With the iMac G5, Apple has given Mac fans yet another reason to stay in the fold. And its unparalleled execution should attract would-be Windows PC buyers, as well. (PC Magazine)
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.
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Joel Santo Domingo is the Lead Analyst for the Desktops team at PC Magazine Labs. He joined PC Magazine in 2000, after 7 years of IT work for companies large and small. His background includes managing mobile, desktop and network infrastructure on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. He is responsible for overseeing PC Labs testing, as well as formulating new test methodologies for the Desktops team.