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Review: 20- and 24-Inch Aluminum iMacs (2008 Edition)

At a Glance

Apple updated its all-in-one desktop line to include next-generation Core 2 Duo processors, which boost the amount of shared L2 cache to 6MB and the frontside bus to 1,066MHz. This entry-level iMac now runs at 2.4GHz -- otherwise, the installed memory, hard drive capacity, and optical drive specs remain unchanged from the previous model.

Price when rated: $1,199

Pros

  • Built-in wireless capabilities
  • Compact, all-in-one design
  • Considerable speed boost over previous analogous model

Cons

  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
  • Only 1GB of RAM
  • Viewing angle not as good as on the 24-inch model
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At a Glance

Apple updated its all-in-one desktop line to include next-generation Core 2 Duo processors, which boost the amount of shared L2 cache to 6MB and the frontside bus to 1,066MHz. The top-of-the-line iMac sees its processor boosted to 2.8GHz and its shipping memory upped to 2GB. Build-to-order options include a 3.06GHz processor and the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GS graphics card with 512MB of video RAM.

Price when rated: $1,799
Lowest price: $1,360.00 via ChicagoComputerSupply

Pros

  • Built-in wireless capabilities
  • Compact, all-in-one design
  • Big, beautiful screen
  • Good video frame-rate performance

Cons

  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
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At a Glance

In this third-generation of aluminum iMac models, the lone 20-inch model features a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo chip, a maximum of 8GB of memory (it ships with 2GB), a 320GB hard drive and integrated Nvidia graphics that share memory with the system RAM.

Price when rated: $1,199

Pros

  • Built-in wireless capabilities
  • Compact, all-in-one design
  • Better value for the money than the low-end model
  • Good video frame-rate performance

Cons

  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
  • Viewing angle not as good as on the 24-inch model
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