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Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2008)

Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2008)
alaScore 84

40 reviews

Oct, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews of Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2008). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability. The design is also mentioned favorably.

design, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2008) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2008) from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the usability and design.

design, usability

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2015

Expert review by: ZDNet (

Apple iMac 24-inch (2009)


Apple made a number of changes to the 24-inch iMac, but making it available at this price is the most impressive. The rest of the updates are welcome, and Apple's multitasking capability remains unmatched. Provided you like your all-in-ones best as...

One of, if not the, most affordable 24-inch all-in-one PCs, Twice as much hard-drive space as older models, Fast Nvidia graphics chip makes the iMac a capable gaming system, Best-in-class multitasking performance, iLife digital media suite comes standard

Fewer interesting hardware features compared with recent Windows-based all-in-ones

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Mark McClusky (

Review: Apple iMac


The latest version of Cupertino's all-in-one desktop computer jettisons the white plastic look of the previous model for a sleek aluminum-and-glass design that, not surprisingly,...

24-inch LED is sharp and beautiful; it doubles as a great HD display for video content. Super performance. New shockingly thin keyboard looks like a million bucks. Every designer in our office was drawn inexorably into the iMac’s orbit, like dingoes to...

Although models start at just ,200, our maxed-out version (with its maxed-out performance) is steep for most consumers. Keyboard was slightly hard to get used to – our WPM was markedly slower for a few days. Glossy screen looks pretty, but reflects any...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Aidan Malley (

Apple 2.4GHz 24-inch iMac (aluminum)


Slick new design ; Screen is gorgeous in specific circumstances ; Very fast, especially for converts from PowerPC Macs ; Keyboard is a tangible improvement over the old model ; One RAM slot is finally free for an upgrade ; Less expensive than the old...

Glossy screen can be distracting ; no option for matte ; Only 1GB of memory standard ; Radeon HD 2600 Pro is underpowered versus its NVIDIA alternative ; No Apple Remote magnet or sleep light. return to previous page

s and Reservations Having to choose computers from only one vendor means that many buyers won't have much choice: for now, the iMac is still Apple's lone choice for a mid-range desktop. That said, most home customers will find a lot to like in what...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Silent PC (

Expert Review


We liked the first iMacs we saw, and very little has changed with the 24" model so we like it as well. It remains one of the quietest off-the-shelf systems it is possible to buy and, with a built-in 24" screen, it offers fairly good value-for-money. A...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Prasad Naik (

Apple iMac 24-inch: Brilliantly Designed Desktop


An all-in-one desktop

Expensive compared to comparatively specced PC, awkward position of ports, display reflects a lot of glare, no Blu-ray drive, no wireless keyboard and mouse

Jun, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Jonathan Seff (

iMac Review


The Macworld team tests out the latest generation of Apple iMacs, and discover them to be very interesting. Read on to discover what Apple's new consumer - but increasingly professional - level Mac has to offer.

Compact all-in-one design, new slimmer keyboard, lower prices across the board, FireWire 800 port, larger screen (especially impressive on 24-inch model)

Glossy screen frustrates some users, viewing angle not so good on 20-inch model

With large displays, room for a lot of internal storage and RAM, and a striking new design, the latest iMacs are a nice step forward and good value to boot. Performance gains are minimal over the last iMacs, but as computers that straddle the line...

Nov, 2007

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Review: Apple iMac 24in desktop computer


The new iMac is both elegant and powerful

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: (

Apple - Apple iMac


Of all the computer manufacturers in the world, none is more enigmatic than Apple. From success in the mid-1980s to near death in the mid-1990s, no other company could hope to garner such fanatical support and ...

This has to be one of the most interesting and striking computers ever created. And, being a Macintosh at heart, it's easy to use. But, being a Macintosh at heart, there's less software available - particularly games - than for the 'IBM' PC brigade. If...

Nov, 1998

Consumer review by: sreejithkp (

Apple iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz - 24" TFT


Remains the same, but underneath Apple makes some small but meaningful updates to its all-in-one iMac. Specifications: Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (3.06 GHz) ; RAM installed: 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM ; Hard drive: 500 GB Standard Apple recently updated its iMac...

Great machine, quality build, gorgeous design.


Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: reddeppa (

Appl- iMac-Core-2 Duo-3.06 GHz - 24" TFT


Just awesome. We can say apple is always one step ahead of their competitors. Their mac operating system is also great , its performance level is excellent. Now apple is becoming popular as apple products are in reach of a normal man's pocket so...

Good to use


Dec, 2008

Product Specifications

From any view, iMac is impressive. But little compares to sitting in front of the glossy widescreen display framed in amazingly slim anodized aluminum. iMac instantly turns your workspace from a cluttered desktop into a brilliant display podium. Photos, movies, games, videos, and applications with palettes. Anything you see on the 24-inch glossy widescreen display will be a pixel-perfect experience. iMac features a flat-panel LCD screen with 1920-by-1200 resolution, giving you vivid colors and breathtaking high-definition clarity. And there's nothing quite like seeing your life's events on the big screen, thanks to the iLife '09 built into every iMac. Every iMac includes high-performance NVIDIA graphics standard. Now games run smoother, photos load faster, and pro applications have even more power. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 processor delivers the fastest graphics performance yet. This iMac comes with Apple keyboard with numeric keypad.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cache Memory

Installed Size:6MB
Per Processor Size:6MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:24in
Diagonal Size (metric):61cm
Max Resolution:1920 x 1200
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iMac


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.5


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:3.06GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:640GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce GT 130
Interface Type:PCI Express x16