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1. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20"
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2. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 17"
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3. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 17"
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4. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9747LL/A
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5. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9749LL/A
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6. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9748LL/A
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7. Sony VAIO VGC-V517G Desktop PC
$599.99 $598.50
8. Apple Mac mini M9687LL/A (G4 1.42
$499.99 $499.88
9. Apple Mac mini M9686LL/A (G4 1.25GHz,
$449.99 list($718.00)
10. HP Pavilion a1000n Desktop PC
$1,305.00 list($1,500.00)
11. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9555LL/A
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12. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20"
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13. Sony VAIO VGC-RB30 Desktop PC
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14. HP m7070n Media Center Photosmart
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15. HP Pavilion a1020n Desktop PC
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16. Compaq Presario SR1430NX Desktop
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17. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9457LL/A
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18. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 17"
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19. Sony VAIO VGC-RA830G Desktop PC
$699.88 list($899.88)
20. Remanufactured Hewlett Packard

1. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20" M9845LL/A (2.0 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $1,800.00
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Asin: B0006HU49E
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

iMac G5 Desktop, PowerPC G5 2GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, 8X DVD+/-RW SuperDrive, Built-in 20-inch LCD Monitor, Mac OS X Tiger v10.4 ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Dual-Layer DVD Burning
Should be noted: This iMac comes with a Dual-Layer DVD burner. So it will not only read and write DVD+/-RW - but also will burn dual-layer discs which hold about 8.5 GB in capacity. Amazon does not mention this in the description, but it is in the product manual that can be downloaded.

5-0 out of 5 stars MAC 101
It has been three years since I bought my last Apple computer.

When I saw this G5 20" widescreen that now comes fully loaded, I was very impressed. It was loaded with TIGER (OS X.4) which ran like a Benz!

Thats before I got this big boy home!

Wow, loaded with wireless networking, bluetooth and a fast DVD double sided burner using a high speed connection, it is rocket fast and a state of the art machine!

It was easy to connect and all I needed for my own taste was an extra 512 meg of ram at $75.00.

I can now use Adobe Photoshop along with iPhoto and other applications all at the same time, and the spinning wheel is a thing of the past. The iMac is now a VERY fast aand smooth running machine.

I have the wireless Apple keyboard and mouse that came with mine and it only adds to the thrill of this zoom computer.

I could go on and on...but....

Pro's- the entire iMac !!!!
Cons? None! This is a thing of beauty and performs so well that I am truly amazed. Its the best computer I have ever owned or for that matter ever used!\

THIS IS A MUST SEE -MUST USE AND A MUST OWN!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars High-Grade Materials Shine
After owning PCs since 1987, I finally was persuaded by techie friends to get an Apple. The advantages were a lack of Internet viruses, incredible tech support (very true), and high-grade materials. Indeed, my techie friends proved correct. The glass coating on the iMac is like an expensive Italian coffee table or a modern sculpture. The hefty feel suggests it's made of some adamantine gemstone. Very good.

But the 512 mg of RAM is too slow even for a low-tech guy like me who prints and surfs Internet. Definitely upgrade the RAM to at least a gig or maybe 2.5 gigs if you're running a lot of visual software. You'll want to upgrade BEFORE the iMac is delivered. Putting it in yourself is nerve-racking, especially when you know you can void the warranty if you screw up.

Also I recommend the 130-dollar Apple-Care program, which is essentially unlimited tech support. All of the techies at Apple have proven to be very articulate, helpful Apple lovers who apparently have a passion to promote their love of Apple in part by making their customers happy. Surveys support my individual experience. It's also nice not to have to call someone to your house everytime you have a problem.

Last bit of advice. Buy a 30-dollar USB port so you'll be able to attach more gadgets to your Apple. Most importantly, get a Flash Drive to back-up your files. I have a Kingston 512 mg. and I can use itbetween my Apple and any PC. It stores in a split second and you no longer need floppies or discs.

In conclusion, I'm glad I made the switch to Apple.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, fast and a pleasure to work with
I am mainly a PC person that purchased this iMac to have in addition to my PC, not to "switch".
The 20" iMac is beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use.It took me about 10 minutes to set it up after booting.Right out of the box I was able to plug in my DV camcorder, use iMovie and iDVD and edit and create a DVD.That's how easy it is to get started on the Mac.I really do like OSX so far.
I would really recommend upgrading the RAM to at least 1GB but the included 512MB is good enough to get the work done.The extra RAM helps the overall feel and helps when using the iDVD/iMovie etc...
You will not be disappointed with the G5 iMac!Plus, it looks really nice.
Oh, I also purchased the Bluetooth keyboard to further minimize my wires.It is great!Now, if Apple could just make a two button wheel mouse... But that is minor.I just used my Logitech MX510 and it works great.
Lastly, I plugged in my 8 in 1 USB 2.0 reader to access my microdrive and SD cards and it worked without a hitch.Also, I was able to connect and browse my HP iPaq HX4700 with little effort.It will not sych though.More software is needed for that and I am still working on that.Still, the iMac gets 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars pc magazine's take
I don't have this iMac but rated it at 5 stars in honor of PC Magazine, which calls it "excellent" and gives it an editor's choice award:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1822054,00.asp ... Read more


2. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 17" M9844LL/A (2.0 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $1,500.00
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Asin: B0006PK8IS
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 8
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

iMac G5 Desktop, PowerPC G5 2GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 160GB Hard Drive, 8X DVD+/-RW SuperDrive, Built-in 17-inch LCD Monitor, Mac OS X Tiger v10.4 ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I absolutely love this laptop.I did a lot of research and it is the best on the market!

