Apple - iMac® / Intel® Core™ i3 Processor / 21.5" Display / 4GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive
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Intel® Core™ i3 processor
Features 3.06GHz processor speed.
Intel® Core™ i3 processor
Features smart 4-way processing performance for HD quality computing.
4GB DDR3 SDRAM
For multitasking power.
Slot-loading DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media.
21.5" LED-backlit TFT-LCD widescreen display with up to 1920 x 1080 resolution
Features wide 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles and 330 cd/m² brightness for intense images.
500GB Serial ATA hard drive
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics
Features 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM for impressive images. Mini DisplayPort output. Supports DVI, VGA and dual-link DVI connections via optional adapter (not included).
FireWire port (800 Mbps) and 4 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
Along with built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for quick and simple connection for digital peripherals.
Built-in iSight webcam and built-in microphone
For video chatting and Web conferencing.
Built-in stereo speakers with two 17W digital amplifiers
For crisp, clear sound.
Built-in high-speed AirPort Extreme wireless LAN card (802.11a/b/g/n)
Allows you to connect to the Web without cables. Built-in 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable computing platform.
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- Apple® iMac® / Intel® Core™ i3 Processor / 21.5" Display / 4GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive
- Apple wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse
- Owner's manual
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3 SDRAM
- AudioBuilt-in stereo speakers with two 17W digital amplifiers
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingBuilt-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking (802.11a/b/g/n); Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, select memory card slots
- Other Control Devices (mouse, etc.)Apple Magic Mouse
- Operating System PlatformMac
- HDMI OutputNo
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedUnknown
- Drive Capacity500GB
Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 189 reviews(189 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good Computer, but kinda laggy.Posted .
I got this for Christmas and fell in love with it. My friends went wow, I spent my time downloading Windows 7 blah blah. Anyway, to shorten all the cons together, it's simply a powerful tool. I, however got the i3 version. This will not be able to run everything smoothly running both OS X and Windows 7 (though I should probably try Windows XP on it) smoothly. I would recommend the i5 and i7 (if you can afford it) if you can. The speakers aren't great, but they are loud. The media player (iTunes) runs without any problems. I guess the only other con, is that it didn't recognized my PC mouse well. I had to jiggle the USB a lot for it to recognize it. I'm going to get a new mouse though.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
My first Mac and it is FABULOUS!Posted .
I've been using Windows computers since 1988 and this is my first foray into macland. After I got out of college with a computer science degree, I worked as a programmer, but always for a small company where I did lots of in-house computer maintenance. Today, I'm a stay-a-home Mom and I use my computer mostly for internet and photo/video editing. My last computer had an intel core 2 quad processor, 4GB RAM, and intel HD graphics. It ran Windows 7. It did an OK job of photo editing (used Adobe Photoshop Elements) and was pretty slow at video editing. I was using a Windows Vista laptop a lot (vegging on the couch, watching TV AND doing stuff on the computer....oh the life :)) and it couldn't cut it for pictures, much less even HD video watching. So off I went in search of a new laptop, and stopped into Best Buy. Have you ever gone into their Magnolia Room shopping for home theatre equipment? After that, everything looks diminished in comparison. Trying the iMac was a very similar experience. Used iMovie to edit a sample video and export it to movie file, and the save took less than 1 minute. Compared to about an hour on my quad-core PC. Photo-editing is a breeze, and I've downloaded the trial Adobe Photoshop Elements, and it's BLAZINGLY fast compared to my high-end Windows computer. You may find people poo-pooing the price of a mac, but you can't compare specs between mac & windows. It's like comparing apples to oranges. The mac is so much better at multitasking, even with just a dual core processor, it's ridiculous! And, EASE OF USE!!!! I plugged ONE power cord into my iMac, turned it on, and the keyboard & mouse just work. I supplied my gmail address, and the mail program just worked. I gave my password to my cisco router, and the internet appeared! This is absolutely the easiest setup of a computer I've ever had. You don't need zillions of updates to get things working. You don't have a lot of mysterious background programs hogging processor memory or CPU time. You don't have the mac doing system updates nearly every night that suddenly keep you from the internet or cause your programs to