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Apple PowerMac G4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 720 reviews of Apple PowerMac G4. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the size. The usability is also appreciated. Many are negative about the price. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

design, usability, size


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.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 user reviews of Apple PowerMac G4 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops on Opinions about the size and design are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size


91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple PowerMac G4 Cube (450MHz PowerPC G4 Processor, 64MB RAM, 20GB Hard Drive)Apple PowerMac G4 Cube (450MHz PowerPC G4 Processor, 64MB RAM, 20GB Hard Drive)

May, 2018

Expert review by : Rick Lepage (

Apple Power Mac G4/1GHz DP


Fastest Mac available ; Strong expansion options

Could use some minor architectural improvements

May, 2002

Expert review by : John R. Delaney (

Apple Power Mac G4

Dec, 2001

Expert review by : Rick Lepage (

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

Nov, 2001

Expert review by : Christopher Breen (

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

Oct, 2001

Expert review by : Christopher Breen (

Apple Power Mac G4/733


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

SuperDrive reads slowly ; Expensive ; No audio-input port

Jun, 2001

Expert review by : Andrew Gore (

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

Nov, 2000

Expert review by : David Read (

Apple Power Macintosh G4/500


Exceptional performance ; DVD-RAM drive

Too little memory for high-end users ; Expensive

Jul, 2000

Expert review by (

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...

Expert review by : Eric Schwarz (

Review: Apple Power Mac G4 1.25GHz


My parents' IBM Pentium II PC was getting old and more annoying as the days went by. I talked them into getting a Mac as their next computer, and they decided to wait until after WWDC to see what kinds of deals there were on previous Macs. Their ideal...

With the recent price breaks, the G4 is an excellent value for anyone looking for a powerful computer with lots of expansion.

Jul, 2003

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


Chassis type:Tower
Color of product:Transparent, White

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)



Discrete graphics adapter memory:64
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon 9000 Pro / AMD Radeon 9200
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.032 / 0.064
On-board graphics adapter: Yes


Country Kits:France/United States
Model:G4 Cube
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple Power Mac


Data Bus Speed:100MHz


Internal memory:0.25 / 0.5
Internal memory type:DDR-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Memory slots:4x DIMM


Color:Gray / Silver/Silver


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem


Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Modem Speed:56
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

DVD read speed:6 / 8
Optical Drive Type:DVD-ROM

Optical Storage

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

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS 9.1

Other Features

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:16 / 4
CD write speed:24 / 8
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X v10.2, Mac OS 9.2 / Mac OS X version 10.2, Mac OS 9.2
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD
Interface:Two FireWire, four USB, front headphone minijack and speaker, rear Apple speaker minijack, audio line in, audio line out / USB, FireWare, RJ-45, RJ-11
Mac compatibility: Yes
Modem Type:V.92
Networking features:Ethernet/Fast Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b DSSS compliant / Gigabit Ethernet
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power Requirements:100-240V / 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz
Power supply type:AC
TV tuner integrated: No
USB 1.1 ports quantity:2
Video adapter, bus:AGP 4x

Packaging Content

Bundled software:QuickTime, iChat, iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, iDVD (requires SuperDrive), DVD Player, Mac OS X Mail, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Acrobat Reader, Art Director’s Toolkit, FAXstf, FileMaker Pro Trial, Graphic Converter, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, PixelNhance, Snapz Pro, Developer Tools / QuickTime, iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, iDVD, DVD Player, Mac OS X Mail, Microsoft Internet Explorer, EarthLink, Acrobat Reader, Art Director’s Toolkit, FAXstf, FileMaker Pro Trial, Graphic Convertor, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, PixelNhance, Snapz Pro, Developer Tools
Display included: No
Handheld remote control: No


Audio system:Stereo
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:3
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Clock Speed:450MHz
Installed Qty:1
L2 cache:0.25
L3 cache:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Number of processors installed:2
Processor cache:1
Processor family:PowerPC G4
Processor frequency:1.25
Type:PowerPC G4


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger


Card reader integrated: No
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Interface:Ultra-ATA/100
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:Ultra-ATA/100
Number of hard drives installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 40 / 80

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)


Storage Removable

Type: None


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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.4 / 6.5
Height:17 / 2
Weight:2.91 / 42.1
Width:6.5 / 8.9 / 8.94