5-0 out of 5 stars New faster iMac G5 from Apple
Apple is, quite simply, the best and most innovative computer manufacturer. A recent article in Consumer Reports identified Apple computers as the most reliable computers and PC Magazine user surveys have reached the same conclusion. Furthermore, PC Magazine regularly designates the iMac G5 as the best all around desktop computer. Now the ultra-reliable, user friendly iMac G5 has an even faster G5 processor.

Yes, most people use Windows-based PCs, but do you really want to be just another member of the PC herd -- with all of the problems and frustrations presented by Windows-based PCs (including regular virus attacks) -- or are you looking for a computer which is user friendly, seldom crashes, and is virtually impervious to viruses? If these virtues are more important to you than being one of the crowd, please seriously consider buying an Apple computer. This new iMac G5 is Apple's latest and fastest iteration of the innovative iMac series of compact, user friendly computers at reasonable prices. Like all G5-powered Apple computers this new iMac is a very fast computer -- more than twice as fast as a Pentium 4 with the same clock speed -- and has a state-of-the-art 64-bit processor. All computers will have 64-bit processors some day but very few PCs, except for Apple G5s, have them at this time. If you're looking for a fast, versatile, easy to use computer, want to stop worrying abut virus attacks, and are willing to try something off the beaten path, you'll love this elegant and now faster new iMac G5. ... Read more


3. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 17" M9843LL/A (1.8 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $1,300.00
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Asin: B0006PK8R4
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 26
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

What if you could fit your whole lifeall your music, all your photos, all your movies, all your emailin a computer as fun and useful as an iPod? You can, with a 17-inch widescreen iMac G5. The entire computer, including G5-based logic board, slot-loading optical drive, hard disk, speakers and power supply, dwells inside the enchanting display. Modern living starts at an affordable price.

The Display is the Computer
Apple designers removed the extraneous, miniaturized the necessary, souped up the performance and concealed the result in immaculate perfection. The iMac G5 hangs suspended from a graceful anodized aluminum stand and its widescreen display lets you retouch photos and surf the web while you chat with friends or scan emailwirelessly, thanks to built-in AirPort technologyand see everything at the same time.

Technology Democratized
The iMac G5 brings the same innovative system architecture in Apple professional desktops to the home. The G5 processor makes everything zippierconnecting to email or the web, creating movies, songs and DVDs, arranging photos or playing music. Choose a 1.8GHz G5 processor that’s ready to run modern 64-bit applications under Mac OS X Tiger: the world’s most advanced, stable and secure operating system. What’s more, the G5 speeds up Mac OS X and all the other included software, such as iLife ’05, Quicken 2005 and World Book.

All-in-One Ease
iMac G5 tucks away modern amenities, such as a slot-loading Combo drive, inside its two-inch thin body. Back up your iTunes collection or make a mix CD for that special someone. Naturally, you can pop in your DVD movies and watch them in 16:10 widescreen letterbox format on the gorgeous LCD display. Delight in pristine audio from fully integrated stereo speakers. Cleverly pointed down, they bounce sound waves off your desk, counter or table into your ears.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Faster processor in the user-reliable bargain-priced iMac G5
Apple is, quite simply, the best and most innovative computer manufacturer. A recent article in Consumer Reports identified Apple computers as the most reliable computers and PC Magazine user surveys have reached the same conclusion. Furthermore, PC Magazine regularly designates the iMac G5 as the best all around desktop computer. Now the ultra-reliable, user friendly iMac G5 computers all have faster G5 processors than last year's models.

Yes, most people use Windows-based PCs, but do you really want to be just another member of the PC herd -- with all of the problems and frustrations presented by Windows-based PCs (including regular virus attacks) -- or are you looking for a computer which is user friendly, seldom crashes, and is virtually impervious to viruses? If these virtues are more important to you than being one of the crowd, please seriously consider buying an Apple computer. This new iMac G5 is Apple's latest and fastest iteration of the innovative iMac series of compact, user friendly computers at reasonable prices. Like all G5-powered Apple computers this new iMac is a very fast computer -- more than twice as fast as a Pentium 4 with the same clock speed -- and has a state-of-the-art 64-bit processor. All computers will have 64-bit processors some day but very few PCs, except for Apple G5s, have them at this time. If you're looking for a fast, versatile, easy to use computer, want to stop worrying abut virus attacks, and are willing to try something off the beaten path, you'll love this elegant and now faster new iMac G5. If you want a larger monitor and even faster processor check out the 20" iMac G5. ... Read more


4. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9747LL/A (Dual 2.0 GHz Power PC G5, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, 16x Dual Layer SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $2,000.00
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Asin: B0007OW57K
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 68
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The 64-bit professional dream machine.

Professionals need superior tools to produce designs, music, high-definition video or the next scientific breakthrough. The Power Mac G5 line extends as far as you require. Two 64-bit G5 processors reaching a top speeds of 2.0GHz, room for up to 4GB of main memory, pro performance graphics cards and ultrahigh-bandwidth system architecture will give you more results than systems costing twice as much. Dual processing starts at an affordable price.

Supersonic Speed
The Power Mac G5 offers the 2.0GHz dual-processor model with a speed boost near the top of the line. In fact, for most creative endeavors, the Power Mac G5 simply has no competition in its class.

