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Review: the "wow factor" with 24" iMac

updated 01:00 pm EDT, Thu September 21, 2006

24-inch iMac review

Apple's 24-inch iMac, announced earlier this month, is getting rave reviews from the press. Following PC Magazine's review posted earlier today, Computerworld talks about a wow factor in its hands-on review of a full-loaded 24-inch iMac, which offers 30 percent screen space than the 20-inch model: "But you can forget all about the inner workings when it comes to pulling this particular all-in-one desktop computer out of the box. The only thing you're going to notice right away will be the screen. As it tugged it out of the box, two or three other online editors popped up to oooh and aaah, and one of Computerworld's graphics gurus -- who has a year-old G5-based iMac -- admitted flat out that he was 'drooling.' And he wasn't talking about the fast Core 2 Duo processor." The review notes that the Core 2 Duo is between 30 percent and 50 percent faster than the previous generation Core Duo processors, but that that full-loaded iMac ($2,749 from BTO) may be a bit of an overkill for most users.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Hobeaux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What is that guy smoking? I maxed out everything but the keyboard and software and had a $3500 price tag (including applecare).

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    overkill for most?

    It is overkill only if your time is of no value whatsoever. My time? My time is my very life. I plan to buy one of these wonderful 24 inch one-piece fast computers as soon as I possibly can. Life is too short to wait, when waiting can be eliminated.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $2749, totally correct

    I don't know what "hobeaux" is smoking, but I configured a 24" iMac on the Apple Store to the exact same spec that was used in the review (2 GB RAM, 500 GB HD, GeForce 7600), and I come to the same $2749 as they did.

    I know MacNN says "full-loaded". Well, so much for quality research.

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $1999 config is loaded

    enough for most users. This is the first time that I can remember that the base RAM (1GB) was sufficient. Unless you are a video media pro, who needs more than a 250GB hard drive? Unless you are an extreme gamer, who needs more than the "standard "128MB video hardware?

  1. Cubester

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Wow" is right

    I was lucky enough to play with the new 24" iMac in a NYC shop (Techserve) yesterday. The screen is HUGE, as is, contrary to some reports, the "chin." iMovie HD opened in one bounce, ready to go. Very powerful, very fast. Better sound output, but still no replacement for external speakers. The screen: Huge, beautiful, bright. Droolworthy. I am examining my finances.

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