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Apple iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 (MC508, MC509)

Apple iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 (MC508, MC509)
alaScore 88

522 reviews

Apr, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 522 reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 (MC508, MC509). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the design. The usability is also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the size, and comments about the reliability and price are different.

usability, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 (MC508, MC509) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 (MC508, MC509)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 (MC508, MC509) from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: iMac 21.5"; Intel Core i3-540 (3.06GHz); 4096 MB RAM; 500GB HDD; 1920 x 1080; DVD-RW; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR; 10/100/1000BASE-T; Wi-Fi; 9300g; Mac OS X SiMac 21.5"; Intel Core i3-540 (3.06GHz); 4096 MB RAM; 500GB HDD; 1920 x 1080; DVD-RW; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR; 10/100/1000BASE-T; Wi-Fi; 9300g; Mac OS X S

Apr, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 (MC508, MC509)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 165 user reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 (MC508, MC509) from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the size. The design also gets good comments. There are some critical comments about the reliability and price.

usability, design, size

price, reliability

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac MC508LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION)Apple iMac MC508LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION)

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Jonathan Rougeot (

Apple iMac (21.5-Inch, 2010 Version) Review and Ratings


The 2010 revision of the iMac, with a slate of new, more powerful components, continues to be the all-in-one desktop computer to beat.

Stark, beautiful design ; Innovative peripherals ; Beefed-up performance ; Stellar LCD

Lacks Blu-ray drive, HDMI port ; Mouse features take getting used to ; A few add-ons aren't included that should be

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Andrew Harrison (

Apple iMac 21.5in (Mid 2010) review


In this year's refresh, the quintessential all-in-one PC is once again available in two models. Last month we reviewed the larger iMac with 27in display, and in its configured-to-order guise had performance to see off most of the Windows-only...

For close-up daily work, we found the size and resolution of this 21.5in full-HD screen to be a comfortable fit. Designers and those looking for large-screen entertainment are better served by the 27in iMac. Formidable attention to detail in design and...

Oct, 2010


Expert review by : Hugo Jobling (

Apple iMac 21.5in (2010)


Another year, another relatively minor update. Is the iMac still the best all-in one money can buy?

Good range of connectivity options ; Superior operating system ; Elegant design

Downward-facing speakers ; Ergonomics could be better ; Hard to access inputs

The iMac isn’t a cheap system, but you certainly get what you pay for. The updates the latest refresh has added aren’t groundbreaking and the continued lack of Blu-ray is something of an annoyance but we can forgive the latter and on most other fronts...

Sep, 2010

Red dot design award!

Expert review by : reddot ( (UK))



Transformations – the evolution of form

Expert review by : Stephen Dean (

Apple iMac 21.5in 2010


Review While rather overshadowed by the mighty iPhone and iPad in recent months, Apple?s iMac desktop machines are still selling well and the company has just refreshed the entire product line ahead of the Christmas spending spree.

The weakness in the iMac range really lies in the models that aren?t available ? I still miss the discontinued 24in model, while the lack of a more affordable machine in the ?700-?800 range seems to suggest that Apple is simply turning its nose up at...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (

Apple iMac (2010 model)


A performance boost, and a price hike, for Apple’s sleek desktop Mac The Apple iPhone and iPad have grabbed all the headlines in recent months but Apple’s Mac computers have quietly been ...

Aug, 2010

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Buy if you don't do a lot of gaming. The display is beautiful, and this thing is downright gorgeous sitting on my desk right now. It handles basic tasks, like word processing and web browsing, and also Youtube, with ease. Since I am starting to make...

This computer is good. It has a core i3 3.2 Ghz processor, 4GB of ram, and a 500GB HDD (note: my computer is an iMac from mid 2010 with a 1TB hard drive, no difference from this other than capacity ; This computer is beautifully designed, and it's 2560...

This computer is OUTDATED. Its Core i3 can't handle recording Minecraft at more than 720p 30fps, with a ton of inventory lag. Even the 1TB hard drive on mine isn't sufficient, so I have an external Seagate 2TB in addition

Jul, 2015

Consumer review (

A Mess


save yourself the trouble; you've been warned

none that I know of; it does not work

cannot return it; this thing was DOA; plugged it up only to get the 3 beep RAM error; now I have to see what that's all about but drama already. never again

Feb, 2015

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Dec, 2011

Consumer review (

Best computer ever ”


Have had my IMac since January and love love love it. Never am I bothered with questions about whether I really want to do this or do I have permission. Never have had a virus scare, altho I do have virus protection. Much faster then my PC and it...

May, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes


Acoustic pressure emissions:18
Certification:ENERGY STAR, EPEAT
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold


Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Color of product:Aluminium / Black / Silver / White
Housing material:Aluminium
Wall mountable: Yes


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 5:4
Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1
Detachable display:N
Display brightness:320 / 330
Display Diagonal:21.5
Display Resolution:1280 x 1024 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TFT
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No
Viewing angle, horizontal:178
Viewing angle, vertical:178

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:205
Power consumption (typical):205 / 241


Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25 / 1024 / 512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 4670 / AMD Radeon HD 5670 / AMD Radeon HD 6470M / No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:733
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Pro Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel Iris Pro Graphics / No


Internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:DIMM/SO-DIMM
Memory layout:2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 2
Memory slots:2
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM


Built-in camera: Yes
Camera Resolution:2560 x 1600
TV tuner integrated:No / Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 1000
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):150
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2 / 0 - 120000 / 0 - 120078.7 / 0 - 393700.8
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 47 / -47 - 40
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 47 / -47 - 40

Optical Drive

CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:16
Disc types supported:CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / No

Other Features

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
Audio Input:1 / Y
Audio output channels:2.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000 Base-T / 10/100/1000Base-T / 10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 1000Base-T
CD read speed:24 / 8
CD rewrite speed:16
CD write speed:24
Chassis type:All-in-one
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X 10.6
Compatible processor series:Core i5
Compliance industry standards:10/100/1000Base-T / IEEE 802.11a/b/g / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Copper ethernet cabling technology:1000BASE-T, 1000BASE-TX, 100BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T
Display:IPS / LCD / LED / TFT
Display included: Yes
Double Layer DVD write speed:4
DVD read speed:8
DVD rewrite speed:6
DVD write speed:8
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Floppy drive installed:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mac compatibility:No / Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:256 / 512
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet / WLAN, Gigabit Ethernet
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):5 - 95
Number of processors installed:1
Numeric keypad: No
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95
Plug and Play: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz / 100 - 240V / 100 - 240V AC / 100-240V / 100-240V AC / 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz / 100-240V, 50 - 60Hx / 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Power supply:205 / 240 / 241 / 365
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC
Pre-installed software:iWork
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Speakers:2 / monitor built-in / Y
Storage drive interface:SATA
USB 1.1 ports quantity:2
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):150
Wireless Technology:802.11?/b/g/n / 802.11a/b/g / 802.11a/b/g/n / 802.11n / 802.11а/b/g/n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bundled software:iLife ’09 / Includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, and Xcode Developer Tools. / iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Time Machine, Photo Booth, iTunes, Game Center, Preview,\nNotes, Mac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book / Office Home & Business Premium プラス Office 365 サービス / Safari, Mail, iBooks, Mac App Store, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Calendar, FaceTime, Messages, Contacts, Reminders, Preview, Notes, iTunes, Game Center, Time Machine, Photo Booth
Cables included:AC
Drivers included: Yes
Handheld remote control:No / Yes
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Mouse included: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


Placement supported:Horizontal
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1 / Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
FireWire 800:No / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:205
Autonomy mode:N
Power consumption (typical):205 / 241


64-bit computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:N / No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):23 / 24
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-SDRAM
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:i3-540 / i3-550
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.6 / 3.9
Processor cache:0.512, 4 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor code:SLBUD
Processor codename:Clarkdale
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Intel Core i3 / Intel Core i3-xxx / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.7 / 2.9 / 3.06 / 3.066 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.6
Processor front side bus:1333
Processor lithography:32
Processor model:i3-540 / i3-550
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-500 Desktop series
Processor socket:Socket H (LGA 1156)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C2 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):73

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:46473 / 48505
Processor code:SLBUD
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / OS X Mavericks


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:No / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Storage media:Flash / Fusion Drive / HDD / Hybrid-HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 2000 / 256 / 500 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.6 / 6.89 / 7.44
Height:14.9 / 17.7 / 17.8 / 21.3
Weight:11.5 / 12.5 / 20.5