Apple iMac (MC309B/A)

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Today's iMac has come a long way from the first 15-inch iMac. Take one look and you'll see just how far. A display with edge-to-edge glass covers near...

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Review of "Apple iMac (MC309B/A)"

published 01/04/2012 | felidsentry
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Pro Large, attractive screen, no tower, multiple USB ports, fast, nice keyboard and mouse design
Cons Somewhat flimsy/unreliable disc drive and USB ports, not always user friendly
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"Attractive Device, A Few Drawbacks"

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I've had this device for about 6 months now. It is certainly an attractive item. The towerless design is great, yet its speed doesn't suffer in the slightest. The mouse and keyboard accessories are well constructed. The monitor is nice and large, great for people who need larger text settings, or simply enjoy a high resolution experience. It has 5 USB ports which is nice, but they can be finicky with some devices. For that reason I prefer to use my PC for my art tablet and other devices that require a sensitive and precise USB connection. The disk drive works, but after a few months of use it has become a bit louder when it is being used.

It has a steep learning curve for someone who has no experience with Macintosh products, and even a few months in I had a lot of confusion regarding uninstallation and the general organization of the system, despite having a very firm grip on advanced PC use. After you get used to it, many features are very convenient though. It has a lot of memory. Even with a large amount of installed programs it still functions as fast as day 1. Startup is much faster than a PC. A few seconds and it is ready to use, where my PC takes a couple of minutes.

I did not pay full price for this item, and I can honestly say I wouldn't purchase it at full price today. This is a nice device, but for the cost it would have to be more suited to my needs as an artist and student and have more well-constructed features in order for the price to be justified.

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  • ithoughtyoudneverask published 11/04/2012
    Hey :) To get a VH rating (if you care) you could add details about price, the look of the machine, how easy setup is and so on.
  • catsholiday published 01/04/2012
    I agree there is a big difference. I couldn't even find how to turn my son's off initially! Welcome to ciao
  • kevin121 published 01/04/2012
    A concise, to the point review. Welcome to Ciao. Rachael.
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Product Information : Apple iMac (MC309B/A)

Manufacturer's product description

Today's iMac has come a long way from the first 15-inch iMac. Take one look and you'll see just how far. A display with edge-to-edge glass covers nearly the entire front of the enclosure. When all you see is the display, nothing gets between you and what's onscreen. Movies, TV shows, FaceTime HD video calls, websites, photos - everything looks stunning on the widescreen 16:9 iMac display. The more pixels a display has, the more light those pixels need to achieve the best picture possible. And that's exactly what the LED backlighting in iMac does: it pushes light through each pixel with remarkable brightness and efficiency. Because the LED backlight doesn't take up much space, the iMac enclosure stays thin - even with all the high-performance components inside. The widescreen iMac display allows more room to separate the two hottest components, the CPU and the GPU. This keeps things cool inside the iMac enclosure. Apple engineers also implemented an intelligent control system that monitors temperatures and delivers just the right amount of airflow to critical components. And the three fans inside iMac have been tuned to be ultra quiet, so you hardly know it's on. Watching a movie, updating your blog, editing photos. Tasks like these require data to travel from place to place. The Intel Core architecture puts the processor, cache, memory controller, and graphics engine on a single chip. Since data doesn't have as far to travel, you get faster performance and greater efficiency. Thunderbolt technology has arrived - and Apple computers are the first to have it. With one tiny port, you get lightning-fast transfer speeds and huge expansion capabilities. Two 10-Gbps data channels per port mean you can transfer data up to 12 times faster than with FireWire 800. And don't worry about a single drive or peripheral tying up the Thunderbolt port: you can daisy-chain as many as six devices plus a display.

