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The all-in-one iMac packs a complete, high-performance computer including the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors into a beautifully thin, anodized aluminum and glass design. The latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor with advanced 45-nm process technology and 6MB of shared L2 cache, allowing you to run your applications faster and more efficiently than ever before. This iMac features a glossy 24-inch widescreen display and NVIDIA GeForce graphics, that gives you a blow-you-away level of detail and realism in games, three-dimensional graphics, high-resolution photos, and high-definition video that comes alive with rich, vivid color. Built into the top of iMac is an iSight camera. You'll hardly notice it's there until you want to launch iChat, Photo Booth, or iMovie. iSight is easy to use and highly advanced. The remarkable picture quality and color accuracy make this tiny feature huge. With iLife '09, Mac OS X Leopard, built-in wireless, speakers, and ultrathin anodized aluminum Apple Keyboard, you'll be creating, sharing, surfing, and playing within minutes of opening the box. 24 Glossy Widescreen TFT Active-Matrix (1920 x 1200, 385 cd/m2, 750 - 1 contrast ratio, 178 H/V viewing angle) Liquid Crystal Display Built-in iSight Camera with Microphone NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB GDDR3 Shared Video Memory Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD+-RW DL/CD-RW) Stereo speakers with 24-watt Digital Amplifier AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ports - 4 x USB 2.0 (2 x USB ports on keyboard), FireWire 800, Optical Digital Audio Output/Headphone out, Optical Digital Audio input/audio line in, Mini DisplayPort with support for DVI, and VGA, connections via Optional Adapter, RJ-45 (LAN) Approximate Unit Dimensions - 20.5 (H) x 22.4 (W) x 8.1 (D) Approximate Unit Weight - 25.4 Pounds
Speedier than ever with the latest Intel dual-core processor, the Apple iMac all-in-one desktop PC packs a complete, high-performance computer into its all-in-one design, sporting a sleek, professional aluminum enclosure that's joined precisely to a 24-inch glass cover to create a virtually seamless front surface. It's powered by a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which includes an amazingly fast 1066 MHz front-side bus speed and super-sized 6 MB L2 cache. This dual-core processor also provides an optimized, multithreaded architecture for improved multitasking, video, and gaming performance. And this iMac also gets a boost in video processing power from the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chip with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory.
The iMac also features an ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard--with dedicated keys for Mac features such as brightness, volume, eject, play/pause, and Expos¨¦--as well as the wired Mighty Mouse. It's pre-loaded with Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system, which enables easy backup of your most important data via Time Machine, a redesigned desktop that helps eliminate clutter. It also comes with the iLife '09 suite of applications--including iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, and iTunes--and the newest version of the fast-loading Safari web browser.
Designed with a recyclable anodized aluminum frame and glass cover, the iMac is friendlier to the environment.
Hardware features include a 640 GB hard drive, 4 GB of RAM (with an 8 GB maximum capacity), 8x SuperDrive for burning movies to DVD and music mixes to CD, integrated 802.11n wireless LAN, Gigabit Ethernet wired networking, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR connectivity.
Power on a Pedestal
With its anodized aluminum frame set upon a sleek pedestal, the new iMac instantly transforms your workspace from cluttered desktop to brilliant display podium. Because the iMac's housing is made from a single sheet of aluminum, you won't see any seams or screws except for a single compartment on the bottom that provides easy access to the memory slots. The glossy widescreen 24-inch glass display makes photos and movies come alive with rich color. And the built-in iSight camera and microphone are integrated so neatly you barely notice they're there. Aside from the design details, the iMac is also friendlier to the environment with highly recyclable and durable materials including scratch-resistant glass and professional grade aluminum.
With its elegant anodized aluminum enclosure, the new Apple Keyboard looks equally at home in your living room or on your desk. Just connect it to the USB port on your iMac and start enjoying the crisp, responsive feel of its low-profile keys. This compact keyboard also includes special function keys for Mac features such as brightness, volume, eject, play/pause, Expos¨¦, and more. Two USB 2.0 ports provide high-speed connectivity for your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other USB-based electronic devices.
The compact keyboard's ultrathin anodized aluminum enclosure features low-profile keys that provide a crisp, responsive feel.
