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Apple iMac (24-inch, 2.8GHz)

Apple's smaller-scale iMac remains our favorite all-in-one. And while its looks, its ease of use, and its performance are all selling points, Windows PCs are starting to catch up (at least with the latter). A few components could also stand an update, but in general you'll find the 20-inch iMac a remarkable computer for its price.

April 28, 2008

4 stars Editors' rating on August 11, 2008
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Apple iMac (20-inch, 2.4GHz, 1GB RAM)

With the same elegant design as its 20-inch, 2.4GHz sibling, the 24-inch, 2.8GHz iMac offers 30 percent more screen area and a modest performance boost. The iMac competes with the PC desktop market now better than perhaps any previous Mac to date, but the added cost of the larger, faster model might put off some buyers--especially if you are a gamer or an upgrade enthusiast.

August 7, 2007

4 stars Editors' rating on September 19, 2007
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Apple iMac G5 (2.0GHz, 20-inch)

Along with the new Tiger OS, the iMac G5 gets more muscle beneath its sleek exterior, making the all-in-one desktop a better performer and a better value.

May 5, 2005

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 14, 2005
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Apple iMac G5 (2.1GHz, 20-inch)

The Apple iMac G5 gets trimmer and cheaper as it ups its performance and adds a handful of multimedia features, resulting in an all-around first-rate home PC.

October 12, 2005

4 stars Editors' rating on November 15, 2005
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Apple iMac Core 2 Duo (20-inch, 2.16GHz)

The 17-inch iMac is missing a few features you might like--SuperDrive and a remote control, to name two--but it still makes a stellar home PC, thanks to its great design, new Core 2 Duo processor, and superior software bundle. Plus, its price makes it a borderline budget PC.

September 6, 2006

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 13, 2006
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Apple iMac (20-inch, 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Winter 2009)

A few other all-in-ones make this 20-inch iMac look expensive on a dollars-per-screen-inch basis, but none are as attractive or as capable juggling multiple programs. With a fast dual-core CPU and a strong array of features, Apple's updated all-in-one will slide seamlessly into a variety of roles at home or at work.

March 3, 2009

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 9, 2009
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Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 500GB)

While it includes some performance and graphics concessions on the lowest priced model, the 21.5-inch iMac brings Apple's iconic design and top-notch bundled accessories and software to a wider audience.

June 22, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on June 24, 2014
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Apple iMac 27-inch (3.1GHz, spring 2011)

Apple's $1,199 iMac doesn't offer the same home entertainment features as Windows-based all-in-ones, but its speed, looks, and the future utility of its Thunderbolt port make it a strong choice for performance-sensitive professionals.

May 3, 2011

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 12, 2011
3.5 stars User rating out of 16 reviews
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Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2.7GHz, fall 2012)

The 21.5-inch iMac will be a compelling lower-cost all-in-one for Mac loyalists, but you can get more capabilities from similarly priced Windows all-in-ones.

November 29, 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 16, 2013
4 stars User rating out of 5 reviews
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Apple iMac 2013

Anyone who bought last year's redesigned iMac doesn't need to upgrade, but for owners of older models or anyone looking to switch, the latest 27-inch Apple iMac offers a wide-ranging set of internal upgrades.

September 6, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating on September 26, 2013
4 stars User rating out of 4 reviews