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.
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
Summary: Replacing Apple's G4-based flat-panel iMacs, the iMac G5 is a computer completely built into a flat-panel monitor. This model, which has a 20-inch display and a 1.8GHz G5 processor, is the top of the original iMac G5 line.
Pros: Elegant design, Powerful CPU, Huge, wide-format screen, SuperDrive, Big hard drive