Purchasing Recommendation - Standard Mac Desktop

Article Purpose

The following recommendation is for purchasing a new Apple standard desktop computer. For most applications this equipment will have a minimum effective lifecycle of five (5) years before needing replacement.


  • iMac 21.5" Retina 4K (Standard)
  • Accessory Kit (Standard)


  • All-in-One (17.7"h x 20.8"w x 6.9"d; 12.5 lb.) (Standard)


  • Intel Quad-Core i7 Processor 3.30 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz) w/6 MB L3 cache (Standard)
  • Intel Quad-Core i5 2.90 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.60 GHz w/6MB L3 Cache (Option)
  • Intel Quad-Core i7 3.10 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.90 GHz w/8MB L3 Cache (Option)


  • 16.0 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM, 1867MHz (Standard)
  • 8.0 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM, 1867MHz (Option)

Graphics Card

  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 (Standard)

Hard Drive

  • 1.0 TB Fusion Drive (Standard)
  • 2.0 TB Fusion Drive (Option)
  • 256GB Flash Storage (Option)
  • 512GB Flash Storage (Option)

Network Adapter

  • Integrated Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T) (Standard)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking (802.11a/b/g/n compatible) (Standard)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (Standard)


  • Integrated 21.5" (4096x2304) Widescreen Retina 4K LED-backlit Flat Panel Display (Standard)

Operating System

  • Mac OS X, latest version (Standard)

Optical Drives

  • None (Standard)
  • Apple USB SuperDrive, external (Option)

Video Support

  • FaceTime HD camera (Standard)
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 4096 by 2304 pixels on an external display
  • Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes


  • Integrated Sound Card
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
    • Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
    • Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone


  • Integrated stereo speakers (Standard)


  • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (Standard)
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard (Option)


  • Apple Mouse (Standard)
  • Magic Trackpad 2 (Wireless Bluetooth) (Option)
  • Apple Magic Mouse 2 (Wireless Bluetooth) (Option)
  • Apple Magic Mouse 2 + Magic Trackpad 2 (Wireless Bluetooth) (Option)


  • Four (4) USB 3.0, one (1) SDXC card slot, two (2) Thunderbolt 2 ports with support for mini-DisplayPort, DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI via adapter (Standard)


  • APP for iMac, 3 year (Standard)

Environmental and Regulatory Standards

  • ENERGY STAR 6.1 (Standard)
  • EPEAT Gold (Standard)