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Old 08-08-2007, 06:01 AM   #1
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Default Spiffed-up iMacs announced

Apple has revised the iMac line, dropping the entry-level 17-inch model and adding a 24-inch. They run a bit faster, have more RAM and disk space, and cost a teeny bit less.

All models offer 3 USB 2 ports, 2 FireWire ports (one 400, one 800); an 8X DVD-burning SuperDrive; Gigabit ethernet; built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and Airport Extreme wireless support (802.11, now the Apple standard); and all have a built-in iSight camera.

The new aluminum and glass construction is very slick, with a slender keyboard (wired or not) and a monitor frame that is flush with the glass. It is also supposed to be more recycleable.

It is possible to build a fairly serious custom computer on the 24-inch model: 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo Extreme chip, 2GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive ($2,300).

The only drawback that I can see (and that is from an early report from MacWorld magazine so it may not be accurate) is that these machines come only with glossy displays, which makes them somewhat less useful for print work; otherwise the 24-inch would be a good graphic production computer.

Detailed specs and other information in this MacWorld report.

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