Apple iMac G5 May Lure Users Off Windows

Apple iMac G5 May Lure Users Off Windows

Joel Santo Domingo

Company:

Apple Computer, www.apple.com

Price:

$2,103 direct

Spec Data:

1.8-GHz PowerPC G5 processor, 512MB DDR SDRAM, 160GB SATA hard drive (7,200-rpm), nVidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics, 20-inch widescreen LCD, DVD-R optical drive, three USB 2.0 ports, two FireWire ports, integrated speakers, AirPort Extreme (802.11g) wireless, Bluetooth, Mac OS X 10.3.5.

Pros:

Simple, stunning all-in-one design. Quiet. Just one cord (for power), thanks to optional Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. More compact than other all-in-one desktops. Gorgeous 20-inch screen and desktop-caliber hard drive make machine more usable than a desktop-replacement notebook, for the same money and space use. Can be mounted on the wall or on an arm (with a VESA-compliant mounting kit).

Cons:

Can’t upgrade graphics. Built-in speakers don’t deliver much bass.

Bottom Line:

Apple has another design coup on its hands with the Apple iMac G5. Its clean, simple look—imagine if an iPod grew into a full-size, self-contained PC—exclaims, “It’s about time they designed a computer like this.”

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Review

When we first saw the previous-generation iMac, with its dome base and trick swing-arm, we thought “wow.” The latest incarnation of Apple’s design standard-bearer, the Apple iMac G5, is no less sublime, but a lot more subtle. An iPod writ large, this self-contained iMac G5 will have you nodding your head and saying, “It’s about time they designed a computer like this.”

Most all-in-one desktops with LCD panels (the Sony VAIO and Gateway Profile systems come to mind) are two units permanently connected together: the part of the case housing the motherboard and drives, and the monitor. But the iMac G5 has the CPU, motherboard, and drives mounted in the same 2-inch-thick chassis as the monitor. The result is the clean look of an iPod music player, supersized and placed on an elegant anodized-aluminum stand. The 17-inch model (configurations start at $1,299 direct) weighs just 18.5 pounds, and the 20-inch one ($1,899 and up) is just 25.2 pounds, so moving one from room to room is easy. And the pricing is as attractive as the units. A multimedia-centric desktop-replacement Windows notebook with a 17-inch widescreen, such as the HP Pavilion zd7000, starts at $1,299. And if you really want a large screen in an all-in-one in the Windows world, pretty much you’re only choice is the 19-inch Gateway Profile 5XL-C, which starts at $1,999 direct.

For the full review, go to PC Magazine.

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