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iMac G5 review: \"Simple, stunning all-in-one design\"

updated 01:10 pm EDT, Tue September 21, 2004

PC Mag reviews iMac G5

Apple has another design coup on its hands with the its new iMac G5, according to PC Magazine, which --5 out of 5. "Simple, stunning all-in-one design. Quiet. Just one cord (for power), thanks to optional Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. More compact than other all-in-one desktops. Gorgeous 20-inch screen and desktop-caliber hard drive make machine more usable than a desktop-replacement notebook, for the same money and space use. Can be mounted on the wall or on an arm (with a VESA-compliant mounting kit)." The review, however, notes that the graphics cannot be upgraded and that the speakers don't deliver much bass and some flaws with Apple's (optional) Bluetooth keyboard/mouse.

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  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    that's nice

    since the childish dvorak trashed it in an article at cbs marketwatch a week or so ago. he must have written the article within, oh, maybe 15 minutes after the first pictures were available. couldn't wait to trash another apple product.
    nice article anyway. with the editor "lance" and dvorak it's always surprising when anything positive comes out of there.

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969



    First Fox News recommends Fahrenheit 9/11, then PC Mag gives a Mac 5/5. How dare they toss out such deliberate red herrings as pointers to counter future claims implying their otherwise overwhelming bias?


  1. DeathMan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just shows to go you

    For what it is, its a 5 out of 5. its when you try to make it something its not that its less than superb. I want one.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not to criticize

    but the review of the review seems a bit iffy. I checked out the review to read of the problems where and some flaws with Apple's (optional) Bluetooth keyboard/mouse.

    I'm not sure you can call the bluetooth stuff a flaw. In the first part of the review, s/he actually states The Bluetooth keyboard and mouse discovery and setup are the first things that come up when you initially power up the iMac G5, so you may never need to connect a wired keyboard and mouse.

    No problem there. So where's the flaws? Oh, its with gaming, where a wireless mouse/keyboard don't give precise and quick response. Not exactly a 'flaw', as I can't imagine any wireless device giving the speed and reaction of a wired one (esp. if the mouse/keyboard go into a low-power mode after a period of inactivity).

    (OK, its meant to criticize)

    Anyway, its odd on the bass complaint. Are there many computers out there that come with a decent set of built-in speakers that provide good range of sound, including bass? Maybe he's comparing it to the external speakers you get with most PCs by default? I can't seem to recall many Mac reviews saying anything like "And those built-in speakers! These are great, with clear sound, good range, you'll think you're listening to a $10,000 system..." It always seems like one word that is in every comment about mac speakers is 'tinny'.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They're tinny because they're small. They are what they are but they produce better sound than the built in speaker in any PC I've ever heard. Just like you need external speakers to get decent sound on a PC, you need them on a Mac. Speakers with a subwoofer are real cheap if you aren't wanting anything fancy ($20) so if you're buying a tricked out iMac, I'm sure most resellers would include a set for free if you asked considering they would buy them for $10 or less.

    Like the first poster said, it is as close to perfect for what it is that you'll ever see. It deserves 5 stars. Does it mow the lawn? No. It isn't supposed to so it doesn't loose a star. It shouldn't loose a star because of things like slow response from a wireless keyboard (not limited to the iMac but to all bluetooth devices) or bad bass from it's little tiny 1" speakers. If Apple were touting it as a music workstation, well that would be another matter.....

  1. Elektrix

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Not to criticize

    For what it's worth, I have a Logtech MX700, which uses some other RF technology (not bluetooth), but I've always found performance to be very good even with FPS's, etc. I've never done any scientific tests with it though to see exactly how much worse it is than the comparable wired mouse, but it does seem possible. I'm not sure about bluetooth mice though. I know Logitech makes an MX900, which is basically like the MX700 but with bluetooth, and I've heard good things about that.

  1. bryanb74

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iMac G5 speakers

    Comment posted by: testudo
    "I can't seem to recall many Mac reviews saying anything like "And those built-in speakers! These are great, with clear sound, good range, you'll think you're listening to a $10,000 system..."

    I do. The 20th Anniversary Mac included a Bose sub-woofer. Whose prototypes, and itself really remind me of the iMac G5.. anyone else see the resemblence?

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