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Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Late 2009 (MB950)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 523 reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Late 2009 (MB950). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and reliability. The price and design are also appreciated.

usability, design, price, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Late 2009 (MB950) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 345 user reviews of Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Late 2009 (MB950) from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers really like the size and reliability. The price and design also get good feedback.

usability, design, price, reliability, size

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Expert review by : Andy Vandervell (

Apple iMac 24in - 2009 Edition


Still the best all-in-one PC money can buy?

pointed out, that remains the case. iPhoto is particularly useful thanks to the addition of a nifty new face recognition system and Facebook integration, but every element of the suite exudes the usual Apple ease-of-use and comfort. So, given most...

May, 2011

Expert review by (

Apple iMac 27in 2009 review


Bigger, better and with a multitouch mouse, the new 27in iMac is the world's most covetable computer. Should you start preparing your desk?

A better screen than most standalone monitors with a top notch Mac thrown in for free, though the new mouse is far from magical

Oct, 2009

Expert review by (

Apple iMac 24in 2009 review


There's not much new in the new iMac. Is it enough to fight off stiff competition from Dell, Sony and HP?

Still the pick of the all-in-ones – an awesome machine at a brilliant price

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Ian Osborne (

Apple iMac 27" 3.06GHZ (2009) review


The latest release of Apple's all-in-one computer enjoys several key improvements

Impressively large screen ; Expanded RAM capacity ; Can be wall-mounted ; Can be used as external display

No Blu-ray option ; No matte screen option

A very welcome and extremely capable update for Apple's classic desktop, though there's still some room for improvement

Nov, 2009

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Rich Brown (

Apple iMac (27-inch review


If we could, we'd take points away from this iMac simply because by giving it a 27-inch display Apple threatens our livelihood. You don't need our input to simply walk past the 27-inch iMac on a store shelf and recognize that it's the largest...

Largest display among all-in-ones; fast dual-core CPU makes up for lack of quad-core (mostly); finally has an SD card slot; wireless mouse and keyboard; Mini DisplayPort input ripe with possibility.

Most Windows all-in-ones in the price range have Blu-ray; touch-sensitive mouse gestures not as responsive as we'd like; Apple's nickel-and-dime customer service policy.

Apple's new 27-inch iMac will charm plenty of you with its screen size alone. Fortunately, that won't lead you astray. Behind its expansive display, Apple has packed one of the fastest all-in-ones available, and added a few useful extras to sweeten the...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Karen Haslam and Roman Loyola, (

21.5- and 27in iMacs review (Late 2009)


Overall, there isn't much of a performance difference between the Early 2009 iMacs and these new machines. The Late 2009 iMacs are really about the new displays - and the displays are impressive (as long as you can adjust to a glossy screen).

Product: 21.5in iMac Core 2 Duo/3.06GHz (Nvidia GeForce 9400M) Pros: Impressive image quality from display at any angle; improved speaker system; new SD card slot. Product: 21.5in iMac Core 2 Duo/3.06GHz (ATI Radeon HD 4670) Pros: Impressive image...

Product: 21.5in iMac Core 2 Duo/3.06GHz (Nvidia GeForce 9400M) Cons: Glare and reflections from screen may frustrate some users; FireWire 400 peripherals require an adapter; Apple Remote not included. Product: 21.5in iMac Core 2 Duo/3.06GHz (ATI...

Featuring bigger and better screens and shiny new mice, the physical changes to the aluminium iMac in this update are the most dramatic since it was introduced over two years ago, but the speed improvements are marginal at best.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Sift Ninja (

Apple iMac 24in. (2009)


Apple has updated its iMac and Mac mini desktop lines, including faster processors and twice the memory. Cosmetically, very little has changed with the new iMac (except for a row of ports on the back), but the line now comes with faster Intel Core 2...

