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Product description
  • LED backlighting, one bright idea
  • More pixels, better picture
  • Stunning from every angle
  • Most versatile I/O in a desktop
  • The HD camera, the better to see you with
Product Information
The Intel Core i3 processor of the Apple iMac MC508LL/A desktop handles the latest applications with ease. Store all your digital data in the huge capacity SATA hard drive of this Apple Mac desktop. The 2.1 Bluetooth with enhanced data rate module in this Apple desktop ensures optimum connectivity to peripherals like mice, keyboard and cell phones. Moreover, the MacOS Snow Leopard of this Apple Mac desktop lets you access and use fun applications comfortably. Chat with your peers face to face using the built-in iSight camera of this Apple desktop. Connect the magic mouse to the Apple iMac MC508LL/A desktop and enjoy a more sensitive and responsive optical tracking experience.

Product Features
  • LED backlighting, one bright idea
    Full brightness with no waiting. That's the advantage of the LED-backlit iMac display. Unlike displays that take time to warm up before they reach maximum brightness, an LED-backlit display is instantly on and uniformly bright. LED backlighting also lets you finely tune the iMac display to suit the ambient light in even the dimmest room.
  • More pixels, better picture
    The 21.5-inch iMac boasts even greater resolution of 1920 x 1080. That's a whopping 78 percent more pixels. And more pixels mean images look crisp and true to life.
  • Stunning from every angle
    The iMac display looks great from any seat in the house, thanks to a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS). IPS gives you a bright picture with excellent color - even if you're viewing the display from the side.
  • AMD Radeon HD graphics
    With AMD Radeon HD graphics processor across the line, iMac performs even better than before - up to three times better, in fact. So you see more frames per second in 3D games, and you can edit HD home videos with more speed and responsiveness than you ever thought possible.
  • Thunderbolt
    The thunderbolt port lets you daisy-chain as many as six devices plus an additional display. So with just one port you can create the ultimate do-anything desktop. If you choose the iMac, a second thunderbolt port lets you expand even more. And since Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, you can plug any mini DisplayPort display right into the thunderbolt port.
  • Most versatile I/O in a desktop
    Ultrafast and ultraflexible, the thunderbolt port features two 10-Gbps data channels for data transfer. And it offers unprecedented expansion capabilities for high-performance peripherals. The iMac gives you not just one but two thunderbolt ports. So in an instant, iMac can go from a family computer to a filmmaker's dream machine.
  • The HD camera, the better to see you with
    Get more of your friends in the picture with crisp, widescreen HD video. The picture is so clear, it will look and feel almost like you're in the same room. Make HD calls from one iMac to another. You can also make video calls to other Intel-based Mac computers, iPad 2, iPhone 4.

Product Identifiers
Product Family iMac
Model IDiMac11,2
Model NumberA1311
UPC0885909389131, 411378079473, 885909389131

Processor TypeIntel
Processor Speed3.06 GHz
Number of CoresDual-Core

Video Output InterfaceUSB
Motherboard I/O PortsFireWire (IEEE1394a) x 1, FireWire (IEEE1394b) x 1, PS/2 Keyboard x 1, PS/2 Mouse x 1, RJ45 Lan Port x 1, USB 2.0 x 4
Bus Speed1066 MHz

Screen TypeFlat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix)
Screen Size21.5"

Hard Drive
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Hard Drive Rotation Speed7200 RPM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA II

RAM TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Installed RAM4 GB
RAM Supported Speed1066 MHz, 1333 MHz
RAM Max Supported Size16 GB
RAM Memory Slots Qunatity4 x DIMMs
Installed Cache Memory32 KB
Max. Cache Memory4 MB

Optical Drive TypeDVD±R Dual Layer/DVD±RW/CD-RW
Optical Drive Read Speed24x (CD), 8x (DVD)
Optical Drive Write Speed24x (CD), 4x (DVD+R DL), 4x (DVD-R DL), 8x (DVD+R), 8x (DVD-R)
Optical Drive ReWrite Speed16x (CD-RW), 16x (DVD-RW), 6x (DVD-RW), 8x (DVD+RW)

On Board Graphic ProcessorATI RADEON HD 4670
Max. Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Installed Video Memory256 MB
Video Outputs15 Pin D-Sub VGA port x 1, DVI x 1, DVI-D x 1, Dual-Link DVI x 1

Audio InputIntegrated Microphone, Line In (3.5mm), Microphone, Optical Digital In
Audio OutputHeadphones, Line Out, Optical Digital, Sound card, Speaker(s), Speakers

Data Link ProtocolAirPort Extreme, Bluetooth, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking TypeBluetooth, Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card, Integrated Dual 10/100/1000 Network Card, Integrated Wireless LAN

Depth7.42 in.
Height17.75 in.
Width20.8 in.
Weight20.5 lb.

