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PC Mag gives 24-inch iMac 4.5 stars

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."

by MacNN Staff




  1. macnscott

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Where did PCMag get that figure? I came close but came to $2798 if you upgrade the processor, the video card, amount of ram, size of hard drive AND add the USB modem. Can you imagine how many PC users will see this article and roll their eyes when they THINK that this iMac starts at nearly $2800?

  1. williamdrover

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It may have been a mistake and it probably should've been $2749 which is everything you listed except the modem. It is an odd figure to quote though.

  1. Albert

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mine was $2000 + shipping

    1GB RAM is enough for me

    the 250GB HD will most likely fill up by 2010

    128MB Graphics memory is way better then my last macs 32MB

    Oh yeah almost forgot; I spent over $5000 on software, go figure...

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PC Magazine

    is obviously trying to perpetuate the "Macs are more expensive" myth. The standard configuration is appropriate for 95% of the target market, at $1999.

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