Apple iMac Core 2 Duo 3.33 21.5-Inch (Late 2009)

An Attractive Option for Professionals and Casual Users Alike

The powerful iMac series of all-in-one desktop computers shines brightly in Apple’s lineup as yet another feat of versatility and performance. Arguably one of the most elegant, aesthetically pleasing desktops in existence, the iMac has since its genesis been an attractive option for professionals and casual users alike.

Available over the years in 17″, 20″, 24″, and more recently 21.5″ and 27″ display sizes, with screaming fast Intel processors, top-of-the-line consumer graphics options, and plenty of RAM and hard drive configurations, the iMac can be configured to excel at nearly any task.

From graphic design to programming, from video editing to writing, from business to photography, and — yes — even gaming! The iMac’s have more than enough display space that even the avid multitasker will feel at home, and its sheer speed and power won’t fail to please those engaged in intensive work or play.

When the recent, tapered edge iMacs were released and Apple decided to forgo inclusion of an optical disk drive in further models, they also saw fit to make it significantly more difficult to upgrade the RAM and hard drive. However, this resulted in a far sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing case design.

Perfect for the home and the office, the iMac has seen heavy use in nearly every avenue of personal computing.

Stable, sleek, versatile — the iMac is yet another example of Apple’s transcendent, artfully engineered personal computers.


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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The iMac Core 2 Duo 3.33 21.5-Inch Aluminum (Late 2009) features a 3.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (E8600), with two independent processor cores on one silicon chip, a 6 MB shared level 2 cache, a 1333 MHz system bus, 4 GB of RAM (1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM), a 500 GB or 1 TB (7200 RPM) hard drive, a vertically-mounted slot-loading DVD±R DL SuperDrive, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with 256 MB of shared memory or ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory.

It also has a built-in iSight video camera and built-in stereo speakers underneath the beautiful 21.5″ glossy 16:9 LED-backlit TFT Active Matrix LCD (1920×1080 native) display with IPS technology.

Connectivity includes a Firewire 800 port, four USB 2.0 ports, built-in AirPort Extreme, and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a Mini DisplayPort, which supports an external display up to 30″ (2560×1600).

The Late 2009 iMac line looks similar to earlier Aluminum iMac models but have an edge-to-edge glass design and a seamless all aluminum enclosure. 

The displays are enhanced with LED-backlighting and IPS technology for improved quality. Internally, each has four RAM slots supporting up to 16 GB of RAM. All Late 2009 models include an SD Card slot and redesigned speakers.

3.33 GHz Core 2 Duo (E8600)
4 GB 16 GB
GeForce 9400M Integrated
Details: There are two configurations of the stock configuration of this model with either a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor that shares memory with the system or an ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory.
256 MB 256 MB
Details: In the MB950LL/A configuration, the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor shares 256 MB of memory with the system. Apple reports that “memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs” and that the minimum graphics usage is 256 MB with this model.
21.5″ 16:9 Widescreen 1920×1080
Details: This model has a 21.5″ glossy LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen TFT active matrix display with “IPS technology” and a native resolution of 1920×1080. Apple also reports a “typical” brightness of 320 cd/m2, and viewing angle of 178 degrees horizontal and 178 degrees vertical. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the PPI is 102.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: Apple reports that this model simultaneously supports the native resolution of the built-in display and up-to a 30-inch external display (2560×1600).
500 GB, 1 TB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
8X DL “SuperDrive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
4 (2.0) 1 (800)
SD Card None
Details: N/A
Apple Wireless Keyboard Magic Mouse
All-in-One iMac (Late 2009)
BTO/CTO Late 2009
A1311 (EMC 2308) iMac10,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1311 Model Number, the 2308 EMC Number, and the iMac10,1 Model Identifier.
N/A N/A
X 10.6.1 (10A2155) Current
Original Price (US): $1399

Rating overview

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Total score
Good 4.7

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