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Apple iMac G3

Apple iMac G3
alaScore 85

1559 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1559 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the size and design are generally positive. The value for money and reliability are also appreciated.

usability, reliability, value for money, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac G3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Apple iMac


Who would have guessed that Apple would become the standard-bearer for traditional desktop computing?

A thin new design and a competitive, logical set of core component updates keep Apple's top-end iMac on elite ground.

The lack of HDMI input is frustrating, and Apple's continued reluctance to add a touch screen may bother some.

Apple sticks to the fundamentals with the new iMac, relying on design, strong features, and overall polish to maintain its leadership among high-end all-in-ones.

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The 24-inch iMac is the big boy of Apple's all-in-one desktop line. Despite a new design and upgraded specs, it constitutes a modest update. But this striking system will surely make you look twice.

Sleek, all-in-one design Improved screen quality

All-in-one design limits expansion

As appealing as the new iMac is, with the Leopard operating system coming soon (at around the time you read this), I'd recommend holding off. If you do, you'll get the new OS preinstalled

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Apple IMac


Apple's pint-size all-in-one obliterates the distinction between work and play.

Apple's pint-size all-in-one obliterates the distinction between work and play.


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Apple iMac 700 Special Edition


High-capacity hard drive ; Solid performance in OS 9 and OS X 10.1

Inflexible Software Restore CD ; Not terribly "special" for its price

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Apple iMac 600 Special Edition


Includes CD-RW drive ; Good mix of software ; Large hard drive ; Great audio features ; Faster processor

Only 128MB of RAM

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iMac and iMac DV


Good performance ; attractive price ; worthy keyboard and mouse

Skimpy software bundle

Latest Models Offer Good Performance, Tempting Prices

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Apple iMac


Apple has loaded the iMac with some impressive power features. The iMac, when deployed in a thoughtful manner, could be the perfect machine for the average business user. New Mac users may experience a short learning curve when migrating from a PC....

Display is ideal for viewing HD Content. Colors are vibrant and displayed accurately

Display screen lacks an anti-reflective coating. In some reported instances, especially under fluorescent lights, the screen acts as a mirror and reflects its surroundings, making the completion of tasks difficult at best

The iMac, when deployed in a thoughtful manner, could be the perfect machine for the average business user.

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Apple iMac Desktop


I love this computer. It is literally better than watching on a big screen. It is a big screen and computer in 1. It has all the features that people love about Mac's. For music and media it is the best computer on the market. I really don't have...

The screen is huge and clear, the hard drive is quick

it is a little cumbersome

Product Specifications

Whether you're an aspiring music producer, movie director, web designer, or flat-out speed demon, you'll find inspiration in the most entertaining and versatile iMac ever. It's the shortest route to the Internet, the best way to make desktop movies, and now, with Apple's new iTunes software, it's music to your ears. So strap on those dancing shoes - the newest iMac is ready to become the center of your digital entertainment world. iMac is still the simplest and best computer for the Internet. It's so easy, in fact, that you can be surfing the web in less than 10 minutes. Ready for a new spin on music? With iTunes software, managing your music collection has never been easier. Import songs from your CDs to your computer, and turn your iMac into a jukebox by creating personal playlists of your favorite MP3 music files. You can experience the pure digital playback of your CDs, MP3s, and Internet radio via the rich, driving stereo sound of the built-in Harman Kardon Odyssey audio system. Want to take it with you? Download music directly to your compatible MP3 player or, with the built-in CD-RW drive, create your own customized CDs to enjoy anywhere. iMac sparks even more creativity with iMovie, Apple's easy-to-use digital video editing software. Simply shoot your own footage with a FireWire-equipped digital camcorder and download it to your iMac. Then use iMovie to add titles, transitions, music, and special effects, and voila! You've directed a masterpiece to play full screen on your iMac, copy to videotape through your camcorder, or share on the web using Homepage, a feature of iTools. iMac Special Edition includes all the features of iMac, along with fastest, most powerful ever PowerPC G3 processor, a big hard drive and a lot of preinstalled RAM.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cache Memory