quit working. I've only had the mac for a week, but I believe what I've read: you don't have to completely reformat your hard drive & reinstall windows practically every 6 months to keep it running at a decent speed. I'm a true convert after this very short period. Oh, and the 21.5" *small* screen is gorgeous. Just beautiful. I printed pictures from my mac to my wireless epson and the color/brightness representation is spot-on. Something that can be quite hard to accomplish in windows. Also, I am using my FreeAgent hard drive that I've used on my windows computer for a couple of years as a backup, and I plugged it into my mac via usb and it works seamlessly. No setup involved. You need only programs that can read the files, which for 97% of the time, is not an issue. Bottom line: Don't rely on specs. Go try this at your local store if you're doubtful. A PC with this power, software, and display would cost as much or more. If you use a laptop in your home but don't move it around much, this is a viable alternative. Even moving it is pretty easy because you have only one cord to move. If you currently use windows and worry about being able to use office, etc., I'm keeping my windows computer for that purpose only. There's a program called neooffice that can read and edit office documents for free. You'll definitely enjoy your mac if you buy one.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
PC to Mac and not looking back...Posted .
This review is for hesitant PC users looking to make the switch. RUN, don't walk, to Best Buy and get an iMac. I've always looked at Mac users as a bit of a hipster, trendy cult who are too blinded by the chic quality of Apple products to really care about the product they're receiving; but I have to say I've been won over by Apple's excellent hardware, software, ease-of-use, syncing, and customer service. First of all, you'll need no add-ons (unless you get iWork, a highly competitive Apple version of Windows Office...for way cheaper). This computer comes out of the box and ready to rock. PCs are full of garbage advertisement software you have to remove, plus buy a virus protection subscription, plus whatever other software you may need for day-to-day activity. Another amazing aspect of a Mac is its iLife package, which comes pre-installed on every computer. This suite includes iPhoto, iMovie and Garage Band. This suite sets Mac apart for me. To have high-quality video editing software is great. All videos and photos are also easy to upload to the net (Facebook, YouTube, etc.). Mac's boot time is pretty fast, the screen display is breathtaking, and its high-definition resolution is great. The best aspect of the Mac is its ultra-easy syncing to other Apple products. I have a MobileMe account which allows me to update my calendar, contacts, photos, etc. in one place and it instantly updates all of my devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, etc.) What a RELIEF to have this be easy. I've owned BlackBerry and Google software devices, as well as any combination of Windows Outlook, etc. and have NEVER had this ease of use. Apple products are meant to work with Apple products, and it's awesome. If you're concerned about the differences in operating systems, don't. Microsoft and Apple have been taking cues off of each other for years, and navigating isn't too hard. Oh, and if you do hit a snag and need help, check out Apple's Express Lane customer service. You will speak to an actual American who speaks english and is a legitimate expert in the subject matter. And they will absolutely fix the issue for you or help you out without any judgement or attitude. I have to say, Apple's customer service is BY FAR the best component of buying Apple products. They make you feel like part of the family. So there you go...I guess I've joined the hipster, trendy cult...and I highly recommend you do too!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Good ValuePosted .
This is my first Mac. I decided to purchase an Apple computer when my windows laptop started giving me problems and I knew I would need another computer. Setup was simple; however, I had read the 'iMac for Dummies' book prior to purchase which helped. When you boot the computer for the first time you are pretty much walked through the setup. I am amazed at the speed in which the machine boots up compared to a Windows-based computer. Lightening fast! Applications seem to open a lot faster, too. The included iLife apps are pretty nice (Photo Booth, iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band). I also purchased iWorks because there is no included word processor or spreadsheet software included. The display is incredible, the size of the screen seems perfect for me and I like the fact this is an all-in-one. It doesn't take up a lot of space. I have my Mac connected to my wireless home network so there's only the power cord connected to the computer. I like the wireless keyboard and mouse, too. It seemed I was always struggling with a tethered mouse... no more. If you're timid about switching to a Mac, like I was, don't be. They are a lot more intuitive than one might think or be led to believe. They do cost a bit more but I think they're a good value for the money.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent Product for Universal UsePosted .
