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21.5- and 27-inch iMacs (Late 2009)

At a Glance

The screens in the 21.5-inch iMacs are a welcomed change over the 20-inch, 6-bit displays in previous models. This model offers more storage and better performance over the Nvidia-based 21.5-inch iMac for just $300 more.

Price when rated: $1499

Pros

  • Impressive image quality from display and any angle
  • New SD card slot
  • Improved speaker system

Cons

  • Apple Remote not included
  • Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users
  • FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter
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At a Glance

The screens in the 21.5-inch iMacs are a welcomed change over the 20-inch, 6-bit displays in previous models. The $1199 21.5-inch iMac is a very attractive deal, but you’ll get more storage space and better graphics performance if you step up to the $1499 21.5-inch iMac.

Price when rated: $1,199

Pros

  • New SD card slot
  • Impressive image quality from display at any angle
  • Improved speaker system

Cons

  • Apple Remote not included
  • Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users
  • FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter
 Compare

At a Glance

The Late 2009 iMacs are really about the new displays, and this model can do double duty as part of a home entertainment center for watching videos. Performance-wise, however, this system doesn't really out-pace the less expensive 21.5-inch iMac with the same ATI graphics.

Price when rated: 1699

Pros

  • Impressive image quality from display and any angle
  • New SD card slot
  • Improved speaker system
  • Mini DisplayPort has video-in support

Cons

  • Apple Remote not included
  • No significant performance increase over previous top-of-the-line model
  • Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users
  • FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter
 Compare

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