the g5 look: it doesn't really matter

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    the looks of a machine could be important, but all that really matters is that the g5 is the fastest personal computer ever made. if you dont buy it because you dont have the dough, fine. but if you dont because you dont like the looks? that seems a bit odd. and if you're buying for looks, why dont you buy an iMac??
     
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    Your pretty much right, but i still do think that look is somewhat important. If you gave a person the option, i am sure they would choose a better looking computer over a computer of the same performance that looks like crap. Not to say that they g5 looks like crap. In fact, its look has been growing on me and I am sure that I wouldn't mind it in real life. I mainly hate what it looks like in the picutres cause on my monitor it looks like a solid color on the front that is really ugly while there are actually vents. Even if it looked worse i wouldn't mind having one ;), so i see what you are saying.
     
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    Personally, I never liked the MDD macs (last set of G4 towers). When I saw the screen shots from WWDC of the new G5 enclosure I thought is was really a step backward. But after seeing it on the Apple website, I really like it.

    And I think that everyone is going to have to go and see one of these in person. They are quite cool and I look forward to having one.....:D

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    May I ask you, which model you plan to buy?
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    Dual 2.0 - I really need the power. I have a dual 1.25 at work but only a single 450 G4 at home (the G5 is for home). I rendered a 500 frame animation yesterday at work and it took 16 hours - and it was not all that special....:( A G5 would have done that in less than 4 hours, maybe even 3.

    Unlike a lot of individuals running around here shouting 'Give me a G5!' - I think I'm in the minority that would actually use it to capacity - and running Folding@home doesn't count ;). Its still not fast enough though, nothing short of a render farm is yet. Maybe in 5 years or so there might be something I'd be happy with - but more than likely its going to be at least 10 before I get a single machine that can do things fast enough.

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    I suspect...

    ... that the way the iMac was parodied and snickered at when it's first Bondi Blue iteration released a few years back, the Power Mac G5 design has seen only the beginnign of a lot of cheese grater jokes from some folks.

    Yet I believe it will one day be heralded for its pioneering design. A pragmatic, as opposed to an aesthetic, approach to design is one that might very well dominate industrial design in years to come. And people will look back and point at the G5 as one of the primary influences of said movement.

    The other day I was admiring the translucent curves of the Nissan Altima's taillights... then remembered that it was Apple's landmark product design that made translucent plastics cool.
     
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    Laslo Panaflex

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    The new towers are awsome, and from what I read from the wired Ives interview, they are clean and easy to work on. I cannot wait for mine to arrive. . . whenever that may be.
     
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    I really thought/think apple can take the plastic flow look a long ways, maybe corporate/beuracratic/cold hard steel I mean aluminum for the pro's and soft shapely feel good plastic flow for us cooler consumers who do outnumber the pro's.....see Wintel market...... anyways apple keeps us guessing.
     
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    Dont Hurt Me

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    what speed did you get if i may ask??
     
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    Flowbee

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    I think, much like the aluminum powerbooks, the new G5 will look much better in person than it does on Apple's website. I'm looking forward to seeing one "in the flesh." Having said that, It does seem to be a poor match (style-wise) with Apple's current displays and keyboards/mice. I wouldn't be surprised if we were to see updates before the g5's ship.
     
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    Dont Hurt Me

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    Lets hope so, can you imagine a emac keyboard ? i guess they could paint it grey instead of white but i would like to see a keyboard like the one on the 17" powerbook! thats a keyboard! Lighted keys so you can see in the dark. and nice feel.
     
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    Re: I suspect...

    Talk about pragmatic ... the asymmetric (left side) placement of the ports on the front is a real in-your-face gesture. It might have shortened the wiring to the circuit board, hinting that engineering trumped aesthetics.

    No compromise. I love it. The drop-dead handsome actor with the off-center nose from a youthful bar brawl.
     
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    Laslo Panaflex

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    I put a down payment for a dual 2gig, we don't have an apple store near here, but we do have a store called macsuperstore. I put down 100 dollars and will pay for the rest when it arrives in store. I like supporting local businesses.
     
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    I noticed that link has a total different back look/ venting then what was in Apples's technology overview. the pdf showed 2 distinct exhaust fans where this link shows the whole back vented? Interesting! 2 gi vs single 1.8 & 1.6?? different cooling and fan lay out?
     
