Apple iMac Core Duo (17-inch, 1.83GHz)
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: MA199LL/A
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- Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 17 reviews
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- Setting new standards for elegance and simplicity, the all-in-one iMac packs all its components into an astoundingly thin, anodized aluminum frame. The advanced processors that power every iMac are faster than ever - delivering greater performance for everything from enhancing photos to playing games and more. No computer on earth makes it as easy to work with digital photos, movies, ... Read more
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Absolutely the best
by chrislehnert on May 2, 2006
Pros: all-in-one design, iLife suite, OS X, Intel processors, everything about this computer
Cons: Rosetta Apps run slower then Universal Apps
Summary: I have been a Windows user for more then 10 years. I have become very adept at using, upgrading and repairing Windows based pc's. Having said that, now that ...
Summary: I have been a Windows user for more then 10 years. I have become very adept at using, upgrading and repairing Windows based pc's. Having said that, now that I have the 17 inch iMac, I loath having to use a Windows based pc for anything I do. I've had this iMac for a month now and I have already reaped the benefits. Not normally a creative person, I was able to make a hardback photo book of my daughter for my wife, have it professionally printed and assembled, and shipped to my doorstep all via iPhoto (included in iLife) for less than $50.00 and it took me less than two hours to complete, start to finish. This computer has converted me to Apple. It will convert you too. The only downside to the new Intel iMacs are the limited number of universal applications. The older programs that are not universal run via Rosetta. Supposedly they run slower then normal. Since I have never used these programs with the PowerPC processors I don't know the difference. I use MS Office for Mac and it runs just as fast on my iMac as it does on my Laptop. If you are in the market for a new desktop and want something that will truly make your life easier (albeit in the computing world) the iMac should be your first and only choice. One other thing, viruses are almost non-existent on Macs. There are tens of thousands of viruses for PCs. One last item, one marketing phrase touted from Apple is "they just work". This is the truth. I have yet to encounter any slow downs, freezes, fatal errors, "internet explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. send/don't send a report to Microsoft" messages. It connected to my wireless network and uploaded pictures from my Panasonic Digital Camera, all without me having to load any drivers or software...it just worked. The OS starts up in less than 30 seconds. May not seem like a selling point, but when you just want to get on the computer and get to whatever it is you want to do, 30 seconds is a god-send compared to 60-90 for Windows XP. It also shuts down in 10-15 seconds. Do yourself a favor and buy this computer, it will certainly live up to your expectations.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Brilliant and absolutely perfect.
by MacLOVAScrewWindows on May 12, 2006
Cons: Few Universal Programs
Summary: I love it. Its perfect for editing. iLife that comes with it is perfect to. You Dont even need to buy any more software if you want to start recording ...
Summary: I love it. Its perfect for editing. iLife that comes with it is perfect to. You Dont even need to buy any more software if you want to start recording bands or making music videos. I LOVE IT.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
WOW!!!! the FUture of Apple is here
by ddown on January 16, 2006
Cons: Wait for Pro Apps
Summary: I got one of the First in the Apple Store In Petagon City. It works great....Fast but could use more RAM. Iapps are much faster and quiet did I ...
Summary: I got one of the First in the Apple Store In Petagon City. It works great....Fast but could use more RAM. Iapps are much faster and quiet did I say QUIET !!!! My Ibook makes more noise.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by rdekoch on May 22, 2006
Pros: Powerful for the price, runs native software at lightning speed
Cons: would be nice if 1 gig of ram was standard
Summary: It was quite clear to me that the intel Imac would not run classic apps and would run non-native apps using Rosetta before I made this purchase. Because most of ...
Summary: It was quite clear to me that the intel Imac would not run classic apps and would run non-native apps using Rosetta before I made this purchase. Because most of the software I use is already Universal(Ilife, Final Cut Pro, Reason 3.0.5), there's just no downside. It can handle some video editing operations quicker than the g5s I've used in the school video lab.Updated
I am more than happy with this purchase. It works as advertised and I made sure to do some research before I gave Apple my money. Most of the apps I use are universal so I felt pretty safe making this leap. I knew I coulndt run classic apps so I didn't have that expectation.
The Intel Imac is surprisingly powerful and it's proven to be a pretty damn good machine for video editing and music. Most of the software I run is Universal and runs like a dream (iLife, Final Cut Pro, Reason 3.0.5). The apps I run in rosetta seem to work great as well (MS Office Student, Max/MSP). So far, this has been a great purchase for a student filmmaker/musician.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
It goes haywire by itself from hour to hour, day to day
by simpletony on December 19, 2008
Pros: It starts every time, for all the good it does. My 24" iMac is loaded with hardware and software bugs Apple "genius bars(?) and their specialty repair store couldn't, then Apple reneged on. They're begging for another class action suit. Apple Hell.
