updated 10:15 am EDT, Thu May 26, 2005
Consumer Reports on Macs
looks at the best personal computer offerings in its June 2005 issue. Apple's 17-inch iMac was ranked best for reliability and support. "Apple provides top-notch reliability and support. Its computers are currently less vulnerable to viruses and spyware than Windows-based models." On the downside, the review notes that the iMac has limited expandability. The June 2005 issue also touches on processor clock speed. According to the magazine, Intel now assigns "processor numbers" to its chips, de-emphasizing clock speed. The architecture of some families of chips, such as those from IBM, "allows them to be as fast as or faster than others with higher clock speeds, so speed comparison by the numbers can be misleading."