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Apple iMac Core Duo(Early 2006)

Apple iMac Core Duo(Early 2006)
alaScore 83

247 reviews

Mar, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 247 reviews of Apple iMac Core Duo(Early 2006). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac Core Duo(Early 2006) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 247 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Expert review by: Digital Trends Staff (

Apple iMac Core Duo 17-inch


Following Apple's master plan to move all computer systems to Intel processors by the end of 2006, Apple's new 17″ iMac with Intel Core Duo processors replaces the 17″ G5-based iMac. Unlike the dramatic move from iBook to MacBook, there is no iMac...

Superior design; quiet; relatively fast; built in iSight camera

Only comes with an 8X SuperDrive; Lags in iPhoto

I feel confident saying that the 17" Intel iMac is one of the better systems Apple has produced.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: Narasu Rebbapragada (

Apple iMac (With 2-GHz Intel Core Duo CPU)


Well-priced system shines with apps written for Intel's Core Duo processor, but lacks speed with non-Apple software.

Unique all-in-one with good performance

Very limited upgradeability

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Eric Dahl, PC World (

First Tests: PC World Installs Windows XP on a 20-Inch iMac With Boot Camp


Our graphics and benchmark tests show similar performance to that of Core Duo notebooks.

Apr, 2006

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple iMac (Intel Core Duo)


Casual Mac users will love the new iMac (Intel Core Duo), but professional users or anyone who uses graphics apps like Adobe Photoshop and video-editing software (such as Final Cut Pro) should wait until those tools are updated.

Intel Core Duo dual-core processor. Mini-DVI port for true dual-monitor usage. Front Row software is now peppier

Many applications that are not optimized for Intel will run slower. Classic OS 9 environment no longer available

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Apple iMac Core Duo (20-inch, 2.0GHz)


The iMac Core Duo is Apple's first desktop computer to result from the company's partnership with Intel. Combining Intel's new 945GM mobile chipset and the Intel Core Duo processor, the Apple iMac Core Duo marks a significant change for the...

Fast native application performance with Mac OS X; can run Windows via Boot Camp; same core features as the Editors' Choice-winning iMac G5 for the same price; updated iLife '06 digital media software included; faster 3D graphics and memory than the...

Nonnative software runs slowly on Mac OS.

Apple's Intel-based iMac Core Duo boasts an enviable combination of a first-rate design, an impeccable software bundle, and the newfound ability to run Windows in addition to Mac OS X. You simply won't find a more feature-packed, versatile mainstream...

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Dan Littman (

Apple iMac Desktop (Apple-M8812LLA)


The IMac is fun to use and offers a fairly complete hardware and software package, though its closed design means you won''t be able to upgrade it internally. With its limited graphics controller, this isn''t a killer entertainment machine.

Oct, 2002

Expert review by: Mike Chin (

Apple iMac w/Intel Core Duo: A User's Review |


SPCR reader Randy Harris' appraisal of his new 20" iMac, powered by an Intel Core Duo processor, comes on the heels of last week's PR extravaganza at the Spring 2006 Intel Developers Forum and the ensuing tech media frenzy. How does this first product...

If anything I've written about is intriguing to you, I recommend that you give the Mac, particularly the iMac your consideration

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Nick Aziz (

Review: 20-inch iMac Core Duo 2.0GHz


I hadn't planned on buying a new desktop computer until the fall, but Apple's iMac update caught me off guard. Suddenly, Apple was selling a computer that seemed to offer the right balance of performance and value to meet the needs of the average...

Great enclosure, excellent display, good dual-binary gaming performance. Huge performance potential

Poor Rosetta performance. Front Row can be unresponsive

One could argue that the iMac is not meant for power users, and that's why Apple transitioned it to Intel first. But cropping images in Photoshop should not cause any dual-2.0GHz machine to slow to a crawl

Feb, 2006

Expert review by: Henry Norr (

They aren't twice as fast, but they're plenty fast at most tasks


What's an Intel chip doing in an iMac? Almost exactly the same things PowerPC chips do in older models-just faster on some tasks and, for now, slower on others. Anyone with a recently revved iMac won't have much reason to rush out and buy an iMac Core...

Dual-core ; large-cache Intel processor delivers performance boost for Apple software and other native applications ; Rosetta ensures compatibility with most PowerPC programs ; elegant, space-saving design ; big, beautiful screen ; built-in iSight ;...

Significant speed penalty for non-native software ; no support for Classic applications ; no productivity software included ; users can no longer do routine hardware repairs

Over time, as programs are updated, the Intel-based iMacs should gain a wider performance lead over their PowerPC-based predecessors. If you're thinking of buying now, stop to consider the tradeoffs

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Eric Bangeman (

iMac 17" Core Duo


The new "Core Duo" iMac is the first Macintosh to ship with Intel Inside. Ars Technica reviews the latest incarnation of the venerable iMac to see how much difference a CPU architecture change can make.

Jan, 2006

Product Specifications

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:2MB
Per Processor Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in/20in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm/50.8cm
Max Resolution:1440 x 900/1680 x 1050
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:Canada / United States/France/Italy/United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iMac


Data Bus Speed:667MHz


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:8x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.4


Clock Speed:1.83GHz/2GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:Core Duo


Installed Size:512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon X1600
Interface Type:PCI Express x16