A 64-bit OS for Your 64-bit Machine
Every Power Mac G5 comes with Tiger, the latest release of Mac OS X. Search your entire Power Mac in a single click with Spotlight, access up-to-the-second information with Dashboard and run all of your software faster. With its 64-bit features, Tiger also provides access to as much physical memory as you can install in your PowerMac G5. Even 32-bit applications benefit from the system’s ability to access large amounts of RAM: The system can manipulate data in multiple applications entirely in RAM for maximum performance.

This model features one optical drive:

  • a DL DVD+/-RW SuperDrive
    • Create a Dual Layer DVD+R at a maximum 4X Write speed
    • Create a DVD-R at a maximum 16X Write speed
    • Play a DVD at a maximum 16X Read speed
    • Create a CD-Rom at a maximum 24X Write speed
    • Create a CD-RW at a maximum 24X Rewrite speed
    • Play a CD-Rom at a maximum 32X Read speed
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1-0 out of 5 stars Apple Care is the worst - you have been warned
I bought a Apple Mac G5 recently which shipped with the wrong cards in them. Apple Care sucks. They will put you on hold for 5 hours !
It has been a week. No one has called to check what is going on. I've been dropped on so many calls. Sent email - no reply. What the hell.. Save yourself some money. Buy a Dell and Windows. May not be as cool as a Mac but atleast their stuff works and you get prompt service. Don't waste $2000 on a machine that may or may not work and if it doesn't you are totally screwed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Apple scores again
Apple is, quite simply, the best and most innovative computer manufacturer. Consumer Reports recently identified Apple computers as the most reliable computers currently available and a PC magazine user survey reached the same conclusion. Also PC magazine has picked a Macintosh G5 as the best multi-purpose desktop computer. Now Apple has this new Power Mac G5 computer with dual 2.0 GHz processors.

Yes, most people use Windows-based PCs, but do you want to be just another member of the PC herd -- with all of the problems and frustrations (including frequent crashes and virus attacks) presented by Windows-based PCs -- or are you looking for a computer which is user friendly, seldom crashes, and is virtually impervious to virus attacks? If these virtues are more important to you than being one of the crowd, please seriously consider buying an Apple computer. The Power Mac G5 is Apple's top-of-the-line computer series -- essentially desktop supercomputers. Like all Power Mac G5s this computer is more than twice as fast as a Pentium 4 with the same clock speed and has dual 64-bit processors. All computers will have 64-bit processors some day but very few PCs, except for Mac G5s, have them at this time. If you're looking for a super fast, versatile, easy to use computer (and want to stop worrying abut virus attacks) and are willing to try something off the beaten path, you'll love this new dual 2.0 GHz processor Power Mac G5. If you want still more power consider the still faster Power Mac G5s with dual 2.3 GHz or dual 2.7 GHz processors. On the other hand, if you want the virtues of Apple computers and G5 power at a lower price consider the Power Mac G5 with a single 1.8 GHz processor or the new G5 iMacs.

5-0 out of 5 stars HOT HOT HOT!
I love my new PowerMac. This thing smokes! It's a rarity to get the processing power much past 50% of capacity and I do a lot of image editing and application development. And pairing this with the Apple display is a thing to behold! ... Read more


5. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9749LL/A (Dual 2.7 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, 16x Dual Layer SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $3,000.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0007OW502
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 56
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The 64-bit professional dream machine.

Professionals need superior tools to produce designs, music, high-definition video or the next scientific breakthrough. The Power Mac G5 line extends as far as you require. Two 64-bit G5 processors reaching a top speeds of 2.7GHz, room for up to 8GB of main memory, pro performance graphics cards and ultrahigh-bandwidth system architecture will give you more results than systems costing twice as much. Dual processing starts at an affordable price.

Supersonic Speed
The Power Mac G5 offers the 2.7GHz dual-processor model with a speed boost at the top of the line. This model packs so much power into tight quarters that Apple designed a liquid cooling system for it, resulting in a cool tower that runs Photoshop nearly two times faster than a Pentium 4-based system. In fact, for most creative endeavors, the Power Mac G5 simply has no competition in its class.

A 64-bit OS for Your 64-bit Machine
Every Power Mac G5 comes with Tiger, the latest release of Mac OS X. Search your entire Power Mac in a single click with Spotlight, access up-to-the-second information with Dashboard and run all of your software faster. With its 64-bit features, Tiger also provides access to as much physical memory as you can install in your PowerMac G5. Even 32-bit applications benefit from the system’s ability to access large amounts of RAM: The system can manipulate data in multiple applications entirely in RAM for maximum performance.

This model features one optical drive:

  • a DL DVD+/-RW SuperDrive
    • Create a Dual Layer DVD+R at a maximum 4X Write speed
    • Create a DVD-R at a maximum 16X Write speed
    • Play a DVD at a maximum 16X Read speed
    • Create a CD-Rom at a maximum 24X Write speed
    • Create a CD-RW at a maximum 24X Rewrite speed
    • Play a CD-Rom at a maximum 32X Read speed
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Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's powerfull and empowering
If you're reading this review you probably want to know if this is the computer for you.That definitely depends more on you than this computer.It's clearly too much money for web surfing and e-mail.If that's your primary use for a computer please, get something else.But if you want to drive lots of applications, especially graphics and video/audio intense applications this is a great choice.Is this the fastest hardware when compared to Intel/AMD options in the same price range?It's in the ballpark with the fastest but it certainly is not the fastest in every possible test - although graphics apps do especially good on the PowerPC processors.

