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Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2009)

Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2009)
alaScore 96

7967 reviews

Mar, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7967 reviews of Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2009). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Opinions about the size and reliability are generally positive. The price and design are also appreciated.

usability, design, price, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2009) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 695 user reviews of Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2009) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Comments about the size and price are on the whole positive. The design and usability also get good reviews, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4145 user reviews of Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (Late 2009) from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers really like the size and reliability. The price and design also get good feedback.

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Jamshed Avari (

iMac - 27-inch


Apple's latest iMac is a sight to behold. It's the largest all-in-one PC we've ever seen—in fact with a 27-inch screen, it's probably the first time anyone's ever made one this size. Whether or not this is excessive for a home PC will depend on your...

This is all quite a hassle considering Boot Camp has worked so smoothly on most other Apple machines in the past. A few instructions or warnings would have at least prepared us for the surprise and ordeal. The new iMac is definitely not ready for...

Feb, 2010

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: Ray Aguilera (

Apple 24-inch iMac


From a cost vs performance perspective, RAM is usually our favorite Mac upgrade. So we're stoked that the new 3.06GHz iMac can handle up to 8GB, compared to just 4GB last time around. But be warned, taking advantage of that capacity is going to require...

Gorgeous screen. More included RAM and higher total capacity. Improved graphics. Four USB 2.0 ports. Monster hard drive

Still no matte display option. No FireWire 400 port. Compact keyboard lacks number pad. DDR3 RAM still very expensive

Speedier performance and the slim design might leave some people wondering if they really need a Mac Pro. Chances are, the newest iMac offers all the power you'll need.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Roman Loyola (

Apple 20-Inch 2.4 GHz iMac


Have your credit card ready - this all-metal marvel is ready to shine for the holidays.

Compact, stylish, slim design. Worthy performance. Innovative keyboard expands F-key behavior.

Viewing angle is a bit narrow. Glossy screen produces distracting reflections. No matte screen option.

From its new aluminum case to its speedy performance, there's a lot to like about the new iMac. If you were hoping that the iMac's new design would resemble an Apple Cinema Display, however, don't hold your breath. We're probably a few years away from...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Roman Loyola (

1.83GHz, 2.16GHz, and 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo iMacs


Your Choice: Small and Cheaper, or Big and More Expensive

Affordable. Rosetta speed has improved over previous generation of Intel-based iMacs ; Lackluster video performance. No Apple Remote. 2GB memory ceiling. Rosetta speed still slower than native PowerPC performance

Lackluster video performance. No Apple Remote. 2GB memory ceiling. Rosetta speed still slower than native PowerPC performance

Our favorite new Mac is the 24-inch iMac. For serious hobbyists, or professionals on a budget, the 24-inch iMac is an ideal Mac - and while you'll still take a performance hit when using non-Intel-native applications, the new processors do a lot to...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Apple iMac ( 27inch, 2014)


Just when you thought it was safe to get comfortable with the look and language of 4K, Apple comes along and adds what the company is calling a 5K display in the premium 27-inch iMac all-in-one desktop.

The new 27-inch Apple iMac adds a stunning 5K display for not much more than last year's high-end model. The design, while not updated, remains the gold standard for all-in-one desktops.

Except for the new screen and a different GPU, the components are essentially unchanged from last year's version. The high starting price only gets you a mid-level Core i5 processor.

Apple skips 4K and goes directly to what the company calls a 5K display in this expensive, extravagant all-in-one iMac desktop that will appeal to photo and video professionals -- or anyone else looking for the best possible screen resolution.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Apple iMac ( 21.5-inch, 1TB, Core i5 2.9 GHz)


Few desktop PCs cause much excitement anymore, outside of a handful of bulky systems for gaming enthusiasts or small home theater set-top boxes. Beyond that, we mostly see all-in-one desktops with PC components packed behind a large screen. Apple's...

The new entry level 21.5-inch Apple iMac is now only $100 more than the (already discounted) 13-inch Macbook Air. The display, design, and build quality remain top-notch, and it includes high-end features such as Thunderbolt, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and...

This lower-cost model has a small hard drive and laptop-like CPU and graphics performance compared to the more-expensive iMac configurations. It lacks even basic user upgradability.

While it includes some performance and graphics concessions on the lowest priced model, the 21.5-inch iMac brings Apple's iconic design and top-notch bundled accessories and software to a wider audience.

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (

Apple iMac review (2013)


This is an "s" year for Apple, and no, we're not just talking about the iPhone. In addition to announcing the iPhone 5s, the company refreshed its

Stunning, low-glare display ; Improved graphics performance, disk speeds ; Attractive design ; Robust audio

No optical drive

The iMac remains our favorite all-in-one desktop, and returns this year with beefier graphics, faster WiFi and brisker disk speeds.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Davies (

Apple iMac 27-inch (2013) Review


Apple wowed us with the new iMac last year , its incredible design borrowing from aerospace construction methods and the sort of screen lamination only done on smartphones like the iPhone, while inside delivering the sort of power desktop users...

First things first: if you want a computer that's amenable to hardware tinkering, an all-in-one is not the way to go, iMac or otherwise. Apple's gamble was that its users would rather have compactness, power, and premium design, even if it meant...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple iMac 27-inch (Intel Core i5-4670)


Though it's mainly a speed bump, the inclusion of the latest 4th-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M Kepler graphics bump the Apple iMac 27-inch (Intel Core i5-4670) back to the top spot on our high-end all-in-one...

Fusion Drive is SSD+HDD, but smart. Stunningly thin design. Impressive low-glare display. Top-of-the-line processor and graphics card offer best-in-class performance. User serviceable memory slots. Ports include Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. Can work as a...

No Touch Screen. SD card slot in back. No internal upgradability beyond RAM. No height adjustment. Requires adapter for HDMI

Though it's mainly a speed bump, the inclusion of the latest 4th-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M Kepler graphics made a world of difference for the Apple iMac 27-inch (Intel Core i5-4670) ($2,199 as tested). The...

Sep, 2013

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