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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

Jun, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Mid 2010) (MC508 / MC509). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments about the size and design are generally positive. The price and usability also get good comments. Many are less positive about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

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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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Amazon.com review summary for Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Mid 2010) (MC508 / MC509)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Mid 2010) (MC508 / MC509) from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. People really like the design. The usability is also appreciated. The size and price get mixed reviews, while there are some critical views about the reliability.

usability, design

reliability

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

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Jun, 2016

CNET Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple iMac (summer 2010) review:

 

Introduced 10 months ago, Apple's original 27-inch iMac would arguably still be competitive today because of the continued absence of a Windows all-in-one computer with a screen larger than 24 inches. After a model update a few weeks ago , Apple has...

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: Luigi Lugmayr (i4u.com)

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 (t3.com)

Apple iMac SSD 2010 review

 

Blistering performance at a price

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (pcadvisor.co.uk)

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

Recommended!

Expert review by: Hugo Jobling (trustedreviews.com)

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

Expert review by: Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

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

Red dot design award!

Expert review by: reddot (red-dot.de (UK))

iMac

 

Transformations – the evolution of form

Expert review by: Macworld UK (macworld.co.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...

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Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Stephen Dean (reghardware.co.uk)

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 (talktalk.co.uk)

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

Product Specifications

Design

Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Display

Detachable display: No
HD type:Full HD / Wide Quad HD
Panel Type:IPS

Energy Management

Autonomy mode: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024 / 512
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2

Ports & interfaces

Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: Yes
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Processor

Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: 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
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Clarkdale
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-500 Desktop series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):73

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor package size:37.5

Storage

Number of storage drives installed:1