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PC Magazine Heaps Praise On iMac, Names It Editor's Choice

PC Magazine Heaps Praise On iMac, Names It Editor's Choice

by , 10:00 AM EDT, October 10th, 2002

That bastion of Wintelness known as PC Magazine has reviewed Apple's iMac G4, and heaped praise upon it in the process. The magazine gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and named it the Editor's Choice award in the "Innovative PCs: Desktop Computer" category. The category included the Gateway Profile 4 XL, Gateway 700XL, and Voodoo F-550 Imola Orange 2200+. As of this writing, there is no news from Gateway on whether or not they will be including this in their iMac-bashing commercials. From the review:

The iMac isn't just about hip style -- it'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 impression -- and 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 review also includes praise for Apple's iApps, and mild criticism for Apple not having included Bluetooth speakers and a wireless keyboard in keeping with the iMac's slick minimalist styling. Read the full review for more information.

The Mac Observer Spin:

As with most of the non-Mac oriented press coverage that Apple has been getting for the last year or so, this review is going to help Apple sell some iMacs. This is even more important considering the Windows-centric crowd that reads PC Magazine. This is a big deal for Apple and the Mac platform.

We wonder how John Dvorak feels about this review, and we would love to have been there when he first heard about it. The irony of the magazine that hosts the most vitriolic anti-Mac troll on the planet having such wonderful things to say about the iMac is thick enough to cut with a taut thread.

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