“The new machine features a minimalist, all-in-one design that resembles (not coincidentally) a large iPod. After the keynote ended around 3:30 a.m., I viewed Apple’s newly posted pictures ( [url=http://www.apple.com/imac/]http://www.apple.com/imac/[/url] ), found the iMac G5 to be fairly attractive but not dynamic, and went to bed,” Jeff Carlson writes for The Seattle Times.
“In recent years, this has been my reaction to most of Apple’s new machines: They’re clean and cool, but not always awe-inspiring – at first. But the next morning, as I looked closer at the iMac’s photos and specifications, and read reports from people at the expo, it was clear that Apple has done it again: Instead of simply building a box of circuits and ports, it has designed a piece of art that you want to use and keep near you,” Carlson writes. “The iMac G5 features a number of details, large and small, that prove Apple cares not only about the way in which the machine is used, but also about the person who uses it.”
Carlson writes, “Surprisingly, the iMac G5 is one of Apple’s most internally accessible machines. The back of the case comes off to reveal its innards, nearly all of which are user-replaceable. A set of four diagnostic LEDs also help troubleshoot hardware problems if they arise. You may still want an expert to perform things such as replacing the hard drive, screen, or logic board, but if you’re more mechanically inclined, you’ll be able to do these things without sending the computer off to Apple.”
Carlson writes, “The iMac is only 1.8 inches or 2.2 inches deep, depending on the screen size you choose, which is the same width as some older laptops. With the addition of a VESA mounting kit, available next month, you can remove the stand and mount the iMac on a wall.”
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