The original iMac G5, released in mid 2004, was the darling of the desktop industry. A year has passed, and now Apple brings us an updated version of the fan favorite – but are the upgrades worth it?
CNET: “With its most recent update to the line, Apple has stuffed more functionality into its midrange all-in-one iMac G5 computer while simultaneously dropping the prices. Though a tad thinner, the new iMac G5 doesn’t look much different from its predecessor but boasts new features such as an integrated iSight camera, a remote control, and intuitive software that takes advantage of both. Core hardware improvements make it even stronger in our graphics and overall performance tests, resulting in a home computer whose performance is matched only by its good looks.”
PC Magazine: “Apple took their class-defining desktop and improved it. Though there are a few quibbles—mainly the lack of internal upgradeability inherent in all-in-one designs—the iMac G5 continues to impress. Users—Windows and Mac–who make the switch to this iMac G5 will not be disappointed.”
Business Week: “This is a computer for home and office use, not heavy-duty video editing or media creation. Provided you don’t need Windows for critical applications, you won’t find anything better — or nearly as good.”
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What’s new: Increased processor speed (now 2.0 GHz), Airport Extreme (802.11 b/g Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (enhanced data rate) – standard, A 250GB SATA hard drive, built in iSight camera, dual-layer dual-format SuperDrive DVD burner, and Gigabit Ethernet also come standard, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are included.
Front Row sofware: Similar to Microsoft’s Media Center, Front Row lets you play music, video, DVDs and display photos with a click of a remote control (included) – all from the comfort of your sofa.
Bottom line: The improvements that Apple has made to the iMac G5 are well worth the price tag (starts at $1,299) The best keeps getting better – so if you are in the market, the new G5 is a definite buy for an all around home computer.
Posted by Sean