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17-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz

At a Glance
  • Apple 17-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz

    Macworld Rating

    The iMac plunges below the $1,000 threshold with this model, whose specs bear a strong resemblance to the 1.83GHz iMac Core Duo that Apple sells to education institutions. The main difference: this iMac...

If you want a low-cost iMac to have around the house for everyday use, the 1.83GHz iMac is a nice system for the price (even factoring in a RAM upgrade from Apple). It also makes for an appealing system for many students, who can buy one for the same $899 price as the education iMac. However, the other iMac Core 2 Duo models out-perform this system.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    The iMac plunges below the $1,000 threshold with this model, whose specs bear a strong resemblance to the 1.83GHz iMac Core Duo that Apple sells to education institutions. The main difference: this iMac is powered by the next-generation of dual-core Intel chips, the Core 2 Duo. Otherwise, this 17-inch model has many of the same features, including integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics that share RAM with the main memory and no built-in support for Bluetooth. It's also worth noting that memory on this model tops out at 2GB, as opposed to 3GB on the other Core 2 Duo iMac configurations. Apple's remote is a build-to-order option for this iMac.

    Pros

    • Good performance
    • Attractive price

    Cons

    • 2GB RAM limit
    • Lack of free RAM slot makes for costlier memory upgrades
    • Limited internal expansion options
    • Missing some features of other models
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