This is getting really good!Innovative PCs: Consumer Desktops
October 15, 2002
By Bruce Brown
Product: Apple iMac
Price: $1,799 list
Company Info: 800-692-7753, www.apple.com
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The iMac isn't just about hip styleit's a bold reminder of Apple's ability to design simple-to-set-up computers and bundle essential and appealing applications. Whether you find the design aesthetically pleasing or not, the iMac, with its 15-inch flat-panel display (a 17-inch display is also available) perched atop a stem, akin to a funky flower pot, makes a lasting impressionand our Editors' Choice in this category.
Inside, the iMac is graced with the 800-MHz PowerPC G4 CPU with 256MB of RAM. It comes equipped with a SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW drive and a GeForce2 MX subsystem (the 17-inch-display model upgrades to GeForce4 MX). And of course, setup is Apple-easy. Though documentation is lax, you don't miss it with the iMac.
The digital-media applications bundled with the iMac are typical Apple inclusions: iPhoto manages and displays digital images, iTunes handles MP3 files, iMovie edits digital-video input from DV camcorders, iDVD2 handles DVD recording, and the Apple DVD Player plays back DVD movies.
The white cables that connect the keyboard and mouse and clear-cased round Apple Pro speakers mar the tech-minimalist image. A wireless keyboard and mouse and Bluetooth speakers would be a better choice. But even with a few cables, the iMac still turns heads.