Desktop Computers

A desktop computer is a non-portable computer for regular use. Desktop computers are typically sizable with significant power requirements and are placed on a desk or table along with its associated computer hardware accessories. Like related computer devices such as laptops and tablets, desktops computers remain popular for making work more comfortable and more efficient through greater capabilities around processing, storing, and retrieving information. Desktop computers were once the normative computers found everywhere, but with the growing popularity and technical capabilities of laptops and tablets, their use is now mostly limited to offices, schools, and home. Desktop computers commonly have a separate silo-like processing tower and cannot function without accessories like the keyboard, mouse, or computer monitor. Apple's iMac computer is the first desktop computer to combine the desktop tower with the computer monitor.

What should you look for in a desktop computer?

When purchasing a desktop computer be mindful of what you intend to use the computer for and create a budget for it. Decide if a laptop or desktop would be a better fit, look at the specs that the computer offers like the processor, RAM, hard drive, graphics, and potential software included.

How long does a desktop computer last?

A desktop computer typically lasts between 3 to 5 years. If it is properly maintained it can last more than 10 years. The factors that change the length of a desktop computer’s lifetime are its maintenance, cooling system, and daily use. If a PC is used daily it will wear down much sooner than if it is only used occasionally.

How many watts does a desktop computer use?

A desktop computer generally uses between 60 to 250 watts depending if it is on sleep mode or in active use. When a desktop computer is in sleep mode it uses about 20 percent of the power it generally uses when it is in use. A laptop consumes 15 to 45 watts while a 22-inch LCD monitors uses about 25 watts.

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Apple iMac Slim - 27” (2012)
Set of dimensioned front and side views of the Apple iMac Slim - 27” (2012) with width, height, depth, and resolution

The Apple iMac (2012) 27" workstation is the larger variation of the iMac line developed by Apple and released in October of 2012. This model features the thinnest body than any other previous model and it is part of the 4th generation of iMacs. It supports millions of colors, has 8 GB of memory and 1 TB of storage.

The Apple iMac Slim (2012) supports FaceTime, stereo speakers, dual microphones, and different ports. It comes with Apple’s wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad. It supports both Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, runs the operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, and has Apple’s built-in apps.

The Apple iMac Slim 27” (2012) has a height of 20.3” (51.6 cm), width of 25.6” (65 cm), depth of 8" (20.3 cm), and weighs 21 lb (9.54 kg). The screen size is 27” (68.6 cm) with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 px.

Pair of scaled drawings of the Apple iMac Slim - 27” (2012) from the back and plan views
The Apple iMac (2012) 27" workstation is the larger variation of the iMac line developed by Apple and released in October of 2012. This model features the thinnest body than any other previous model and it is part of the 4th generation of iMacs.

The Apple iMac Slim 27” (2012) has a height of 20.3” (51.6 cm), width of 25.6” (65 cm), depth of 8" (20.3 cm), and weighs 21 lb (9.54 kg). The screen size is 27” (68.6 cm) with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 px.

Pair of scaled drawings of the Apple iMac Slim - 27” (2012) from the back and plan views
Apple iMac Slim - 27” (2012)
Height:
20.3” | 51.6 cm
Width:
25.6” | 65 cm
Length:
Depth:
8" | 20.3 cm
Display Size
27” | 68.6 cm
Resolution
2560 x 1440 px
Weight:
21 lb | 9.54 kg
Area:

Discontinued: September 24, 2013

Storage
1, 3 TB
Designer
Apple
Release
October 23, 2012

Drawings include:
Apple iMac Slim - 27” (2012) front elevation, back, side, plan, views with mouse and keyboard

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Apple iMac G5 - 20” (2004)
Set of dimensioned front and side views of the Apple iMac G5 - 20” (2004) with width, height, depth, and resolution

The Apple iMac G5 20" is the larger variation desktop computer designed by Apple and was sold from August 2004 to March 2006. It was the last iMac to use the PowerPC processor making it the last model that could run Mac OS 9. The Apple iMac G5 is enclosed in white polycarbonate, has a widescreen display, and originally came with 256 MB of memory.

