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Apple iMac G5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 977 reviews of Apple iMac G5. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and price. The design and usability also get good comments, but there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac G5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iMac G5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Apple iMac G5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the design. The usability is also appreciated, whereas there are some critical views about the price.

usability, design

price

87% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac G5 17" 1.9GHz/ 512MB/ 160GB/ SuperDrive/ ATIX600-128MB/ Bluetooth/ AirPortApple iMac G5 17" 1.9GHz/ 512MB/ 160GB/ SuperDrive/ ATIX600-128MB/ Bluetooth/ AirPort

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iMac G5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 497 user reviews of Apple iMac G5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People really like the size and price. The design and usability are also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

reliability

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20" M9845LL/A (2.0 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20" M9845LL/A (2.0 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : stuffmagazine (stuff.tv)

AppleiMac(17 inch monitor)

 

Every new iMac features an iPod Shuffle-style remote control, which magnetically clings to the side of the iMac and, with Front Row, you can control iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and the DVD player from up to 30 feet away

You'll get iLife 06, Photobooth, iChat, iCal and Address Book into the bargain. Very lounge friendly. Features a handy iPod Shuffle-style remote.

Microsoft Office 30 day trial is a tease. Could have included more digital hubs. Photoshop runs slower than on the G5iMac.

Sep, 2006

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Troy Dreier (cnet.co.uk)

Apple G5 review

 

Apple iMac G5 (2.1GHz, 20-inch)

Built-in iSight camera for videoconferencing and photos; remote control and Front Row software let you enjoy media from across the room; faster and cheaper than past models.

TV missing from Front Row media application; can't adjust the height of the screen; expandability limited to adding RAM; only 90 days of phone support.

The Apple iMac G5 gets trimmer and cheaper as it ups its performance and adds a handful of multimedia features, resulting in an all-around first-rate home PC.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Ross Catanzariti (goodgearguide.com.au)

Apple iMac G5

 

Apple has improved its range of iMac computers by adding in-built iSight capabilities, extra RAM, wireless networking and Bluetooth as standard featur...

Slim and compact design, included Mighty Mouse, in-built iSight camera, ease-of-setup, bright and responsive display, remote control, built-in Bluetooth

Limited internal expansion, some issues with Front Row software

An excellent computer for either home or business use, unless you require excessive performance or add-ons, the iMac is a highly recommended and capable machine.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Ross Catanzariti (goodgearguide.com.au)

Apple iMac G5 (20-inch)

 

Slim and compact design, included Mighty Mouse, in-built iSight camera, ease-of-setup, bright and responsive display, remote control, built-in Bluetooth

Limited internal expansion, some issues with Front Row software

An excellent computer for either home or business use, unless you require excessive performance or add-ons, the iMac is a highly recommended and capable machine.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Narasu Rebbapragada (pcworld.com)

Apple iMac Desktop

 

Apple's 20-inch iMac with a 2-GHz Intel Core Duo processor looks identical to the 2.1-GHz iMac G5 that we reviewed in January 2006. The primary difference is that--while Apple's own applications run faster on the new machine--current third-party...

Unique all-in-one with good performance

Very limited upgradeability

Because of the Intel-based iMac's performance handicap with nonoptimized software, I rate this shipping iMac a point below its non-Intel predecessor. Though the move to the Intel platform speeds up natively written programs and opens the door to the...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Troy Dreier (cnet.com)

Apple iMac G5 (2.1GHz, 20-inch)

 

Apple's newest iMac G5 adds intuitive new media-management software and a fun, video-chat-enabling integrated camera to make for the most full-featured iMac G5 to date. Even better, it costs $100 less than the older version.

Built-in iSight camera for videoconferencing and photos; remote control and Front Row software let you enjoy media from across the room; faster and cheaper than past models.

TV missing from Front Row media application; can't adjust the height of the screen; expandability limited to adding RAM; only 90 days of phone support.

The Apple iMac G5 gets trimmer and cheaper as it ups its performance and adds a handful of multimedia features, resulting in an all-around first-rate home PC.

Nov, 2005

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple iMac G5 (iSight)

 

The iMac G5 is a great desktop for Mac multimedia hobbyists whose needs go beyond simple Web browsing and e-mailing.

New built-in iSight camera. Added multimedia capabilities. SuperDrive (dual-layer DVD writer) and wireless (802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR) now standard across iMac line. New DDR2 memory and PCIe-based architecture

No TV tuner. Difficult to move DVD content or TV programming from iMac to iPod. Third-party mount required for arm mounting. 3D graphics are not upgradeable

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple iMac G5 (17-inch)

 

A more compact, affordable version of its 20-inch big brother, the 17-inch Apple iMac G5 should appeal to home users with a shortage of desk space.

Built in 802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Space-saving design.

A bit expensive. DVD combo drive instead of a DVD writer.

see how the apple imac g5 rates on eight different tasks.

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Daniel Drew Turner (cnet.com)

Apple iMac G5 (previous generation) review

 

Apple iMac G5 (2.0GHz, 20-inch) Finally, Apple saves its customers from bringing home an underpowered iMac. The key improvement: all new iMac G5s now ship with 512MB of memory, twice the default amount in the original's rollout last year. Along with...

Better specs lead to improved performance; brilliant wide-screen display; AirPort and Bluetooth are both standard features; ships with Tiger OS and iLife '05; quiet.

Lame mouse and keyboard; stand doesn't offer height adjustment; phone support lasts only 90 days.

