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Google Stadia vs Nvidia GeForce Now: Which Is Best

Although there are many cloud services for playing video games, Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now are the two most popular at the moment and promise to revolutionize the way we play video games, eliminating the need to buy powerful hardware or even download games. And in this article, we are going to compare these two services.

What is Cloud Gaming or game in the cloud?

Video game streaming services consist of running a video game on remote hardware (quite powerful) and this server sends us the video image shown on the screen.

That means we don’t need a next-generation console or a powerful PC to play games. We only need a device with a screen and an Internet connection. Easy to set up, easy to play, nothing to worry about (except maybe the internet connection).

Advantages of Cloud Gaming or video game streaming:

  • There is no need for a powerful computer
  • Play wherever you want (computer, phone, tablet, TV …)
  • No need to download, install or update a game
  • No need to worry about physical storage

Disadvantages of Cloud Gaming or video game streaming:

  • You need a very good internet connection
  • Unable to play offline
  • There is a greater delay or latency than playing on a local PC
  • It does not reach the graphic quality of the most powerful computers
  • There may be graphic artefacts due to video codecs

Latency is one of the biggest pain points in video game streaming services. This is the biggest difference between streaming a video (like Netflix) and streaming a video game. When you watch a video, you don’t really care about the latency between your home and the Netflix server, because you don’t have any live interaction with the video itself. This is something totally different in a video game.

Input lag is the sum of all latencies behind the game: controller latency, processing latency, screen latency, and of course for cloud games, network latency is one of the most important parts.

For example, if you hit “jump” on the keyboard and you have to wait for a second to see it on the screen, it is totally impossible to play. You also have to take into account that this latency will bother more or less depending on the video game you are playing. Lag may not be as important in a platform game as in a shooter.

Game Catalog

Although Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now are cloud gaming services, they work quite differently when it comes to video games.

Stadia is a platform, digital store, and cloud gaming service all rolled into one. This means that we can only play games on Stadia that we have purchased on Stadia’s own platform:

  • Games purchased outside of Stadia cannot be played on Stadia
  • Games purchased on Stadia cannot be played outside of Stadia. You will not be able to play them by running them on your PC, for example

To make matters worse, the game catalogue on Stadia is quite limited at the moment and we can only choose from a few dozen games. The price of new games is also usually high. Old games can have a good discount, although it is always usually less than on other platforms like Steam.

Nvidia’s GeForce Now service is more like a virtual PC, with some restrictions. And it is that from GeForce Now you can play the games that you have bought in the online stores of Steam, Epic Store, Uplay and more.

This is a great advantage and means that practically all the games that we have already bought will be compatible with GeForce Now and if you unsubscribe from GeForce Now you will be able to continue playing them on your PC without problems.

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Of course, it must be taken into account that some companies, such as Activision-Blizzard, Bethesda and 2K Games, have taken their games from GeForce Now so they can no longer be played from the platform.

Featured GeForce Now Games:

  • Assassin Creed 3, Black Flag, Unity, Origin, Odyssey
  • Nioh
  • Kingdom come deliverance
  • Sonic Forces, Mania, Team Sonic Racing
  • Trails Of Cold Steel
  • Darksiders 1, 2 and 3
  • The Surge 1 and 2
  • Fortnite
  • Dead Or Alive 6
  • Destiny 2
  • Division 2
  • Ghost recon
  • Rainbow six siege
  • Batman Origin, Asylum, City, Arkham Knight
  • Batman Lego 1, 2 and 3
  • Lego movie
  • THE EX
  • Dark Souls 1, 2 and 3
  • A Plague Tale
  • RIME
  • Yazuka 0, Kawami
  • DIRT 4
  • Shenmue 1, 2 and 3
  • Payday
  • Mount and blade 2
  • WARFRAME
  • League of Legends
  • Edge Of Eternity
  • World war z
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Vermintide 1 and 2
  • Star wars battlefront
  • CREW 2
  • The Walking Dead Series
  • Half-life 1 and 2
  • ANNO 1800
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Metro Exodus
  • CONTROL
  • Rocket league
  • Tekken 7
  • EVE Online
  • Saints row
  • Far Cry 4, 5, Primal and New Dawn
  • Mortal Kombat 11, X
  • Counter strike
  • Vampyr
  • Vanquish
  • Madmax
  • MotoGP
  • Wolfenstein YoungBlood
Full list of GeForce Now games

List of featured games on Google Stadia:

  • DOOM ETERNAL
  • Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3
  • Serious Sam
  • Crew 2
  • Division 2
  • Borderlands 3
  • Dragon ball Z Xenoverse
  • Wolfenstein YoungBlood
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Metro Exodus
  • Final Fantasy 15
  • Destiny 2
  • Darksiders genesis
  • Assassin’s Crees Odyssey

Winner: The Nvidia GeForce Now service is the clear winner. Support more games, and you can enjoy the compatible games you already have.

