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Apple iMac MC508LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION)

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4.2 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core i3 Processor 3.06GHz
  • 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • 21.5-Inch Screen, ATI Radeon HD 4670
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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Product Description

The ultimate all-in-one. Turbocharged. The new iMac is the ultimate all-in-one computer. Its Intel Core i3 processor feature an advanced architecture and set new benchmarks for iMac performance. And fast discrete graphics processors now come standard in every iMac. The 21.5-inch widescreen displays is perfect for HD video, and the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse keep your desktop tidy.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 21.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor ATI Radeon HD 4670
Chipset Brand ATI
Card Description Radeon HD 4670
Graphics Card Ram Size 256 MB
Wireless Type 802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
Brand Name Apple
Series iMac
Item model number MC508LL/A
Hardware Platform Mac
Operating System Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard
Item Weight 27.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 22.2 x 9.3 x 25.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 22.2 x 9.3 x 25.5 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD SuperDrive
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Power Source AC

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4.2 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,605 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#331 in Computers & Accessories > Desktops
Shipping Weight 28.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available July 27, 2010

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I anxiously awaited this summer 2010 update to the iMac line.

iMacs offer a better value than one might think, and the space saving they offer compared to having many components spread out on a desk, make them an attractive offering from Apple.

My current iMac was an aging model, summer 2007. The first iMac with aluminum enclosure. Honestly, however, it is not far off the machines of today particularly notebook models. The iMacs are aging nicely, and I'm sure this new model will too. iMacs tend to offer a better value than notebooks and because they aren't carried around, can have better reliability / longevity too.

When I opened this new computer, I loved the widescreen display. This display is 16x9 similar to a television, whereas conventional widescreen computer monitors were 16x10 (including my old iMac). The extra width gives you more room to fit documents across your desktop (screen) while working. I like that.

Furthermore, don't let anyone suggest that this is not a fast computer. Its 3.06 GHZ i3 processor includes hyper threading to give you up to four "virtual," cores. Some argue that this feature isn't useful, or that not enough applications utilize hyper threading. However, I was able to look at CPU usage and see video encoding software on my computer using the multiple threads. It was fast.

I chose the 21.5 inch model because my desk is simply too small to house the 27-inch model. The 27 is absolutely staggering in size. I would choose it, if I had the room, but the 21.5 is far from being a slouch and is somewhat more sensible looking.

It features standard 4GB of memory, which can be easily upgraded to 8GB by buying two additional 2GB sticks.
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First of all, I'm not a gamer, and this is not a gamers rig. Don't get me wrong, it has very capable graphics, but there aren't many good games available for the Mac OSX.

No biggie for me, I produce music, and Mac is well known for fitting the bill in this area. Paired with Logic, making music couldn't be easier.

Windows was another story.

I don't have a lot of cash to burn, but I hear a lot of criticism from Windows users about how "overpriced" Mac is. Well as somebody who has been through Windows '95,'98, XP and Vista and Windows 7, I have spent SO MUCH freaking time repairing Windows-related issues as opposed to just enjoying Windows applications.

I don't want to spend all day trying to figure one more cryptic, Windows error code.

I bought my Imac almost one year ago, and everything JUST WORKS, the way it is supposed to. No viruses, no BLUE SCREENS, no crashes... I HAVE had a couple of issues that were directly my own fault (screwing with settings and such). When I contacted Macintosh support, they were polite, friendly, knowledgeable and eager to assist me. And they got me up and running in a matter of minutes. Something, sadly, I am NEVER able to find with ANY other product or service I use.

Bottom line, you get what you pay for. If you work in I.T., and you absolutely LOVE diagnosing operating system errors, missing DLL files, registry and security issues while battling trojan after trojan, by all means, stick with your Windows products. I just want a machine that works.

I would rather spend my valuable time using a product, NOT fixing it.

I, for one, will NEVER go back.
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*** This model has only been out for TWO weeks so the guy saying he has "owned it for 18 months" has a different model****

The NEW I3 intel processor is ridiculously fast compared to my older dual core imac (2.0ghz 3gb ) The value of the machine really speaks for itself. LED SCREEN!! The ram is upgradeable to 8gig and the new ATI video card is supposed to rock ;although, I have not really tested it out yet. Spend the extra 160$ to get the apple protection plan, especially on this newly updated one.
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This review is intended for the 21.5 iMac mid-2010 model which came out recently. Apple made a significant improvement for the iMac line and it shows: 3.06GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; 4 GB of RAM upgradable to 8 GB; and also an ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory. Look at last year's iMacs and you'll see that this is a very tempting offer despite the $1200 price tag.

Having said that, I don't think last year's iMac owners should rush to buy these new ones. However, if you haven't upgraded your desktop Mac in over a few years or you're looking to buy your first Mac desktop, this is one unbeatable deal you should not miss.
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Mac's are notorious for being outrageously priced for the hardware you get. This machine is no exception. But it's a Mac and if you're going to pay for one, you're going to pay for the name. Is it worth it? You'll have to decide.

It's incredibly fast. Now, in fairness I don't have a new PC to compare it to. However, comparing it to the 2007 top of the line MacBook Pro, it's blazing fast. Compiling apps on this machine takes approximately 75% less time than my MacBook Pro. Seriously, 20 seconds to 5 seconds.

The keyboard is great. It's a small keyboard, which normally I would hate but it just feels nice. The arrow keys are oddly shaped so gamers who like arrow keys over WASD may find it annoying. But the keys have the perfect amount of pop to them.

The magic mouse... wow. This thing seems odd at first but thank you Apple for finally recognizing RIGHT CLICK. Even though you have to turn it on yourself it's a great addition to a mac mouse. The mouse will occasionally scroll by accident when I don't want it to but it's not frustrating (The middle of the mouse serves as a scroll wheel). Using finger gestures to navigate in Safari is genius and quick.

Construction of the whole machine is incredible. It's clean, simple, and very attractive. It's also very sturdy and heavy. It does not feel like junk. And it isn't junk.

Now to the one problem. The Yellow Color at the bottom of the screen. I don't think everyone will have this issue, but I'm sure a majority of purchasers will. Simply because the stories I've heard lead me to believe this isn't a rare issue but rather very common. The bottom of the screen has a yellow bar across it. It's a gradient so it blends into the rest of the screen.
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