CNET reviews Apple’s new 24-inch iMac: Editor’s Choice, Best all-in-one on the market

CNET reviews Apple’s newest iMac, released Monday:

“A bump to the frontside bus and a smidge more L2 cache can safely be classified as a minor update. But even slightly improved specifications, when they come at a lower price than those they replace, are appreciated,” Matthew Elliott reports for CNET Reviews.

“Last September, we tested the highest-end 24-inch model, which carried a baseline price of $2,299 and featured Intel’s 2.8GHz Core 2 Extreme X7900 processor. We’re happy to report that the new $1,799 iMac sped past the previous model in CNET Labs, though it features roughly the same specs: a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of faster 800MHz RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a midrange ATI Radeon graphics card. What’s changed is that this model uses a Penryn-class processor that serves up 6MB of L2 cache to the 4MB the previous Merom-class chip provided, while operating on a faster 1,066MHz frontside bus–up from 800MHz,” Elliott reports.

“Given its strong application performance and competitive price, we give the iMac a strong recommendation as a mainstream desktop in addition to being best in class in the all-in-one niche,” Elliott reports.

“A slight bump to the specifications for the same price in addition to a much appreciated option to upgrade the graphics means the 24-inch iMac keeps the Editors’ Choice it earned last year when the brushed-aluminum-and-glass design was first introduced,” Elliott reports.

Full review here.

33 Comments

  1. Calling all MAC users; what happened to all of you? My fantastic Vista machine is working so well, I have time to post here after getting my work done so much faster that if I used a MAC.

    Your Potential. Our Passion.

  2. Alas, my 24″ iMac is now last generation after only five months. But it is a great computer (other than the little track ball gumming up), and my family loves it. If you can get by with a desktop or can afford two computers, the iMac is worth your consideration.

  3. The ‘Tangster was out surfing for Vista driver updates and XP upgrade instructions and go a jump on Mac users on the MDN forums ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Glad to see you so feisty today, ‘Tangster!

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  4. Are you kidding?

    I love Vista!

    It’s is one of the best things to happen for the Mac and OS X since Windows ME.

    And now, I eagerly await the beauty and elegance of Windows 7.

  5. Happened to me last night, and I love it!

    A client of mine, was spewing about his new lap top with Vista, I explained he could take it and have it upgraded to XP, which he now plans to do.

    last night he was at our house, and I was showing him the features of leopard, Time machine just blew him away, (I deleted files he had sent me several days ago, then retrieved them) .

    But, the best part was when he asked,”where is the rest of the computer”

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