Price and availability

Although both services are based on subscription models, they have important differences.

The GeForce Now platform is available in two ways. On the one hand, there is a free program that allows us to enjoy sessions of one hour of play at 1,080p60 resolution. Once we have passed the game time, we can go out, go back in and play another hour, and so on as many times as we want.

In addition to that, we have the GeForce Now Founders subscription service that allows us to enjoy gaming sessions at the highest possible quality 1080p60 and with ray tracing activated. The price is 4.99 euros per month or 27 euros for 6 months, depending on the current offer. Even so, quite regularly there are also 12-month offers at very cheap prices.

On the other hand, in Google Stadia we can play the games that we have bought within the platform for free and up to 1080p. However, if we want to play at 4K and HDR we will have to pay for the Stadia Pro subscription that costs about 10 euros per month. Besides that, the Pro plan provides access to a number of games that the platform offers for its users. GeForce NOW offers about 70 games to play for free.

Winner: Nvidia GeForce Now is much cheaper

Connection and latency

GeForce Now requires a minimum connection of 15 Mbps for 720p resolution at 60 frames per second and 25 Mbps for 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. Of course, it is recommended to use an Ethernet cable connection with the router or to have Wi-Fi at 5 GHz. At the moment you cannot play at 4K HDR, something that can be done on Google Stadia, although it is expected that it will arrive this year.

In terms of lag, Nvidia has a total of 19 data centres: nine data centres in North America, six in Western Europe, two in Russia, one in Japan, and one in South Korea. If you have good access to these servers, you will have a contained latency and you can easily play any title.

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Necessary bandwidth

Google StadiaGeForce Now
720p 60fps10 Mbps15 Mbps
1080p 60fps20 Mbps25 Mbps
4K 60fps35 MbpsNot available
SettingsBetter quality, balanced,
limited data usage
Configurable bitrate

The recommended connection speed for Google Stadia is 10 for playing at 720p and 60 fps, and 35 Mbps to play at 4K and 60 fps.

Regarding lag, Google Stadia has a very important advantage and that is that developers need to optimize the game for Stadia and make sure everything works perfectly on the platform. To do this, Stadia has tools that allow developers to see how the game works in each condition and improve the gaming experience:

  • The games run on Linux servers and are specifically developed to run on Stadia. When a game starts, you get a Linux instance with the updated game image already available on it
  • The data centre number of Google Stadia is not known, but Google has more than 7,500 nodes around the world already used to store content for other services like YouTube or Google Play. These locations could also be used for Google Stadia, each player using the closest data centre to minimize latency.
  • Also, the Stadia controller goes over Wi-Fi (instead of Bluetooth) and the signal is sent directly from the router to the servers (further minimizing ping)

Winner: In this regard, Google Stadia consistently offers lower latency, although the difference is not decisive either. In both cases, playing with the controller the lag is barely noticeable, but it is noticeable when we use a mouse and keyboard.

Graphics

One of the most important points of any video game is the graphics. Without going into pointless comparisons of teraFLOPS and such, both GeForce Now and Google Stadia offer high-quality graphics, but they fall short of ultra quality. Depending on the game, you would need a mid-range or mid-high-range computer to achieve similar performance, something that would cost you a good peak.

Stadia uses Linux servers with games ported to Google’s infrastructure, while GeForce Now simply functions as a powerful computer in the cloud.

The Google Stadia subscription allows us to play at 4K and 60fps, but we will not be able to increase the graphics to the maximum. That said, only a handful of games currently support true 4K on Stadia, and many of them are limited to 4K 30fps. Some of them are simply rescaled.

With the GeForce Now subscription, we can increase the quality of the graphics and we can also play with RTX and ray tracing, something that greatly improves the graphics in some games.

