This is what I think the G5 should look like

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    teabgs

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    Lots of people are complaining about the front of the G5, and I happen to agree.

    I think it's too plain, and the huge amount of space the grate takes up is ugly, and should be broken up.

    this one simple change makes it look much better, and IMO really nice. It's not the best PS job, but you get the point.
     

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    I agree with you. Of course, one could always slap the Apple sticker (if they still ship them with this model) on the front of it, but then, it would look, like, well...someone slapped a sticker on the front of it. :rolleyes:

    It's almost as if the thing begs to be displayed SIDEWAYS, with, say, a clear cover over the guts showing off the shiney G5 stamp, or the regular cover with the Apple logo on it. Of course, it wouldn't find itself in that position often, if at all, and is basically impractical.

    Funny how we angst over such things...but so does Steve, so we're not nuts, just "concerned". I wonder if it sucks air in from the front to back...from the video I've seen, that looks to be the case, otherwise one might think of putting streamers on the front and have them gently flap in the wind like an air conditioner in a seedy motel in a B-Grade movie.:p

    Nice thought, teabgs. A simple, yet important element missing from an otherwise very serious, all-business look.
     
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    zarathustra

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    Re: This is what I think the G5 should look like

    To each it's own. How does putting an Apple logo on the front make it better? :rolleyes:

    I am sorry but the point is missed on me, personally. I also don't like to put VW logos, useless embelishments and graphics on my GTI because it was designed well. The lines and shape are perfect to me, and the only things I have/might/will change are engine and audio components. Equivalent to HD upgrades. ;) Just to be nerdy...
     
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    Re: This is what I think the G5 should look like

    Like it - nice work.:cool:
     
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    Sedulous

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    I think it looks pretty good too.

    Unfortunately, there is probably a reason there are a lot of holes on the front. Adding the logo might have taken away too many holes (at the location you've added the logo, it would be sitting right in front of the vent holes for the memory/processor).
     
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    OK, so they could paint it on the grating so it wouldn't block air. Or they could use an 'open frame' version of the logo, perhaps chrome-plated.
     
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    beatle888

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    i think the front ports are what really make it look tacky, but hey, everybody HAD to have them :) anyway who cares, this thing sounds like it kicks butt. and i dont put my computers on display anyway so i could care less.
     
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    teabgs

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    exactly....

    Or use a slightly different color grate for the logo.

    Here is why I think it should be there. The area is large and boring. It's just this big grate. It's like a long stretch of highway....you'll fall asleep at the wheel if not careful because it is so boring.

    Having something there to break up the space makes it look much more exciting than it really is. If nothing else, it doesn't look as boring.
     
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    I think that the Apple logo would look good on there like that, but I think that it looks fine right now. The logo does add a little something to it, but I still like the simplicity of the way it is now.
     
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    Re: This is what I think the G5 should look like

    i like it but keep the holes in the logo for venting maybe smller or diff color/shade to bring it out.
    i wonder if the aluminuym case can be paintrd
    might look good in blue, black, ferrari red, white,, american flag or pther atr work or will the paint(could be sides only) interfere with ventillation.? if you could paint it i surly would or at least polish it to a high gloss finish
     
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    rainman::|:|

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    hey, wow, look at that. pretty ugly.

    the design of the G5 is very appealing to a specific aesthetic following. they're going to remain true to that. that apple logo screws up the design, not to mention it's too close to the front ports, which detracts even more...

    if you think it's *that* ugly, don't look at it. But i bet it'll be the only computer shown on italian contemporary furniture in showrooms and catalogs...

    pnw
     
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    benixau

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    the logo could have been made using holes that were saaay 1/3 or 1/2 the size of the other holes.
    This way you wouldn't really notice the logo till you stepped back a little from it and the airflow would not be impeded. Aslo the holes would be closer together and therefore so would the metal between them making it look like a soldi peice. This is the sort of thing i would expect coming from apple.
     
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    Ha, nice teabgs - and I have to agree with you on this one - it would be nice.

    I also think, given the lack of space in the G5 and its need to get to market fast (for obvious reasons) that this current design is only a very simple first run. I think that more options will be available in future models (somewhat the way that dual G4s weren't an option in the first round when they debuted as well).

    Resurrecting this thread in a year and seeing what the changes are should be interesting.

    D
     
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    Re: This is what I think the G5 should look like

    not liking it at all. no offense. the thing i love about the G5 is the fact that it's built from the inside out. meaning, there is nothing there that doesn't serve a purpose. it's the ultimate example of function dictating form, which makes it truly futuristic and very refined. it's all about efficiency, i like effiiciency. :)

    p.s. perhaps those holes cannot afford to be blocked. heat, air flow, etc.
     
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    teabgs

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    to play devils advocate....Does the Apple logo need to be on the side?

    I mean, what purpose does that have? What inside the box element dictates the necessity for a logo?
     
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    EXACTLY! There's a certain level of thoughtful design aesthetic that is sorely lacking in this machine. Aesthetics do not lie in direct opposition to functionality, as some people on these boards have suggested. Fine, the machine needs airflow- how can we design to accomodate that, AND make it an attractive piece? THAT is what award-winning designers are supposed to do. I can almost guarantee that Ive will at least attempt to prove his worthiness with the second revision.
     
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    tjwett

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    nothing at all. everyone needs their identity though. i'm not totally against good looks, i hope it didn't come across that way. i think the two should go hand-in-hand. i think the G5 does this very well. i guess it's just a matter of opinion really, i think the G5 is awesome looking.
     
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    I'd rather it just convert the airflow of the fans into a soothing synthesizer that says aaaaaaaaapppppppllllllleeeeeeeee all creepy like. Kinda like the Simpson's snore converter. It's already got plenty of speed holes.

    Anyhoo, am I the only one who thinks the new g5's look like a Dell server?
     
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    It's a phillipe starck cheese grater....

    whatever it is, it ain't purty...
     
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    I say put two shelves of drives in the top of the tower. You can then fit four hard drives, and 2 optical drives. Make the hard drives run the width of the tower while the optical drives run the length in front.
     
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    I do wish that the G5 would have two optical drives. O well. You can't have everything. Maybe in revision b.
     
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    No. I think it looks like a Dell server also. Kind of scary.
     
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    Hmmmm........ that does look better...

    But it still doesn't make it look near as good as the G4's.

    I think there were some very good ideas over at spymac.com which I wish apple would have used.

    scem0
     

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