Redefining Apple’s signature all-in-one design, the new iMac integrates the entire computer system into a sleek enclosure for a striking, clutter-free desktop. An elegant glass cover joins precisely to the aluminium enclosure creating a virtually...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : James Hutchinson (

Apple iMac 21.5in (Late 2009)


Apple beefs up its consumer desktop PC with a faster CPU and an energy-efficient display

LED-backlit display, SD card slot, powerful, comparatively inexpensive

No Blu-ray drive, Magic Mouse is troublesome

Apple's latest iMacs are noticeably refined compared to their predecessors, though they aren't significantly different. Both 21.5in models are quite powerful and their 1080p LED-backlit displays are certainly vibrant.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Ross Catanzariti (

Apple iMac (24in 2009)


Design remains superb, good performance, Apple attention to detail, all-in-one casing saves space

Exorbitant price, no included Apple remote, keyboard has no number pad, rear casing gets hot, only RAM can be upgraded, no adapters included for DVI or VGA connections

The upgrades to the latest Apple iMac are largely underwhelming, but the computer retains its excellently crafted design. It's still an outstanding machine, but the smaller keyboard, lack of included remote and the fact that no display adapters are...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Apple 21.5-inch Core i5 iMac/2.5GHz (quad-core)

May, 2011

Product Specifications

Designed to be the digital centerpiece of your home and the fastest way to the Internet, the new iMac comes with an amazing new 20-inch widescreen display that can show more than two full pages of text and graphics side by side. And the 20-inch screen adjusts just as easily as you'd expect from an iMac. The new iMac offers fast G4 processors, speedy 333MHz DDR memory, blazing 3D graphics, FireWire 400 and high-speed USB 2.0. Plus the latest in wireless communications with support for AirPort Extreme and optional built-in Bluetooth. The iMac dazzles with its brilliant 20-inch widescreen display that adjusts its height or angle with just a touch. The 20-inch display has a high resolution of 1680 by 1050 - more than 1.7 million pixels - making it ideal for editing video, displaying digital photos, enjoying games, browsing the web or just writing letters. The 20-inch widescreen display provides 124% more viewable screen area than a 15-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels, and 36% more viewable screen area than the 17-inch flat panel LCD display with a resolution of 1440 by 900 pixels. Inside the 20-inch iMac you get a 1.25GHz PowerPC G4 Processor with Velocity Engine, 256MB of PC2700 (333MHz) Double Data Rate SDRAM main memory (expandable up to 1GB), a SuperDrive, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics with 64MB of DDR SDRAM, and an Ultra-ATA/100 80GB hard disk that dishes out data at 7200 rpm. You can also enjoy the freedom of wireless computing: all iMac models come AirPort Extreme-ready, and you can add an internal Bluetooth module as a build-to-order option. The iLife software application suite that come on your new iMac include iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD. They let you do fun, creative things with your pictures, music and movies - and share them with family and friends - in ways that people who use PCs can only dream about. And whether you're creating music CDs, publishing your digital pictures online, editing digital video or burning your own DVDs, you can do all these things and more quite nicely without referring to a manual. It's all part of the iLife experience. The iMac with SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) lets you burn your own movies and photos on a DVD disc that plays in almost any standard DVD player. Even better, the SuperDrive burns DVDs at 4x speed. And, naturally, you can pop in your DVD movies and watch them in widescreen letterbox format on the brilliant LCD display of your iMac. Say goodbye to being forced to set up your computer near a phone jack. Pop an AirPort Extreme Card into your iMac, and you're ready for the freedom of wireless networking from anywhere in your home or dorm - up to 150 feet from an AirPort Extreme Base Station. And, by the way, adding an AirPort Extreme Card is a snap, even for first-time computer users. Beneath the iMac's base is an access cover held in place by four screws. Images printed under the access cover show you how additional memory and the AirPort Extreme Card fit in the base when properly installed. It's that simple.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB/8MB
Per Processor Size:3MB/8MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:27in
Diagonal Size (metric):68.6cm
Max Resolution:2560 x 1440
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:Sweden/United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iMac


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Optical Storage

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)
Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.6


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.66GHz/3.06GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core i5


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:16GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:1TB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon HD 4670/ATI Radeon HD 4850