I finally went to the Apple Store today and used some of the new PowerMacs. I tried both the 867MHz and 1GHz varieties. I will address the two categories that people seem to be wondering about most. This is by no means a comprehensive review of the new PowerMacs, just my observations of the new machines at my local Apple Store. If you have any questions please post them and I will try to answer them as best I can. Speed: These machines SCREAM on Jaguar (build 6C115). I opened System Preferences and moved the window around the screen as fast as I could, with hardly any change in the CPU Usage (even on the 867). Also, the Genie Effect is the smoothest I have ever seen; you can put a playing Quicktime movie on the second screen (17" Studio) and have it move over to the Dock on the first screen (23" Cinema) with no stops or jerks. There was also no trouble minimizing iTunes at full size, iPhoto, browsers, etc. Photoshop also ran very, very well, and the machine was able to run Windows 98 on Virtual PC 5 with no major performance issues (except for when you are trying to run a game). Unfortunately, I had no Quicksilver to compare the new PowerMacs to, but when we see a professional review of the machine we can see some benchmarks and real Photoshop tests. The only thing these PowerMacs can't do speed-wise is resize a browser window. Although the process is smoother on these Macs than older systems, it is still not as fluid as on my PC. Looks: Many people have complianed about the new PowerMac's looks. While it does not look as good as the Quicksilver in my opinion, it does look much better than in pictures on the Apple site. The front drive housing is indeed chrome, and while it is strangely placed, it looks pretty good. The "odd looking" vents in front do not look so odd in person. The back vents, however, look very overwhelming, but who puts their PowerMac with the back facing out, anyway? (If you do, please don't flame me). Take a look at the picture. Anyway, this is just my experience with the new PowerMac at the Apple Store Glendale. Can't wait for real reviews.