Cons: Just about everything now. Technical Support, Genius Bars, Customer Relations and the bugs in my hardware AND software, none of which Apple is willing to make right. Their Customer Relations is pathetic and dares me to take action and I will.
Summary: They say Leopard will fix my many ills and send me a free copy but neglect to say their clean install will wipe out all your data and apps unless ...
Summary: They say Leopard will fix my many ills and send me a free copy but neglect to say their clean install will wipe out all your data and apps unless a clean install is done. This machine has a mind(?) of its own, maybe a loose wire (like rotten to the core Apple Computer) and software issues with lost programs and screwed up Parallels thanks to their irresponsible "tech support" who is responsible for nothing they do. Everything they do is irresponsible. I've written them 2 letters they don't even know how to read or respond to the facts presented. Stonewalled. I relied on this "great new computer" but retreated to my older PC with 512 GB memory vs the 2 Gigs on the iMac. It was much faster but a fraction of the reliability and I'll take Windows anytime over this mess. Apple even gave me a 32 Gig iTouch as a consolation prize; big deal. Trade me a $400 iPod for a worthless $2,000 machine. They cut the finally sympathetic Customer Relations guy out of the picture when he sent me the iPod, and gave me "Angie" who wouldn't give an inch and ignored the facts. I only wish I had the room for my 2 letters to Apple here. Maybe I can try edit them tomorrow.so they'll fit. Then YOU decide.
This thing is like my child! It is my greatest asset on the planet and, boy, does it work!
by murf1992 on February 23, 2007
Pros: Well.. its a mac! Mac OS X, iLife '06 a major asset to me, Speedy processor, VERY small form factor, iSight, Bright Screen, Very Quiet!
Cons: None really!
Summary: This is my favorite machine on the planet! As you can tell, I'm a HUGE mac nerd! I had been dying for this machine for the longest time and ...
Summary: This is my favorite machine on the planet! As you can tell, I'm a HUGE mac nerd! I had been dying for this machine for the longest time and was lucky to get it as a birthday gift. I am really into film making (well really the occasional graduation or wedding video!) and PCs couldn't get the job done for me, so I BEGGED for a mac so I could be able to get things done without having to restart my machine every ten minutes, or have to buy hundreds of dollars of equipment! I had done so much to supe up my PC before this and nothing worked! As soon as I pulled the machine out of the box and set it all up, I was able to start my films in no time! After one week, I was able to complete an entire project! It is a dream come true and everything about it in my opinion is a Pro to me! There is nothing wrong with this system at all and to all the MS fan boys who think this sucks, you better watch yourselves! This iMac is light years ahead of what you have! A+ for Apple! =)
This Is The Greatest Computer Ever
by rkb33 on February 17, 2007
Pros: Beautious, Easy To Set Up
Cons: USB Locations
Summary: I love this computer, but wish I could have gotten the MacBook, it is only 99$ more. But It didn't have the 17" monitor and I wouldn't be ...
Summary: I love this computer, but wish I could have gotten the MacBook, it is only 99$ more. But It didn't have the 17" monitor and I wouldn't be moving it much.
A fantastic 2 fold computer...Mac & Windows
by rabbit06969 on January 6, 2007
Pros: Compact,sleek,user friendly...a work of art.
Cons: Will let you know if i find any......
Summary: An absolute gem to use and now that I have installed parallels on it...I am also running XP Home and i know have the best of both worlds.I ...
Summary: An absolute gem to use and now that I have installed parallels on it...I am also running XP Home and i know have the best of both worlds.I was a bit apprehensive to instal Windows but I took the plunge and the two systems work so effortlessly.My desk now has a sleek looking monitor that houses two operating systems....with not a tower in sight.The Imac has made my life more enjoyable.
by CoolCSI on September 16, 2006
Pros: It's a Mac
Cons: Nothing at all
Absolutely awesome with lots of memory!!!
by cyano on September 15, 2006
Pros: Perfect for multitasking, data crunching, and everything else.
Cons: Way too sluggish with only 512mb memory.
Summary: I got this with only 512mb, but it was way too slow. Then I added 2gb memory, not cheap, but well worth it. This thing is now the best I ...