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    The thermal management system is interesting...

    It's also the first hint of any power management features, should be interesting to see what comes with the XServe. ;)
     
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    Ad campaign

    The New Powermac G5

    Shaves as close as a blade, or your money back.
     
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    Its the front, and that just some crappy imageconverting that made it look that way.
     
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    Re: the g5 look: it doesn't really matter

    the g5 is certainly not as gracious or curvy as the previous g3 and g4 towers, but at this point i think many of us are happy that the g5 has the goods under the hood
     
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    looks suddenly aren't important???

    i like the look of the new powermacs, as most of us do. but for any "die-hard" mac user to suddenly say, "who cares if it's not so pretty" is just insane. how long have we (myself included) talked about those "fugly pc boxes" and how stylish and sexy our boxes are? i don't know if any of you have ever used the good looks of a (slow) mac as an argument for superiority, but i know most of us have!

    i'm not trying to troll here or anything, but this is the kind of stuff that just ruins credibility. people can't rave on about the appearance of macs, saying it's sooo important, and then come out and say, "well, it's not so important after all now that they're fast." that's just saying to the rest of the world that macs were slow and all they had were good looks. a lot like a dingy blonde!?

    i'm done. commence with the flames...
     
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    At first look, I, like a lot of other's, blinked twice upon seeing the G5, and I had my reservations. Ugh! Cheese grater.

    Same thing happened to me when I saw the first iMac. Ick! Dinosaur egg.

    Not to mention the flat panel iMac. Hahaha! Lump, stick, rectangle.

    The only machine that Apple has ever made, in my opinion, that could be considered a thing of beauty from a design standpoint right off the bat, with no hesitation, was the TAM. It still has the power to make me gasp, and it was the focal entertainment point in my home for guests for years. You just HAVE to admire it, right from the get-go.

    Not that Apple was never "serious" about computing, they've realized that serious computing power should, well, look serious. Ever since the very first Mac, the PC world, and business world in general, have derided the Apple look as playful and toy-like, i.e., not a series of serious machines for serious work. Apple is dipping their toe in all things enterprise and attempting to woo customers whom they haven't played to very well in the past. The G5 is, upon a few days' reflection on my part, the most serious looking machine they've made for prosumer/desktop use, and it still doesn't look like all the other beige/black stupid boxes out there.

    A new processor needed a new look. And along with the brains and the brawn of this big leap forward, the beauty is in the sleek, modern, hard look of this particular enclosure. Call it Steve's Reality Distortion Field...whatever it is, Apple's done it again...warmed me up to a machine that I did NOT like the looks of at first glance, for me anyway, to the point of admiration for the subtle psychology behind the enclosure.

    Who else but Apple? :)
     
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    Dont Hurt Me

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    Thank you, i didnt know what i was seeing. Any comments on how tall this is compared to the current powermac? I saw a picture and noticed its to tall for my computer space. Did they really need to go this high?? My powermac fits with less then 1 inch to spare.
     
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    Dont Hurt Me

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    here is what i mean
     

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    Still feels weird to hear fellow mac users say they don't care about looks, when half the time they yell at PC users for saying PCs don't have the looks.

    I still don't greatly care for how the tower looks, especially when I think the G4 towers look really cool and is smaller in size. I better buy the next ALbook that comes out before they make it look like a cheese grater :)
     
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    If a pile of dog crap contained the G5 you wouldnt care about the smell? Or its appearance on your desk next to your cinema display? Of course.
     
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    You know, It almost looks as if a Firewire CD drive might fit on top of the case, but not be taller than the handle, so that should reduce some desktop clutter.

    But damn, that thing is tall, you'd think they could have fit another CD drive and another 2 hard drive bays behind it. But oh well, I have been used to only one CD drive and only 3 pci slots, so its not a "downgrade" for me. I eagerly anticipate the day when I get one, provided I have enough dough.

    BTW, does anyone know if this thing is gonna be hard to come by once it is shipping? I ask because I don't have the funds now to purchase, but will by the time they come out. Should I pre order one anyway even if I can't cover the charges? They wont bill me until it ships i bet.
     

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