Just as with cars, however, horsepower is not everything. Maxed out PCs remind me of American muscle cars (when I'm being generous).Sure you can put a massive engine in them but they're kind of crude and certainly not enjoyable to drive every day.Macs are a lot more like a Porsche 911 - extremely powerful but not necessarily the most powerful.But when you look at all the components needed to make a great vehicle it's hard to beat.OS X on this 2.7 is the same way - Apple has really put together a well refined vehicle that's a pleasure to drive hard all day long.

But is it the right computer for you?Hey, you've got to work with whatever you've got, Mac or PC, old or new.I'm fortunate that my company provides me with a high end PC and a 2.5 GHz G5. I wouldn't pay squat for the PC.The G5 - I've just bought the 2.7 GHz for my home workstation.

You can get the details and specs elsewhere - I'm here to tell you that if you have drive you're computer hard all day long you'll be glad it's one of these high end Macs.If you get the hopped up PC you'll still get to Cleveland - maybe a few seconds faster, maybe a few seconds slower - but you're not going to enjoy the trip nearly as much as I do.

5-0 out of 5 stars Desktop supercomputer now even faster
Apple is, quite simply, the best and most innovative computer manufacturer. Consumer Reports recently identified Apple computers as the most reliable computers currently available and a PC magazine user survey reached the same conclusion. Also PC magazine has picked a Macintosh G5 as the best multi-purpose desktop computer. Now Apple has this even more powerful Macintosh G5 computer with dual 2.7 GHz processors.

Yes, most people use Windows-based PCs, but do you want to be just another member of the PC herd -- with all of the problems and frustrations (including frequent crashes and virus attacks) presented by Windows-based PCs -- or are you looking for a computer which is user friendly, seldom crashes, and is virtually impervious to virus attacks? If these virtues are more important to you than being one of the crowd, please seriously consider buying an Apple computer. The Power Mac G5 is Apple's top-of-the-line computer series and this is the most powerful G5 ever -- essentially a desktop supercomputer. Like all Power Mac G5s this computer is more than twice as fast as a Pentium 4 with the same clock speed and has dual 64-bit processors. All computers will have 64-bit processors some day but very few PCs, except for Mac G5s, have them at this time. If you're looking for a super fast, versatile, easy to use computer (and want to stop worrying abut virus attacks) and are willing to try something off the beaten path, you'll love this new more powerful Power Mac G5. If you want the virtues of Apple computers and G5 power at a lower price consider the Power Mac G5s with dual 2.3 GHz or dual 2.0 GHz processors or the new G5 iMacs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Apple Power Mac Dual 2.7GHz G5
This is the new version of the Power Mac G5. I currently own the G5 with the dual 2.5GHz in it but now I'm willing to upgrade. They have four versions of this Power Mac right now: Single 1.8GHz, Dual 2.0GHz, Dual 2.3GHz, and Dual 2.7GHz. They have lowered the prices too which is nice. For some reason I like to go with the most expensive because if you think about it in the long run I would rather spend money on a exceptional computer with technology not even seen on most computers today and have it for 10 years. AMD and Intel are now making dual core processors but they can't stand up to the G5's dual processor capability. No Windows desktop can even have 8GB of RAM either. Most Windows PCs I see today have up to 4-5GB of RAM. This one had 512MB RAM which I would upgrade to atleast 2GB. 250 GB Hard Drive is good but I would recommend getting a 500GB or 800GB hard drive so you'll know you will always have room to store things. It has DVD+/-RW drive upgraded from the DVD-R drive from the previous model. This is better because now the drive can be rewritable. I love the design of the G5 and I can't wait what Apple will do with the G6 or their next power house PC. It comes with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger which is brand new to the market. It's better than the 10.3 no doubt. I haven't upgraded to it the 10.4 yet but I am soon since I am getting this G5. Everything from this model I have heard about is awesome and I can't wait until I pick mine up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Power Mac Yet
This is by far the best power mac yet introduced. wow, what speed. but where is the promised 3GHz???? where is the PCIe? maybe next time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not A 3Ghz but thanks for the heads up Amazon
I should probably wait until Apple announces this new bad boy to write a real review. I'm sure it will be great though.

Cheers. ... Read more


6. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9748LL/A (Dual 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, 16x Dual Layer SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $2,500.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007OW51Q
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 41
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably fast - especially compared to my other Macs
I bought this G5 Dual 2.3GHz system the last week of May to bolster my arsenal within my freelancing business, Digital Creative Services ( Click this link to go to my website for my portfolio and more information -plus I have a special going on now - 25 percent off any design, whether print, website or video work!). I am so glad I did! This computer is extremely fast to boot, versatile with the 3 PCI-X slots, quick SuperDrive and 8 RAM slots, and it has massive storage capacity with the 250GB hard drive. With Tiger running now, I can get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time.

Opening applications is so fast I have to look twice to make sure that they're open, and I really look forward to working with digital video, animation and Graphic Design/layout/website design on further projects.

I highly recommend this system to anybody looking for the next to highest quality Macintosh ever made!

5-0 out of 5 stars Desktop supercomputer
Apple is, quite simply, the best and most innovative computer manufacturer. Consumer Reports recently identified Apple computers as the most reliable computers currently available and a PC magazine user survey reached the same conclusion. Also PC magazine has picked a Macintosh G5 as the best multi-purpose desktop computer. Now Apple has this even more powerful Macintosh G5 computer with dual 2.3 GHz processors.