Along with the new Tiger OS, the iMac G5 gets more muscle beneath its sleek exterior, making the all-in-one desktop a better performer and a better value.

Jun, 2005

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple iMac G5 (2.0 GHz)

 

Apple took its five-star, class-defining desktop and upgraded it. What's better than that?

All the pros from our previous iMac G5 review. Faster processor. Dual-layer SuperDrive. Airport Extreme and Bluetooth now standard. Mac OS 10.4 Tiger.

Still can't upgrade graphics. Lackluster 3D gaming performance.

To see how the newest Apple iMac G5 compares with its Mac brethren, check out the Apple comparison guide we've put together.

May, 2005

Product Specifications

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. The 20-inch model shows more than two full pages of text and graphics side by side while the dazzling 17-inch 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, 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 (optional), 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 remotely.

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB
Per Processor Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:17.3cm
Height:43cm
Weight:8.4kg
Width:42.6cm

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:43.2 / 50.8
Display Resolution:1440 x 900 / 1680 x 1050
HD type:Not supported

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1440 x 900
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon 9600 / AMD Radeon X600 / AMD Radeon X600 Pro / AMD Radeon X600 XT / NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra

Header

Compatibility:Mac
Country Kits:United Kingdom
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Apple
Model:G5
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iMac/Apple iMac G5 VESA Mount Adapter Kit

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:533MHz

Memory

Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2

Miscellaneous

Category of Accessory:Mounting hardware
Product Type:System mounting bracket

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 85

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD-ROM

Optical Storage

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed:16x
Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/None
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.3

Other features

Audio input:Audio line
Bundled hardware:Apple Remote\nApple Keyboard\nMighty Mouse / Ingebouwde iSight camera\nApple Remote, Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse / iSight camera
Cache internal:0.512
CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:16 / 8
CD write speed:16 / 24
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger / Mac OS X version 10.3 “Panther” / Mac OS X version 10.4 Tiger
Display:LCD / TFT
Display included: Yes
DVD read speed:8
DVD rewrite speed:8
DVD write speed:4 / 8
Hard disk drive type:SATA / Serial ATA
I/O ports:2 x FireWire 400; \n3 x USB 2.0;\n2 x USB 1.1 (on keyboard); \n2 x VGA output; \n2 x S-video and composite video output, built-in / AAC, AMR, eAAC+, M4A, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA / Two FireWire 400 ports; three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports (on keyboard); VGA output; S-video and composite video output
Line-in: Yes
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:128 / 64
Modem Speed:56
Modem type:56K V.92
Network cards:IEEE 802.11g
Networking features:10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/AirPort Extreme / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth / Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth
Power Management :Energy Star
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Speakers:2 / Built-in stereo speakers / Built-in, Stereo / Integrated stereo / STEREO
Technical features:Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR module\nBuilt-in iSight camera
USB 1.1 ports quantity:2
Wireless option type:54 Mbps AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11g) 3; Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR / 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11g); Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR / AirPort Extreme; Bluetooth

Packaging Content

Bundled software:BUL, CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR / Classic environment, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, iLife ’04 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand), AppleWorks, World Book 2004 Edition, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive and Apple Hardware Test CD / Front Row, iLife ’05 (bevat iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand), Photo Booth, Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, Dvd-speler, Adresboek, AppleWorks, iWork-proefversie (30 dagen), Classic-omgeving, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 voor Mac (evaluatieversie), XCode Developer Tools en Apple Hardware Test / Front Row, iLife ’05 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand), Photo Booth, Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Address Book, AppleWorks, iWork (30-day trial), Classic environment, Quicken 2006 for Mac, 2006 World Book, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Zinio Reader, XCode Developer Tools and Apple Hardware Test / iLife ’05 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand), Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Address Book, AppleWorks, iWork (30-day trial), Classic environment, Quicken 2005 for Macintosh, 2005 World Book Multimedia Reference Suite, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Zinio Reader, XCode Developer Tools and Apple Hardware Test
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:2
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Power consumption (typical):180

Processor

Clock Speed:1.6GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Processor cache:0.512
Processor cache type:L2
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2 / 2.1
Processor front side bus:533 / 600 / 633 / 667 / 700
Type:PowerPC G5

RAM

Installed Size:256MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Bundled software:Classic environment, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, iLife ’04 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand), AppleWorks, World Book 2004 Edition, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive and Apple Hardware Test CD / Front Row, iLife ’05 (bevat iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand), Photo Booth, Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, Dvd-speler, Adresboek, AppleWorks, iWork-proefversie (30 dagen), Classic-omgeving, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 voor Mac (evaluatieversie), XCode Developer Tools en Apple Hardware Test / Front Row, iLife ’05 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand), Photo Booth, Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Address Book, AppleWorks, iWork (30-day trial), Classic environment, Quicken 2006 for Mac, 2006 World Book, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Zinio Reader, XCode Developer Tools and Apple Hardware Test / iLife ’05 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand), Mail, Dashboard, Spotlight, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Address Book, AppleWorks, iWork (30-day trial), Classic environment, Quicken 2005 for Macintosh, 2005 World Book Multimedia Reference Suite, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Zinio Reader, XCode Developer Tools and Apple Hardware Test
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Storage

Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 40 / 80

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:40GB/80GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra/NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
Interface Type:AGP 8x

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:17.3 / 18.9
Height :43 / 47.2
Weight:10 / 11.4 / 7 / 8.4
Width:42.6 / 49.3