Apple iMac (2007-2008)
Released August, 2007
The Pros:Sleek glass and aluminum aesthetic. Very clean aesthetic with very few cables and components. Thinner profile than previous generation iMac.
The Cons:Poorer viewing angle than previous generation. Not the best display quality on the market. Not modular: screen and computer components are integrated into one box, making it impossible to upgrade either independently.
On August 7th, 2007 Apple released the second generation of its Apple iMac powered by an Intel processor (aka Aluminum iMac). The most significant changes are to the iMac's aesthetic; Apple has replaced their signature sleek white plastic enclosure in favor of a combination anodized aluminum and glass.
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The screen area has a black border and is under a pane of glass, with the outer enclosure made of aluminum.
They've also made the iMac significantly thinner profile (see side-by-side iMac comparison), improved its power, and added some new features including integrated wireless. It comes in a total of four models with either a 20" or 24" screen size and a range of Intel Core 2 Duo processors running at 2.0 GHz to 2.8 GHz. The included Apple Keyboard has been drastically redesigned and is much thinner, made from aluminum, and features a larger "strike area" on each key (16mm vs. 14.5mm).
The screen has changed from the matte look found in the previous generation Intel iMac, to a highly glossy finish that is kept clean with an included black cloth. The viewing angle on the 20" model has actually decreased to 160° in this generation from 170° (the 24" boasts a 178° viewing angle). The display features a 380 cd/m2 brightness rating, and a 750:1 contrast ratio.
Available iMac versions (updated versions May, 2008)
20" 2.4 GHz iMac ($1199), includes:
- 20" widescreen LCD display (1680×1050 native resolution)
- 2.4 GHz 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo processor (T7300)
- 1 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4 GB
- 8× SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW)
- ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128 MB of GDDR3 memory
- Built-in iSight video camera
- Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking
- Firewire 400/800 Ports
- 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
- Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
- Built-in stereo speakers and microphone
- Mighty Mouse and a newly redesigned Apple Keyboard
- Apple Remote
- 12 watt amplifier w/ included speakers
20" 2.66 GHz iMac ($1199), includes everything from the 20" 2.4 GHz iMac, with these changes:
- 2.66 GHz 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo processor (T7700)
- 320 GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
- ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256 MB of GDDR3 memory
24" 2.8 GHz iMac ($1799), includes everything from the 20" 2.4 GHz model, except:
- 2.8 GHz Core 2 Extreme (X7900?)
- 2 GB of DD2 667
- 320 GB Hard Drive
- ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
24" 3.06 GHz iMac ($2199)
- 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo
- 2GB memory
- 500GB hard drive
- 8x double-layer SuperDrive
- NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB memory
User Reviews (39)
Sleek glass and aluminum aesthetic
Very clean aesthetic with very few cables and components
Thinner profile than previous generation iMac
Decent performance from Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
Pretty decent price points for its 4 models
24" model actually has better viewing angle then previous generations (178).
24" Model has excellent screen quality.
Glossy screen gives deeper blacks and higher colour dynamic range
Poorer viewing angle than previous generation
Not the best display quality on the market
Not modular: screen and computer components are integrated into one box, making it impossible to upgrade either independently
Glossy screen too much reflective
doesn't feature the same quality Sony design
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