Yes, most people use Windows-based PCs, but do you want to be just another member of the PC herd -- with all of the problems and frustrations (including frequent crashes and virus attacks) presented by Windows-based PCs -- or are you looking for a computer which is user friendly, seldom crashes, and is virtually impervious to virus attacks? If these virtues are more important to you than being one of the crowd, please seriously consider buying an Apple computer. The Power Mac G5 is Apple's top-of-the-line computer series -- essentially desktop supercomputers. Like all Power Mac G5s this computer is more than twice as fast as a Pentium 4 with the same clock speed and has dual 64-bit processors. All computers will have 64-bit processors some day but very few PCs, except for Mac G5s, have them at this time. If you're looking for a super fast, versatile, easy to use computer (and want to stop worrying abut virus attacks) and are willing to try something off the beaten path, you'll love this new dual 2.3 GHz processor Power Mac G5. If you want still more power consider the fastest Power Mac G5 with dual 2.7 GHz processors. On the other hand, if you want the virtues of Apple computers and G5 power at a lower price consider the Power Mac G5 with dual 2.0 GHz processors or the new G5 iMacs. ... Read more


7. Sony VAIO VGC-V517G Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor, 512 MB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, Dual Layer DVD+/-RWDrive)
by Sony CE
list price: $1,899.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00079F7Q6
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Sony CE
Sales Rank: 27
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sophisticated and modernly styled, the Sony VGC-V517G TV-PC is an all-in-one entertainmentcomputer that helps you finally eliminate all that remote control and cable clutter. Sony'sMotion Reality technology enables you to enjoy the same TV experience on the VGC-V517Gas you would with an LCD TV, and the crisp, clear images come alive thanks tothe 17-inch XBRITE LCD screen. You can also record your favorite TV programs tothe hard drive using the Giga Pocket personal video recorder (PVR) software, orsave them for later viewing by burning a DVD via the dual-layer, multiformat DVD+/-RWdrive. Other features include a fast, hyperthreading 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 processor,spacious 200 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, and a wide assortment ofSony multimedia software for editing and managing your digital content. For astep up in price, the Vaio VGC-V520G offers a faster processor, 1 GB of RAM, and250 GB hard drive.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: It comes with a 200 GB Ultra ATA hard drive (7,200RPM), which will store hundreds of hours of recorded TV programmingand digital audio. You can boost your storage space by adding optionalexternal hard drives via the USB 2.0 or Firewire ports.
  • Processor: The hyperthreading 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processorallows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPUsystem, helping to deliver faster transistors and increased performance.It also features a 1 MB L2 cache and a blazingly fast 800 MHz front-sidebus speed, which measures how fast a processor and the main memory communicate,and a 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily storesdata; a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)

    A hyperthreading processor helps a PC to run multiple demandingapplications at the same time. This technology enables the processorto execute two threads (parts of a program) in parallel, boosting performanceduring key high-drain procedures. This results in more efficient softwareperformance, such as faster reaction times in gaming applications, andenhanced multitasking.

  • Memory: The VGC-V517G comes with 512 MB of installed PC-3200DDR RAM (400 MHz). This is a good start, but you'll want to max outthe 1 GB capacity (which is a tiny for such a multimedia powerhouse)for your 3D gaming and video-editing needs.
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology,the multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- discformats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5GB of data. For DVD-RW discs, it has a 8x write/4x rewrite speed, whilefor DVD+RW discs it has a 8x write/4x rewrite speed. DVDs are read at8x. For double-layer DVD+R, it has a 2.4x write speed. For CDs, ithas a 24x write/rewrite/read speed.
  • Keyboard andMouse: This TV-PC comes with a wireless keyboardand optical mouse, as well as an IR remote control.

The V517G comes with a 17-inch XBRITE LCDscreen for viewing TV recorded with the Giga Pocket personal video recorder(PVR) or DVD movies.

Graphics and Sound
The nVidia GeForce FX Go5700 supports playback of high-definition content. You'llenjoy an immersive cinematic experience when playing back DVDs as well as smoothgameplay. It features 128 MB of dedicated DDR video RAM. The flat-panel 17-inchscreen has a resolution of 1,280 x 1024 pixels. The integrated audio card offers16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio through the internal speakers.

The V517G provides a number of ports for allyour expansion and interface needs.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
For expansion, the VGC-V517G has a good variety of external and videoconnections, including:

  • 4 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digitalcameras to MP3 players
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) ports for connectingdigital video camcorders and other peripherals (both 4-pin)
  • 1 S/PDIF out
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 1 VGA/DVI monitor port
  • Composite and S-Video video/audio inputs (front and rear)
  • Coaxial video input (VHF/UHF)
  • 1 microphone, 1 headphone, 1 line-in
  • 1 infrared port for remote control
  • 1 RF in
  • Memory Stick reader, compatible with Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro,and Memory Stick DUO
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network portfor a 10/100 Fast Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes loaded with a bevy of Sony multimedia software: Vaio Zone with WinDVD (for watching DVD movies), Click to DVD (DVD creation) PictureGear Studio (digital photo), SonicStage (digital music), Vaio Media (network file sharing), and DVgate Plus (digital video). Other preloaded software includes Quicken 2005 New User Edition, Microsoft Works 8.0 (with word processing, spreadsheet, and calendar), Norton Internet Security (with 90-day subscription), and SpySubtract.

Dimensions and Weight
The VGC-V517G measures 19.1 inches wide by 15.7 inches high by 11.3 inches deep and weighs approximately29 pounds.