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
Experience faster, more nimble application performance and improved energy efficiency with this 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Its hafnium-infused circuitry--which reduces electrical current leakage in transistors--helps to reduce power consumption while delivering. powerful processing speeds. This 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor is aided by a 1066 front-side bus speed and a super-sized 6 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)
The Intel Core 2 Duo's 128-bit SSE3 vector engine handles 128-bit computations in a single clock cycle, accelerating data manipulation by simultaneously applying a single instruction to multiple data. And its two execution cores are designed to share resources and conserve power, helping it to achieve higher levels of performance since it uses fewer watts.
Hard Drive and Memory
The 640 GB Serial-ATA (SATA) hard drive (7200 RPM) quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to FireWire and USB 2.0. The 4 GB of DDR3 RAM (two SO-DIMMs of 2 GB) have an industry leading 1066 MHz speed, and the RAM capacity can be increased to 8 GB.
Graphics and Video
The 24-inch widescreen TFT active-matrix LCD offers a resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels. It has a brightness rating of 385 cd/m2 (candela per square meter), a contrast ratio of 750:1, and a viewing angle of 160 degrees (both horizontal and vertical). The NVIDIA GeForce 9400M shares 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM with main memory. You'll notice the difference when you work with high-resolution photos and high-definition video, where graphics-intensive features in iPhoto and iMovie are smoother. And 3D game play--from Spore to Call of Duty--is faster and more responsive.
This iMac also enables you to connect a second display in either extended desktop mode or video mirroring mode. The Mini DisplayPort port offers support for DVI, dual-link DVI, and VGA video connections via an optional adapter.
Wired and Wireless Connectivity
The iMac gives you plenty of room to grow, accommodating as many as six peripherals at a time thanks to its four USB 2.0 ports and the two USB 2.0 ports on the Apple Keyboard. It also includes a single powered FireWire 800 port (one of the fastest peripheral standards available)--enabling you to quickly transfer content from compatible digital video cameras, hard drives, and other high-speed devices.
Share files around your house with built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet as well as the next-generation high-speed wireless 802.11n technology, which is integrated into the latest Apple Airport Extreme Base Station. The iMac is also Wi-Fi Certified to work with base stations and routers that use industry-standard 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g wireless technologies.
The integrated Bluetooth wireless connectivity--version 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)--allows you to use a wireless keyboard or mouse, and synchronize peripherals such as cell phones and PDAs. Enjoy high-quality sound on almost any speaker system with double-duty analog/digital audio. Record digital and analog sources through audio line in, perfect for your latest podcast in GarageBand.
You get a full complement of ports on the back of the iMac, including four USB 2.0 and one Firewire 800.
Integrated neatly into the iMac is a slot-loading SuperDrive that lets you play and burn your own CDs and DVDs--including double-layer DVDs. And there's no disc tray--just slide the disc right in. It offers the following speeds:
- Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 4x speed
- Writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed
- Writes DVD-RW at up to 6x speed and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed
- Reads DVDs at up to 8x speed
- Writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed
- Writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed
- Reads CDs at up to 24x speed
- Built-in stereo speakers with internal 24-watt digital amplifier
- Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display
- Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
- Audio line in/optical digital audio input (minijack)
- Built-in microphone
- Dimensions: 22.4 x 20.5 x 8.1 inches (WxHxD)
- Weight: 25.4 pounds
The Greenest iMac Yet
The energy-efficient hardware components in the iMac work hand in hand with Mac OS X to create a system that can dynamically adjust power consumption to reduce the energy used overall. The iMac uses an advanced power management system leveraged from the technology that makes the most of battery life in Apple's MacBook family. To reduce energy consumption, the iMac hard drive spins down automatically when inactive, and it also decides which processor--CPU or GPU--is best suited to perform a task efficiently. That means when iMac is idle, it's using as little power as possible.
Apple engineers have worked hard to eliminate many of the toxins that are a common part of desktop computer manufacturing, such as choosing arsenic-free display glass for iMac. They have also removed brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from circuit boards, internal cables, connectors, insulators, adhesives, and more. And the entire iMac computer is integrated into an enclosure made from a single, solid piece of recyclable aluminum, while the display is made of recyclable glass.
