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20- and 24-inch Aluminum iMacs (Early 2009)

At a Glance

This model's 2.93GHz processor puts in the middle of the three 24-inch configurations. It also features discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 120 graphics with 256MB of GDDR3 memory to better graphic-intensive apps.

Price when rated: $1,799

Pros

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

Cons

  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
  • FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter
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At a Glance

One of three 24-inch iMacs, this model ships with the same 2.66GHz processor in the 20-inch configuration. However, this iMac has twice the memory and double the hard drive of that 20-inch model for just $300 more.

Price when rated: $1,499
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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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At a Glance

The top-of-the-line iMac introduced by Apple in March 2009 features a 3.06GHz processor, 1TB of storage, and discreet Nvidia graphics with 512MB of GDDR3 memory.

Price when rated: $21,99

Pros

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

Cons

  • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
  • FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter
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