iMac (20-inch Late 2006)

apple imac intel-500x500My first iMac…

Bought in 2007 as an upgrade to my aging eMac, the Core2Duo iMac was a fantastic machine, with a great styling, a crisp screen and plenty of power to boot. This Mac served as my main machine for many years for web design, publishing and plenty of gaming. Originally installed with OS X Tiger (10.4) it was eventually upgraded to my favorite of all OS flavors…Snow Leopard (10.6)!

I know some other owners have complained about graphic failures but I didn’t encounter any issues like this during the time I owned this. I would say that the worst issue (and something that seemed to plague all Macs of this generation) was the typical failure of the superdrive which I suspect was down to cheap component choices by Apple. Despite this, had I not needed more processing power I would still have this now.

I recently purchased a similar 17inch version for my father-in-law for a measly £50 and he couldn’t be more happier with it.

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (T7400) – 2.16Ghz
  • Benchmark Score: 2856
  • Storage: 250GB
  • Media: Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (this failed)
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
  • Memory: originally 1GB PC2-5300 (667Mhz), upgraded to 3GB. Note, 4GB can be installed, but only 3GB will be addressed.
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1600 128MB
  • Connections: Wi-Fi (built in Airport Extreme), Bluetooth 2.0, Ethernet, USB (v2 x 3), Firewire (400Mbit x 2), Mini-DVI, Infrared, Audio In, Audio Out
  • Current Status: Sold (to fund a faster machine)

 

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