Form FactorAll-in-one
Release DateJuly, 2010
Exterior ColorSilver, White
Other FeaturesBuilt In Web Camera, Infrared Remote Control

eBay Product ID: EPID85758080

Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewGood


    Strong single-core and multitasking performance for its price; upgraded graphics chip handles most Mac games with ease; SDXC card slot supports higher-capacity cards than older iMacs; best-looking all-in-one on the market.


    No HDMI input; no Blu-ray; native quad-core CPUs better at multithreaded applications; small screen size for its price; runs hot.


    Apple has elected to keep its iMac firmly grounded as a productivity device. You'll find few home entertainment conveniences in Apple's new iMac, and you can find larger screens in other all-in-ones for less. Few will offer performance like this iMac, though, and none looks as pretty, which makes it easy to recommend for general-purpose computing and for the design conscious.

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Created: 05/08/12

Wonderful upgrade!!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

This iMac was an upgrade from my 2006 model that only allowed for 3gb ram. I couldn't afford a brand new one, so I began looking on eBay. Finding this one was just like getting a brand new one. Wonderful speed and upgradable to 16 gb ram once I am ready. I have already upgraded the ram to 12 gb. Processor is wonderfully fast for most of my uses, I work with all kinds of graphics programs with no lag. It came with Lion os so I won't be able to utilize some of my favorite programs but it was a trade for the better.

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Created: 08/08/11

Great value for computer itself, but you'll need a new keyboard/mouse ASAP!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I bought this iMac on behalf of my mom, because she needed a new computer and this one was offered at a great price. She and I both love the computer itself, but the keyboard and mouse are not up to par for what we expected from an Apple product. After only 2 days out of the box, the keyboard stopped working and the iMac would not recognize it. New battery, zapping the P-RAM, unplugging for 15 minutes and restarting the computer, turning the keyboard on and off did not help. It still does not recognize the keyboard. The mouse also does not work as it is supposed to, and my mom hates it so much that she has decided to buy a different keyboard and mouse for the new iMac. Her previous computer was the G3 iMac, which worked perfectly right out of the box, with no problems. We are sorely disappointed in the keyboard and mouse for this computer, and hope that Apple will offer a choice of keyboard and mouse or else get these peripherals working right. $1100 is too much money to spend for a computer that must not only have a USB modem bought for it (there is no phone modem included; this should have been mentioned in the product info and wasn't) but must also have a new keyboard and mouse bought within a week of first use. The casing of the iMac also becomes extremely hot after a few minutes of use, which is something Apple should see to, as well, in future models. All in all, it's a nice computer with crappy peripherals.

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Created: 12/07/10

Apple iMac

I wanted to buy an Apple so I could do without all the viruses found on PCs. I have heard they do not get viruses and for that I am very grateful. I love this computer system because: 1) it is easy to put two web sites side by side to work on them at the same time since the screen is wide. 2) the screen is very clear and sharp 3) it's easy to use, even though I had to transition from a PC -- it's pretty intuitive.

Some things I don't like about it are: 1) the keys on the remote keyboard have to be hit in a specific place to activate -- I found I would hit the space key more toward the edge and that didn't work. It's taken me weeks to get used to this. I did set the sensitivity to the highest setting so that wasn't the problem -- I even changed the keyboard. 2) the batteries on the remote mouse only lasted about a month. Replacing them with regular batteries can be expensive.

I would highly recommend this product.

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Created: 05/19/12

Great product, exactly what you'd expect from Apple

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Bought the iMac to build and develop mobile applications, so far I have had a wonderful experience using it. Great features and totally different that any computer I've used before. Easy to learn and fun doing. I would recommend this product to anyone!

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Created: 12/22/10

Exactly what we expect from Apple

It's an Apple! Works smoothly, user friendly, looks sleek, takes up minimal space. New mouse is slick. Only would have liked to have the 10-key on the keyboard to make numeric keying easier.

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