Apple’s new iMac G5 a solid all-round performer that also has ‘wow factor’

“Apple’s iMac home computer is not as iconic as the original, multicoloured iMacs launched in the late 1990s, or even the flat screen, Anglepoise-lamp design that followed it,” Stephen Pritchard writes for The Independent. “But the latest model – and the third generation iMac to use a G5 processor – is Apple’s first serious attempt to build a genuine home entertainment computer. It could also be the first computer to bring video conferencing into the mainstream.”

“Front Row and iChat give the iMac the wow factor, but the computer is also a solid all-round performer. Apple includes wireless networking, Bluetooth and gigabit ethernet, as well as a DVD writer as standard, and the flat-panel displays are widescreen compatible,” Pritchard writes. “The only downside to the new models is that the 17in iMac comes in only one version, with a 1.9GHz processor; the old model came in 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz versions. There is also no in-built modem. But as the new models are cheaper than their predecessors, even with the added features, most buyers probably won’t mind.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: iMac G5 dial-up users will want to add the $49 Apple USB Modem. Choose it in the “Modem” section when ordering from the online Apple Store: Apple USB Modem. Easily connect to the Internet using your dial-up service. $49.00.

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28 Comments

  1. “The only downside to the new models is that the 17in iMac comes in only one version, with a 1.9GHz processor; the old model came in 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz versions”

    I don’t think this tradeoff was really a downside. Previously, you got a 1.8 GHz/ Combo for $1299 and a 2 GHz/Super for $1499. Today, you can only get a 1.9 GHz/Super DL for $1299.

    To summarize…

    Lose 100 MHz; Gain dual-layer support (to existing SuperDrive), PCIe, higher memory celing, iSight, Front Row and Photo Booth all in a thinner and lighter chassis…
    $200 less

    -or-

    Gain 100 MHz; Gain SuperDrive AND dual-layer support, PCIe, higher memory celing, iSight, Front Row and Photo Booth all in a thinner and lighter chassis…
    Same price

    Looks like a good deal either way you slice it.

  2. “I have had an iSight for over three years, 90% of the time I use it to “point at something” to show someone. The stationary camera within the new iMacG5’s seems kinda … well, stationary.”

    You can always turn the iMac on its stand if you really need to.

  3. Was just at Resfest yesterday and they had several Imacs in the lobby. Man, they are sweet. I really liked the isight built in for straight on conferencing, but many times I have to help my newbie sister 6000 miles away fiqure something out. I find the easiest way is to point the isight at my screen and go through the instructions. Unfortunately you couldn’t do this with the new imac. Still, pretty sweet having it built in.

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