Installed Size:256KB/2MB/4MB/512KB/6MB
Max Supported Size:256KB/512KB
Per Processor Size:256KB/2MB/4MB/512KB/6MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15in/17in/20in/24in
Diagonal Size (metric):38.1cm/43.2cm/50.8cm/61cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768/1440 x 900/1680 x 1050/1920 x 1200
Type:Display/LCD display
Widescreen Display:No/Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:Brazil/Canada/France/Germany/Italy/Latin America / Spain/Spain/United Kingdom/United States
Localization:Brazilian Portuguese/English/French/German/Italian/Spanish
Model:Blue Dalmatian/Blueberry/DV/DV Indigo/DV Plus Indigo/DV Plus Ruby/DV Special Edition/DV Special Edition Graphite/DV Special Edition Snow/DV+/G3/Grape/Graphite/Indigo/Lime/Snow/Special Edition Graphite/Special Edition Snow/Strawberry/Tangerine
Packaged Quantity:1/5
Product Line:Apple iMac


Data Bus Speed:100MHz/1066MHz/167MHz/667MHz/66MHz


Color:Blue dalmatian/Blueberry/Bondieblue/Grape/Graphite/Indigo/Lime/Ruby/Snow/Strawberry/Tangerine


Max Transfer Rate:56.6Kbps/56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/Modem (analog)/None


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 4x (DVD)/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/32x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/4x
Rewrite Speed:10x/16x (CD)/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD/16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)/4x/8x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD)/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD/32x/8x

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS/Apple MacOS 8.1/Apple MacOS 8.5/Apple MacOS 8.5.1/Apple MacOS 8.6/Apple MacOS 9/Apple MacOS 9.1/Apple MacOS X / MacOS 9/Apple MacOS X / MacOS 9.1/Apple MacOS X 10.3/Apple MacOS X 10.4/Apple MacOS X 10.5


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.83GHz/1GHz/2.16GHz/2.66GHz/2.93GHz/233MHz/266MHz/2GHz/3.06GHz/333MHz/350MHz/400MHz/450MHz/500MHz/600MHz/700MHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core Duo/PowerPC 750 (G3)/PowerPC G3/PowerPC G4
Upgradability:Not upgradable/Upgradable


Installed Size:128MB/1GB/256MB/2GB/32MB/4GB/512MB/64MB
Max Supported Size:128MB/192MB/1GB/256MB/2GB/3GB/512MB/8GB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

RAID Level: None

Storage Controller (2nd)

RAID Level: None
Type:IEEE 1394 (FireWire)/None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:ATA-100/ATA-33/ATA-66/EIDE/EIDE/ATAPI/IDE/Serial ATA-150/Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:10GB/13GB/160GB/1TB/20GB/250GB/30GB/320GB/40GB/4GB/60GB/640GB/6GB/7GB/80GB
OS Certified:Apple MacOS/Apple MacOS 8.6/Apple MacOS 9/Apple MacOS 9 / Apple MacOS X/Apple MacOS 9.0 or later / Apple MacOS X/Apple MacOS 9.1/Apple MacOS 9.x
Recommended Use:Education/Education / Home use/Home use/Home use / Education/Home use / Small business/Small business / Home use
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/16MB/256MB/2MB/32MB/512MB/6MB/8MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI 3D RAGE PRO/ATI Radeon X1600/ATI RAGE 128/ATI RAGE 128 PRO/ATI RAGE 128 ULTRA/ATI RAGE 128VR/ATI RAGE IIC/ATI RAGE PRO/ATI RAGE PRO TURBO/Intel GMA 950/NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT/NVIDIA GeForce 9400M/NVIDIA GeForce GT 120/NVIDIA GeForce GT 130/NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
Interface Type:AGP 2x/AGP 4x/PCI Express x16