“Much has been made of [the] new iMac G5’s family resemblance to the iPod. Yes, it is white, minimalist, with a rectangular elegance that, even after a week’s engagement continues to impress me,” Garry Barker writes for The Age.

“Walt Mossberg, of the Wall Street Journal and doyen of US technology writers, called it ‘the most elegant desktop computer I have ever used, a computer that is not only uncommonly beautiful but fast and powerful, virus-free and surprisingly affordable,'” Barker writes.

“The design and engineering are impressive. No more a bulky CPU. Everything, from the two drives to the internal digital speakers is contained in the crystalline white panel surrounding the screen… Using a VESA mount, the G5 can be hung on a wall and the tangle of cables removed by using a wireless keyboard and mouse, Airport Extreme and some Airport Express units. My Canon i950 printer operates flawlessly through Apple’s Rendezvous networking software and an Airport Express. So, too, iTunes and my powered speakers,” Barker writes.

“This third-generation iMac is clearly the best yet. Jonathan Ive’s clean design sets it far above the tediousness of Windows boxes and Apple’s Mac OS X operating system is arguably at least a generation ahead of Windows XP,” Barker writes. “As we now expect from Apple, everything works and is logical and friendly. Like all Macs, the new G5 is a pleasure to be with; comfortable to use and fun, even for work. Oh yes, and in 10 days, during which time the machine was never switched off, and while I made a movie, created and burned a DVD project, played games, wrote stories, played music, Photoshopped images and surfed the net, there was not one flicker of a problem.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Imagine you’re a Windows-only personal computer user. After your shudders subside, can you imagine what you’d think after reading this article? Would you be able to believe it? Would you simply dismiss it out of hand? What would you think?