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Apple iMac G5

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Overall 10
10

Apple iMac G5 (2.0 GHz)

PC Magazine
17 June 2008
  • Conclusion: Apple took its five-star, class-defining desktop and upgraded it. What's better than that?
  • Pros: All the pros from our previous iMac G5 review. Faster processor. Dual-layer SuperDrive. Airport Extreme and Bluetooth now standard. Mac OS 10.4 Tiger.
  • Cons: Still can't upgrade graphics. Lackluster 3D gaming performance.
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Overall 7
7.0

Apple iMac G5 (17-inch)

PC Magazine
23 April 2008
  • Conclusion: A more compact, affordable version of its 20-inch big brother, the 17-inch iMac should appeal to home users with a shortage of desk space.
  • Pros: Built in 802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Space-saving design.
  • Cons: A bit expensive. DVD combo drive instead of a DVD writer.
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Overall 9
9.0

Apple iMac G5 (iSight)

PC Magazine
2 March 2008
  • Conclusion: The iMac G5 is a great desktop for Mac multimedia hobbyists whose needs go beyond simple Web browsing and e-mailing.
  • Pros: New built-in iSight camera. Added multimedia capabilities. SuperDrive (dual-layer DVD writer) and wireless (802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR) now standard across iMac line. New DDR2 memory and PCIe-based architecture.
  • Cons: No TV tuner. Difficult to move DVD content or TV programming from iMac to iPod. Third-party mount required for arm mounting. 3D graphics are not upgradeable.
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Overall 10
10

Apple iMac G5 (Iss. 21 2004)

PC Magazine
21 June 2006
  • Conclusion: Apple has another design coup on its hands with the iMac G5's clean, simple look—imagine if an iPod grew into a full-size, self-contained PC.
  • Pros: Simple, stunning all-in-one design. Quiet. Just one cord (for power), thanks to optional Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Gorgeous 20-inch screen and desktop-caliber hard drive.
  • Cons: Can?t upgrade graphics. Built-in speakers don?t deliver much bass.
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Overall 10
10

Apple iMac G5 (Iss. 21 2004)

PC Magazine
20 June 2006
  • Conclusion: Apple has another design coup on its hands with the iMac G5's clean, simple look—imagine if an iPod grew into a full-size, self-contained PC.
  • Pros: Simple, stunning all-in-one design. Quiet. Just one cord (for power), thanks to optional Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Gorgeous 20-inch screen and desktop-caliber hard drive.
  • Cons: Can?t upgrade graphics. Built-in speakers don?t deliver much bass.
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Overall 8
8.0

17-inch iMac G5/1.9GHz

Macworld
4 November 2005
  • Summary: Introduced in October 2005, the refurbished iMac line now comes with a built-in iSight camera plus a remote control. The latter comes in handy with a news software program that comes preinstalled on the iMac -- Front Row, a digital media application for playing back movies, DVD, QuickTime movie trailers, and video downloads from the iTunes Music Store. Photo Booth, another newly installed app, lets users take pictures with the iSight and edit them.
  • Pros: Consistent organization of movies between computer and Front Row, Built-in iSight video camera, Includes fuller featured Mighty Mouse, Remote stows on side of iMac, Beautiful, bright display, Photo Booth software is really fun, Can support a maximum 2.5GB of RAM, Excellent general-use and business Mac
  • Cons: Supports second display only in mirroring mode, Supports only VGA (analog) connection for additional displays, Remote control takes some getting used to, Front Row has numerous, irritating quirks and omissions, its Movie Trailers server intermittently returns errors and won’t play trailers, and it won’t let you bookmark video content
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Overall 8
8.0

20-inch iMac G5/2.1GHz

Macworld
4 November 2005
  • Summary: Introduced in October 2005, the refurbished iMac line now comes with a built-in iSight camera plus a remote control. The latter comes in handy with a news software program that comes preinstalled on the iMac -- Front Row, a digital media application for playing back movies, DVD, QuickTime movie trailers, and video downloads from the iTunes Music Store. Photo Booth, another newly installed app, lets users take pictures with the iSight and edit them.
  • Pros: Consistent organization of movies between computer and Front Row, Built-in iSight video camera, Includes fuller featured Mighty Mouse, Remote stows on side of iMac, Beautiful, bright display, Photo Booth software is really fun, Can support a maximum 2.5GB of RAM, Excellent general-use and business Mac
  • Cons: Supports second display only in mirroring mode, Supports only VGA (analog) connection for additional displays, Remote control takes some getting used to, Front Row has numerous, irritating quirks and omissions, its Movie Trailers server intermittently returns errors and won’t play trailers, and it won’t let you bookmark video content
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Overall 8
8.0

iMac G5s solid, despite Front Row quirks

Macworld
4 November 2005
  • Summary: Introduced in October 2005, the refurbished iMac line now comes with a built-in iSight camera plus a remote control. The latter comes in handy with a news software program that comes preinstalled on the iMac -- Front Row, a digital media application for playing back movies, DVD, QuickTime movie trailers, and video downloads from the iTunes Music Store. Photo Booth, another newly installed app, lets users take pictures with the iSight and edit them.
  • Pros: Consistent organization of movies between computer and Front Row, Built-in iSight video camera, Includes fuller featured Mighty Mouse, Remote stows on side of iMac, Beautiful, bright display, Photo Booth software is really fun, Can support a maximum 2.5GB of RAM, Excellent general-use and business Mac, Consistent organization of movies between computer and Front Row, Built-in iSight video camera, Includes fuller featured Mighty Mouse, Remote stows on side of iMac, Bea...
  • Cons: Supports second display only in mirroring mode, Supports only VGA (analog) connection for additional displays, Remote control takes some getting used to, Front Row has numerous, irritating quirks and omissions, its Movie Trailers server intermittently returns errors and won’t play trailers, and it won’t let you bookmark video content, Supports second display only in mirroring mode, Supports only VGA (analog) connection for additional displays, Remote control takes som...
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Overall 8
8.0

17-inch iMac G5/2.0GHz

Macworld
27 May 2005
  • Summary: The iMac G5 is a computer completely built into a flat-panel monitor. This model, which has a 17-inch display and a 2.0GHz G5 processor, is in the middle of the line of the second iteration of the iMac G5, introduced in early May 2005. It includes a base of 512MB of RAM and built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0.
  • Pros: Adequate memory, Striking design, Double-layer SuperDrive, AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR now standard
  • Cons: No height adjustment, No front ports
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Overall 9
9.0

20-inch iMac G5/2.0GHz

Macworld
27 May 2005
  • Summary: The iMac G5 is a computer completely built into a flat-panel monitor. This model, which has a 20-inch display and a 2.0GHz G5 processor, is in the top of the line of the second iteration of the iMac G5, introduced in early May 2005. It includes a base of 512MB of RAM and built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0.
  • Pros: Adequate memory, Striking design, Double-layer SuperDrive, Huge, wide-format screen, AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR now standard, Reduced price, Big hard drive
  • Cons: No height adjustment, No front ports
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