Apple iMac 21.5" (3.06GHz, 2X2GB RA, 500GB Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M)  

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Apple introduced the first iMac more than a decade ago. The design philosophy remains the same: an all-in-one computer that's as powerful as it is beautiful. This version features a 21.5" viewable dis... Read More

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Apple introduced the first iMac more than a decade ago. The design philosophy remains the same: an all-in-one computer that's as powerful as it is beautiful. This version features a 21.5" viewable display with a 3.06 Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory.

LED backlighting. One bright idea.
One of the big advantages of the LED-backlit iMac display, is that you get full brightness with no waiting. Unlike most displays that take time to warm up before they reach maximum brightness, an LED-backlit display is instantly on and uniformly bright. LED backlighting also gives you greater control over screen brightness. Now you can finely tune the Apple iMac display to suit the ambient light in even the dimmest room.

More pixels. Better picture.
This Apple iMac offers some prime pixel real estate. Its 21.5-inch, 1920-by-1080 display has 17 percent more pixels than the previous 20-inch iMac. A 1000:1 contrast ratio gives you more vibrant colors and blacker blacks ” all that in a widescreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio which is the same as an HD TV.

Stunning from every angle.
The iMac display looks great from any seat in the house, thanks to a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS). IPS gives you a bright picture with excellent color consistency ” even if you're viewing the display from the side.

Now available with more power.
This Apple iMac computer offers a fast 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Mac OS X Snow Leopard is designed to take full advantage of Intel dual-core architecture to give you the fastest performance possible.

Revved-up graphics.
Every iMac comes with high-performance graphics that make games run smoother, photos load faster, and pro applications work better. This particular Apple iMac comes with the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with the main memory.

More memory and storage.
Speaking of main memory, the new iMac has 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 memory standard, with room in its four SO-DIMM slots for up to 16GB, so you can run more applications simultaneously. With its 500GB Serial ATA hard drive, feel free to load up on photos, videos, and music.

Built-in Wi-Fi.
High-speed 802.11n wireless technology is built into this Apple iMac computer. With Time Capsule or the AirPort Express Base Station, every computer in every room can wirelessly connect to iMac, the Internet, and each other. Over this network, everyone can print, surf the web, and play music on iTunes through your home stereo ” wirelessly.

Wireless Magic Mouse.
Forget the mouse as you know it. Every iMac comes with the wireless Magic Mouse: the world's first Multi-Touch mouse. Use it once and you'll wonder how you ever used anything else. There's no scroll ball, no clunky wheel, no cord, and no visible button.

Instead, Magic Mouse uses Multi-Touch technology to let you control everything with simple gestures. Give them a try and you'll find that Magic Mouse changes the way you interact with your computer. Built-in software lets you configure Magic Mouse any way you want. Its smooth, seamless design is ambidextrous, and it supports two-button clicking ” without buttons. You'll quickly see why Apple names it the Magic Mouse.

Wireless keyboard.
iMac banishes desktop clutter completely with a wireless keyboard to go with the wireless Magic Mouse. This low-profile keyboard takes up less desk space ” 24 percent less ” than larger keyboards. There's no numeric keypad, so you can place your mouse comfortably next to the keyboard. The addition of the built-in Bluetooth means there are no cables to connect.

An iSight camera, hidden in plain view.
Look closely: Hidden behind the glass display at the top of your iMac is an iSight camera. Use it with iChat and you can be anywhere without actually being there. Video chat with up to three of your friends, share a video with a colleague, or present to a client. Use iSight with Photo Booth for fun photo effects. There's no need to waste valuable primping time installing software or configuring the camera. Like everything Mac, iSight just works.

SD card slot.
Transfer your photos and videos to and from your iMac just as fast as you're able to take them. This iMac has an SD card slot built in. Just insert your camera's memory card and import your photos to iPhoto. From there, it's easy to organize your photos by the people in them, share them online, or create photo books.

USB and FireWire.
Bring on your iPod, digital camera, mobile phone, and external hard drive. If it has a cable, iMac has a port for it. Four USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 800 port give you plenty of peripheral possibilities.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Mac OS X is renowned for its simplicity, its reliability, and its ease of use. So when it came to designing Snow Leopard, Apple engineers had a single goal: to make a great thing even better. They searched for areas to refine, further simplify, and speed up ” from little things like ejecting external drives to big things like installing the OS. In many cases, they elevated great to amazing.

The Finder has been completely rewritten in Cocoa to take advantage of all the modern technologies in Mac OS X, including 64-bit support and Grand Central Dispatch. It's more responsive from top to bottom, with snappier performance throughout the Finder. It includes useful features like customizable Spotlight search options and an enhanced icon view that lets you thumb through a multipage document or watch a QuickTime movie.

