“What bothers me most about the Apple [iMac G5] is that the design seems rushed. The base seems too narrow for safe use and appears to be directly pulled from Apple’s monitor line. On monitors the screen is relatively light, but when you add the PC functionality, you also add a lot of weight,” Mary Enderle writes for MacNewsWorld.
MacDailyNews Note: Mary Enderle is a design and brand consultant for the Enderle Group. Yes, that Enderle Group, the one headed by Rob Enderle (seems it’s a group of two, according to their website, and it looks like you have to be an Enderle to join the group, we guess). Mary also worked on “the look and feel for [url=http://www.intel.com.”]http://www.intel.com.”[/url]
Enderle continues, “This shifts the center of gravity up and makes everything less stable. Knocking over a monitor can be expensive, but if you have the hard drive spun up, knocking over a PC could be catastrophic. If it is my data we are talking about, I want to see it better protected. The other part that bothers me a lot is the lack of built-in wireless networking . This box looks best without cables, but there is virtually no way to use it networked with out adding something that breaks the clean lines.”
“Even if you add the iPod, you break the clean lines. I would prefer the ports be on the base or on the floor so this doesn’t happen,” Enderle writes. “Unlike the old iMac, you can’t raise and lower the screen. This will be a problem in Europe, where they actually have rules about this kind of thing for office use. Whatever the iMac is — a ‘smart display’ retread, a tablet computer without any of the tablet features or a laptop that isn’t mobile — it isn’t a good desktop design. In fact, I haven’t seen good desktop design from Apple since the old Apple Cube. Unlike the previous iMac, this version seems poorly thought out. A good design should remain attractive when fully configured. This one simply does not live up to Apple’s typically high standard.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, if you’ve read one Enderle, you’ve read ’em all. Oh, the iMac G5’s foot is removable, by the way. Lose the foot, add an arm mounted on your desk or wall, and you’ll have a greater range of movement than the previous iMac G4 ever had.
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