The Washington Times: Apple’s compelling iMac G5 features ‘rock-solid Mac OS X operating system that

“The arrival of Apple Computer’s iMac G5 raises the question: How much better can a computer get? In the case of the iMac, the answer is, substantially better, in ways large and small,” Mark Kellner writes for The Washington Times. “In a world in which you can get a very good Windows-based computer and flat-panel display for less than half the $2,152 price tag of the (very well-equipped) 20-inch iMac G5 sent for review, why shell out the extra money for the Apple logo and operating system?”

“Well, the Apple logo and operating system are themselves compelling reasons: Apple Computer is known for building very good computer systems, ones that are high in ‘initial quality’ and that last in the long term. And Mac OS X, now in its ‘Panther’ incarnation, is a rock-solid operating system that doesn’t crash,” Kellner writes. “Both things are worth a premium. But the stylish appearance of the iMac G5 is another plus. This striking design may impress you, or it may not. However, the system’s performance and technical accomplishment in loading the ‘guts’ of the PC so stylishly behind the display likely will soften even the hardest of computing hearts.”

Full article here.


  1. yes you can get a pc crapbox for half the price of a 20 inch imac. but does that crapbox come with a 20 inch monitor? no. is it also by definition a peice of crap? yes. please no more articles that cannot compare hardware in a reasonable way.

  2. I’ve had APPLICATIONS crash on my iMac G4 (15 in. flat panel, 800 MHz, 768 MB RAM) but no SYSTEM crashes or lock ups since I bumped up the RAM, and thats with me runningOS 10.2.8 (I know, I know … I need to upgrade to 10.3.5 but 10.2.8 works fine for me)

  3. I’m not sure Apple is doing itself any favors by giving reviewers the most revved-up iMacs possible. Sure, they get great reviews, but it inevitably brings up and reinforces the “Macs are expensive” myth. No reviewer ever mentions that you can get a very good Mac OS-based system for half that price, too. Hell, you can an iMac G5 for 40 percent less.

    And what’s up with the hard drive size comparison to the Cube? Relevance?

  4. unfortunately – this article appeared in the washington times, not the washington post. the times is a conservative paper in a very liberal town. plus, the paper is owned and managed by the Moonie’s (seriously) so not too many people take their publsihed news that seriously.

    being a conservative, i have to say the paper is an embarrassment. oh well. the washingont post, being more obviously liberal in its news reporting is more objective then the times.

  5. i get kernel panic often .. but it is not Apples fault .. it is my USB ISDN modem ..

    otherwise is MAC OS X 10.3 rock solid .. only bad and low quality hardware can bring it down as described above

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