Expos is refined and more convenient. It's now integrated in the Dock, so you can just click and hold an application icon in the Dock and all the windows for that application will unshuffle so you can quickly change to another one. Expos also has a whole new look. Windows are displayed in an organized grid, making it even easier to find what you're looking for. Stacks ” Dock items that give you fast access to a folder of files ” are now scrollable so you can easily view all items. You can also navigate through folders in a stack to see all the files inside it.

Introduced in Mac OS X Leopard, Time Machine made backing up your hard drive easy for the first time. Time Capsule took backup even further with its wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine. Now Snow Leopard makes Time Machine up to 80 percent faster and reduces the time it takes to complete your initial backup to Time Capsule.

Speaking of fast, with Snow Leopard, your computer wakes from sleep up to twice as quickly when you have screen locking enabled. Shutting down is up to 80 percent faster, saving precious moments when you're trying to head home or to the airport.

Upgrading your Apple iMac has never been easier. For Snow Leopard, the entire process has been simplified, streamlined, and is up to 50 percent faster, yet more comprehensive and reliable. For example, Snow Leopard checks your applications to make sure they're compatible and sets aside any programs known to be incompatible. In case a power outage interrupts your installation, it can start again without losing any data.

Snow Leopard takes up less than half the disk space of the previous version, freeing about 7GB for you ” enough for about 1,750 more songs or a few thousand more photos.

Safari 4 is the latest version of the blazing-fast web browser. It renders web pages at high speed and delivers a range of new features, including full history search, smart address, and search fields, an innovative way to display your top sites, industry-leading support for web standards, and more.

With Snow Leopard, Safari 4 delivers up to 50 percent faster JavaScript performance thanks to its 64-bit support. In addition, Safari is even more resistant to crashes. It turns out that the number one cause of crashes in Mac OS X is browser plug-ins. So Apple engineers redesigned Safari to make plug-ins run separately. If a plug-in crashes on a web page, Safari will keep running.

Other features include a more reliable disk eject, more efficient file sharing, easy PDF text selection, automatic updates for printer drivers, automatic timezone setup, a Services menu that allows you to use features of one application while working in another, and more.

iLife '09 includes:
¢iPhoto '09: Organize photos two new ways: Faces, based on who's in your photos, and Places, based on where your photos were taken. Then share on Facebook or Flickr with a click
¢iMovie '09: Make a great movie in the time you have. Choose a dynamic theme to enhance your movie in seconds. Or refine every shot with the Precision Editor
¢GarageBand '09: Learn to play piano and guitar. Learn songs from the artists who made them famous. Rock like a legend with new guitar amps and stompbox effects

¢iWeb '09: Design a website to share your photos, movies, and music just by dragging and dropping. Add dynamic widgets and publish and share with a click
¢iDVD: Create your own DVD in less time than it takes to watch one. With iDVD, you can premiere your movies and photo slideshows on a professional-quality DVD with animated menus, buttons, scene selection, and more. All customizable to suit whatever you're sharing

Features
  • 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
  • 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
  • Built-in 21.5" (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT active-matrix liquid crystal display with IPS technology
  • 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Millions of colors at all resolutions
  • Typical viewing angle: 178 horizontal; 178 vertical
  • Typical brightness: 320 cd/m
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
  • Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 4x speed
  • Writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed
  • Writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed
  • Reads DVDs at up to 8x speed
  • Writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed
  • Writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed
  • Reads CDs at up to 24x speed
  • Built-in iSight camera
  • Mini DisplayPort output port with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI
  • Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 x 1600 pixels) on an external display
  • One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • SD card slot
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;2 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Two internal 17W high-efficiency amplifiers
  • Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
  • Audio line in/optical digital audio input (minijack)
  • Built-in microphone
  • Support for Apple Stereo Headset with microphone
  • Software
  • Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)
  • iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
  • Environmental status report
  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free
  • Highly recyclable aluminum and glass enclosures
  • Meets ENERGY STAR 5.0 requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold
  • Included in the box
  • In the box:
  • iMac
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Power cord
  • Install/restore DVDs
Specifications
  • Line voltage: 100-240V AC
    Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
    Maximum continuous power: 241W
    Operating temperature: 50F to 95F (10C to 35C)
    Storage temperature: -4F to 116F (-20C to 47C)
    Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
    Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet
    Typical acoustical performance
    Sound pressure level (operator position): 18 dBA at idle

    Dimensions (WxHxD): 20.8" x 17.75" x 7.42" (52.8 cm x 45.1 cm x 7.42 cm)
    Weight: 20.5lb. (9.3kg)
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Near perfect!

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Comments about Apple iMac 21.5" (3.06GHz, 2X2GB RA, 500GB Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M):

This is a fantastic computer! It can handle everything I throw at it, and its speed still amazes me!It has every great feature you'd need in a computer, and much more. But, it is an Apple product, so you're paying for the name, but also a very worthy computer! Great product!

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