Winner: Google’s decision to leave the portability and optimization of their own games to developers has brought Stadia’s graphics quality closer to consoles than computers. GeForce Now with RTX enabled has the potential for better graphics, however in my tests, GeForce Now sometimes delivers very good graphics and sometimes not so (artifacts, etc.). Google Stadia always works just as well. For me, Google Stadia wins.

Supported devices

Nvidia GeForce Now is designed to stream your PC game library and is compatible with PCs, Macs, Nvidia Shield devices, and most Android phones. You just have to download the appropriate application for your device and that’s it. It can also be played on iOS through the Safari browser.

Google Stadia is accessible from the Google Chrome web browser, Google Chromecast Ultra, and Android and iOS mobile phones and tablets.

Winner: a few months ago the winner would be Nvidia GeForce Now because it supported more phones. But right now I think Stadia wins by being compatible with a multitude of mobile devices and computers with Windows, macOS and Linux.

Controls

Google Stadia has a special controller that connects directly to the Wi-Fi router. In this way, we skip the Bluetooth connection to the device (mobile, computer, etc.), reducing latency. Furthermore, Stadia is also compatible with DualShock 4 controllers, Xbox One, etc., as well as mouse and keyboard configurations.

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However, Google Stadia support is confusing. The controllers work differently with different Stadia-compatible devices. The most obvious example is Google’s Chromecast Ultra, which only works with Google’s Stadia controller. Also, there is a problem with the

Another problem I have with the Google Stadia remote is that in the Wi-Fi password we can only have numbers and letters, not special characters. If we have an apostrophe or similar, the connection will fail … It is something quite absurd and that Google says it has been looking at it for almost a year, but they have not fixed it yet.

Nvidia GeForce Now supports mouse and keyboard configurations and most Bluetooth drivers. For the most part, you can expect any PC-compatible controller to work with GeForce Now as well.

Winner: The Google Stadia controller is better because it reduces latency, but Nvidia GeForce Now supports more controllers on a wider variety of devices.

Summary

It cannot be said that neither service is the clear winner:

GeForce Now is much cheaper. Supports more games. And you can immediately play games you already own without having to buy them again. You can even try it for free.

Google Stadia supports 4K and HDR, the system has less latency and the experience from my point of view is more comfortable. Everything works better, games start earlier, have fewer glitches, etc. The GeForce Now servers appear to be overloaded. Obviously, they don’t have the same infrastructure as Google.

Another important point of GeForce Now is the problem of the developers. Activision Blizzard, Bethesda, 2k Games pulled their games off the platform, leaving many users stranded. Some of them bought the games on Steam to play on GeForce Now, but they can’t play them anymore because they don’t have powerful computers.

The truth is that GeForce Now (GFN) and Stadia have totally different models:

  • GeForce Now charges to access your hardware
  • Stadia is a platform that wants to tie you down (hardware and software)

Both platforms have their advantages and disadvantages and from my point of view I prefer GeForce Now because it gives me the possibility to play on my gaming computer or on another device if I am not at home, but it does not tie me to always use GFN.

However, I have to admit that yes, I have a game on GeForce Now and Stadia, I prefer to use Stadia because I think it works better: less lag and better graphics in general. Also, when it comes to the user experience when opening the service and starting a game, Google Stadia is way ahead of GeForce Now. Using the Stadia mobile app or the Chrome browser, you can open the platform and start playing in seconds.

On the other hand, with GeForce Now you have to open the application on the phone or on the computer, find the game you want to play, log in to Steam (or wherever the game is from) which is not always easy with the controller, wait to load (or sometimes install), and then you can play.

All these extra steps make GFN feel more like a provisional or beta… than a truly revolutionary platform. It’s probably the best virtual PC-based cloud gaming solution available today, but it will always be limited by design. For better or for worse, it is simply a PC in the cloud.

I believe that all video game streaming systems still need to improve in graphic quality and, above all, reduce the graphic artifacts that annoy so much, but with the arrival of new video codecs and the current low latency, I think Cloud Gaming could become a reality.

And finally, Stadia, with all its flaws, delivers on the promise of instant access and I think it can be a real alternative to consoles and, perhaps, gaming computers.

