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Apple PowerMac G4

Apple PowerMac G4
alaScore 81

988 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 988 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the size and design are on the whole positive. The usability and value for money are also appreciated, but there are some critical comments about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple PowerMac G4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple PowerMac G4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 365 user reviews of Apple PowerMac G4 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

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reliability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Apple Power Mac G4/1GHz DP

 

Fastest Mac available ; Strong expansion options

Could use some minor architectural improvements

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Apple Power Mac G4

 
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Apple Power Mac G4/800 DP

 

Fast hard drive ; Good performance with multiprocessor-aware applications ; Built-in dual-display support ; Excellent Mac OS X system

SuperDrive lacks manual eject ; Pricey for general OS 9 use

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Apple POWER MAC G4/867

 

Good price ; Fast 3-D performance ; SuperDrive allows DVD authoring

Paltry RAM ; SuperDrive lacks manual eject ; No audio-input port

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Apple Power Mac G4/733

 

The fastest Mac around for most tasks ; SuperDrive allows DVD authoring

SuperDrive reads slowly ; Expensive ; No audio-input port

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Apple Power Mac G4 Cube

 

Innovative design ; Easy to set up and upgrade ; Very stable ; Tiny footprint ; Great speakers and digital display technology

Skimpy RAM ; Difficult cable management ; Poorly designed power switch ; Expensive ; No PCI slots

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Apple Power Macintosh G4/500

 

Exceptional performance ; DVD-RAM drive

Too little memory for high-end users ; Expensive

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Apple Steps Up the Speed

 

With its souped-up processing power and overhauled system architecture, the Apple Power Mac G4 ($3,299 direct) with dual 1.25-GHz processors is one fast machine.

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Apple PowerMac G4 Cube

 

In the beige world of PC design, the Apple iMac brought a new concept to the desktop: COLOR. Sleek and functional, the Apple G4 followed, with its convenient swing-open side panel. Now that PC makers are catching on, adding translucent color plastic to...

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Product Specifications

The new Power Mac G4 combines rock solid engineering reflective of the full-throttle Xserve architecture with new technologies for massively enhanced output and connectivity. This turbocharged Power Mac rips through digital video and 3D projects faster than Pentiums can say "uncle". The twin-engined Power Mac G4s are supported not only by generous reserves of L2 and L3 cache on each processor, but also by Mac OS X's robust foundation, which features multithreading and symmetric multiprocessing for an additional performance boost. The Power Mac G4 can be built-to-order to fit any professional use. You can fill it with 2 GB of high-speed DDR SDRAM, get it with a 4x SuperDrive that's twice as fast at burning DVDs, choose up to four internal hard disk drives up to a mind-boggling 720GB, get unwired with an AirPort Extreme Card or with a Bluetooth wireless connectivity module and add scorchingly fast graphics. Every new Power Mac G4 also gets the benefit of a built-in FireWire 800 port, two FireWire 400 ports, four USB ports (two on the computer, two on the keyboard) and four full-length 64-bit, 33MHz PCI slots and Gigabit Ethernet for shooting large files across your LAN at phenomenal speeds. What's more, FireWire, PCI expansion and Gigabit Ethernet are integrated directly into the main system controller, reducing latencies and providing superior I/O performance. The Apple Display Connector (ADC) makes it a snap to connect your Power Mac G4 to your choice of three brilliant displays. Combine your G4 with the 17-inch Apple Studio Display or 20-inch Apple Cinema Display - or the gorgeous 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display - and you'll have the perfect environment for creative professionals. While you're at it, expand your workspace even farther. The all-digital Apple flat-panel displays are so unbelievably affordable that you can easily take advantage of the Power Mac G4's dual display support. And you can also rejoice in the fact that there are no controls to adjust and no tweaking required: the all-digital signal between your Power Mac G4 and your display delivers pristine image quality. The new Power Mac G4 features the best built-in FireWire connectivity in the industry - two 400Mbps (megabits per second) ports and one 800Mbps port. The industry-standard serial input/output (I/O) technology for high-speed data transfer, FireWire is one of the fastest peripheral standards ever developed - and now, at 800 megabits per second (Mbps), it's faster than ever. Fact is, FireWire 800 doubles the throughput of the original technology, dramatically increases the maximum distance of FireWire connections - up to 100 meters - and supports many new types of cabling, making it indispensable for transferring massive data files and for working with uncompressed high-definition (HD) video and multiple standard-definition (SD) video streams. And it's way faster than USB 2.0. The Power Mac G4 supports AirPort Extreme, the new wireless networking technology based on the proposed IEEE 802.11g standard. Just add an AirPort Extreme Card to the Power Mac G4 and it can wirelessly connect to an AirPort Extreme Base Station at speeds up to 54Mbps. That's nearly five times as fast as the data transfer rates of the current 802.11b wireless standard. The Power Mac G4 is Bluetooth-ready, which is another big advantage. Like AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth connects digital devices wirelessly. Operating within a much shorter range than AirPort Extreme, it enables wireless data transfers between a rapidly growing list of Bluetooth-savvy products. Using iSync, for instance, you can use Bluetooth to synchronize your personal information between your Power Mac G4, your PowerBook G4, your mobile phone and your Palm OS-based handheld. Interested in getting Bluetooth capability for your Power Mac G4? The easiest way to do it is to have the Bluetooth module built in at the time you order your system. If you decide after purchase that you want Bluetooth capability, you'll need to get an external Bluetooth adapter. The Power Mac G4 features 4x AGP graphics and your choice of four fearsomely fast graphics cards that turn on the afterburners. The Power Mac G4's lightning fast processor speeds get an additional boost with an advanced cache memory architecture that provides ultra fast, dedicated memory with massively enhanced throughput. Accessing data from main memory is significantly faster than accessing data from the hard drive and the Power Mac G4's system architecture takes this one step further with an even faster level of memory called L3 cache. The L3 cache uses up to 2MB of high speed, Double Data Rate (DDR) SRAM, boosting processor function by providing fast access to data and application code at up to 4 gigabytes per second (GBps).

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB
Max Supported Size:1MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:7.7in
Height:9.8in
Weight:14.1lbs
Width:7.7in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Header

Compatibility:Mac
Country Kits:France/United States
Localization:English/French
Manufacturer:Apple
Model:G4 Cube
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple Power Mac

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:100MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Gray / Silver/Silver

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Read Speed:32x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:N/A
Type:DVD-ROM
Write Speed:N/A

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS 9.1

Processor

Clock Speed:450MHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Motorola
Max Supported Qty:1
Type:PowerPC G4
Upgradability:Upgradable

RAM

Installed Size:128MB/64MB
Max Supported Size:1.5GB
Technology:SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

RAID Level: None

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:ATA-66

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type:None.

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:20GB
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:16MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI RAGE 128 PRO
Interface Type:AGP 2x