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Apple IMAC MA456

Apple IMAC MA456
alaScore 89

1957 reviews

Sep, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1957 reviews of Apple IMAC MA456. 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. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability also get good reviews. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple IMAC MA456 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 220 user reviews of Apple IMAC MA456 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on People really like the design. The price is also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical opinions about the reliability. There are some mixed views about the size.

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84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: iMac 24" Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz/1GB/320GB/ SuperDriveiMac 24" Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz/1GB/320GB/ SuperDrive

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple IMAC MA456


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1143 user reviews of Apple IMAC MA456 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 price. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac Desktop with 17" Display MA590LL/A (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)Apple iMac Desktop with 17" Display MA590LL/A (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)

Sep, 2016

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Apple iMac review (2013)


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

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

No optical drive

We already loved the iMac for its attractive design, forceful audio and sharp, low-glare screen, so it's even easier to recommend it now that it's been upgraded with new processors, more powerful GPUs, faster 802.11ac WiFi and speedier PCIe SSDs....

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: Vincent Nguyen (

Apple iMac 27-inch (2012) Review


Apple doesn't change things for the sake of change, and that's why we've had to wait a few years for a redesign of the iMac . When a fresh model does arrive, though, it arrives in style: for 2012, the iMac is slimmer than ever, with a crisp new casing...

The new iMac is a beautiful piece of hardware, that’s clear to see. Apple’s clever construction techniques have enabled a stylish, distinctive all-in-one, but more importantly they’ve legitimately improved the user-experience, too. The full lamination...

Dec, 2012

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Apple iMac review (2012)


The iMac remains the best all-in-one on the market, with a gorgeous, low-glare display, fast speeds, strong audio and robust graphics performance.

Stunning, low-glare display ; Fast performance ; Slim design ; Robust audio

No optical drive

The newest iMac is a great product, and despite Apple's reputation for making pricey things, it's actually a great value, too. Even as other computer makers catch up in terms of screen resolution and industrial design, the iMac stands out with a...

Dec, 2012

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Expert review by: Brian Westover (

Apple iMac 27-Inch (Late 2012)


Viewing Apple's iMac 27-inch (Late 2012) desktop (model MD096LL/A) from the front, it looks at first as if Apple is doing the same thing to the iMac that it did with the Mac mini (Late 2012): updating the internal hardware but leaving the exterior...

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

Pricey. No upgradability beyond RAM. No height adjustment

The Apple iMac 27-inch (Late 2012) all-in-one PC is the pinnacle of desktop design and manufacturing. It's not perfect, or cheap, but it's worth every penny.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Apple iMac (spring 2011) review: Apple iMac (spring 2011)


Editors' note (October 23, 2012): The 2011 iMac reviewed here has been replaced by an updated 2012 model that offers an all-new superthin design and improved hardware specs (Ivy Bridge CPU, Thunderbolt port, USB 3.0).

As the most-affordable iMac, the Apple iMac 21.5-inch offers competitive speed, the unique potential of its Thunderbolt port, and Apple's trademark design leadership.

The 21.5-inch iMac isn't the best all-in-one for home entertainment, and its performance competitiveness suffers without an option for more video memory.

Apple's $1,199 iMac doesn't offer the same home entertainment features as Windows-based all-in-ones, but its speed, looks, and the future utility of its Thunderbolt port make it a strong choice for performance-sensitive professionals.

May, 2011

Expert review by: Nilay Patel (

Apple iMac review (mid 2011)


Hard to believe it's only been 10 months since the last iMac update, but Apple's venerable desktop needed a quick bump to stay current with Intel's Sandy Bridge processors and the Thunderbolt interconnect. So here we are, looking at...

Excellent display ; Solid performance ; Competitive pricing

No Blu-ray drive ; Ultra-glossy display ; Thunderbolt not yet useful

The iMac remains the single best all-in-one computer available

May, 2011

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Apple iMac (spring 2011) review


The heaviest of heavyweights in the all-in-one field has seen another update, another batch of new internals to liven up the aging (but still classy) chassis....

Excellent designPlenty of performanceThunderbolt capability

ExpensiveSD slot still close to optical driveStill no Blu-ray option

May, 2011

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple iMac 27-inch (Thunderbolt)


It's pricey, has a huge screen, and is as powerful as an Asgardian thunder god. If you need a graphics PC for your business, the new Apple iMac 27-inch (Thunderbolt) will rival the huge tower workstations currently available. For the rest of us who...

Huge 27-inch display. 2,560-by-1,440 (larger than 1080p HD) screen resolution. High-end discrete 3D graphics. Two Thunderbolt ports. Supports two external displays. 802.11a/b/g/n 5GHz Wi-Fi. Wireless keyboard and mouse. No cost optional Magic Trackpad....

Only Thunderbolt input for display (No HDMI in, no mini DisplayPort in). No Blu-ray. Could use a matte screen. Pricier than other high-end all-in-one desktops

May, 2011

Expert review by: Jonathan Seff (

Apple iMac Education Configuration


Good features for education market ; Impressive performance ; Attractive price ; Big improvement over eMac in most areas

No SuperDrive option ; No included word processing, spreadsheet, or page layout software ; RAM upgrades require matched pairs

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

iMac has always made it fast and easy to do the most amazing things. Now the fast and easy part literally doubles overnight - because the newest iMac computers are powered by the Intel Core Duo. This revolutionary bit of technology is actually two processors built into a single chip, giving iMac up to twice the horsepower it had previously. So the wows will come faster than ever before. More than an evolution of processor design, Intel Core Duo is an order-of-magnitude leap forward. It's the first Intel chip born of the new 65-nanometer process, which allows for the creation of transistors so small, you could fit a hundred inside a single human cell. With two powerful processors designed to share resources and circuitry so unimaginably small, Intel Core Duo achieves far higher levels of performance while actually consuming less power. In the world of iMac, nothing is complicated - even when the internal architecture advances so dramatically. So when it comes to running software on your Intel-based iMac, prepare for the expected: it just works. Applications with the Universal symbol run on either PowerPC- or Intel-based iMac computers. Most existing applications will run on your Intel-based iMac, too. Simply launch them as always. Thanks to the Rosetta technology in Mac OS X, they look and feel just like they did before.


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720


Cable lock slot type:Kensington


Detachable display:No / Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD / 5K Ultra HD / Full HD / Not supported / Wide Quad HD
Panel Type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat

Energy Management

Autonomy mode:No / Yes


Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024 / 2 / 2048 / 512
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 0.5
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: No


Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes


4G: No

Ports & interfaces

Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: Yes
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 4


Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21
Memory channels supported by processor:2
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Clarkdale / Wolfdale
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo E7000 series / Intel Core i3-500 Desktop series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):65 / 73

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: No
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: Yes
Intel RealSense Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:41495 / 46473 / 48496 / 48505 / 52211
Processor package size:37.5
Thunderbolt 3 Technology: No


Number of storage drives installed:1

Weight & Dimensions

Height (without stand):14.9
Width (without stand):20.8