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Apple iMac G5

Apple iMac G5
alaScore 84

1279 reviews

Mar, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1279 reviews of Apple iMac G5. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments about the size and price are on the whole positive. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

design, usability, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple iMac G5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Apple iMac G5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Opinions about the reliability and size are overall positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, design, size, reliability

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac G5 17" 1.9GHz/ 512MB/ 160GB/ SuperDrive/ ATIX600-128MB/ Bluetooth/ AirPortApple iMac G5 20" 2.1GHz/ 512MB/ 250GB/ SuperDrive/ ATIX600-128MB/ Bluetooth/ AirPortApple I-MAC 20 Desktop PC

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple iMac G5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 657 user reviews of Apple iMac G5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Comments about the size and price are overall positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas reviews are divided on the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20" MA064LL/A (2.1 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20" M9845LL/A (2.0 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20" M9250LL/A (1.80 GHz PowerPC G5, 256 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Ray Aguilera (

Apple 2.8GHz iMac


Big screen, big value, updated iMac sports faster processor and more memory. Ah, the humble iMac. It's not as light as the MacBook Air, not as fast as the Mac Pro, and not as portable as the MacBook. Despite the iPhone's tendency to grab all the...

Clear, bright screen. Better viewing angles than 20-inch models. Increased bus speeds. More RAM

Limited expandability. No matte display option

The upgraded midrange iMac is an undeniable value for anyone who doesn't need the processing power of a Mac Pro.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: Narasu Rebbapragada (

Apple iMac Desktop


Apple's 20-inch iMac with a 2-GHz Intel Core Duo processor looks identical to the 2.1-GHz iMac G5 that we reviewed in January 2006. The primary difference is that--while Apple's own applications run faster on the new machine--current third-party...

Unique all-in-one with good performance

Very limited upgradeability

Because of the Intel-based iMac's performance handicap with nonoptimized software, I rate this shipping iMac a point below its non-Intel predecessor. Though the move to the Intel platform speeds up natively written programs and opens the door to the...

Feb, 2006

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Apple iMac G5 (2.1GHz, 20-inch)


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...

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.

TV missing from Front Row media application; can't adjust the height of the screen; expandability limited to adding RAM; only 90 days of phone support.

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.

Nov, 2005

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple iMac G5 (iSight)


The iMac G5 is a great desktop for Mac multimedia hobbyists whose needs go beyond simple Web browsing and e-mailing.

New built-in iSight camera. Added multimedia capabilities. SuperDrive (dual-layer DVD writer) and wireless (802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR) now standard across iMac line. New DDR2 memory and PCIe-based architecture

No TV tuner. Difficult to move DVD content or TV programming from iMac to iPod. Third-party mount required for arm mounting. 3D graphics are not upgradeable

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple iMac G5 (17-inch)


A more compact, affordable version of its 20-inch big brother, the 17-inch iMac should appeal to home users with a shortage of desk space.

Built in 802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Space-saving design

A bit expensive. DVD combo drive instead of a DVD writer

Oct, 2005

Expert review by: Daniel Drew Turner (

Apple iMac G5 ( 2.0GHz, 20-inch)


Apple left the iMac G5's lovely design untouched. As before, it's not just the cosmetic impact of the iPod-like white-plastic and Lucite case that's appealing, but also the functional value of the simple integrated stand, the nearly hidden optical...

Better specs lead to improved performance; brilliant wide-screen display; AirPort and Bluetooth are both standard features; ships with Tiger OS and iLife '05; quiet.

Lame mouse and keyboard; stand doesn't offer height adjustment; phone support lasts only 90 days.

Along with the new Tiger OS, the iMac G5 gets more muscle beneath its sleek exterior, making the all-in-one desktop a better performer and a better value.

Jun, 2005


Expert review by: Ian Bell (

Apple iMac 17-inch


Overall the 17″ iMac is a welcome improvement from the 15″ predecessor. The upgrades and features of the 17″ model are substantial enough to gain the attention of those looking for a serious long-term system. Our testing and use shows a significant...

