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Apple iMac G5 (2.1GHz, 20-inch) review: Apple iMac G5 (2.1GHz, 20-inch)

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MSRP: $1,699.00

The Good Built-in iSight camera for videoconferencing and photos. Remote control and Front Row software let you enjoy media from across the room. Faster and cheaper than past models.

The Bad TV missing from Front Row media application. Can't adjust the height of the screenv. Expandability limited to adding RAM. Only 90 days of phone support.

The Bottom Line The Apple iMac G5 gets trimmer and cheaper as it ups its performance and adds a handful of multimedia features, resulting in an all-around first-rate home PC.

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Apple has a history of unexpected, welcome, and often delightful innovations. The new iMac G5 is a case in point. With its most recent update to the line, Apple has stuffed more functionality into its midrange all-in-one iMac G5 computer while simultaneously dropping the prices.

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Apple has a history of unexpected, welcome, and often delightful innovations. The new iMac G5 is a case in point. With its most recent update to the line, Apple has stuffed more functionality into its midrange all-in-one iMac G5 computer while simultaneously dropping the prices. Though a tad thinner, the new iMac G5 doesn't look much different from its predecessor but boasts new features such as an integrated iSight camera, a remote control, and intuitive software that takes advantage of both. Core hardware improvements make it even stronger in our graphics and overall performance tests, resulting in a home computer whose performance is matched only by its good looks. We tested the new iMac G5 with the 2.1GHz G5 processor and the 20-inch LCD screen; a smaller, slightly less powerful 17-inch model. Both are outstanding deals. Features
By virtue of the new built-in iSight camera, the iMac G5 can now handle four-way videoconferencing right out of the box (provided you have a broadband connection). Much smaller than the external iSight, this one reveals itself only though a small, black lens and a microphone hole on the front panel above the screen. The camera's position close to the screen makes a videoconference more like an eye-to-eye chat. While this iSight's specs are identical to those of the previous model (30 frames per second, 1/4-inch colour CCD sensor, 640 x 480 resolution), new postprocessing software improves the image immensely. The new iSight has a distinctly sharper picture with a far superior colour balance. Just like on the old iSight, a green light on the side lets you know when the camera is in use; however, we miss being able to physically close the lens for that confident it's-really-turned-off feeling.

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