updated 12:50 am EDT, Thu September 21, 2006
PC Mag reviews 24" iMac
PC Magazine has given the new 24-inch iMac a 4.5 rating out of 5, saying that the performance of Intel's Core 2 duo CPU ship is worth the added cost: "If you've been waiting to upgrade a G4- or G5-powered iMac, or even if you're looking to replace a G4 or single-processor G5 Power Mac, the new 24-inch Apple iMac ($2,794 direct) should be at the top of your list. Powered by Intel's zippy Core 2 Duo processor, it's a system that photo, video, and music enthusiasts—even graphics professionals—could love.... The screen is about as bright as that of the standalone 23-inch and 30-inch Apple Cinema displays, so the iMac could easily work for a layout editor or other midlevel graphics pro. And since it's so powerful, it could also be a good system for the Adobe Photoshop interns in your art studio."
The review concludes that the 24-inch iMac is a "high-powered all-in-one PC or replacement desktop" that is a "powerhouse running Mac OS X. Once Adobe comes out with PhotoShop/Creative Suite 3 and updates its other Intel-native apps, the iMac will be powerful enough to run a graphics arts business out of your home."