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Apple iMac Core Duo(Early 2006)

Apple iMac Core Duo(Early 2006)
alaScore 85

313 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 313 reviews of Apple iMac Core Duo(Early 2006). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, 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 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 313 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Expert review by: PC Magazine (

Apple iMac


The iMac isn't just about hip style—it's a bold reminder of Apple's ability to design simple-to-set-up computers and bundle essential and appealing applications. Whether you find the design aesthetically pleasing or not, the iMac, with its 15-inch...

May, 2008

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (

iMac 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 24" Desktop


Supersleek all-in-one system offers great image quality.

Sleek, all-in-one design, Improved screen quality

All-in-one design limits expansion

As appealing as the new iMac is, with the Leopard operating system coming soon (at around the time you read this), I'd recommend holding off. If you do, you'll get the new OS preinstalled

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Daniel A. Begun (

Apple iMac ( 20-inch, 2.4GHz, 1GB RAM)


The 24-inch iMac's striking design and impressive performance compare favorably to its smaller 20-inch sibling. In addition to a larger screen size, the 24-inch model offers higher-end configuration options and, of course, a higher price tag. The...

Industry-leading design; big, beautiful display; excellent application performance.

Higher-end model features same midrange graphics card of lower-end models; free phone support ends after 90 days; might want to hold off another month until Leopard is released to save yourself the cost of an OS upgrade.

With the same elegant design as its 20-inch, 2.4GHz sibling, the 24-inch, 2.8GHz iMac offers 30 percent more screen area and a modest performance boost. The iMac competes with the PC desktop market now better than perhaps any previous Mac to date, but...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (24-inch, 2.16GHz)


The highlight of the 24-inch iMac really is the size of its screen, but the new Core 2 Duo chip is a close second. Twenty-four inches is a noticeably large amount of screen real estate, much more dramatic-looking than even a 21-inch display. Apple also...

Giant LCD makes the iMac a home-video champ; updated specs stay competitive with the rest of the desktop PC field; expanded upgrade options available at the time of purchase.

Configurator upgrades are expensive; limited aftermarket upgradability means you won't be able to add a Blu-Ray or HD DVD drive down the road; no media card reader.

Other vendors might offer more flexible configurations and better deals on components, and the specter of HD video looms darkly, but the 24-inch iMac's sprawling display and convincingly capable features should set most people's minds at ease. We...

Sep, 2006


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

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