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5 Best MSI Gaming Laptops

If you like to play on high-quality machines, you’ve no doubt heard of MSI; Micro-Star International is renowned for owning some of the best laptops on the market.

MSI has adopted many of its gaming laptops to the needs of consumers while using the latest technology.

Whether you’re an artist, publisher, or photographer who needs the latest Adobe programs to do their day-to-day tasks, MSI will have the product for you. MSI is so passionate about video games. It’s no wonder two of its models are featured in our guide to the best gaming laptops.

However, they can be quite pricey, so if you’re looking to save your bank account, you might want to check out some of the best gaming laptops under $ 500.

MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-259

The GS65 performs very well in portability with a size of just 0.7 inches – yes, we were thrilled too, but the name is in the title. Despite its thinness, the GS65 offers considerable power in such a slim design.

Unlike other MSIs, this one doesn’t have the typical granular finish, allowing for a much smoother aesthetic for a premium look. With this MSI, you won’t have to tire of those chunky bezels that consume most of your screen. Frames in this one are almost nonexistent, which maximizes viewing space with an 82% screen-to-body ratio, saving you money on an additional monitor suitable for gaming.

SteelSeries returns with a premium keyboard featuring reliable and durable key switches. Each key is programmable to suit the aesthetic you’re looking for – the SteelSeries app even includes models to choose from, including flags so you can represent your home country. The “Numpad” has disappeared on the GS75 Stealth Thin, adios, and hello to a central keyboard.

Besides its high-quality construction and compact design, the MSI GS65 is very powerful. With its GTX-1070 GPU and six-core i7-8750H processor, it’s ready to let you play the latest and most system-demanding games – yes, we did say six cores. These six cores provide extremely high compute performance, except we don’t suggest heavy CPU load for an extended period of time because there is thermal throttling.

The colors are almost lifelike, making this a perfect laptop for photo editors, while in-game scenes seem like they can pop out of your screen – let’s hope you’re not playing Resident Evil.

Battery life – like on many laptops – isn’t the best. It can last up to 2.5 hours, which is sufficient, but not for long trips. We understand that MSI created a slim design, but this makes the keyboard very flexible. To compare it to the GE73, we picked the 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD version of this laptop to compare the price.

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Specification

Frame: 32 GB DDR4
Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
Storage: 1TB SSD
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB)
Display: 1920 x 1080
Refresh rate: 144Hz
PROSCONS
Ultra-thinOverheating that
could cause strangulation
Fine build quality

MSI GS75 Stealth-093

The MSI GS75 Stealth-093 is another slim laptop to include on our list, which means one thing – it’s slightly fragile. The body is brushed with an aluminum finish that lets in fingerprints, so if kids with sticky fingers are running around your GS73VR, hide it immediately!

This MSI offers smooth, lag-free gameplay with high FPS to let you play graphically demanding titles. During these sessions, the GS75 Stealth-093 will not be super hot as the three fans manage the temperature. However, they do get loud – if you get stuck in a game, you really won’t notice it.

Once again, like most MSI gaming laptops, the keyboard is top-notch for a computer. Key feedback is excellent, and it doesn’t feel soft like many keyboards do. The Dragon Center dashboard app that comes with MSI lets you customize and view various things, from changing the colors of the RGB backlight to viewing temperatures and memory on the tab. of the system screen.

Like many gaming laptops, the GS75 Stealth-093 doesn’t come equipped with an optical drive, which shouldn’t be a problem in the digital age where most people aim for digital games – to less than being a collector, of course. The MSI GS75 Stealth-093 comes equipped with an IPS panel, which means the colors are pretty accurate – with 94% accuracy, it’s brilliant for games and other tasks.

Specification

RAM: 32 GB
Display: 17.3 ″;
CPU: Intel i7-8750H (6 cores)
Storage: 512 GB SSD
Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 2080 8G Max-Q
Display: 1920 x 1080
PROSCONS
Smooth gameplay at ultra-high settings
Weak battery life
Fast charging timeExpensive
Lots of storage

MSI GL62M 7REX

The MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US meets the needs of those looking for a gaming laptop under $ 1,200. If you love virtual worlds and the range of new VR games, you’ll be sad to know that, unlike the GE73, the MSI GV62 is not VR-ready. Still, it delivers a lot of power in a slim design for a great price.

