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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. Opinions about the size and reliability are generally positive. The price and design also get good comments.

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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 are also mentioned favorably.

usability, design, price, reliability, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac MB950LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION)Apple iMac MB950LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION)

Feb, 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.


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of loudspeakers:2
Number of Speakers:2

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


Acoustic pressure emissions:18
Certification:Energy Star 5.0


Colour of product:Black, Silver / Silver / Silver, White / White

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1
Display brightness:320 / 375
Display diagonal:54.6 / 68.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No
Viewing angle, horizontal:178
Viewing angle, vertical:178

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


Discrete graphics adapter memory:256 / 512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 4670 / AMD Radeon HD 4850 / No / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
On-board graphics adapter:N / Y
On-board graphics adapter family:NVIDIA GeForce
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.25
On-board graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M G


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


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz


Internal Memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:4


Type: None


Built-in Camera: Yes
TV tuner integrated: No


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 1000
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 47 / -40 - 47

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL

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

Other features

Audio input:1 / Y
Audio output channels:2.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000 BASE-T / 10/100/1000Base-T / 10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 1000Base-T
CD read speed:24 / 8
CD rewrite speed:16
CD write speed:16 / 24
Chassis Type:All-in-One / Desktop
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LED / TFT / WUXGA
Display included: Yes
Double Layer DVD write speed:4
DVD read speed:8
DVD rewrite speed:6
DVD write speed:8
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD / nVidia
Hard disk number of heads:1
I/O ports:1 x Mini DisplayPort
Keyboard type:Apple Wireless / Wireless
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:256 / 512
Media types supported:DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW
Networking features:10/100/1000Base-T / 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Number of Processors Installed:1
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
Power availability:241
Power requirements:100 - 240V AC / 100 - 240V AC 50 - 60Hz / 100-240V / 100-240V AC
Power Supply:241 / 365
Power supply type:100 - 240 V AC / 100-240V AC / AC
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Speakers:2 / 2 x 17W / Y
Storage drive interface:SATA
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g/n / 802.11n / AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11n / Wi-Fi (802.11n) / Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:1585 x 200 x 900 / AAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / iLife / iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iLife ’09 / Mac OS X versie 10.6 Snow Leopard (iTunes, Time Machine, Snelle weergave, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Adresboek, QuickTime, iCal, Dvd-speler, Photo Booth, Front Row en Xcode Developer Tools)\niLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Drivers included: Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Keyboard Included:Y
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Mouse included: Yes


Product Type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
Autonomy mode: No
Power consumption (typical):241 / 365


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Clock Speed:2.66GHz/3.06GHz
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):11.5
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:228
Processing Die size:82
Processor cache:3 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Wolfdale
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.66 / 2.8 / 2.93 / 3.06 / 3.33
Processor front side bus:1066 / 1333
Processor lithography:45
Processor Model:E7600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo E7000 series
Processor Socket:Socket T (LGA 775)
Processor threads:2
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):65
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core i5

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:41495
Processor package size:37.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:iLife / iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iLife ’09 / Mac OS X versie 10.6 Snow Leopard (iTunes, Time Machine, Snelle weergave, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Adresboek, QuickTime, iCal, Dvd-speler, Photo Booth, Front Row en Xcode Developer Tools)\niLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.9 / 2.07 / 20.7 / 56.9
Height :20.7 / 45.1 / 5.17 / 51.7
Weight:1.38 / 11.5 / 13.8 / 9.3
Width:52 / 52.8 / 6.5 / 65