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Apple iMac MC413 / MB950 / MB952 / MB953 (Late 2009)

Apple iMac MC413 / MB950 / MB952 / MB953 (Late 2009)
alaScore 88

1113 reviews

Jun, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1113 reviews of Apple iMac MC413 / MB950 / MB952 / MB953 (Late 2009). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and reliability. The price and design also get good opinions.

usability, design, price, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac MC413 / MB950 / MB952 / MB953 (Late 2009) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 484 user reviews of Apple iMac MC413 / MB950 / MB952 / MB953 (Late 2009) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the size and reliability. The price and design also get good feedback.

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87% 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 MB953LL/A 27-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION)Apple iMac MB952LL/A 27-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION)

Jun, 2015

Expert review by: Ray Aguilera (

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


Glancing at a spec sheet, Apple's latest iMacs might seem likerun-of-the mill product refreshes. Sure, there's the requisiteprocessor bumps and storage updates, but an iMac's an iMac, right? Ah,not so much. When you see these machines in person, their...

Larger, LED-backlit display. SD card slot. Half a terabyte of storage. Supports up to 16GB of RAM. Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse

We'd love a matte display option. Only larger iMacs support video input. No number pad on the keyboard. Only one FireWire port. Apple Remote is now an optional extra

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: James Galbraith (

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

May, 2011

Expert review by: Danny Allen, PC World, and James Galbraith (

Apple iMac (27-inch/Core i7) All-in-One PC Desktop Review


Simply the fastest all-in-one PC we've seen ; Beautiful big 27-inch display

Lacks extras: Multi-touch, Blu-ray, TV tuner, etc ; Pricey

Fastest all-in-one PC we've seen runs Windows and OS X, and has a huge screen…but lacks extras like mulit-touch, Blu-ray, and a TV tuner.

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Michael Calore (

Apple's 27-Inch iMac Is Big, Bright and Beautifully Fast


With a stupid-large, superbright display and a blazingly fast quad-core processor, the 27-inch iMac is an envy-inspiring desktop all-in-one computer.

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

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple iMac 27-inch (Core 2 Duo)


The Apple iMac 27-inch (Core 2 Duo) promises to be bigger and better, with more screen real estate, a higher resolution, and power savings to boot.

Continues design dominance. Wireless keyboard. Wireless Magic Mouse. Mini DisplayPort input. Better screen resolution than a 1080p HDTV. EPEAT Gold and Energy Star 5.0

Card reader is SD-only. No eSATA. Requires third-party adapter for HDMI or DVI input. No Blu-ray option ; Watch our Apple iMac 27-inch (Core 2 Duo) video review

Oct, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

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


If we could, we'd take points away from this iMac simply because by giving it a 27-inch display Apple threatens our livelihood. You don't need our input to simply walk past the 27-inch iMac on a store shelf and recognize that it's the largest...

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 (20-inch, 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Winter 2009)


Editors' Note: As of October 20, 2009, the iMac reviewed here has been replaced by 21.5-inch iMac models.

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

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Apple iMac ( 20-inch, 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Winter 2009)


Editors' Note: As of October 20, 2009, the iMac reviewed here has been replaced by

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

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.

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

Dimensions & Weight


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

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iMac


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n / 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 10.6


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.66GHz/3.06GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core i5


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:16GB
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: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