17-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz

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17-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz

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Price Best Price: $1,250.00
Pros
  • 1GB of RAM standard
  • Similar feel to 20-inch model
  • Strong performance
  • Consistent organization of movies between computer and Front Row
  • Built-in iSight video camera
  • Includes fuller featured Mighty Mouse
  • Remote stows on side of iMac
  • Beautiful, bright display
  • Photo Booth software is really fun
  • Can support a maximum 2.5GB of RAM
  • Excellent general-use and business Mac
  • Rosetta ensures compatibility with most PowerPC programs
  • Mini-DVI port with extended-desktop support
  • Large-cache Intel processor delivers performance boost for Apple software and other native applications
  • Dual-core
  • Elegant, space-saving design
  • Includes iLife ‘06
  • Built-in iSight
  • Good performance
  • Attractive price
Cons
  • Lack of free RAM slot makes for costlier memory upgrades
  • Limited internal expansion options
  • 3GB RAM limit
  • Supports second display only in mirroring mode
  • Supports only VGA (analog) connection for additional displays
  • Remote control takes some getting used to
  • Front Row has numerous, irritating quirks and omissions, its Movie Trailers server intermittently returns errors and won’t play trailers, and it won’t let you bookmark video content
  • No support for Classic applications
  • Significant speed penalty for non-native software
  • Users can no longer do routine hardware repairs
  • No productivity software included
  • 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

Part of the iMac overhaul that added next-generation Core 2 Duo processors to the product line, this 17-inch configuration features a faster 2GHz chip than the 1.83GHz model; it also has more L2 cache as well as dedicated graphics. Instead of the Combo Drive you'll find in the 1.83GHz iMac, this 17-inch model comes with a DVD-burning SuperDrive. It also features built-in Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities in addition to the standard AirPort Extreme card. Finally, this model ships with 1GB of RAM installed; you can put as much as 3GB of memory in the system.

Introduced in October 2005, the refurbished iMac line now comes with a built-in iSight camera plus a remote control. The latter comes in handy with a news software program that comes preinstalled on the iMac -- Front Row, a digital media application for playing back movies, DVD, QuickTime movie trailers, and video downloads from the iTunes Music Store. Photo Booth, another newly installed app, lets users take pictures with the iSight and edit them. In addition to a faster processor and frontside bus, this new iMac also ships with a Mighty Mouse multi-button mouse.

The Intel-based Mac era begins with this 17-inch iMac, which runs on a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo chip. This new Mac features faster RAM than its G5-based predecessor, although maximum memory has dropped to 2GB from 2.5GB in the iMac G5. A mini-DVI port in the new iMac lets you use a second external monitor, and the graphics card has undergone a slight upgrade to the ATI Radeon X1600. Other than that, this latest iMac isn't that much different from the late 2005 models -- right down to the built-in iSight camera and pre-installed Front Row multimedia software.

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.

Specs

Processor

Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile PowerPC G5 Intel Core Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile
Processor speed 2000.0  MHz 1900.0  MHz 1830.0  MHz 1830.0  MHz

Display

Included monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display size 17.0  inches 17.0  inches 17.0  inches 17.0  inches
Display type Active Matrix LCD (TFT) Active Matrix LCD (TFT) Active Matrix LCD (TFT) Active Matrix LCD (TFT)
Resolution 1440 x 900  pixels 1440 x 900  pixels 1440 x 900  pixels 1440 x 900  pixels

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon X1600 ATI Radeon X600 Pro ATI Radeon X1600 Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

General Information

UPC Code 885909117635 718908470701 885909096114 885909138913

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth  

Memory

Memory type DDR2 DDR2 DDR2 DDR2

Motherboard

Motherboard Chipset Intel 945PM Chipset   Intel 440BX AGPset  

Other Features

Devices Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control Keyboard|Mouse|Remote Control Keyboard|Mouse

Performance

Macworld Labs

iTunes 6.0.4

1:03     1:10
Speedmark 4.5 Score

232   202 202
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.4.2, 512MB of RAM Mac OS X 10.4.5, 1GB of RAM Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM
Photoshop CS2

2:04 1:23 2:44 2:17
iMovie 6.0.2

0:57     1:02
Compressor

2:50 12:49   3:07
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21

1:06   1:18 1:13
Unreal Tournament 2004

65.5fps 35.4fps 50.2fps 21.7fps
iTunes 6.0.1

  1:42    
Cinema 4D XL 9.1

  2:53    
iMovie HD

  0:32    
Speedmark 4 Score

  178    
iTunes 6.0.3

    1:22  
iMovie 6.0.1

    0:46