Apple's Slim New IMac G5

At a Glance
  • Apple 20-inch iMac G5/1.8GHz

    PCWorld Rating

Apple's Sleek IMac G5 is all about the display.
Apple's Sleek IMac G5 is all about the display.
Apple's new IMac G5 is all about the screen. The entire computer is built into the white monitor, which is only about 2 inches thick. It's a monument to modern design.

For the G5, Apple incorporates the same sleekly curved, brushed-aluminum base it uses in its current line of displays. But while the base looks great and offers a full range of tilting options, you can't adjust its height. And though I'm a little bit below average height, I found myself looking downward at the display--which means that most people will have to stack phone books to raise the screen.

My review unit had a 1.8-GHz G5 processor, 512MB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. It offered plenty of computing muscle: I was able to open and quickly switch among 11 applications.

The unit's stereo speakers sounded surprisingly good, despite being mounted in the bottom of the case and pointing downward. One minor annoyance: OS X wasn't adept at detecting when I switched from listening to the speakers to using the headphones.

Despite its lack of height adjustability, I liked using the G5. A built-in TV tuner is the only missing feature needed to make a college kid's (or media maven's) life complete.

Rebecca Freed

Apple IMac G5

Another high-style revamp from Apple; the new design looks great, but lacks adjustability.
Price when reviewed: $2053
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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    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

    Cons

    • Insufficient standard RAM
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