As the world has just started to grip the intense images of the 4K Retina screen, some wonder how much difference this will make. Its resolution is 5120 x 2880, which means that it has 218 pixels per inch or 14.7 pixels for the entire screen, an amazing 4 times more than the previous 27 inch 4K model. And if that’s not revolution enough, Apple is revolutionizing the price for the new technology. But that does not mean it is any less expensive.
The new monitor comes with a price tag of $2,499. That price is for an entry level system that does include the full computer. At this entry level price, one would receive a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with AMD’s Radeon R9 M290x graphics processing unit. Apple says this graphics card is 45 percent faster than the Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics cards that powered its older iMacs. With 8GB of RAM and 1 TB of Apple’s Fusion Drive (a hybrid between a hard disk drive and a flash drive), this “starter” computer is a force to be reckoned with.
Now, Apple admits that this computer is not necessarily geared for gaming, but the new display and updated graphics card will make design and engineering type projects much easier. So, if you want the fully pimped version of this new unit, save your cash. It will rip your pockets open at $4,478.
While there isn’t a comparable product out on the market yet, Dell is planning on releasing it’s own version of the 5K Retina monitor in time for the holiday season. With that being said, Dell’s new monitor price will be $2,500 for the monitor alone. While there is concern that this may cause people to turn to Apple’s product on price alone (something we are sure Apple wants), one must keep in mind that the PC is still the gaming computer of choice.