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27-inch Core i5 iMac (with Core i7 option)

At a Glance

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At a Glance

With the 2.66GHz Core i5 iMac (not to mention the build-to-order 2.8GHz Core i7 model), Apple has blurs the line between consumer and professional systems. The 2.66GHz Core i5 iMac offers faster performance at most tasks than the 2.66GHz Quad-Core Mac Pro. The Core i5 iMac also has more memory and more storage space than that Mac Pro, while costing $500 less. Unless you absolutely require additional PCI cards, multiple internal hard drives, or a lot of RAM, the Core i5 iMac makes a strong case for the being the go-to system for most Mac professionals.

Price when rated: 1999
Lowest price: $905.00 via Newegg.com

Pros

  • Amazingly fast Core i7 option
  • New SD card slot
  • Improved speaker system
  • Great image quality from display at any angle
  • Impressive speed

Cons

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