the table that is featured in this video. What is the brand name of the table supporting the two iMacs? Thanks!

talha hussain

talha hussain . 5 months ago

Is it just me, or does this video feel a little slow. I mean I played the entire thing in 1.25x speed and it felt completely normal


Punisher . 5 months ago

*Dont buy this one (Thumbnail buy this one)


VariTimo . 5 months ago

Dude! There is not point in mastering RED 8K footage at 8K. The actual resolution from an 8K camera with a Beyer filter after debeyering is around 5.6K.


alliejr . 5 months ago

Buy the cheapest iMac, open it up and replace the included HDD with a faster SSD (e.g., OWC) for nominal price.


bucwolf . 5 months ago

So the i5 is 20 sec slower on most tasks than the i9.... anybody could live with that

Mister Negative

Mister Negative . 5 months ago

Just bought the 27.5 inch mac you mentioned in the video and dont really have a desk and actually really like this Sponsor veridesk think I might get something from them, awesome and thanks

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