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20-inch iMac offers lots of speed for less

Our review of Apple's new 20-inch iMac

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With the review of the new 20-inch iMac live as of a few hours ago, we've finally worked through our batch of four new Apple desktops.

The $1,199 20-inch model actually ended up with the best rating of the lot, largely because it has the same CPU as the $1,499 24-inch iMac. In both cases, the 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip inside the new iMacs translated to fantastic multitasking performance, but the 20-incher also had stronger single-app performance relative to competing Windows PCs in its price range. That comparative speed advantage earned it our admiration.

We should also point out that in looking for competing all-in-ones, we were shocked at how inexpensive 20-inch models have become. We were impressed when Sony brought its Vaio JS100 series under $1,000 last year. Now a 20-inch Dell XPS One starts at $749. We've never really loved the XPS One, as inexplicably it's only ever run 32-bit Windows Vista. But it's hard to knock $749 for all of the all-in-one screen real estate.

We're going to see about shooting the 20-inch iMac video. In the meantime, you can check out the reviews of the other three new Apple desktops, as well as the written version of the 20-incher.

Read our review of the 20-inch Apple iMac.
Read our review of the 24-inch Apple iMac.
Read our review of the $599 Apple Mac Mini.
Read our review of the $799 Apple Mac Mini.