Its introduction caused it to become the world’s thinnest desktop computer with a depth of 2 inches. It integrates the entire computer into a flat panel display. The iMac G5 redefined the design of the standard desktop computer.

The Apple iMac G5 20” (2004) has a height of 18.6” (47.2 cm), width of 19.4” (49.3 cm), depth of 7.4” (18.9 cm), and weighs 25.2 lb (11.4 kg). The screen size is 20” (50.8 cm) with a resolution of 1680 x 1050 px.

Pair of scaled drawings of the Apple iMac G5 - 20” (2004) from the back and plan views
The Apple iMac G5 20" is the larger variation desktop computer designed by Apple and was sold from August 2004 to March 2006. It was the last iMac to use the PowerPC processor making it the last model that could run Mac OS 9. The Apple iMac G5 is enclosed in white polycarbonate and a widescreen.

The Apple iMac G5 20” (2004) has a height of 18.6” (47.2 cm), width of 19.4” (49.3 cm), depth of 7.4” (18.9 cm), and weighs 25.2 lb (11.4 kg). The screen size is 20” (50.8 cm) with a resolution of 1680 x 1050 px.

Pair of scaled drawings of the Apple iMac G5 - 20” (2004) from the back and plan views
Apple iMac G5 - 20” (2004)
Height:
18.6” | 47.2 cm
Width:
19.4” | 49.3 cm
Length:
Depth:
7.4” | 18.9 cm
Display Size
20” | 50.8 cm
Resolution
1680 x 1050 px
Weight:
25.2 lb | 11.4 kg
Area:

Discontinued: May 3, 2005

Storage
160 GB
Designer
Apple
Release
August 31, 2004

Drawings include:
Apple iMac G5 - 20” (2004) front elevation, back, side, plan, views with mouse and keyboard

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Apple iMac 27" (2019)
Illustration of the Apple iMac 27" (2019) computer with dimensions for screen size, diagonal, and pixel resolution

The Apple 27” iMac (2019) is an all-in-one desktop computer that merges a high-end display with the various computer components into a single unified device. Consistently upgraded with improved graphics chips, computing processes, and storage devices, Apple’s iMac line continues to be their top desktop offering for home and office use. Released in 2017, the latest aluminum body 27-inch iMac includes a stunning 27” diagonal Retina 5K display with an overall resolution of 5120 x 2880. The iMac comes with a Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, lightning to USB, and power cord.

The Apple iMac 27" (2019) has a height of 20.3” (51.6 cm), width of 25.6” (65 cm), depth of 8” (20.3 cm), and weighs 20.8 lb (9.44 kg). The Apple iMac 27" was released in 2019.

Dimensioned drawings of the Apple iMac 27" (2019) from the back, side, and plan with measurements for height, width and depth
The Apple 27” iMac (2019) is an all-in-one desktop computer merging a high-end display with the various computer components into a unified device. Consistently upgraded with improved hardware, Apple’s iMac line continues to be their top desktop offering for home and office use.

The Apple iMac 27" (2019) has a height of 20.3” (51.6 cm), width of 25.6” (65 cm), depth of 8” (20.3 cm), and weighs 20.8 lb (9.44 kg). The Apple iMac 27" was released in 2019.

Dimensioned drawings of the Apple iMac 27" (2019) from the back, side, and plan with measurements for height, width and depth
Apple iMac 27" (2019)
Height:
20.3” | 51.6 cm
Width:
25.6” | 65 cm
Length:
Depth:
8” | 20.3 cm
Display Size
27” | 68.6 cm
Resolution
5120 x 2880; 218 ppi
Weight:
20.8 lb | 9.44 kg
Area:
Storage
1, 2, 3 TB or 512 GB, 1, 2 TB (SSD)
Designer
Apple
Release
March 19, 2019

Drawings include:
Apple iMac 27" (2019) front elevation, side, back, plan; combinations with Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard accessories

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Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody - 27” (2009)
Pair of drawings of the Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody 27” (2009) front and side views with measured dimensions and resolution

The Apple iMac (2009) 27" is the larger workstation developed by Apple and is part of 3rd generation of iMacs released in 2009. The design of this iMac is a depart from the plastic back of the previous iMac models. The plastic back has been replaced with a single piece of aluminum providing the unibody look.