Most MSI gaming laptops look the same, we probably all agree, except the GV62, a very sleek gaming laptop due to its thinness compared to other MSIs.

If you’re a traveler or are on the go often, the MSI GV62 is just 1.2 inches thick and weighs 4.8 pounds, making it the perfect on-the-go laptop that you can take anywhere.

If you like speed, you’ll love this MSI – it boots and launches games quickly while still allowing the toughest games to run at higher FPS thanks to the almighty 1050 Ti.

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With these better performing games, there is always the fear that the temperatures will rise, which will cause a choke. However, the GV62’s cooling system does a fantastic job of handling temperatures.

For these games to run smoothly, you’ll need to climb to the top of the leaderboards, which often means you’ll need to have a great keyboard. The MSI GV62 is a real treat for gamers, as it features a full-size keyboard, tactile feedback, and a responsive keyboard to let you win.

If you hate wearing headphones while gaming and like to unplug them, the downside of the MSI GV62 is the audio quality.

Specification

RAM: 8 GB
Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
Storage: 128 GB SSD + 1TB HDD (5400RPM)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB)
Display: 1920 x 1080
Weight: 4.8 pounds
PROSCONS
Running games well in full HDThe interns heat up quickly
MSI’s NTSC display technologyNot ready for VR (1050 Ti)
A comfortable and quiet keyboard

MSI GE73 Raider

Quality usually comes at a price, and the MSI GE73 Raider is one of them – but hear us out. The GE73’s body is solid, 1.2 inches, with little to no flex. If you are not very delicate with your backpack, sometimes even forgetting that your laptop is inside, then there is no need to worry about the easy destruction of this MSI.

The cover has a weight that protects your screen, so you don’t have to shell out an extra few hundred dollars to replace it – we know that after spending over $ 2,000, you won’t want to do it again! Speaking of the screen, the viewing angles of the GE73 are brilliant; you know what is also very beautiful? The gameplay.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 achieves a high number of FPS, even at very high settings, and the smoothest gameplay. Unlike most laptop touchpads, the GE73’s is usable and has dedicated left and right buttons for those of you who are brave enough to play without a mouse.

It’s also a VR-ready laptop that makes the most of the latest technology.

Keyboards are one of the most important elements in choosing a gaming laptop. This bad boy’s SteelSeries RGB keyboard makes for the ultimate gaming experience. Each of the keys can be individually customized using the included software, so you don’t have to worry about the typical all-red colors – you can also change the RGB lighting on the back of the GE73 to bring it to life. value.

The camera is high definition, but it is definitely not high quality. If you often find yourself stuck in Skype meetings, we suggest investing in a better webcam so you don’t look like a potato. You can get this laptop for 2000 $ with different configurations, but for 350 $ more you can buy the version we have chosen, which combines performance and quality. If budget is a limitation, check out our guide to gaming laptops.

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RAM: 32 GB
Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD RAID + 2TB 5400rpm HDD
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB)
Display: 1920 x 1080
Weight: 6.83 pounds
PROSCONS
Anti-reflectionHeats up very quickly
Easily run demanding gamesA powerful fan

MSI GT63 Titanium-052

The GT63 Titan can run games exceptionally well with the 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and GTX 1080 GPU, but it doesn’t fare as well in terms of portability – unless you have a giant backpack and a good back. Much like the GS65, the GT63 is equipped with a six-core processor, which offers top-notch performance for a reasonable price.

Like some of the other MSIs we’ve reviewed, the GT63 Titan has a button to activate fan start, which dramatically lowers CPU and GPU temperatures. Again, the fans are noisy; you have to make compromises when buying a portable game console. You should, however, clean the laptop fan from time to time, as dust can also contribute to fan noise.

Customizable key colors are a common theme in MSI laptops; they allow you to add a touch of “you” to it. Mechanical keyboards are a go-to for gamers – the SteelSeries keyboards in these MSI laptops are great for people who don’t like soft keys.

The power of the GT63 is excellent for multiple purposes, from gaming to editing, where importing videos typically takes centuries. Overall this is one of the most notable GTX 1080 gaming laptops.

RAM: 16 GB
Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
Storage: 512GB SSD M.2 SATA + 1TB (SATA) 7200RPM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB)
Display: 1920 x 1080
Weight: 6.48 pounds
PROSCONS
Great color contrastHeavy – almost 7 pounds
Mechanical keyboardBulky
VR is ready

Are Laptops Good For Gaming?

