M3 iMac Review : How The M3 iMac Broke My Heart

This is the M3 iMac, and I wanted it to be my main computer. The design is amazing, and it looked great in my home office. But sadly, it wasn’t the right computer for me. Today, I’ll talk about the good and bad things, and why it didn’t work for me.

First, let’s talk about the design because it’s one of the main reasons I got it. This computer is beautiful and thin but still powerful. The white edges help it blend into any room. The box even has a matching handle! The software also matches the computer’s color, which is a nice touch.

Some people might not like the chin at the bottom, but I think it gives the iMac its look. Without it, the screen would seem plain. The iMac is so slim that the headphone port is on the side because a headphone jack is longer than the whole computer! Overall, I love this design.

M3 iMac Accessories

M3 iMac Accessories

The box comes with great color-matched accessories. The Apple Magic Keyboard is nice and has a Touch ID. You can also get an Apple Mouse or Trackpad, but choose the Trackpad because it’s better. The Apple Mouse isn’t comfortable and can’t be used while charging. Apple’s trackpad is the best you can find.

The bad part is that the accessories still use lightning to charge, which is old-fashioned. Even iPhones use USB-C now. The keyboard and trackpad should use USB-C too.

M3 iMac Screen

M3 iMac Screen

The screen is a 24-inch 4.5K display, and it’s amazing. It’s very glossy, so there are more reflections than my old studio display. But it’s still nice. The 24 inches isn’t too small. I used to have a 27-inch studio display, but I got used to this one quickly. Once I changed the settings, I liked it even more. The screen size is easy to get used to.

Because it’s 4.5K, there are no weird scaling issues with macOS. This computer is thinner than a studio display, even though it has a whole computer inside. The studio display is just a screen.

M3 iMac Performance

M3 iMac Performance

Let’s talk about this computer performance with Apple’s new M3 chip. It has 10 GPUs and 8 cores for normal tasks. It is very fast, like an iPhone. For everyday things, it works great. But, I use it for more than everyday tasks.

I make videos and photos. I edited a video on this iMac, and it did well. The fan came on, which was different. My other computers with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips never had their fans come on. When I changed the setting in Final Cut, the fan turned off.

I tested the speed by exporting a video. On my M1 Max computer, it took 6 minutes and 16 seconds. On my M1 Pro computer, it took 12 minutes. On this M3 iMac, it took 12 minutes and 37 seconds. So, the Pro and Max chips are better for power. The performance is great until you need more power for things like graphics. That’s when the M1 Pro and Max chips work better.

M3 iMac Computer Gaming Test

M3 iMac Computer Gaming Test

I tested gaming on this Apple device since they are promoting gaming, like M3 with ray tracing. It played games okay, even new AAA ones like Baldur’s Gate 3 and Resident Evil 4. At 1080p medium settings, it looked and ran fine. The metal FX upscaling seemed weird in some places, making things too sharp. But overall, it played games well.

However, a Mac is not the best for gaming. If you spent the same money on a PC, you would have a better gaming experience. So, don’t expect to play the newest games at top settings on a Mac. It’s improving but still has a way to go. I like this iMac a lot.

M3 iMac Computer Limitations and Costs

M3 iMac Computer Limitations and Costs

I like this iMac even though it has some problems. First, a computer that costs more than £1400 should not have only 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. That’s too little, and 8GB of RAM will be outdated soon. Also, 256GB is not enough for a family computer used by many people. You need at least 512GB.

When you add more storage and RAM, the price goes up a lot. It’s like buying a MacBook Pro. So, this iMac is another example of Apple’s high prices.

The iMac is missing an SD card slot, which is strange for a creative computer. You have to use a dongle instead. The cheaper models only have two USB-C slots and no Touch ID on the keyboard. That’s not fair. Lastly, the accessories still use Lightning instead of USB-C, and the mouse charges in a weird way.

How M3 iMac Broke My Heart ?

I used this Mac for three weeks, but its problems made it hard for me to use it as my main computer. It made me sad because I really wanted to love it. If Apple put a better chip, like the M3 Pro or M3 Max, in the 24-inch screen, I would be so happy.

I know these computers are not made for people like me who need more power. But many creators were waiting for a better iMac. I kept thinking how great it would be if Apple put a stronger chip in it. Then, I could use this all-in-one computer for all my work.

But the M3 chip is not made for heavy work. It’s meant to be a family computer. Now I think maybe I should buy a studio display and connect my M3 Pro to it instead of using this computer.

Who is the M3 iMac Actually For?

Who is the M3 iMac Actually For?

This computer is not for me, but who is it for? On Apple’s website, they show it as a family computer. When I was young, we had a family computer in a separate room. We had to take turns using it after school. But now, most people have phones, tablets, and laptops.

There must still be a need for family computers. This computer fills that gap. It could also be good for small shops or design studios that do creative work sometimes. The computer has a great screen, good sound, a nice webcam, and comes with a keyboard, mouse trackpad, and power cable.

I wish I could use this computer with a pro chip, but I can’t. I think it’s a great computer even if it’s not for me. If you have one of these computers, let me know how you use it and what your work is like.

I'm Prince Likhon, I'm a 20-year-old CSE Graduate whose life's passion is Technology, and I'm on a mission to make the most FUN and USEFUL Tech article on the Planet!

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