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

At A Glance

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.

Manufacturer’s Description

The 17" iMac with 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU is a powerful and compact computer designed to meet the needs of video editors, graphic designers, families, educators and businesspeople. The computer is built around a 17" widescreen LCD display designed by Apple delivering an elegant all-in-one solution that saves space by combining the monitor and computer into one component.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile
Processor speed 1830.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor Yes
Display size 17.0 inches
Display type Active Matrix LCD (TFT)
Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
General Information
UPC Code 885909138913
Memory
Memory type DDR2
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

Performance

Macworld Labs
iMovie 6.0.2 1:02
Photoshop CS2 2:17
iTunes 6.0.4 1:10
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 1:13
Speedmark 4.5 Score 202
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM
Unreal Tournament 2004 21.7fps
Compressor 3:07