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 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 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

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

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Apple iMac G5 - 17” (2004)
Front and side view illustrations of the Apple iMac G5 - 17” (2004) dimensioned with width, height, depth, and resolution

The Apple iMac G5 17" is the smaller 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 17” (2004) has a height of 16.9” (43 cm), width of 16.8” (42.6 cm), depth of 6.8” (17.3 cm), and weighs 18.5 lb (8.4 kg). The screen size is 17” (43.2 cm) with a resolution of 1440 x 900 px.

Illustrations of the Apple iMac G5 - 17” (2004) viewed from the back and top
The Apple iMac G5 17" is the smaller 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 with a widescreen.

The Apple iMac G5 17” (2004) has a height of 16.9” (43 cm), width of 16.8” (42.6 cm), depth of 6.8” (17.3 cm), and weighs 18.5 lb (8.4 kg). The screen size is 17” (43.2 cm) with a resolution of 1440 x 900 px.

Illustrations of the Apple iMac G5 - 17” (2004) viewed from the back and top
Apple iMac G5 - 17” (2004)
Height:
16.9” | 43 cm
Width:
16.8” | 42.6 cm
Length:
Depth:
6.8” | 17.3 cm
Display Size
17” | 43.2 cm
Resolution
1440 x 900 px
Weight:
18.5 lb | 8.4 kg
Area:

Discontinued: May 3, 2005

Storage
80 GB
Designer
Apple
Release
August 31, 2004

Drawings include:
Apple iMac G5 - 17” (2004) front elevation, back, side, plan, views with mouse and keyboard

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Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 20” (2006)
Front and side view illustrations of the Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 20” (2006) with width, height, depth, and resolution

The Apple iMac (2006) 20" is the mid-range workstation designed and developed by Apple in 2006. It is part of the 1st generation of iMacs and was released in January of 2006. This design of the iMac kept the style, design and features of the iMac G5. This iMac was the first to based on Intel’s Core Duo processor instead of PowerPC processors.

It has a ‘build-to-order’ configuration and features a 2.33 GHz intel processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive. The Apple iMac Intel Plastic (2006) has a widescreen, all-in-one case, comes with the Apple keyboard, and Mighty Mouse. This model had the Apple operating system, X.

The Apple iMac Intel Plastic 20” (2006) 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 22 lb (10 kg). The screen size is 20” (50.8 cm) with a resolution of 1680 x 1050 px.

Illustrations of the Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 20” (2006) viewed from the back and top
The Apple iMac (2006) 20" is the mid-range workstation designed and developed by Apple in 2006. It is part of the 1st generation of iMacs and was released in January of 2006. This design of the iMac kept the style, design and features of the iMac G5.

The Apple iMac Intel Plastic 20” (2006) 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 22 lb (10 kg). The screen size is 20” (50.8 cm) with a resolution of 1680 x 1050 px.

Illustrations of the Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 20” (2006) viewed from the back and top
Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 20” (2006)
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:
22 lb | 10 kg
Area:

Discontinued: August 7, 2007

Storage
250 GB
Designer
Apple
Release
September 6, 2006

Drawings include:
Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 20” (2006) front elevation, back, side, plan, views with mouse and keyboard

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Apple iMac G3 (1998)
Pair of drawings of the Apple iMac G3 (1998) front and side views with measured dimensions and resolution

The Apple iMac G3 (1998) is part of the iMac series of personal computers by Apple. It was sold from 1998 to 2003. Its physical appearance implemented a translucent and brightly colored plastic. Over time its design was updated with new hardware and colors.

It was criticized for removing the as floppy disk drive and the Apple Desktop Bus in favor of the USB. It had up to 128 GB of storage, 2 USB ports, 2 Headphone mini-jacks, and 1 analog audio input mini-jack. It was available in more than 10 colors, attracting a wide variety of customers.

The Apple iMac G3 (1998) has a height of 15.8” (40.1 cm), width of 15.2” (38.6 cm), depth of 17.6” (44.7 cm), and weighs 38.1 lb (18.1 kg). The screen size is 15” (38.1 cm) with a resolution of 800 x 600 px.

Back and plan view drawings of the Apple iMac G3 (1998)
The Apple iMac G3 (1998) is part of the iMac series of personal computers by Apple. It was sold from 1998 to 2003. Its physical appearance implemented a translucent and brightly colored plastic. Over time its design was updated with new hardware and colors.

The Apple iMac G3 (1998) has a height of 15.8” (40.1 cm), width of 15.2” (38.6 cm), depth of 17.6” (44.7 cm), and weighs 38.1 lb (18.1 kg). The screen size is 15” (38.1 cm) with a resolution of 800 x 600 px.

Back and plan view drawings of the Apple iMac G3 (1998)
Apple iMac G3 (1998)
Height:
15.8” | 40.1 cm
Width:
15.2” | 38.6 cm
Length:
Depth:
17.6” | 44.7 cm
Display Size
15” | 38.1 cm
Resolution
800 x 600 px
Weight:
38.1 lb | 18.1 kg
Area:

Discontinued: October 5, 1999

Storage
6 GB
Designer
Apple
Release
April 14, 1999

Drawings include:
Apple iMac G3 (1998) front elevation, back, side, plan, views with mouse and keyboard

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