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Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Late 2009 (MB950)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 628 reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Late 2009 (MB950). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and reliability. The price and design also get good opinions.

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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, Late 2009 (MB950) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 342 user reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Late 2009 (MB950) from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops on People are impressed by the size and reliability. The price and design also get good comments.

usability, design, price, reliability, size

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac MB950LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION)Apple iMac MB950LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Apple 21.5-inch Core i5 iMac/2.5GHz (quad-core)

May, 2011

Expert review by : Rich Brown (

Apple iMac fall 2009 (Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06Hz review: Apple iMac fall 2009 (Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06Hz


Editors' note: This review has been corrected to indicate that the system has only a mini DisplayPort output. Mini DisplayPort input capability is restricted to the 27-inch iMacs.

Boasts Apple's always-appealing industrial design, a high-resolution display, and the best performance among all-in-ones in its price range.

Small screen for its price (despite its high resolution); not as home entertainment-friendly as other all-in-ones.

Despite its good looks and a few useful new features, Apple's new iMac is all about business. You can find a larger screen for less, not to mention all kinds of digital entertainment features, but no other all-in-one at this price can boast similar...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Roman Loyola (

Apple 21.5-inch iMac/3.06GHz (ATI graphics)


Impressive image quality from display and any angle ; New SD card slot ; Improved speaker system

Apple Remote not included ; Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users ; FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter

Nov, 2009

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Apple iMac 27-inch, 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, ATI Radeon HD 4670, fall 2009


With this most recent update to the iMac, Apple brings the design of its all-in-ones in line with that of its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. The aluminum and polycarbon body of the old iMac has been replaced with aluminum and edge-to-edge glass over...

Largest display among all-in-ones; fast dual-core CPU makes up for lack of quad-core (mostly); finally has an SD card slot; wireless mouse and keyboard; Mini DisplayPort input ripe with possibility.

Most Windows all-in-ones in the price range have Blu-ray; touch-sensitive mouse gestures not as responsive as we'd like; Apple's nickel-and-dime customer service policy.

Apple's new 27-inch iMac will charm plenty of you with its screen size alone. Fortunately, that won't lead you astray. Behind its expansive display, Apple has packed one of the fastest all-in-ones available, and added a few useful extras to sweeten the...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Rich Brown (

Apple iMac (Winter 2009) review


One of the things we appreciate the most about Apple's new 20-inch iMac is that it has almost the same core components as the more expensive 24-inch model . Sure the screen is smaller, and the $1,199 default configuration reviewed here has a smaller...

Best-in-class design; competitive performance in its price range, especially for multitasking; capable mainstream gaming performance.

Windows all-in-one vendors offer 20-inch or larger all-in-ones for less; not as well-suited as a dedicated digital entertainment system as some other all-in-ones.

A few other all-in-ones make this 20-inch iMac look expensive on a dollars-per-screen-inch basis, but none are as attractive or as capable juggling multiple programs. With a fast dual-core CPU and a strong array of features, Apple's updated all-in-one...

Mar, 2009

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Apple iMac 24-inch, 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Winter 2009


You may find Apple's new $1,499 iMac attractive, if only because it's one of the most affordable 24-inch all-in-one PCs on the market. Otherwise, Apple's latest update to the iMac line mostly serves to keep it competitive with its Windows-based...

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.

Apple made a number of changes to this $1,499 iMac, but making a 24-inch screen 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...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Roman Loyola (

Review: 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs (Late 2009)


The Late 2009 iMacs are really about the new displays—and the displays are impressive.

Switch on the iMacs, and you’ll notice that the LED backlit screens on both the 21.5- and 27-inch models are a bit brighter than their predecessors. Look even closer at the 21.5-inch iMac, and you’ll notice that its colors are much better than the...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : James Hutchinson (

Apple iMac 21.5in (Late 2009)


Apple beefs up its consumer desktop PC with a faster CPU and an energy-efficient display

LED-backlit display, SD card slot, powerful, comparatively inexpensive

No Blu-ray drive, Magic Mouse is troublesome

Apple's latest iMacs are noticeably refined compared to their predecessors, though they aren't significantly different. Both 21.5in models are quite powerful and their 1080p LED-backlit displays are certainly vibrant.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Ross Catanzariti (

Apple iMac (24in 2009)


Design remains superb, good performance, Apple attention to detail, all-in-one casing saves space

Exorbitant price, no included Apple remote, keyboard has no number pad, rear casing gets hot, only RAM can be upgraded, no adapters included for DVI or VGA connections

The upgrades to the latest Apple iMac are largely underwhelming, but the computer retains its excellently crafted design. It's still an outstanding machine, but the smaller keyboard, lack of included remote and the fact that no display adapters are...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Andy Vandervell (

Apple iMac 24in - 2009 Edition


Still the best all-in-one PC money can buy?

pointed out, that remains the case. iPhoto is particularly useful thanks to the addition of a nifty new face recognition system and Facebook integration, but every element of the suite exudes the usual Apple ease-of-use and comfort. So, given most...