The model comes with built-in stereo speakers and a built-in microphone. Its design features an LED-backlit glossy widescreen and supports millions of colors. It also has a built-in iSight camera, has a typical viewing angle of 178 degrees horizontal or 178 degrees vertical. It features arsenic-free display glass and is PVC-free.

The Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody 27” (2009) has a height of 20.4” (51.7 cm), width of 25.6” (65 cm), depth of 8.15” (20.7 cm), and weighs 30.5 lb (13.8 kg). The screen size is 27” (68.6 cm) with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 px.

Back and plan view drawings of the Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody - 27” (2009)
The Apple iMac (2009) 27" is the larger workstation developed by Apple and is part of 3rd generation of iMacs released in 2009. The design of this iMac is a depart from the plastic back of the previous iMac models. The plastic back has been replaced with a single piece of aluminum unibody.

The Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody 27” (2009) has a height of 20.4” (51.7 cm), width of 25.6” (65 cm), depth of 8.15” (20.7 cm), and weighs 30.5 lb (13.8 kg). The screen size is 27” (68.6 cm) with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 px.

Back and plan view drawings of the Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody - 27” (2009)
Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody - 27” (2009)
Height:
20.4” | 51.7 cm
Width:
25.6” | 65 cm
Length:
Depth:
8.15” | 20.7 cm
Display Size
27” | 68.6 cm
Resolution
2560 x 1440 px
Weight:
30.5 lb | 13.8 kg
Area:

Discontinued: July 27, 2010

Storage
1, 2 TB
Designer
Apple
Release
October 20, 2009

Drawings include:
Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody - 27” (2009) front elevation, back, side, plan, views with mouse and keyboard

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Apple iMac G4 - 17” (2002)
Set of dimensioned front and side views of the Apple iMac G4 - 17” (2002) with width, height, depth, and resolution

The Apple iMac G4 17" is the mid-range desktop computer designed and sold by Apple in 2002. It was sold to the public from January 2002 to August 2004, replacing the iMac G3. The design of the Apple iMac G4 features a mounted LCD screen on an adjustable arm above half a sphere.

It has a tray loading optical drive and uses the PowerPC G4xx-series processor. The arm allows the display to be moved at almost any angle. The iMac G4 was only available in the color white. It was sold with the Apple Pro Keyboard and Apple Pro Mouse.

The Apple iMac G4 17” (2002) has a flexible height between 13.03”-20” (33.1-50.9 cm), width between 16.7”-17.7” (42.3-44.9 cm), depth of 10.6”-16.7” (27-42.3 cm), and weighs 22.8 lb (10.4 kg). The screen size is 17” (43.2 cm) with a resolution of 1440 x 900 px.

Pair of scaled drawings of the Apple iMac G4 - 17” (2002) from the back and plan views
The Apple iMac G4 17" is the mid-range desktop computer designed and sold by Apple in 2002. It was sold to the public from January 2002 to August 2004, replacing the iMac G3. The design of the Apple iMac G4 features a mounted LCD screen on an adjustable arm above half a sphere.

The Apple iMac G4 17” (2002) has a flexible height between 13.03”-20” (33.1-50.9 cm), width between 16.7”-17.7” (42.3-44.9 cm), depth of 10.6”-16.7” (27-42.3 cm), and weighs 22.8 lb (10.4 kg). The screen size is 17” (43.2 cm) with a resolution of 1440 x 900 px.

Pair of scaled drawings of the Apple iMac G4 - 17” (2002) from the back and plan views
Apple iMac G4 - 17” (2002)
Height:
13.03”-20” | 33.1-50.9 cm
Width:
16.7”-17.7” | 42.3-44.9 cm
Length:
Depth:
10.6”-16.7” | 27-42.3 cm
Display Size
17” | 43.2 cm
Resolution
1440 x 900 px
Weight:
22.8 lb | 10.4 kg
Area:

Discontinued: July 1, 2004

Storage
80 GB
Designer
Apple
Release
September 8, 2003

Drawings include:
Apple iMac G4 - 17” (2002) front elevation, back, side, plan, views with mouse and keyboard

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