Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Powerful CPU
  • Big, wide-format screen
  • SuperDrive

Cons

  • Insufficient standard RAM

At A Glance

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 17-inch display and a 1.8GHz G5 processor, is the middle of the original iMac G5 line.

Manufacturer’s Description

The iMac G5 offers all-in-one elegance that?s delightfully affordable. Take in the view on a widescreen flat-panel display. Proudly display the iMac G5 in any room of your house ? it?s lightweight enough to move from your kitchen to the den or bedroom. This dazzling 17-inch model provides the same screen area as a 19-inch CRT ? with twice the brightness, sharpness and contrast. Hidden behind the display, you?ll find the entire computer: central processing unit (CPU), logic board, hard drive, optical drive, speakers, microphone and power supply. But you?ll actually find that the computer just fades away as you organize music and photos, or compose tunes and edit movies with the iLife suite of integrated applications for your digital lifestyle. What?s more, since the iMac is wireless-ready, you don?t even have to place it near a phone jack. Simply pop in an AirPort Extreme Card, hook up an AirPort Express to your DSL connection or cable modem, and you can surf the Internet wirelessly, listen to tunes in another room and print wirelessly.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type PowerPC G5
Processor speed 1800.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor Yes
Display size 17.0 inches
Display type Active Matrix LCD (TFT)
Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce FX 5200
General Information
UPC Code 718908519059
Memory
Memory type DDR-SDRAM
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

Performance

Macworld Labs
Unreal Tournament 33.6fps
iMovie 4.0.1 0:40
iTunes 4.6 1:52
Testing Notes Mac OS X 10.3
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.3.5 with 512MB of RAM.
Photoshop 8.0 1:51
Compressor 10:00
Cinema 4D XL 8.5 3:02