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20-inch iMac G5/1.8GHz

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

    Macworld 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...

The new iMacs don't deliver the same floating-in-thin-air, adjust-it-any-way-you-want experience that Apple rightly made so much of when it introduced the iMac G4 models. But in every other respect--elegance, performance, and price--the G5 generation represents a big step forward. All three new models are appealing, but for those who can afford it, and particularly those who plan to work with video, our choice is the 20-inch model: its extra screen space, hard-drive capacity, and SuperDrive make it well worth its $1,899 price.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld 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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