21.5-inch Core i3 iMac/3.06GHz

by Apple

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21.5-inch Core i5 iMac/2.5GHz (quad-core)

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21.5-inch Core i3 iMac/3.2GHz

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21.5-inch iMac/3.06GHz (Nvidia graphics)

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Price Best Price: $1,099.00
Pros
  • Impressive overall speed
  • SD Card slot supports SDXC
  • Fast performance from Sandy Bridge quad-core processor
  • Fast hard drive
  • Facetime HD camera
  • Thunderbolt port
  • Impressive overall speed
  • SD Card slot supports SDXC
  • New SD card slot
  • Impressive image quality from display at any angle
  • Improved speaker system
Cons
  • Apple Remote not included
  • Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users
  • FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter
  • Slower 3D performance compared to other models
  • No SSD option
  • No anti-glare screen option
  • Apple Remote not included
  • Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users
  • FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter
  • Apple Remote not included
  • Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users
  • FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter
At A Glance

The screens in the 21.5-inch iMacs are a welcomed change over the 20-inch, 6-bit displays in previous models. The $1199 21.5-inch iMac is a very attractive deal, but you’ll get more storage space and better graphics performance if you step up to the $1499 21.5-inch iMac.

Specs

Processor

Processor type Intel Core i3 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i3 Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 3.06  MHz 2.5  MHz 3.2  MHz 3.06  MHz

Display

Included monitor Yes All-in-One Yes Yes
Display size 21.5  inches 21.5  inches 21.5  inches 21.5  inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight LCD Display w/ Glossy Screen
Resolution 1920 x 1080  pixels 1920 x 1080  pixels 1920 x 1080  pixels 1920 x 1080  pixels

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD 4670 AMD Radeon HD 6750M ATI Radeon HD 5670 Nvidia GeForce 9400
Graphics Type   Discrete    
Secondary Graphics Chipset   ATI Radeon HD    

General Information

UPC Code 885909389131 885909400508 885909389438 885909284009

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort|Thunderbolt Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort

Memory

Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory speed   1333.0  MHz    

Power

Power Supply Wattage 241.0  watts 205.0  watts 241.0  watts  

Other Features

Devices Keyboard|Mouse Keyboard Keyboard|Mouse Keyboard|Mouse

Performance

Macworld Labs

SpeedMark 6 Score

      148.0
Tested Configuration

      Mac OS X 10.6.1 with 4GB of RAM