The Washington Times has joined the chorus of mainstream newspapers and magazines that have been praising Appleis new iMac G5. The reviewer, Mark Kellner, offers the by-now familiar compliments concerning the unitis set up, the display, the ergonomics, and, best of all, the presence of Panther itself. As with those other reviewers, the closest thing he has to a complaint is to say that the unit should come with 512 MB of RAM standard.
The arrival of Apple Computeris iMac G5 raises the question: How much better can a computer get? In the case of the iMac, the answer is, substantially better, in ways large and small.
In a world in which you can get a very good Windows-based computer and flat-panel display for less than half the $2,152 price tag of the (very well-equipped) 20-inch iMac G5 sent for review, why shell out the extra money for the Apple logo and operating system?
Well, the Apple logo and operating system are themselves compelling reasons: Apple Computer is known for building very good computer systems, ones that are high in "initial quality" and that last in the long term. And Mac OS X, now in its "Panther" incarnation, is a rock-solid operating system that doesnit crash.
The US$2,152 price tag mentioned by Mr. Kellner includes the additional RAM, Bluetooth module, and wireless keyboard and mouse that Apple included on his review unit. Thereis more in the full review at the Washington Timesi Web site.