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.

Desktop Computers

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20.8” | 52.9 cm
8.58” | 21.8 cm
17.7” | 45 cm
39.7 lb | 18 kg
2019
Apple Mac Pro (2019)
52.900
21.800
45.000
18.000
2019.00
3D
Apple Mac Pro (2019)
13.6” | 34.5 cm
9.6” | 24.4 cm
10.9” | 27.7 cm
16.5 lb | 7.5 kg
January 24, 1984
Apple Macintosh 128K
34.500
24.400
27.700
7.500
1984.00
1060
3D
Apple Macintosh 128K
21.0”-25.7” | 53.3-65.3 cm
28.3” | 71.8 cm
9.3” | 23.6 cm
16.49 lb | 7.48 kg
2019
Apple Pro Display XDR
53.300
71.800
23.600
7.480
2019.00
2000
3D
Apple Pro Display XDR
17.7” | 45 cm
20.8” | 52.8 cm
6.9” | 17.5 cm
12.5 lb | 5.66 kg
March 19, 2019
Apple iMac 21.5" (2019)
45.000
52.800
17.500
5.660
2019.00
13700
3D
Apple iMac 21.5" (2019)
18.15” | 46.1 cm
21.54” | 54.7 cm
5.79” | 14.7 cm
9.88 lb | 4.48 kg
April 20, 2021
Apple iMac 24” (2021)
46.100
54.700
14.700
4.480
2021.00
16000
3D
Apple iMac 24” (2021)
20.3” | 51.6 cm
25.6” | 65 cm
8” | 20.3 cm
20.8 lb | 9.44 kg
March 19, 2019
Apple iMac 27" (2019)
51.600
65.000
20.300
9.440
2019.00
15200
3D
Apple iMac 27" (2019)
18.5” | 46.9 cm
19.1” | 48.5 cm
7.4” | 18.9 cm
20 lb | 9.1 kg
August 7, 2007
Apple iMac Aluminum - 20”
46.900
48.500
18.900
9.100
2007.00
500
3D
Apple iMac Aluminum - 20”
20.5” | 52 cm
22.4” | 56.9 cm
8.1" | 20.6 cm
25.4 lb | 11.5 kg
August 7, 2007
Apple iMac Aluminum - 24”
52.000
56.900
20.600
11.500
2007.00
500
3D
Apple iMac Aluminum - 24”
17.75” | 45.1 cm
20.8” | 52.8 cm
7.42” | 18.8 cm
20.5 lb | 9.3 kg
October 20, 2009
Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody - 21.5”
45.100
52.800
18.800
9.300
2009.00
1035
3D
Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody - 21.5”
20.4” | 51.7 cm
25.6” | 65 cm
8.15” | 20.7 cm
30.5 lb | 13.8 kg
October 20, 2009
Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody - 27”
51.700
65.000
20.700
13.800
2009.00
1035
3D
Apple iMac Aluminum Unibody - 27”
15.8” | 40.1 cm
15.2” | 38.6 cm
17.6” | 44.7 cm
38.1 lb | 18.1 kg
April 14, 1999
Apple iMac G3
40.100
38.600
44.700
18.100
1999.00
7000
3D
Apple iMac G3
12.95”-20” | 32.9-50.9 cm
15.1”-16.3” | 38.3-41.5 cm
10.6”-16.3” | 27-41.5 cm
21.3 lb | 9.7 kg
September 8, 2003
Apple iMac G4 - 15”
50.900
41.500
41.500
9.700
2003.00
2950
3D
Apple iMac G4 - 15”
13.03”-20” | 33.1-50.9 cm
16.7”-17.7” | 42.3-44.9 cm
10.6”-16.7” | 27-42.3 cm
22.8 lb | 10.4 kg
September 8, 2003
Apple iMac G4 - 17”
50.900
44.900
42.300
10.400
2003.00
2950
3D
Apple iMac G4 - 17”
13.93”-20.9” | 35.4-53 cm
20.9” | 53.1 cm
10.6”-17.3” | 27-43.9 cm
40.1 lb | 18.2 kg
November 18, 2003
Apple iMac G4 - 20”
53.000
53.100
43.900
18.200
2003.00
2950
3D
Apple iMac G4 - 20”
16.9” | 43 cm
16.8” | 42.6 cm
6.8” | 17.3 cm
18.5 lb | 8.4 kg
August 31, 2004
Apple iMac G5 - 17”
43.000
42.600
17.300
8.400
2004.00
2250
3D
Apple iMac G5 - 17”
18.6” | 47.2 cm
19.4” | 49.3 cm
7.4” | 18.9 cm
25.2 lb | 11.4 kg
August 31, 2004
Apple iMac G5 - 20”
47.200
49.300
18.900
11.400
2004.00
2250
3D
Apple iMac G5 - 20”
16.9” | 43 cm
16.8” | 42.6 cm
6.8” | 17.3 cm
15.5 lb | 7 kg
September 6, 2006
Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 17”
43.000
42.600
17.300
7.000
2006.00
420
3D
Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 17”
18.6” | 47.2 cm
19.4” | 49.3 cm
7.4” | 18.9 cm
22 lb | 10 kg
September 6, 2006
Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 20”
47.200
49.300
18.900
10.000
2006.00
420
3D
Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 20”
20.6” | 52.3 cm
22.6” | 57.4 cm
8.1” | 20.7 cm
24.7 lb | 11.2 kg
September 6, 2006
Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 24”
52.300
57.400
20.700
11.200
2006.00
420
3D
Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 24”
20.3” | 51.6 cm
25.6” | 65 cm
8” | 20.3 cm
21.5 lb | 9.7 kg
December 14, 2017
Apple iMac Pro
51.600
65.000
20.300
9.700
2017.00
28500
3D
Apple iMac Pro
17.7” | 45 cm
20.8” | 52.8 cm
6.9” | 17.5 cm
12.5 lb | 5.68 kg
October 13, 2015
Apple iMac Retina - 21.5”
45.000
52.800
17.500
5.680
2015.00
130
3D
Apple iMac Retina - 21.5”
20.3” | 51.6 cm
25.6” | 65 cm
8" | 20.3 cm
21 lb | 9.54 kg
October 13, 2015
Apple iMac Retina - 27”
51.600
65.000
20.300
9.540
2015.00
130
3D
Apple iMac Retina - 27”
17.7” | 45 cm
20.8” | 52.8 cm
6.9” | 17.5 cm
12.5 lb | 5.68 kg
October 23, 2012
Apple iMac Slim - 21.5”
45.000
52.800
17.500
5.680
2012.00
1330
3D
Apple iMac Slim - 21.5”
20.3” | 51.6 cm
25.6” | 65 cm
8" | 20.3 cm
21 lb | 9.54 kg
October 23, 2012
Apple iMac Slim - 27”
51.600
65.000
20.300
9.540
2012.00
1330
3D
Apple iMac Slim - 27”
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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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 Macintosh 128K (1984)
Set of dimensioned views of the Apple Macintosh 128K (1984) with width, height, depth, and resolution

