PC Magazine review gives Apple’s new iMac G5 with Front Row 4.5 out of 5 stars

“The first two versions of the Apple iMac G5 were wonders of design and engineering, and the newest version continues on that same path. The newest 20-inch iMac G5 ($1,699 direct) adds a few features, including upgraded graphics and a slightly faster processor, while cutting the price by $100. On the whole, the iMac G5 (iSight) is an evolution of the design we first saw a year ago, and we consider it an improvement. The iMac G5 is a great desktop for Mac users whose needs go beyond simple Web browsing and e-mailing,” Joel Santo Domingo writes in his review (4.5 stars oit of 5) for PC Magazine.

Full review here.

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  1. “…is a great desktop for Mac users..” True, but they are hedging a bit by putting it that way. Replace Mac with home computer users, or experienced users, would be more accurate. Looks like they smell something in the wind re: windows vs. mac user share changes and are trying to broaden their readership base. Wonder how many Switchers have dropped subscriptions due to lack of Mac coverage?

    Also, likely not first post as I took the time to formulate some coherent thoughts. (you may disagree)

  2. This past summer PC Mag gave OS X Tiger the #3 spot on their products of the year listing (behind Firefox and GMail, both for many OSs).

    So maybe the “P” in PC Magazine is once again referring to “Personal”, in stead of the PC of the Fee C from Microsoft.

    MW = serious – I am!

  3. I have spent all my computer time with our new G5 iMac (iSight) for the past two weeks and it is without a doubt the most capable, transparent, and beautiful computer I have ever been around.

    The addition of the iSight has been great. My five year old son loves to have his picture taken with Photo Booth, and I love how quiet it is and how little space it takes up. It is also lots faster than any computer I’ve ever used.

    Also, it is great fun to show pictures of it at work and have the resident PC apologist say that it’s no big deal since she has a flat screen monitor too and then watch her face when I tell her that she is looking at the entire computer (complete with Apple Remote and Mighty Mouse (I love the Mighty Mouse!)).


    PS- Yes, she really did not realize what the iMac was until I told her. Like I said, she is PC all the way.

  4. I just read the whole article and y’all are right…

    I submit that the G5 iMac (iSight) should receive 6 out of 5 for design. I’m serious, there is no other computer in existence that can even come close for over all functionality, looks, intelligent packaging and user interface. (granted, any OS X Mac has the interface)

    How can they give anything less than 5 out of 5 for security?

    How can they give less than 5 out of 5 for video?

    Surely they aren’t talking about full motion video playback? After the crap I’ve seen PCs bragging about at CompUSA and Fry’s (video looks horrible and choppy), QuickTime 7 is downright breathtaking. If they are counting off for it running Doom at 20fps instead of 30fps, then that should rightly take points off of the gaming total (which it seemed to).

    I personally couldn’t care less about gaming on my iMac. That’s what my PS2 is for. I can run X-Plane 8 beautifully, and that’s good enough for me.


  5. CONS:
    – No TV tuner.
    o Huh? This is a PC not a TV!

    – Difficult to move DVD content or TV programming from iMac to iPod.
    o What TV program? I thought there was no tuner?
    o Moving DVD content? Don’t even know how to begin answering that one.

    – Third-party mount required for arm mounting.
    o That’s only if you want to stick it on a wall. Is that a standard accessory now?

    – 3D graphics are not upgradeable
    o Upgradeable to what?

  6. It would figure that the PC Mag testers wouldn’t even know how to run the power cable through the hole in the pedestal to keep the appearance as clean as possible!! They even have a photo that they tried cloning it out of with PhotoShop!!! Talk about design ignorant, PC afflicted dolts!
    I give them 2 out of 5 stars for computer presentation.
    They get 4 out of 5 stars for computer reviewing.

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