What's in the Box
This package contains the Sony Vaio VGC-V517G TV-PC, IR remote control and receiver,wireless keyboard, and wireless optical mouse. It is backed by a 1-year limitedhardware warranty. ... Read more


8. Apple Mac mini M9687LL/A (G4 1.42 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $599.99
our price: $599.99
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Asin: B0006HU2ZU
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 10
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Mac mini, PowerPC G4 1.42GHz Processor, 256MB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive, 8X DVD / 24X16X24 CD-RW Combo Drive, Mac OS X Panther v10.3 ... Read more

Reviews (43)

3-0 out of 5 stars Mac Mini 1.42 slower than expected but a nice computer
I recently purchased a Mac Mini 1.42GHz with 1MB RAM and the combo drive. Once you get past the cool looks and start doing various tasks on the machine, the performance seems to be less than what a 1.42GHz G4 should be. I will say that the set up was extremely easy - all Macs are easy to set up. The 1MB RAM helps a lot. I played around with a display model at Best Buy that only had 256MB RAM and Tiger couldn't roar. Some of the slowness has to do with the 80GB Ultra ATA hard drive only being 4200 RPM. But that is only part of it. I have a G4 DP 533MHz machine with 1.25GB RAM. I would expect the Mini to be faster in processor intensive tasks than my system even though it has dual processors. But the Mini falls short. Everything seems to be faster on my old G4. Surfing the net using Safari, using iTunes, Garageband, iDVD, iPhoto, etc. I have my iTunes and iPhoto libraries on an external FireWire drive which is 7200 RPM. I ran Xbench on both systems and the Mini scored a 118.7 compared to a 90.6 for my old G4. But it seems that they should be reversed.

Speed issues aside, someone looking for a computer for surfing the net, sending and receiving emial, doing some word processing stuff and burning the occasional cd should find this system to their liking. Somone looking to spend a lot of time in iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto and other high end programs that are both memory and processor intensive will find that the Mini is not only small in size but also in performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Neither lunches nor computers!
Let's face it, no legitimate company can offer Mac mini computers as a "gift" just for signing up for a bunch of trial offers!

It's easy to find out with a little research that even the most generous new-customer bounties are around twenty dollars. So, it's pretty clear that these "gift programs" are really just a way for spammers to get your name, address, phone number, and email.

Apple makes great products, especially the Mac mini. Don't become a victim by trying to get one by falling for a fake "deal"!

1-0 out of 5 stars The worst computer experience i have ever had.
I had decided to try switching from PCs to macs recently, and thought the mac mini would make a good first mac computer.

I ordered my first mini with all the extras and when i got it, i tried importing all my cds to itunes. The optical drive was malfunctioning whenever i put in a cd with the slightest scratch on it. It would freeze up, making an awful skipping sound, and i would have to force quit itunes and sometimes shut down the computer and turn it back on just to get the sound to stop and get my cd out.

I called tech support, and the first man said there was nothing wrong with the drive, it was my cds that were at fault. Their solution was to take my scratched cd to my PC, burn it and take it back to my mac mini and then try to import it.

I said, ok, so my cds should work on other computers, but not the mini? and he kept saying how it was my cds and not the mini. I asked him if i could return my mini and he said no because i had bought extras like more ram and bluetooth. so i got off the phone with him and called back again.

The next tech support "help" also told me there was nothing wrong with the computer but i could return it (but not exchange it because there was nothing wrong with it). He transferred me to someone who told me i could exchange it, which i did.

Now, my next mini comes in the mail, without my bluetooth and airport extreme options. "Oops, sorry", they say, "we can return it and we'll send you another mini." I took it to my local store and they very nicely installed them for free in 45 minutes. So, now with less enthusiasm for my new purchase, i took my mini home, and tried out the optical drive again, which again had troubles. Now i should mention I took the same cd's that wouldnt work on my mini, and they worked on my PC and on my friend's mac.

I called back the apple store and all they would give me for compensation was a return for my mini (not the $60 keyboard i can no longer return at the store) and $100 credit for my next apple purchase. I said sorry, that's not enough for the hassle that i will probably go through again.

Never, never again will I buy an apple product. This whole hassle lasted for most of a month, and it is still not over yet. Time for me to buy another reasonably priced PC. My mac friends are all about their mac's, but first impressions are lasting, aren't they?


5-0 out of 5 stars No free anything
Clicking your way past this barrage of come-ons finally gets you to the meat of the matter. Incentive Reward Center says you have to sign up for at least two offers from participating firms to get your hands on that free iPod.

It looks like there might be some freebies here, but most of the offers are for DVD and music services, credit cards and other such strings-attached programs.

according to sfgate.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing little machine
i'm really impressed at how fast this thing goes. it was ready to go out of the box after a 3 minute setup, it's really fast for only having 256mb of ram, i love the combo drive, tiger is great. it's practically silent unless the combo drive is running. and it's super easy to use. it also has a lot of programs for 600 bucks, i think it's great and highly reccomend it. ... Read more


9. Apple Mac mini M9686LL/A (G4 1.25GHz, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $499.99
our price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006HU2IM
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 24
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Mac mini, PowerPC G4 1.25GHz Processor, 256MB RAM, 40GB Hard Drive, 8X DVD / 24X16X24 CD-RW Combo Drive, Mac OS X Panther v10.3 ... Read more

Reviews (34)

5-0 out of 5 stars Thing to remember...
The Mac Mini is NOT a PC meant for a person without a PC to easily use. The Mini was meant to be a cheap, easy solution to getting Wintel users over to the Mac "side" by offering a PC that was small, cheap, and worked with your previous Printer, USB Keyboard and Mouse, and Monitor. First time COMPUTER users should consider something with a little more character (Perhaps the eMac)... However, if you have your old XP machine with a USB Keyboard and mouse, and a standard CRT monitor (OR LCD)... Go for the Mini... It's a nice taste of the Mac world!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the Mac World
Most the malignment against Macintoshes has been due to the Mac Zealots, who rail on about how great and perfect they are, with little objectivity or common sense.

