"Sleek Sleek Sleek"4.5 starson by auscop
Pros: Very small form factor, very sexy, Unix based OS, not Microsoft.
Cons: No current cheap/free upgrade plan to Leopard
Summary: I have only just joined CNet reviews and I am about ready to quit just because of the sheer stupidity of some of the posters, where's my morning coffee... Folk need to remember what are we reviewing here, we are not reviewing the latest gaming machine or the latest xtreme PC for upgrade geeks, (me in my former life )The iMac is designed for the average user and family, to send e-mail, surf the web, etc. etc. but the main reason to go iMac is for it's Multimedia abilities, not to play the latest online game. Now here's your chance to slam me, I don't own the iMAC yet, the last time I owned an Apple was the Apple 2GS back in the late 80's so why should I be able to rate the iMAC? Well I am done playing graphically intense games, I am done with having to worry about viruses on my PC every day, I am tired of the Blue Screen of Death, I am tired of upgrading my PC that has so many parts something is sure to fail once every 6 months or so, I am tired of trying to use Pinnacle software to make home DVD's and have it suck up 80% of my 2GB of RAM, I am tired of the noise the 5 fans in the PC make, and lastly I need to upgrade as I recently blew all the USB ports in the computer and I sure hell ain't going to go with VISTA.
So if you are not going to use the iMAC for what it is intended, then don't rate it for what it is not. If you want to upgrade look in to the MAC Pro. As soon as Apple offer a good deal on upgrading to Leopard, I will be buying the 2.8Ghz beast. For now it is nothing but pure engineering brilliance and I look forward to be having a true multimedia experience.