Wendland: Your next PC should be Apple’s iMac G5 – ‘the finest personal computer I’ve ever used’

“If a new desktop computer is the object of your holiday hopes this season, look no farther than the new G5 iMac from Apple. I said it when I first tested it and I’ll say it again after two months of use: This is the finest personal computer I’ve ever used, hands down. Nothing comes close. If you have ever thought of switching from a Windows-based PC to a Mac, this is the deal-clincher. It is a stunning machine to look at and to use,” Mike Wendland writes for The Detroit Free Press.

Wendland writes, “But besides the sheer beauty of the thing, the most brilliant thing Apple has done is to make the G5 iMac affordable. The 17-inch, 1.6 GHz model starts at $1,299. For that price you get an 80 GB hard drive and a DVD and CD player that can also record CDs. The 20-inch version begins at $1,899. It has the faster 1.8 GHz processor, a 160 MB hard drive and Apple’s SuperDrive that plays and records DVDs and CDs… I like this machine a lot. And because Macs — for a variety of reasons — are as close to immune to viruses and worms as you can get, the new G5 is my top recommendation for anyone considering a new computer this year.”

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21 Comments

  1. Not to throw a floppy ‘tween the touchy-feely world of Apple-Love but … (1) the standard memory it ships with and its video card are inadequate. For the basics such as email, surfing and (cough) Microsoft Orifice, that’ll do nicely; for Photoshopping and Action-gaming, get yourself a PowerMac. (2) If you want to give your machine some longevity, give your iMac 1GHz memory and the 250-gig drive. You won’t be sorry.

  2. And don’t forget the Airport Express and bluetooth keyboard and mouse for the clean desktop look (look Ma, no cables!). For the mouse, use only the highest grade batteries. The Made-in-China cheapies are giving me only two-weeks of use.

  3. I am in love with my iMac G-5:
    17″
    1.8 GHz
    1 gig Ram
    160 gig HD
    bluetooth
    airport

    and games like Halo work wonderfully…. but i am mostly impressed by its performance in photoshop.

    … plus you can hang it on your wall… thats just sweet.

  4. So add memory. That is an easy fix. The video card is more complicated I gather. I guess that is probably a differentiating factor to keep the high end users buying the high end PowerMacs. It also serves as an easy way for Apple to offer incremental “improvements” in the product line. However, from the various reports that I have read the current iMac G5 is more than adequate for the average user who is only an occasional gamer.

    It certainly refreshing to read an article from a journalist who actually “gets it”. Walt Mossberg is good too. Maybe even better because he does point out weak points more aggressively sometimes and thus maybe drives innovation even more. Walt is usually dead on and in agreement with a lot of Mac Users in the weak areas he focuses on.

  5. Jack A,

    Although Apple have finally produced an iMac that can handle virtually any game as far as the CPU goes, they’ve not even offered an adequate graphics card as an extra – and his Steveness knows how important games are. Therefore I conclude that the reason must be technical (i.e. heat) problems. I just don’t know.
    I’m an ‘occasional’ gamer, but I want to have the option of playing state-of-the-art games. I only ‘occasionally’ go to restaurants to eat; but I don’t expect second-rate food when I do go out to eat.
    I really don’t know why Apple have crippled this otherwise very good computer. I’d willingly pay an extra �150,- (I live in Berlin) for a good graphics card.

  6. Jack A
    It certainly refreshing to read an article from a journalist who actually “gets it”. Walt Mossberg is good too. Maybe even better because he does point out weak points more aggressively sometimes and thus maybe drives innovation even more. Walt is usually dead on and in agreement with a lot of Mac Users in the weak areas he focuses on.

    I think you bring up a good point here. Walt is not afraid to bring up the ugly side of Apple, and because he treats them fairly, he does not open himself up to a barage of flames from the so-called “Mac cult.” I don’t believe that most Mac users expect you to glow lovingly about every Apple product, just be fair and don’t base your articles solely on MS marketshare.

  7. Charko
    Although Apple have finally produced an iMac that can handle virtually any game as far as the CPU goes, they’ve not even offered an adequate graphics card as an extra – and his Steveness knows how important games are. Therefore I conclude that the reason must be technical (i.e. heat) problems. I just don’t know

    I’m not certain either, but I gather you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned heat issues. The iMac G5 is said to be whisper quiet, I’ve read that owners can’t even hear the Hard Drive in action. Keeping a G5 so quiet in such a thin case was no mean feat. I’d bet that the extra heat from a more powerful graphics card would interfere here (just a guess, but I bet I’m right).

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