Product Details

Product Description: Apple iMac - Core i5 2.5 GHz - 4 GB - 500 GB - LCD 21.5", Apple iMac - Core i5 2.5 GHz - 4 GB - 500 GB - LED 21.5"

Type: PC

Form Factor: All-in-one

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, German

Processor: 1 x Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz ( Quad-Core )

Processor Main Features: Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2

Cache Memory: 6 MB L3 Cache

Cache Per Processor: 6 MB

RAM: 4 GB (installed) / 8 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1333 MHz - PC3-10600

Storage Controller: SATA ( SATA 3Gb/s )

Hard Drive: 1 x 500 GB - SATA 3Gb/s

Optical Storage: DVD±RW (±R DL)

Card Reader: Yes

Monitor: 21.5" - LCD - 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD ), 21.5" - LED - 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )

Graphics Controller: AMD Radeon HD 6750M

Video Memory: 512 MB GDDR5 SDRAM

Camera: Integrated

Audio Output: Integrated - stereo

Networking: GigE, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

OS Provided: Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Dimensions (WxDxH): 52.8 cm x 18.9 cm x 45.1 cm

Weight: 9.3 kg

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Gold

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: MC309B/A, MC309D/A, MC309

Type: PC

Product Form Factor: All-in-one

Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, antenna, infrared receiver

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, German

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz

Number of Cores: Quad-Core

64-bit Computing: Yes

CPU Qty: 1

Max CPU Qty: 1

Processor Main Features: Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2

Cache Memory

Installed Size: L3 Cache - 6 MB

Cache Per Processor: 6 MB

RAM

Installed Size: 4 GB / 8 GB (max)

Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Memory Speed: 1333 MHz

Memory Specification Compliance: PC3-10600

Form Factor: SO DIMM 204-pin

Configuration Features: 2 x 2 GB

Hard Drive

Type: HDD

Capacity: 1 x 500 GB

Interface Type: SATA 3Gb/s

Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm

Storage Controller

Type: 1 x SATA - integrated

Controller Interface Type: SATA 3Gb/s

Optical Storage

Type: DVD±RW (±R DL)

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Write Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)

Card Reader

Type: Card reader

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

Monitor

Monitor Type: LCD, LED

Diagonal Size: 21.5"

Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )

Widescreen Display: Yes

Graphics Controller

Graphics Processor: AMD Radeon HD 6750M

Video Memory: 512 MB GDDR5 SDRAM

Audio Output

Type: Integrated

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Speakers: 2 x right / left channel

Camera

Form Factor: Integrated

Input Device

Type: Mouse, keyboard

Keyboard

Keyboard Name: Apple Wireless Keyboard

Connectivity: Wireless

Interface: Bluetooth

Localization & Layout: UK, German

Mouse

Connectivity: Wireless

Technology: Laser

Interface: Bluetooth

Features: Multi-Touch

Audio Input

Type: Microphone

Networking

Type: Integrated

Wireless LAN Supported: Yes

Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1

Expansion / Connectivity

Slots: 4 (total) / 2 (free) x SO DIMM 204-pin

Interfaces: 1 x Thunderbolt ¦ 1 x FireWire 800 ¦ 4 x USB 2.0 ¦ 1 x audio - SPDIF output/headphones ¦ 1 x audio - SPDIF input/line-in ¦ 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) ¦ 1 x IrDA

Power

Device Type: Power supply

Nominal Voltage: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Operating System / Software

OS Provided: Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Software: Apple QuickTime, Apple iTunes, Apple Mac OS X Mail, Apple iChat, Apple iCal, Apple DVD Player, Apple iLife, Apple Address Book, Apple Safari, Apple Dashboard, Apple Spotlight, Apple XCode Developer Tools, Front Row, Photo Booth, Apple Spaces, Apple Quick Look, Apple Time Machine

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: EPEAT Gold

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year ¦ Technical support - phone consulting - 90 days

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 52.8 cm

Depth: 18.9 cm

Height: 45.1 cm

Weight: 9.3 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 10 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 5 - 95% (non-condensing)

Sound Emission: 18 dBA

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