When we first saw the previous-generation iMac, with its dome base and trick swing-arm, we thought "wow."
The latest incarnation of Apples 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, "Its 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 youre only choice is the 19-inch Gateway Profile 5XL-C, which starts at $1,999 direct.
For the full review, go to PC Magazine.