capsule review

20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz

The new iMacs are faster than the previous models, but cost the same as their predecessors. Unfortunately, the one major thing we didn't like about the first-generation aluminum iMac--the poor viewing angle on the 20-inch screen--hasn't changed for the better. Still, our praise of the previous generation still applies: The iMac offers enough features for both general consumers and professionals.

At a Glance
  • Apple updated its all-in-one desktop line to include next-generation Core 2 Duo processors, which boost the amount of shared L2 cache to 6MB and the frontside bus to 1,066MHz. This entry-level iMac now runs at 2.4GHz -- otherwise, the installed memory, hard drive capacity, and optical drive specs remain unchanged from the previous model.


    • Built-in wireless capabilities
    • Compact, all-in-one design
    • Considerable speed boost over previous analogous model


    • Glossy screen may frustrate some users
    • Only 1GB of RAM
    • Viewing angle not as good as on the 24-inch model
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