New iMac G5 - Mackin' Media Center (??)

Ok. First off, this Mac is so thin that they might as well take off the stand, add a touchscreen, and call it a tablet. Barring that possibility, let's look at what we've got.

Behind its breathtaking 17- or 20-inch widescreen display, iMac G5 displays some monstrous power — with a 1.9GHz or 2.1GHz G5 processor, a sizzling new PCI-Express ATI Radeon X600 Pro or XT graphics processor with 128MB of dedicated video memory and a new high-bandwidth system architecture.

Ok. So we're talking a very nice competitor to a mid-level P4. Built-in everything—iSight, Might Mouse, AirPort Extreme, and Bluetooth—make for a nice, compact package. The design, obviously, is a big win, as well, and FrontRow should turn this into the TV away from the TV, which is a very important goal for many PC manufacturers, let alone Media Center Edition-happy Microsoft.

Now, we have a nice line-up: Mac Mini for the entry-level folks. iMacs for the students. Dual-core G5s for the design ninjas. All of them will be fully media complaint and fully hot. Looks like it's going to be a nice year from Apple.

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