The Mini is the first "Real" Mac to be affordable to most people, competing against the Dells and Hewlett Packards of the world.

It's incredibly quiet, economical on power, and for the most part is pretty intuitive.However, there are a few caveats:

1. Max out the Ram.512MB should be the minimum, 1GB (The maximum it takes) is better.They are tricky to take apart, so it's best to either order them with the Ram or let someone who's done it install the Ram.I always use Crucial Ram, not some off-brand stuff.

2. Either ditch the Apple DVI adapter for another one or use a DVI LCD monitor.Many people have complained of dim displays or weird effects like flickering red or black lines, and this is the biggest problem with the Mini.My feeling is Apple messed up and left the onboard video running to the very narrow specs they use for their monitors, not realizing the rest of the world does things a little more flexibly.Dim CRT displays are supposedly a voltage problem, and some people have gotten better results with a non-Apple DVI-Analog adapter. My advice would be to check some message boards and see what monitors most people are having success with, and go with that.In my case I'm using an Ilo 19 inch dirt-cheap LCD DVI monitor from Wal-Mart, and the results have been pretty good.

The Mac world is different than what most PC users expect, and there's a few things to accept right off the bat--they are slower, and there's not as much software out there.Being based on BSD you *can* get a lot of open source software, but it's not as easy as you think, since most of it is tailored for KDE/Gnome and won't run under OSX.There is more commercial software than you would expect, and quite a few programs still come on hybrid discs that are Mac/PC, so check your CD's to see if you can still use your stuff.It also goes without saying that there's practically no viruses or spyware to speak of, so most users will be surprised versus the constant arms race in the PC world against the virus writers.

The things I've truly been amazed by on my Mini is the USB works flawessly, I've been able to hook up multiple devices in a string with no hardware conflict/random drop outs, and the sound is fantastic.I'm still not too sure if this is because Apple has such a good sound chip, or because simple stereo on a quiet machine is better than the gimmicky 5.1 surround sound people swear by today.Either way, good speakers can be put to use.

iLife is the center of the Mac "everyday stuff" software, and to be blunt there's nothing it can do that you can't find on a PC.However, the software all works alike and is very intuitive and easy to use.I've edited movies, made DVD's, and organized my photo collection without a hitch.Again, I could do the same on the PC, but the ease of use makes it all the better.

If I had to say the Mini has a weakness, it's the onboard Radeon 9200 video.It only has 32MB of Ram, and since the OS uses hardware acceleration for a lot of the effects, things are slower than they should be.I have been able to get some 3D stuff (Like a landscaping software called Vue D'Esprit) to run, but it's very tedious.

Overall I think the Mini has been one of the best computer purchases I made, and I wouldn't wait for the new Intel based Apples to come out.Supposedly the laptops and maybe the Mini will be running on Intel chips first, but development and support for the PowerPC chips will continue for a long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love my Mini!
Although I have had previous encounters with Macintosh computers (one ran system 6, the other ran system 7), I had not had the chance to get a new Mac computer. My PC did its job, although definitely not in a stylish or efficient manner, but I got tired of its noisiness, driver problems, and intermittent support of my hardware (and lack of portability). Since I had decided to start trying to compose music, I decided to try something new; Macs had a reputation for quality in the fields of audio and video, and for the money, the Mac Mini looked like a much better deal than a mini PC.So I took the small plunge (for me it was small, but it's probably big for others!) and bought a Mac Mini 1.25 GHz.While I was at it, I opted for 512 MB RAM and an 80 GB hard drive.It arrived this Friday, and since then I have tested its capabilities for making music, ripping music, playing games, and browsing the web.For all these tasks, I have found it more than adequate, in fact I would consider it to be the best, nicest computer I have ever used.Notwithstanding the beautiful interface and smart thinking behind the Tiger OS, the machine itself is sleek, small, quiet beyond belief, and more powerful than I thought it might be.For music tasks, I use GarageBand, along with several Audio Units that I found.The Mini seems to handle everything atlow latency, except when several software instruments are going, and I try to record another track on top while playing the others.Then the latency becomes rather annoying, and keeping in sync with the other tracks becomes difficult.I have not tried recording real instruments onto the system, but I have found that if the latency becomes unacceptable, mix down the tracks that you already have and reimport them as a single track.That way the CPU doesn't have to do the work for eight soft synths, but one.
For other tasks, the Mini is simply excellent.Ripping music is not much different than other computers; it rips a CD in about 10 minutes, so it's not bad at all.The games included with the computer aren't that bad really, and Nanosaur 2 is pretty cool for the casual gamer like myself.I also downloaded the Jedi Academy demo to see how it runs, and it runs better than it ran on my PC that had a 64 MB graphics card!Not that the FPS were in the hundreds, but it seemed good enough for me.If anything, the hard drive was probably the slowest factor in playing JA.
Finally, web browsing and emailing is very nice and polished; the interfaces for both Safari and Mail are clean and efficient, and I found that Java and Flash 7 were preinstalled, which is a nice touch.The address book program imported all of my contacts without a problem, so I have no complaints for it.
Overall, I have had a very good experience with the Mac Mini, although the news of Apple's switch to Intel gave me a little scare (I hope that many application manufacturers will continue making PPC versions for quite a while, though!).Anyway, I highly recommend the Mac Mini for anyone wishing to 1) try out Mac OS X, 2) upgrade from an ancient system to a newer one, or 3) make some basic music on their computer (or almost anyone else, too!).

