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Core Duo iMacs debut speedy new chips

At a Glance

The Intel-based Mac era begins with this 20-inch iMac, which runs on a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo chip. This new Mac features faster RAM than its G5-based predecessor, although maximum memory has dropped to 2GB from 2.5GB in the iMac G5. A mini-DVI port in the new iMac lets you use a second external monitor, and the graphics card has undergone a slight upgrade to the ATI Radeon X1600. (You can upgrade to 256MB of graphics memory for the 20-inch iMac.) Other than that, this latest iMac isn't that much different from the late 2005 models -- right down to the built-in iSight camera and pre-installed Front Row multimedia software.

Price when rated: 1699

Pros

  • Rosetta ensures compatibility with most PowerPC programs
  • Mini-DVI port with extended-desktop support
  • Large-cache Intel processor delivers performance boost for Apple software and other native applications
  • Dual-core
  • Elegant, space-saving design
  • Includes iLife ‘06
  • Big, beautiful screen
  • Built-in iSight

Cons

  • No support for Classic applications
  • Significant speed penalty for non-native software
  • Users can no longer do routine hardware repairs
  • No productivity software included
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At a Glance

The Intel-based Mac era begins with this 17-inch iMac, which runs on a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo chip. This new Mac features faster RAM than its G5-based predecessor, although maximum memory has dropped to 2GB from 2.5GB in the iMac G5. A mini-DVI port in the new iMac lets you use a second external monitor, and the graphics card has undergone a slight upgrade to the ATI Radeon X1600. Other than that, this latest iMac isn't that much different from the late 2005 models -- right down to the built-in iSight camera and pre-installed Front Row multimedia software.

Price when rated: 1,299
Lowest price: $1,250.00 via ChicagoComputerSupply

Pros

  • Rosetta ensures compatibility with most PowerPC programs
  • Mini-DVI port with extended-desktop support
  • Large-cache Intel processor delivers performance boost for Apple software and other native applications
  • Dual-core
  • Elegant, space-saving design
  • Includes iLife ‘06
  • Built-in iSight

Cons

  • No support for Classic applications
  • Significant speed penalty for non-native software
  • Users can no longer do routine hardware repairs
  • No productivity software included
 Compare

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