Larger display ; Bluetooth/802.11g upgradeable

No USB 2.0 support ; needs more memory

The 17" Apple iMac will not disappoint anyone looking for both style and substance.

Apr, 2003

Expert review by: Consumer Guide (

Apple iMac G5 20-inch desktop computer Review and Prices


In appearance, the 20-inch Apple iMac G5 is basically a large flat panel display that rests on your desk. At only 2.2 inches thick, your friends will wonder why you don't have it hooked up to a computer. Even the power supply and the speakers are built...

Jun, 2006

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Apple Computer iMac G5 17-inch 1.9GHz


Internal upgrades, hardware and software add-ons make this iMac an outstanding deal

Built-in iSight, Apple Remote with Front Row software, noticeable speed upgrades, includes a Mighty Mouse, lighter than before, very attractive display, SuperDrive with DL DVD burning, built-in Airport Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0.

No built-in modem, must buy QuickTime Pro to record video from the internal iSight.

The 17" 1.9GHz G5 iMac performed on par with the older 20" iMac with a 2.0GHz G5, running some tasks faster and others slower. The reasons it could keep up include faster 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM and a more powerful ATI Radeon X600 Pro graphics card. The new...

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Jason Snell (

Home-entertainment features show promise, but have significant rough edges


The new iMac G5s, like their predecessors, are excellent computers for home and business use alike. But early users of Front Row are bound to be as frustrated by the program's limitations as they are excited by its potential.

Excellent general-use and business Mac ; remote stows on side of iMac ; consistent organization of movies between computer and Front Row ; built-in iSight video camera ; Photo Booth software is really fun ; includes fuller featured Mighty Mouse ;...

Remote control takes some getting used to ; Front Row has numerous, irritating quirks and omissions, its Movie Trailers server intermittently returns errors and won't play trailers, and it won't let you bookmark video content ; supports second display...

When you press the remote's menu button, your Mac interface fades into the background and is replaced by a large, simple interface (reminiscent of the iPod or a TiVo digital video recorder) that you navigate via the remote's directional buttons....

Nov, 2005

Product Specifications

The iMac G5 offers all-in-one elegance that's delightfully affordable. Take in the view on a widescreen flat-panel display. Proudly display the iMac G5 in any room of your house - it's lightweight enough to move from your kitchen to the den or bedroom. The 20-inch model shows more than two full pages of text and graphics side by side while the dazzling 17-inch provides the same screen area as a 19-inch CRT - with twice the brightness, sharpness and contrast. Hidden behind the display, you'll find the entire computer: central processing unit (CPU), logic board, hard drive, speakers, microphone and power supply. But you'll actually find that the computer just fades away as you organize music and photos, or compose tunes and edit movies with the iLife suite of integrated applications for your digital lifestyle. What's more, since the iMac is wireless-ready, you don't even have to place it near a phone jack. Simply pop in an AirPort Extreme Card (optional), hook up an AirPort Express to your DSL connection or cable modem, and you can surf the Internet wirelessly, listen to tunes in another room and print remotely.

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:4MB/512KB
Per Processor Size:4MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in/20in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm/50.8cm
Max Resolution:1440 x 900/1680 x 1050
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:France/United States
Model:G5/Repair Agreement
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iMac/Apple iMac G5 VESA Mount Adapter Kit/AppleCare


Data Bus Speed:600MHz/667MHz


Category of Accessory:Mounting hardware
Product Type:System mounting brackets


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/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/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 4x (DVD/8x/8x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Write Speed:16x (CD) / 4x (DVD)/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.3/Apple MacOS X 10.4


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.8GHz/2GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:Core 2 Duo/PowerPC G5


Installed Size:1GB/256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB/3GB

Service & Support

Full Contract Period:3years
Service Included:Parts and labor
Type:1 year warranty /Extended service agreement

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/80GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon 9600/ATI Radeon X1600/NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
Interface Type:AGP 4x/AGP 8x/PCI Express x16