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

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Mid 2010) (MC508 / MC509)
alaScore 87

43 reviews

Dec, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Mid 2010) (MC508 / MC509). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Views about the reliability and size are on the whole positive. The price and design also get good reviews.

usability, design, price, size, reliability

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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Mid 2010) (MC508 / MC509) from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Opinions about the size and price are on the whole positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas reviews are divided on the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

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

This summary is based on the product: iMac 27" 2.93GHz Desktop Computer

Dec, 2015

CNET Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Apple iMac (summer 2010) review: Apple iMac (summer 2010)


Editors' note: As of May 3, 2011, the 2010 iMac reviewed here has been replaced with a newer model. The 2011 line offers faster second-generation (Sandy Bridge) CPUs, improved AMD graphics, and Thunderbolt ports. See the 2011 Apple iMac line-up .

Largest display among all-in-one desktops; best-in-class productivity and gaming performance; DisplayPort provides home entertainment flexibility; SDXC card slot supports cards up to 2TB in size.

Connecting external video devices requires an extra, expensive adapter because it lacks an HDMI port; no Blu-ray drive; runs hot.

Apple's new $1,999 iMac comes with a faster CPU and a new graphics card, helping this 27-inch all-in-one desktop stay as competitive in performance as it already was in screen size. Despite the still-frustrating absence of an HDMI port, we have no...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: (

Best all-in-one desktop suitable for gaming


The new quad-core version of the Apple iMac is the fastest all-in-one desktop you can buy. It even beats some tower-based desktops in performance tests, and reviewers say it is the best choice if you want an all-in-one computer for serious...

Gorgeous high-resolution display, faster than any other all-in-one, good performance for gaming

Expensive, no Blu-ray drive, no HDMI port

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Luigi Lugmayr (

9 Refurbished Apple iMac Desktops: 22" for $929 + free shipping, more


The Apple Store offers stock of 9 factory-refurbished previous- and current-generation Apple Aluminum iMac Desktops in its Special Deals section. They're up to $850 off, and with free shipping, at the lowest total price we've seen. Each comes with a...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Ian Osborne (

Apple iMac SSD 2010 review


Blistering performance at a price

Sep, 2011

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

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Apple iMac 27in 2010 review


No one wants to design desktop towers any more, but they've still failed to match Apple's aesthetic for all-in-ones. Rivals like the EeeTouch, Acer Aspire Z5610 , Sony Vaio L or Lenovo's IdeaCentre are technically worthy, but design-wise they just...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Isaaac (

Apple iMac (Summer 2010)


iMac and Macbook are my favor Apple products of all, More than my iPod and iPhone. They're my workmates. Blu-ray is not very uesful, but No HDMI input is a problem to me, iMac just want to keep itself fit? ...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Macworld UK (

Lab tested: 27-inch Core i7 iMac/2.93GHz quad core with SSD


Ladies and gentlemen, the fastest Mac we've ever seen is currently sitting in the Macworld Lab. It's the 27-inch 2.93GHz quad core Core i7 iMac, equipped with a solid-state drive (SSD). This built-to-order (BTO) model posted the highest Speedmark 6...



Aug, 2010

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

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control:No / Yes
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:3 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader / Single Card Reader
Firewire: Yes
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
True Resolution:EXTREME HD / Full HD / WQHD

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X Mountain Lion / Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Product Type:AIO


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / ATI
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Radeon HD 5670 / Radeon HD4670 / Radeon HD6970M
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown / Z68
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:CORE I3 / CORE I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I3-540 / I3-550 / I5-2310 / i5-2400 / I5-680 / i7-2600