Summary: I got this with only 512mb, but it was way too slow. Then I added 2gb memory, not cheap, but well worth it. This thing is now the best I have ever used.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: MA199LL/A
- Description: Setting new standards for elegance and simplicity, the all-in-one iMac packs all its components into an astoundingly thin, anodized aluminum frame. The advanced processors that power every iMac are faster than ever - delivering greater performance for everything from enhancing photos to playing games and more. No computer on earth makes it as easy to work with digital photos, movies, music and the web as iMac. And now it all happens with blazing speed - powered by the revolutionary Intel Core Duo. With two processors built onto a single chip, this Intel engine kicks iMac performance up to a whole new level. Coupled with the ATI Radeon X1600 graphics processor and the world's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X, iMac will run all your software, fast. iMac has always made it fast and easy to do the most amazing things. Now the fast and easy part literally doubles overnight - because the newest iMac computers are powered by the Intel Core Duo. This revolutionary bit of technology is actually two processors built into a single chip, giving iMac up to twice the horsepower it had previously. So the wows will come faster than ever before. More than an evolution of processor design, Intel Core Duo is an order-of-magnitude leap forward. It's the first Intel chip born of the new 65-nanometer process, which allows for the creation of transistors so small, you could fit a hundred inside a single human cell. With two powerful processors designed to share resources and circuitry so unimaginably small, Intel Core Duo achieves far higher levels of performance while actually consuming less power. In the world of iMac, nothing is complicated - even when the internal architecture advances so dramatically. So when it comes to running software on your Intel-based iMac, prepare for the expected: it just works. Applications with the Universal symbol run on either PowerPC- or Intel-based iMac computers. Most existing applications will run on your Intel-based iMac, too. Simply launch them as always. Thanks to the Rosetta technology in Mac OS X, they look and feel just like they did before.
- Desktop type Monitor included,
All-in-one desktop system
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Type Personal computer
- Product Form Factor All-in-one
- Built-in Devices Antenna,
- Color White
- Localization English / Canada,
Processor / Chipset
- Type Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz
- Number of Cores Dual-Core
- CPU Qty 1
- Max CPU Qty 1
- Front Side Bus 667 MHz
- Installed Size L2 cache - 2 MB
- Cache Per Processor 2 MB
- Installed Size 512 MB / 2 GB (max)
- Technology DDR2 SDRAM
- Memory Speed 667 MHz
- Memory Specification Compliance PC2-5300
- Form Factor SO DIMM 200-pin
- Upgrade Rule Max 2 x 1 GB module
- Environmental standards EPA Energy Star
- Min Operating Temperature 50 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 5 - 95%
- Type HDD
- Capacity 1 x 160 GB
- Interface Type Serial ATA-150 Serial ATA
- Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
- Type 1 x Serial ATA - Integrated
- Controller Interface Type Serial ATA-150
Hard Drive (3rd)
- Type None
- Type DVD±RW (+R DL)
- Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
- Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)
- Rewrite Speed 8x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW)
- Type None
Optical Storage (2nd)
- Type None
- Type None
- Monitor Type LCD
- Diagonal Size 17 in
- Viewable Size 17 in
- Max Resolution 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
- Widescreen Display Yes
- Image Brightness 250 cd/m2
- Image Contrast Ratio 500:1
- Interface Type PCI Express x16
- Graphics Processor / Vendor ATI Radeon X1600
- Video Memory 128 MB GDDR3 SDRAM
- Video Interfaces DVI
- Max Monitors Supported 2
- Form Factor Integrated
- Type Mouse,
- Type Integrated
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Speaker(s) 2 x Right / left channel
- Interface USB
- Features Built-in two USB 1.1 ports
- Type Microphone
- Modem None
- Interface USB
- Type Integrated
- Wireless LAN Supported Yes
- Data Link Protocol Bluetooth 2.0 EDR,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g,
- Type None
- Included Accessories Remote control
- Cables Included Power cable ( 1 pcs.)
Expansion / Connectivity
- Slots Memory,
2 (total) / 1 (free) x SO DIMM 200-pin
- Interfaces 2 x FireWire - 6 pin FireWire,
3 x USB 2.0,
1 x DVI-I,
1 x Audio - SPDIF output/headphones,
1 x Audio line-in,
1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet)
- Device Type Power supply
- Power AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
- Power Provided 180 Watt
- Power Consumption Operational 180 Watt
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 180 Watt
Operating System / Software
- OS Provided Apple MacOS X 10.4
- Software Apple iCal,
Apple Hardware Test,
iWork (30 days trial),
Freeverse Big Bang Board Games,
Plasq Comic Life,
Apple iLife '06,
Apple XCode Developer Tools,
Drivers & Utilities,
Apple iChat AV,
Apple Address Book,
Apple DVD Player,
Quicken 2006 for Mac,
Apple Mac OS X Mail,
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 16.8 in
- Depth 6.8 in
- Height 16.9 in
- Weight 15.4 lbs
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year,
Technical support - Phone consulting - 90 days
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 4.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 4.5