The Mac mini meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA, giving it ENERGY STAR certification. In addition, Mac mini meets the latest efficiency requirements of ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Specification for Computers before its July 2009 effective date. It has also earned the highest rating of EPEAT Gold. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, evaluates the environmental impact of a product based on how recyclable it is, how much energy it uses, and how it's designed and manufactured.
Preloaded with Leopard and iLife '09
Preloaded with Leopard, you'll enjoy enhanced productivity and a clutter-free desktop (thanks to the the redesigned 3D Dock with Stacks).
The biggest Mac OS X upgrade ever, the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system features over 300 new features, including:
Leopard's new desktop includes the redesigned 3D Dock with Stacks, a new way to organize files for quick and easy access with just one click. Leopard automatically places web, email and other downloads in a Downloads stack to maintain a clutter-free desktop, and you can instantly fan the contents of this and other Stacks into an elegant arc right from the Dock. The updated Finder includes Cover Flow and a new sidebar with a dramatically simplified way to search for, browse and copy content from any PC or Mac on a local network.
- Time Machine, an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac
- A redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs
- Quick Look, a new way to instantly see files without opening an application
- Spaces, an intuitive new feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them
- A brand new desktop with Stacks, a new way to easily access files from the Dock
- Major enhancements to Mail and iChat
Time Machine lets you easily back up all of the data on your Mac, find lost files and even restore all of the software on their Mac. With just a one-click setup, Time Machine automatically keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on the Mac. In the event a file is lost, you can search back through time to find deleted files, applications, photos and other digital media and then instantly restore the file.
It also comes with the iLife '09 suite of applications that make it easy to live the digital life. Use iPhoto to share entire high-res photo albums with anyone who's got an email address. Record your own songs and podcasts with GarageBand. Break into indie filmmaking with iMovie and iDVD. Then take all the stuff you made on your MacBook and share it on the web in one click with iWeb.
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools); iLife '09 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
What's in the Box
iMac, Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse, cleaning cloth, power cord, install/restore DVDs, printed and electronic documentation
- Just Do It
I won't rehash what the others have said about this wonderful machine. I'll just say that I've been a PC user since the early 80's when the IBM PC first came out. I finally got fed up with Windows and the associated problems that are inherent to a PC and Windows based machine. I scrapped my PC based network for an Apple system. I purchased the 3.06 GHz 24" iMac, 2.0 GHz MacBook, 1 TB Time Capsule, Apple TV, Canopus ADVC 300 & an iPhone to replace my Blackberry. I'll be adding a 2nd iMac and MacBook Pro in the weeks to come. I would suggest buying the Logitec diNovo wireless keyboard w/numeric keypad along with the Logitech wireless MX Revolution mouse, however that's a personal preference. Also the Bose companion 5 speakers are terrific add on. I repurchased those software titles that were available in Mac format and the few software packages that I have that are Windows only, I run on the iMac in a virtual Windows environment. I'm using Fusion 2 to accomplish this. I must say Windows has never run as good as it does on the iMac. In summary, it's an expensive proposition to switch, but I feel it's well worth the cost. BTW, get the Apple Care for all your hardware purchases. Apple support is top notch. As a lifelong PC user, I found there is a learning curve as it takes some time to get familiar with the way Apple does things. You can call Apple for any question at all and they'll be happy to take however long it takes to walk you through. I've called 3 or 4 times and all the tech's I encountered were thoroughly trained and spoke perfect English. The experience at the Apple Store is top notch as well. Get hooked up with a Business Team member at The Apple Store to develop a personal relationship to further enhance the support experience. You can usually find the Apple branded products a little less expensive on the web and save the sales tax. Third party products are always less expensive on the web. The Apple Store people know this and are still happy to give you advice to help make an informed purchase decision. ...more info
- iMac Rocks
This is a great computer with a beautiful display. As Apple claims, "It just works." I plugged in the power cord, connected the keyboard and mouse and I was good to go. The Apple store offers a free 1hr course that guides beginners and PC converts around the basic functions. You can make a reservation online and they will field your questions during class. If you're not near an Apple store you can watch a tutorial at their website.
