Computeractive review: Apple iMac 24-inch Intel Core 2 Duo (5 out of 5 stars)

Apple’s iMac 24-inch Intel Core 2 Duo-powered desktop computer is “a no-holds-barred, everything-including-the-kitchen-sink effort from Apple,” Cliff Joseph reports for Computeract!ve.

“The most obvious feature is that great big 24in widescreen display… the size of the screen and its excellent image quality are a delight when watching DVD films. The 24in Apple iMac is equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which runs at 2.16GHz and provides all the power any home user is likely to need for digital photography, video-editing or music composition,” Joseph reports. “There’s 1GB of memory, a 250GB hard disk and the multiformat DVD writer… It’s also got a built-in webcam and some surprisingly beefy internal stereo speakers, along with digital audio inputs and outputs… it can even pass muster as a pretty decent games computer, thanks to the inclusion of a Geforce 7300 GT graphics card.”

£1,349 [US$$1,999] is “not a bad price for a top-of-the-range computer, especially when you take into account the sheer size of the screen. It’s expensive and over the top, but just for once we don’t think Apple is taking liberties with the pricing. There’s also a smaller version with a 20in screen that costs £999 [US$1,499] if you’re looking for something a little less extravagant… An excellent home PC that combines strong performance with versatile multimedia features.”

Full review (Rating: 5 out of 5) here.

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CNET reviews Apple 24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo: ‘an unparalleled bargain’ – September 12, 2006
Crave at CNET: Apple’s gorgeous 24-inch iMac should tempt you to switch – September 07, 2006
Mossberg: Apple makes ‘best desktop computer on the market’ iMac even more attractive – September 07, 2006
Apple iMac line gets 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo processors; pricing starts at $999; new 24-inch model – September 06, 2006
Digital Trends Review: Apple iMac 17-inch Core Duo ‘silent, beautiful, very fast and reliable’ – July 12, 2006
Seattle Times: Apple iMac is ‘so beautiful with its simple, yet elegant design’ – July 08, 2006
Wired names best media center: Apple 20-inch iMac with Front Row – June 08, 2006
Review: Apple’s new iMac Core Duo ‘an outstanding feat of engineering, a high-precision instrument’ – February 16, 2006
Apple iMac the finest, most reliable, stable, elegant and intuitive personal computer available – February 14, 2006
Review: Apple 20-inch iMac Core Duo 2.0GHz – February 06, 2006
BusinessWeek: Apple’s new iMac Core Duo is an iMac on Steroids – February 02, 2006
Thurrott: ‘I highly recommend Apple’s new Intel-based iMac’ – January 31, 2006
Thurrott: ‘Nothing on Windows approaches the quality of Apple’s iLife ’06’ – January 31, 2006
Computerworld: Apple’s MacBook Pro ‘fast, really fast – looks like a real winner’ – January 28, 2006
InfoWorld: Apple perfects the desktop personal computer with new iMac Core Duo – January 25, 2006
PC Magazine review gives Apple iMac Intel Core Duo 4.5 out of 5 stars – January 20, 2006
Mossberg: New Intel-based iMac the best consumer desktop with the best OS and best software bundle – January 18, 2006


  1. Played with the 24incher today for the first time. Nice and big and burly. Prosumer all the way. The former pro in me would replace the keyboard on any current Mac though.

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  2. “Overall: An excellent home PC that combines strong performance with versatile multimedia features.”

    It’s more than an excellent home PC. I plan on replacing 10 Mac G4s (Mirrored Door models) next year (after I see the second rev of the 24″ iMac).

    5 machines will remain dual G5 towers with 2-3GB RAM until Apple releases second rev of Mac Pro towers.

    Just another in the long list of PC magazine converted columnists giving kudos to Apple products.

  3. “but just for once we don’t think Apple is taking liberties with the pricing.”

    What about the Mac Pro? Isn’t this widely regarded as cheaper than all similarly configured PCs?

    Isn’t the Macbook considered an excellent value?

    I think Apple is slowly eating away at this stereotype.

  4. Ok, since you asked.

    1: All in one devices have more that can go wrong and take the whole machine down.

    2: Can’t improve the hard drive speed, or even replace it.

    3: Can’t upgrade the video card for 3D gaming, plus good video cards are doubling up in size, unable to fit in iMac case.

    4: It feels… stupid or something…kerchunk spits the disk out.

  5. I am still not a believer in the current iMacs. They are nice, don’t get me wrong, but the fact that you are spending a whole lot of money for something that is an all-in-one isn’t a good idea to me, for a laptop yeah, for a desktop no.

    I honestly think down the road a Mac Mini and a seperate LCD is a better plan. You can get a 23″ LCD pretty cheap now (especially if you dont buy Apples), and the Mini won’t break the bank. Later on you CAN easily upgrade the Mini while the iMac would be a pain. For the money the Mini is a better long term investment then the iMac.

  6. First post?

    Just kiddin’.

    5/5, that’s terrific. I was on the road waiting at the airport in Washington, D.C. and two different people came up to me and asked me how I like my Mac (MBP). One poor guy was struggling to get his Sony to boot and stay that way.

    BTW, I recently helped a neighbor load Vista RC1 on their Dull box. What a POS that Vista is! It’s basically XP with Aqua like GUI eye candy and constant warnings about “did you rally want to do this or that”. Their idea of better security. Sure hope there’s more to it than that. Otherwise, the whole IT ecosystem is going to fail and there will be pandemonium.

    The tide has turned. Need to buy more AAPL options.

    Rock on Steve!
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