I just recently purchased the imac i3 last week and have enjoyed every second of it. The i3 processor is extremely fast and efficient. The setup and connection is easy. I use this mac primarily for college work and business and this computer has meet and exceeded all of my expectations. The iwork 09 is a must buy software that integrates with microsoft office so you can transfer documents and files back and forth between different software. Fully loaded with web cam imac os x and HD screen. When purchasing this product you will have to spend a bit, but it's well worth the investment as a long term buy.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
You can never go back...EVER.Posted .
I have wanted one of these for years now, and one finally fell into my grasp. I've had it for two weeks now, and I already know how to use it as if I'd been using Macs all my life. Nobody else in my family has ever owned a Mac, but then again they don't care about their computers as much as I do. I was fed up with Windows so I got this and I was shocked! ONE cord, everything else is built in...5 minute setup... On normal PC desktops, you need to buy speakers, a monitor, antivirus, usually an internet adapter, and then uninstall all of the bloatware. Not on Macs you don't! Also, Macs don't come with bloatware or trials, and it comes with software you'll actually use. It costs a lot more which is one reason why people tend to downplay them. But Apple designed their OS with our SANITY in mind...Windows is just non-stop problems and nagging, and with the worst support ever. Anyway, more about the computer itself. The screen is great and bright, and with the combination of the ATI card, everything looks great, whether it'd be a game, movie, or anything else. Computer is extremely fast and is almost virus-proof (yes, Macs do get viruses, just don't count on ever coming across one.) Boot up takes 31 seconds and shut down takes 7. Every new version of Windows promises faster boot up and so forth, doesn't seem like it to me... They really did a good job with clutter. The keyboard and mouse are bluetooth, and the only cord, the power cord, can't be seen from the front of the computer, so it isn't cluttered one bit. No one in my family has ever owned a Mac, but the others in my family are already considering it. I have already purchased Apple Care (Apple's warranty) and it will be active until New Year's Day, 2014. Don't hesitate....it may be one of the best investments you'll ever make...I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Couldn't wait to get my parents using this thing!Posted .
I've been a happy mac user for about 3 years now and this Christmas I purchased this iMac for my parents who are your average PC users. They weren't very excited about the transition but once I sat them down and showed them all the step by step tutorial videos with flawless performance they were sold. It took me about 20 minutes to turn them into Mac users. The iMac is such a great tool for my mom (she does a lot of photo editing and collages for family events). My dad has a rather large vinyl collection that he transfered to digital copies on our PC. This is the reason their previous computer crashed. He is now creating huge playlists and downloading apps, music and movies left and right for his iPod touch through iTunes.. They're slowly getting better and better at using all the features the iMac has to offer, including iChat. We live about 2 hours away from one another, we have iChat dates every Sunday night! By far the best investment I've ever made for my parents.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Go Mac & you won't go back.Posted .
I had been a PC user for about 15 years and had never ever, even once considered a mac. I always dealt with virus threats, spyware, malware, having to defragment system registry clean up making sure that my virus protection was always up to date and so on and so on. Anyone that has ever owned a PC knows what I'm talking about, but I always stuck with it...I thought this was all part of owning a home computer. Then some of my friends started switching over to Apple and bragging about how great their computers are and how easy it is to use, so I started to looking at iMacs about 18 months ago and I was very impressed with the build quality and screen resolution. And then what had happened to so many of my friends and co workers over the years I got a virus and it wiped out my whole PC's memory and I lost a lifetime of family photos and video's. So I decided to buy my first iMac and I absolutely love this machine, no more spending money for virus protection no more wasting time defragging . I turn this machine on and type in my password and I'm on the internet in 26 seconds not 3-4 minutes or longer like a PC. I could stay here telling you all day how GREAT this computer is, go out and experience one for yourself and you'll want to bring it home.I would recommend this to a friend