“Slim. Sleek. Streamlined. Stylish. Chic. Those aren’t adjectives normally associated with a desktop computer — unless it’s an Apple iMac,” John P. Mello Jr. reports for The Boston Globe. “The company that pushed the design envelope with its ‘Lamp Mac’ — which looked more like a prop from a remake of ‘War of the Worlds’ than a computer — is again showing its leading-edge lan with the iMac G5.”
Mello Jr. reports, “Set-up was a snap. In fact, Apple added a wrinkle that more PC makers should adopt. As you boot up for the first time, you’re asked if you already own a Mac. If you do, you’re given instructions for connecting the computers via their FireWire ports and automatically moving information from your old unit to your new one. That’s the kind of thoughtfulness sadly absent in much of the PC world.”
“In the past, one of the knocks against all-in-one computers was they lacked expandability. Today, that’s largely a bum rap, because USB and FireWire ports allow you to expand a computer’s repertoire without resorting to traditional expansion methods — all revolving around opening the box,” Mello Jr. reports. “That’s not to say there aren’t reasons for opening an iMac — adding memory, for instance, or popping in a wireless networking AirPort Extreme Card. For that, simply remove two Phillips screws at the base of the unit, lift its stand upward, and the back of the machine can be removed for convenient access.”
“When buying a PC, software is almost always an afterthought. Programs on new PCs are largely ‘lite’ versions of robust applications, or worse. That isn’t the case here,” Mello Jr. reports. “Sure, in the productivity department, AppleWorks isn’t any substitute for a full-featured suite like Microsoft Office, but the iLife package of entertainment applications packaged with the iMac G5 is outstanding.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple products provide “the kind of thoughtfulness sadly absent in much of the PC world.” Pure truth, but very difficult to sell to the general “fixated-on-sticker-price” consumer, as Apple knows all too well. The more articles like this, the easier Mac sales will be for Apple.