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24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz

At a Glance
  • Apple 24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz

    Macworld Rating

    Some of the gap between the Mac Pro and iMac lines closes with this model, which comes equipped not only with a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo chip (upgradeable to 2.33GHz as a build-to-order option) but a FireWire...

The 24-inch iMac occupies the vast stretch between the smaller iMacs and the Mac Pro. If you're looking for the ultimate iMac with a taste of the pro-level features the Mac Pro provides, you'll find the 24-inch iMac to be the perfect middle ground.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Some of the gap between the Mac Pro and iMac lines closes with this model, which comes equipped not only with a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo chip (upgradeable to 2.33GHz as a build-to-order option) but a FireWire 800 port in addition to a FireWire 400. (Other Core 2 Duo iMacs feature two FireWire 400 ports.) The resolution on this iMac's 24-inch display is the same as what you'd get with a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display. With the exception of the Nvidia GeForce 7300GT graphics card, other specs match the 20-inch 2.16GHz iMac.

    Pros

    • Strong application performance
    • Bright 24-inch display
    • FireWire 800 port for fast peripheral connection
    • Impressive graphics system

    Cons

    • Lack of free RAM slot makes for costlier memory upgrades
    • Limited internal expansion options
    • 3GB RAM limit
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