May, 2011

Product Specifications

Designed to be the digital centerpiece of your home and the fastest way to the Internet, the iMac family comes with a choice of flat-panel displays. iMac offers fast G4 processors, fast 333MHz DDR memory, blazing 3D graphics and high-speed USB 2.0. Plus the latest in wireless communications with support for AirPort Extreme and optional built-in Bluetooth. The iLife software application suite that come on your iMac include iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD. They let you do fun, creative things with your pictures, music and movies - and share them with family and friends - in ways that people who use PCs can only dream about. And whether you're creating music CDs, publishing your digital pictures online, editing digital video or burning your own DVDs, you can do all these things and more quite nicely without referring to a manual. It's all part of the iLife experience. The iMac with SuperDrive lets you burn your own movies and photos on a disc that plays in almost any standard player. And, naturally, you can pop in your DVD movies and watch them in widescreen letterbox format on the brilliant LCD display of your iMac. Say goodbye to being forced to set up your computer near a phone jack. Pop an optional AirPort Extreme Card into your iMac, and you're ready for the freedom of wireless networking from anywhere in your home or dorm - up to 45 metres from an AirPort Extreme Base Station. And by the way, adding an AirPort Extreme Card is a snap, even for first-time computer users. Beneath the iMac's base is an access cover held in place by four screws. Images printed under the access cover show you how additional memory and the AirPort Extreme Card fit in the base when properly installed. It's that simple. All iMac models can be custom-configured with an internal Bluetooth module to connect your digital devices wirelessly. Operating within a 30-foot radius, it enables wireless data transfers between a rapidly growing list of Bluetooth-enabled products, including the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse. Using iSync, you can use Bluetooth to synchronize your personal information between your iMac, your mobile phone and your Palm OS-based handheld. If you're interested in getting Bluetooth capability for your iMac, the easiest way is to have the Bluetooth module built in at the time you order your system - you can order a Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mouse at the same time, too. If you decide after purchasing your system that you want Bluetooth capability, you can easily plug in an external D-Link USB Bluetooth Adapter. The iMac's sizzling graphics processors kick Quartz Extreme and 3D games and graphics into high gear with hardware transform and lighting (T&L), per-pixel shading and drop-dead gorgeous effects at high resolutions. All models deliver over a billion textured pixels per second. And with Quartz Extreme, the graphics processors take over the transform and lighting calculation functions from the iMac's CPU, freeing the PowerPC G4 processor to perform essential system tasks faster than ever before. Thanks to what's inside its ultra-compact 27 cm base, the iMac is several leaps ahead of any other consumer desktop system out there - just like its revolutionary predecessor. So how did Apple pack so much power and functionality into such a small space? Credit a rigorous design approach that optimized every available bit of space and resulted in no wasted corners. Starting with a custom-designed circular logic board that fills the entire diameter of the base, Apple engineered enough space to fit in a full-height optical drive such as the SuperDrive. On top of the optical drive are a high-capacity 3.5-inch hard disk drive and even the power supply - a split design that tucks neatly into the top of the base.


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of loudspeakers:2
Number of Speakers:2

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB/8MB
Per Processor Size:3MB/8MB


Acoustic pressure emissions:18
Certification:Energy Star 5.0


Color of product:Black, Silver / Silver / Silver, White / White

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1
Display brightness:320 / 375
Display Diagonal:21.5 / 27
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / Wide Quad HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Viewing angle, horizontal:178
Viewing angle, vertical:178

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:21.5in/27in
Diagonal Size (metric):54.6cm/68.6cm
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080/2560 x 1440
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (typical):241 / 365

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter memory:256 / 512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 4670 / AMD Radeon HD 4850 / No / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
On-board graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:NVIDIA GeForce
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.25
On-board graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M G


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iMac


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz


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


Type: None


Built-in camera: Yes
TV tuner integrated: No


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Data Link Protocol:Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 1000
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Operational Conditions

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 / -40 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 47 / -40 - 47

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL

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 10.6

Other Features

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:16 / 24
Chassis type:All-in-one / Desktop
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LED / TFT / WUXGA
Display included: Yes
Double Layer DVD write speed:4
DVD read speed:8
DVD rewrite speed:6
DVD write speed:8
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD / NVIDIA
Hard disk number of heads:1
I/O ports:1 x Mini DisplayPort
Keyboard type:Apple Wireless / Wireless
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:256 / 512
Media types supported:DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW
Networking features:10/100/1000Base-T / 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Number of processors installed:1
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
Power availability:241
Power Requirements:100 - 240V AC / 100 - 240V AC 50 - 60Hz / 100-240V / 100-240V AC
Power supply:241 / 365
Power supply type:100 - 240 V AC / 100-240V AC / AC
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Speakers:2 / 2 x 17W / Y
Storage drive interface:SATA
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g/n / 802.11n / AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11n / Wi-Fi (802.11n) / Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:iLife / iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iLife ’09 / Mac OS X versie 10.6 Snow Leopard (iTunes, Time Machine, Snelle weergave, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Adresboek, QuickTime, iCal, Dvd-speler, Photo Booth, Front Row en Xcode Developer Tools)\niLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Drivers included: Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Mouse included: Yes


Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
Autonomy mode:N
Power consumption (typical):241 / 365


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Clock Speed:2.66GHz/3.06GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):11.5
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:228
Processing die size:82
Processor cache:3 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Wolfdale
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.66 / 2.8 / 2.93 / 3.06 / 3.33
Processor front side bus:1066 / 1333
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:E7600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo E7000 series
Processor socket:Socket T (LGA 775)
Processor threads:2
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):65
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core i5

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
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: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:41495
Processor package size:37.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:16GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:iLife / iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iLife ’09 / Mac OS X versie 10.6 Snow Leopard (iTunes, Time Machine, Snelle weergave, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Adresboek, QuickTime, iCal, Dvd-speler, Photo Booth, Front Row en Xcode Developer Tools)\niLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500

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:1TB/500GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon HD 4670/ATI Radeon HD 4850/NVIDIA GeForce 9400M

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.815 / 22.4 / 7.44 / 8.15
Height:17.8 / 2.04 / 20.4 / 8.15
Weight:20.5 / 25.4 / 3.04 / 30.4
Width:2.56 / 20.5 / 20.8 / 25.6