Portable and lightweight, laptops are, of course, good for gaming! While gaming laptops generally have smaller screens and pretty bad keyboards, laptops do have their advantages. They’re portable and upgradeable, making them easy to play on the go. If a laptop isn’t transportable and a smartphone isn’t enough, gaming tables are a decent option for gaming on the go.

Gaming Laptops Buying Guide

GPU

When planning to buy a gaming PC, you must look at the graphics card you are using. After all, laptops don’t allow you to upgrade the GPU, so you have to choose one that lasts. You must know what you plan to play or even what you are currently playing for this exact reason.

If you don’t play very demanding games, you might get away with a budget gaming GPU. That said, we highly recommend that you opt for a GTX 1050 or better GPU, depending on what you’re playing.

CPU

The next important thing to look out for in a gaming PC is the processor. As we said in the GPU section above, you should first have an idea of ​​what you intend to play before deciding on a processor. Some games can run perfectly on a Gaming PC equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor. Others, more demanding, will require at least an Intel Core i5 processor for better performance.

RAM

Another essential specification that should not be overlooked is RAM (Random-Access Memory). When you buy a gaming PC, you need to make sure that upgrade the RAM. This way, you will get the most out of your PC Gamer. We recommend that you don’t install less than 8GB of RAM for gaming, even if that means spending a bit more money. For more information on RAM, why not check out our guide to the best RAM for gaming?

Resolution

Unless you’re a photo editor, resolution may not be your priority when purchasing a gaming laptop. However, when playing in 2019, you should aim for a gaming screen of high quality for the best possible gaming experience. I don’t know what it is for you, but good visuals greatly improve my gaming experience.

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New iMac 2021 vs iMac 2020

The new iMac has impressed both for its exterior design and for its interior design, with the incredible M1 processor from Apple. But if you don’t know what the differences are between this new model and the previous one, here is a complete comparison between the iMac 2021 and the previous iMac 2020.

Key Specification

New iMac 2021iMac 2020
BrandiMaciMac
ModeliMac 24 M1 ChipiMac 27
Gaming MonitorNoNo
WebcamUser Facing1080pUser Facing1080p
Weight4.46 kg8.94 kg
ColourSilver, Blue, Green, Pink, Orange, Purple, YellowGrey
Dimension546.1 x 459.7 x 147.3 mm650.2 x 515.6 x 203.2 mm
Power Consumption143 W45 W

One of the main novelties is the design change. The previous iMac had a curved design in the rear area where the large fan and motherboard should be located.

The bottom of the iMac of 2020 and previous years was 17.5 cm, the new iMac of 2021 only occupies 1.15 cm of depth. This is achieved because the entire computer is in the lower frame.

  • IMac 2021 Dimensions and Weight : 46.1 cm H x 54.7 cm and 4.48 kg.
  • 2020 iMac Dimensions and Weight : 45cm H x 52.8cm and 5.48kg.

In addition to the differences in size and thickness, there is also a key change in colors. The iMac was so far available in silver, but the new 2021 iMac arrives in blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange, and purple. Also, we don’t have the apple in the front area, and the frame is now white instead of black.

Processor and specs

This major design change is mainly due to the change in specifications and processors. Using your own processor designs makes the iMac so slim.

  • IMac 2021 processor: M1 chip with 8 cores and 16 GB of unified memory.
  • IMac 2020 Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7 chip with up to 6 cores and up to 32GB of memory.

Another main difference is that the new iMac from 2021 supports SSD storage of up to 2TB , while the previous model only reached 1TB of capacity.

Finally, we have the new 1080p FaceTime camera, which improves substantially on the archaic 720p front camera that iMac equipped with until now.

Picture/Display

New iMac 2021iMac 2020
Display TypeIPS-Type LCDIPS-Type LCD
Size23.5 inch27 inch
TouchscreenNoNo
CurvedNoNo
FinishGlossy with Anti-Reflective CoatingMatte
Aspect ratio16:916:9
Resolution4480 x 2520 pixel5120 x 2880 pixel
Refresh Rate60 Hz60 Hz

The Retina display on the 2020 iMac was spectacular with a 4K resolution of 4,096 x 2,304 pixels, 500 nits of brightness and wide color gamut (P3). But the new model improves these specifications , improving both size and resolution and new technologies.

