I hate it. Thousands of them out there, and I've yet to find a single pc manufacturer that appears to "get" design.
Mercury seems to have thought that the PowerMac was just some snazzy-looking aluminum box with handle sort of things built in. They missed the point altogether. In trying to capture it's essence they absolutely desecrated the industrial beauty that is the PowerMac G5. Clean lines no more!
Reminds me of a currently running Dell commercial where some unfortunate actor beams with pride while showcasing his brand new XPS notebook. Somewhere in there the voice-over actually refers to it as the "best looking computer on the market" (or something to that effect).
I'd almost have to conclude it's some sort of planned obsolescence ploy... "We'll make sure you're computer looks so ugly and dated that you'll be embarrassed to take it outside in a year or two."
I'm assuming fresh pc design will come about as soon as an innovative, attractive, user-friendly, secure, and stable os from Microsoft.
READ: Sometime when the sun has entered its red giant phase, shortly before Earth is incinerated.
The only PC maker with some nack for design is Sony - they have nice desktops with clean lines. IBMs Thinkpads aren't too shabby either. You can never go wrong with minimalist black, silver (Mac Mini, PowerMac, PowerBook), or white (iBook, iMac)...