The Apple Macintosh 128K (1984) was originally released as the Apple Macintosh and was the original Apple Macintosh personal desktop computer. Its design featured a beige case CRT monitor and came with a keyboard and mouse. It had a handle built into the top of the case to make it easier for the computer to be lifted and carried.

It sold to the public from January 24, 1984 through October 1, 1985. At the released of its successor it was renamed to the Macintosh 128K. It ran on the operating system, System 1.

The Apple Macintosh 128K (1984) has a height of 13.6” (34.5 cm), width of 9.6” (24.4 cm), depth of 10.9” (27.7 cm), and weighs 16.5 lb (7.5 kg). The screen size is 9” (22.9 cm) with a resolution of 512 x 342 px.

Illustrations of the Apple Macintosh 128K (1984) with included keyboard and mouse
The Apple Macintosh 128K (1984) was originally released as the Apple Macintosh and was the original Apple Macintosh personal desktop computer. Its design featured a beige case CRT monitor and came with a keyboard and mouse. It had a handle built into the top of the case to make it easier to carry.

The Apple Macintosh 128K (1984) has a height of 13.6” (34.5 cm), width of 9.6” (24.4 cm), depth of 10.9” (27.7 cm), and weighs 16.5 lb (7.5 kg). The screen size is 9” (22.9 cm) with a resolution of 512 x 342 px.

Illustrations of the Apple Macintosh 128K (1984) with included keyboard and mouse
Apple Macintosh 128K (1984)
Height:
13.6” | 34.5 cm
Width:
9.6” | 24.4 cm
Length:
Depth:
10.9” | 27.7 cm
Display Size
9” | 22.9 cm
Resolution
512 x 342 px
Weight:
16.5 lb | 7.5 kg
Area:

Discontinued: October 1, 1985

Storage
400k Disk Drive
Designer
Apple
Release
January 24, 1984

Drawings include:
Apple Macintosh 128K (1984) 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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Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 17” (2006)
Pair of drawings of the Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 17” (2006) front and side views with measured dimensions and resolution

The Apple iMac (2006) 17" is the smallest 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 17” (2006) has a height of 16.9” (43 cm), width of 16.8” (42.6 cm), depth of 6.8” (17.3 cm), and weighs 15.5 lb (7 kg). The screen size is 17” (43.2 cm) with a resolution of 1440 x 900 px.

Back and plan view drawings of the Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 17” (2006)
The Apple iMac (2006) 17" is the smallest 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 17” (2006) has a height of 16.9” (43 cm), width of 16.8” (42.6 cm), depth of 6.8” (17.3 cm), and weighs 15.5 lb (7 kg). The screen size is 17” (43.2 cm) with a resolution of 1440 x 900 px.

Back and plan view drawings of the Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 17” (2006)
Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 17” (2006)
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:
15.5 lb | 7 kg
Area:

Discontinued: August 7, 2007

Storage
160 GB
Designer
Apple
Release
September 6, 2006

Drawings include:
Apple iMac Intel Plastic - 17” (2006) front elevation, back, side, plan, views with mouse and keyboard

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