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    Apple iMac G5 1.6GHz Review
    Author: extremepc
    Date Posted:30/10/2004 19:01.58
    SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: The iMac G5 is the latest system from Apple, merging a display and computer in one sleek device. But does it live up to the hype?

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    Noise, Upgrading, Support

    The iMac is quiet, much quieter then I would have thought, for such a hot processor in such a small case. Much like the PowerMac, the fan speed is adjusted based on CPU usage. If you are surfing the net, the computer is almost inaudible. When you load up Final Cut Pro, it gets significantly louder, and you can definately hear the fans working. It's nowhere near as loud as any PC I've ever heard, even at top speed.

    The iMac G5 is also the most accessible Mac ever. Virtually every part in the computer is user-replaceable, meaning if something breaks, chances are is that you can fix it yourself. Everything from the LCD to the power supply is able to be taken out and replaced by anyone.

    Upgrading is a different story. Like every other iMac in history, this thing isn't really upgradeable. As far as I know, you can only upgrade the hard drive, memory (up to 2GB), and Airport. I'm not sure if you can upgrade the optical drive, however. If you plan on having this system for a long period of time, it might be best to step up and get the Power Mac, which lets you have up to 8GB of RAM, multiple hard drives, swap the optical drive, and change the graphics card. With the current upgrade path, it looks like this system has a life under three years for the normal user.

    Support is weak. You get 90 days free telephone support, and a one year limited warranty. After that, you're stuck. AppleCare, which is an extended warranty plan, is available for $169, for three years. I'd recommend grabbing this if you'll have the system for more then a year.

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    1. Introduction
    2. Design
    3. Features
    4. Performance
    5. Noise, Upgrading, Support
    6. Conclusion

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