, Stephen H. Wildstrom has reviewed Apple’s flat panel iMac in a new article entitled
Finally, a No-Hassle, No-Strain Computer.
Wildstrom called the iMac “an excellent computer at a competitive price,” and said that the innovative flat panel display helps to solve an important ergonomic problem for frequent computer users — an improperly position screen. Such issues contribute to eyestrain, backaches and various other maladies.
Wildstrom focuses his attention on the iMac’s stainless steel neck, which connects the flat panel LCD display to the hemispherical base. Calling it “the secret of the design,” Wildstrom noted that the display pivots and tilts in ways that make it possible for the user to position it almost any way he wants.
“The impact of this design on the ergonomics of using a computer is dramatic,” said Wildstrom. He added that he found the new iMac’s design was conducive to being changed depending on the application — he positioned the screen one way for writing, and another for reading and Web browsing.
Wildstrom does offer some mild criticisms, even if he modestly noted, “it seems a bit churlish to complain about some flaws.” His complaints include the placement of the connectors and power switch, and wishes for a wireless keyboard and multi-button mouse.
Wildstrom seems certain that this new iMac will have the same effect its predecessor did on the world of computer design. “Computer users of the world unite: You have nothing to lose but your eyestrain and stiff necks,” he concluded.