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20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz

At a Glance
  • Apple 20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz

    Macworld Rating

    The most distinctive changes to the iMac line come on the outside -- the desktop now sports an aluminum enclosure that resembles what you might see from the Mac Pro or MacBook Pro. The 17-inch offerings...

With large displays, room for a lot of internal storage and RAM, and a striking new design, the latest iMacs are a nice step forward--and a good value to boot. This 20-inch configuration is probably the best value of the three available iMacs, with performance that matches the 24-inch, 2.4GHz offering.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    The most distinctive changes to the iMac line come on the outside -- the desktop now sports an aluminum enclosure that resembles what you might see from the Mac Pro or MacBook Pro. The 17-inch offerings are gone, replaced by a pair of 20-inch models and a 24-inch iMac, each with a glossy wide screen. Other changes are more modest -- processor speeds now top out at 2.4GHz, instead of 2.16GHz. But all iMacs now feature a FireWire 800 port and can support up to 4GB of RAM.

    Pros

    • Built-in wireless capabilities
    • Addition of FireWire 800 port
    • New keyboard
    • Compact, all-in-one design
    • Same performance as 24-inch model

    Cons

    • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
    • Viewing angle not as good as 24-inch model
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