It isn't cheap, but it has almost all of the software that you might need. Each program opens with its own tutorial and the speakers are built in. iMovie blows away anything that I have worked with for home DVD production. It will process up to 1920x1080 HD camcorder video with all of the fancy titles and transitions. I added Nikon Capture NX 2 for high-end photo processing, Intego VirusBarrier X5 for peace of mind and I'll probably add Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac next month because I do scientific research and there's no beating Excel for that.
I really wanted a quad-core rather than dual-core processor, for the money spent, but Mac is a whole different world from PC. Their software is all 64-bit and highly optimized to perform with specific hardware configurations. You'll never know the VirusBarrier is running and it scanned a 1TB drive in about 5 minutes. I used to cringe when McAfee VirusScan started up on my PC because it choked the system's performance and took hours to run.
AppleCare support is available by phone. I filed a request online, called and waited about 1 minute to speak with an expert who walked me through the process of resetting a password that I forgot. (I use a fingerprint scanner for access and it works so well that I forgot the password.)
As with anything in the real world there are always trade-offs:
1. I replaced the small keyboard with the full-sized Apple version. I need a number pad and some of those other missing buttons.
2. The mouse works well but it has a cord, it isn't ergonomic and people claim it isn't robust. So I ordered a wireless Logitech MX1100. (I hope that works!)
3. Not all of the buttons work the way they do in PCs. So look through the keyboard shortcut section in System Preferences for familiar key commands and check the blogs for helpful tips.
4. Software that was written for PowerPC based Macs will not work on Intel based Macs. You'll have to upgrade.
5. Many older printers are supported, like my HP DeskJet 930C, but only for basic printing. I plugged it in and it worked, but I won't get all of the color and paper options unless I buy a new printer with Mac software.
This was a upgrade from a imac g4, that only had a 60 g hd and 1 g ram, which back in the day wasent so bad. But i soon had more stuff then i could store on it. I will never run into that again...more info
- Poor hardware, software good if you can think like a mac
I am just about to replace the harddrive on my second imac. In the first one, the power supply shorted out and melted the screen. It was 18 months old so apple said they would not fix or replace it. The current one was purchased 375 days ago - 10 days out of warranty - and the hard drive just died. Again, Apple says they will not cover anything. I get to purchase a new harddrive. I have owned dozens of PCs for myself and my company and never had hardware problems like these.
The wonderful mac software is good if you don't know much about computers and are willing to let apple decide how you should use a computer. If you have been using computers and don't need Uncle Mac deciding what you should do and how you should do it, get a PC. I find them easier PCs easier to control because the software lets you do what you want.
Overall, the mac looks great in my living room, is very quite but has required a lot more repairs and created more frustrations then a simple pc. ...more info
- Makes Windows PC's Seem Out-of-Touch
I bought this computer three weeks ago. It is my first Mac after spending 22 years with DOS and then Windows PC's. I will never go back as long as Apple is still making computers. This system is everything a 'personal computer' should be. It is easy to use and understand, boots up extremely quickly, shuts down fast, zips through the web with it's cool Safari browser, and does all of the tasks a Windows system does just better. The included apps are terrific. Everything runs so easily because Apple writes the applications, the Operating System, and builds their own systems. Mail, iPhoto, and a host of other apps run superbly. I even bought Quake 4 for the system and it runs fast and smoothly.
I was so excited about this Mac that I went out an splurged on a MacBook that I am writing this review on.
HIGHLY Recommended!!...more info
- Love the iMac
Never had used a Mac before. Wish I could move EVERYTHING to the iMac and toss the Windows PC....more info
- Best Computer I ever purchased
I can't rave enough about this product. I had a very good purchase experience through Amazon. I am new to the Apple brand and this is the second product I have owned. I currently own a Mac Mini for my small business and I like the OS and simplicity of operation. It runs my point of sale software very well and I was so happy I decided to buy an iMac for my office. Could not be happier. All in one is the best way to describe this computer. I opened the box, plugged in the computer and keyboard/mouse, and voila....finished. I needed something simple, with a large screen that could handle multiple applications at one time. This fit my needs perfectly. If you feel you need something that runs a ton of high end games, then you might need to look somewhere else. I use this computer for a media center around my business. It runs music, security cameras, book keeping, internet traffic, and more all in one small system. I would buy it again in a heart beat....more info