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

At A Glance

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. In addition to a faster processor and frontside bus, this new iMac also ships with a Mighty Mouse multi-button mouse.

Manufacturer’s Description

Welcome to the future. Sleeker and more powerful than ever, the iMac G5 gives new meaning to all-in-one elegance. Enjoy your music, photos, movies and DVDs from anywhere in the room with Front Row and the Apple Remote. Take fun photos of yourself or videoconference with your friends with the built-in iSight camera. Harness the power of the G5 processor and PCI-E graphics. Burn DVDs with SuperDrive. Explore and share your life with the included iLife suite of integrated applications. Free yourself from wires with the iMac's built-in AirPort and Bluetooth technologies. And revel in the knowledge that the iMac G5 stands ready to deliver all of these capabilities and more right out of the box.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type PowerPC G5
Processor speed 1900.0 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 ATI Radeon X600 Pro
General Information
UPC Code 718908470701
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Memory
Memory type DDR2
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Remote Control

Performance

Macworld Labs
Cinema 4D XL 9.1 2:53
Photoshop CS2 1:23
Speedmark 4 Score 178
iTunes 6.0.1 1:42
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4.2, 512MB of RAM
Unreal Tournament 2004 35.4fps
iMovie HD 0:32
Compressor 12:49