  • IMac 2021 display: 24-inch 4.5K Retina display, 4,480 x 2,520 pixels, 500 nit brightness, wide color gamut (P3), and True Tone.
  • IMac 2020 display: 21.5-inch Retina 4K display, 4,096 x 2,304 pixels, 500 nits brightness and wide color gamut (P3).

Connectivity

DisplayPort1.4 x 11.2 x 1
Audio Output3.5 mm3.5 mm
HDCPNoNo
USB-C2 x Thunderbolt 3 / USB4Type-A x 4
RJ45NoNo
Memory Card SlotsNoYes
Built-in Speakers62
Wi-FiNoWi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)

 

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In terms of connections, it must be recognized that the new iMac offers better technologies, but fewer different types of options. All the connectors are via USB-C, and there are differences between the entry-level iMac 2021 and the higher models.

  • Inbound iMac 2021 connections: Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, configurable with Gigabit Ethernet.
  • IMac 2021 connections: two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, two USB 3 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet.
  • IMac 2020 connections: Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, Four USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, an SDXC card slot.

The new iMac and the previous ones are also available with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, although in the new model it is located on one side. As for wireless connections, these are the ones we have:

  • IMac 2021 Wireless Connections: Wi-Fi 802.11ax (6th gen.) And Bluetooth 5.0.
  • IMac 2020 Wireless Connections: Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2.

IMacs have always had good speakers and a good microphone, audio is one of the keys to an all-in-one computer. And with the iMac 2021, we have seen a very important leap, equivalent to that given in other aspects such as the screen or the design.

  • IMac 2021 Speakers and Microphone: Hi-Fi six-speaker system with force-canceling woofers, wide stereo sound, and spatial audio support when playing video with Dolby Atmos. Studio-quality three-microphone array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming technology.
  • IMac 2021 Speakers and Microphone: Stereo speakers and microphone.

Power

New iMac 2021iMac 2020
Power On100-240VAC,50/60Hz100-240VAC,50/60Hz
Power Supply143 WExternal

As for the price, Apple has lowered the price of the iMac 2021 . The 2021 iMac now starts at $ 1,449 with the M1 chip and two USB4 ports. The previous entry model with Intel Core i3 started at 1,810 USD .

If we go to the second step, the iMac 2021 with two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports and two USB 3 ports with an M1 chip starts at 2,000 USD when the 2020 model with Intel Core i5 started at 2,051 USD.

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Conclusion!

Without a doubt, the iMac 2021 is one of the most important leaps that the iMac has ever made. A new design, with new internal specifications and many improvements, at a lower price.

 

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Magic Mouse 2 vs Magic Trackpad 2

Apple is famous for making some of the most expensive and the best electronics on the market. The trackpad worth nearly double the cost of Apple’s magic mouse well that all depends on what you do.

The control of the Magic Mouse 2 is almost identical to that of its predecessor. Thanks to its multi-touch surface, it also allows you to scroll through pages using simple gestures.

The control of the Magic Trackpad 2 has changed a lot compared to its predecessor. The Trackpad now supports Force Touch technology.

Pros and Cons

Magic Mouse 2Magic Trackpad 2
Rechargeable batteryAttractive, minimalist design
Long battery lifeInternal rechargeable battery
Multitouch gesture supportForce Touch on the desktop
Requires OS X El Capitan or laterHuge area for clicking
Cannot use the mouse while it is chargingIt does not work with the Pencil

Key Specification

Magic Mouse 2Magic Trackpad 2
$CHECK PRICECHECK PRICE
BrandAppleApple
TypeMulti-TouchMulti-Touch
OS SupportMacMac

Connectivity

Magic Mouse 2Magic Trackpad 2
Dimensions114.3 x 58.4 x 22.9 mm114.3 x 160.0 x 10.2 mm
Weight90.72 g0.23 g
ConnectorLightningLightning
Wireless ConnectivityBluetoothBluetooth
ColorsSilver, Space GreySilver, Space Grey

Battery

Magic Mouse 2Magic Trackpad 2
Battery Life2 to 5 Years1 Month
LED IndicatorNoneNone
User-ReplaceableNoNo
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