5-0 out of 5 stars ... Amazing--WIN -- Win ...
Having acquired 10 new Macs over the past 20 years, this review is a suitable forum for my contrarian views. "In one fell swoop", Apple has captured Intel's marketing while destroying Window's marketing. Amazing. My intention has been to add this very inexpensive Mac Mini with its fabulous, free software, and will now wait several weeks for even lower price reductions to flow through the retail chain. It will wirelessly boot from the box to drive my large collection of photos, music and DVD movies onto my 42" flat screen TV using the best media software available (included).

This is Win-WIN since Mac OS X is already ported seamlessly; several thousand Mac-Intels have already been delivered to developers for tweaking. Today's (June 6) Apple Demos of Mac OS-X were actually presented live entirely on Mac-Intel computers; Apple's major new apps have been dual capable with the supplied Rosetta layer for the past year.

Apple changes the Landscape -- again. Our digital lifestyle will continue to expand significantly with faster, cheaper, smaller, more powerful, forward-backward compatible Macs every two years or so.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great computer for mom, dad, and grandparents
If you ever wanted to get a computer so that your parents and grandparents can keep in touch, get this one. The main reason why I wouldn't recommended a PC is because of all of the viruses and spyware that clog most machines today. My parents have 2 PCs in their home. A virus killed one machine. Spyware and popups slowed down the other machine to the point where web surfing is rendered useless.

Macs don't have to deal so much with viruses and spyware like PCs. Admittedly, you should double the ram. And maybe get a wireless keyboard to free up some USB ports.

Overall, this is the perfect PC replacement for mom,pop, grandpa, and grandma.

(...)

All in all, this machine is great for all the applications your parents will ever really use. ... Read more


10. HP Pavilion a1000n Desktop PC (Intel Celeron D Processor 340, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $718.00
our price: $449.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00086HZJA
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 30
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Affordably priced yet nicely loaded, the HP Pavilion a1000n is a great desktop PC for the whole family. The speedy 2.93 GHz Intel Celeron D processor will ably handle a wide range of software, from spreadsheets to multimedia. It also features an 80 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM (expandable to 2 GB), separate DVD-ROM and CD-RW drives, a handy multiformat memory card reader, and a wealth of preinstalled software including HP's Image Zone Plus for managing and editing your digital photo collection.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 80 GB hard drive (7200 RPM) is average in size when compared to other budget-minded desktop PCs. It will provide ample storage space for your family digital photos as well as a large digital audio library--but it's not quite enough for editing digital video from camcorders.
  • Processor: The Intel Celeron D 340 processor might not be as sexy as a Pentium, but it still gets your work done speedily enough. It has a 2.93 GHz speed--near the top of this processor's range as of June 2005--with a decently fast 533 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and 256K L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)
  • Memory: The 512 MB of installed RAM (PC2700, 333 MHz) is a good start, but you'll want to take advantage of the roomy 2 GB of total RAM capacity (2 x 1 GB)for such multimedia needs as video editing and immersive 3D gaming.
  • CD/DVD Drive: This desktop includes two optical drives: a 16x DVD-ROM drive (for watching movies) and a CD-RW drive with 48x read/write and 32x rewrite speeds.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This desktop comes with an HP multimedia keyboard and scroller mouse (both with PS/2 connections).
Screen, Graphics and Sound
The integrated Intel Extreme Graphics video/graphics card (with 64 MB of shared video memory) is adequate for streaming Internet video, but won't be enough for today's demanding immersive 3D games. It also features an integrated audio card and headphone, microphone, and line-in jacks.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The a1000n has three PCI expansion slots (two available), two external 5.25-inch drive bays (occupied), one internal 3.5-inch drive bay (occupied), two external 3.5-inch drive bay (one available), and the following external ports:

  • 5 USB 2.0 ports (4 in rear, 1 in front) for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link; 1 front and 1 back) ports for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 1 parallel port
  • 1 serial port
  • Line-in, line-out, headphone, and microphone connections
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 9-in-1 media card reader on the front, compatible with CompactFlash (Type I and II), MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, and XD Picture Card
It includes an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton Internet Security 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, Sonic RecordNow, Apple iTunes, and MSN Encarta Plus.

The included HP Image Zone Plus photo and imaging software makes it easy to organize, edit, share, print, protect, and store your photos and video clips. Organize and find your photos easily by timeline, keywords, and/or location using the unique photo-globe mapping tool. Remove red eye and fix other common problems. Share your photos quickly via e-mails that include thumbnails with links to the full-sized images--without downloading time-consuming attachments.

Dimensions and Weight
This desktop measures 7.17 x 15 x 17 (WxHxD) and weighs approximately 24 pounds.

What's in the Box
This package contains the HP Pavilion a1000n desktop PC, keyboard, mouse, and power cord.It's backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor, one-year of technical telephone service, and 90 days of software application support. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Quiet, Cheap PC
This PC is amazing. It has all you can want for the money. Like in the previous review, I also think it is annoying that they put the three big ass stickers on the front of the computer. I got this PC,the HP vs15 flat panel monitor and a HP Deskjet 3845 printer for $489.99 at my local Best Buy. This computer is extremely quiet. You will not regret this purchase!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good basic e-mail machine with 2 major annoyances
Annoyances first
- 2 large 2" X 2" stickers on the front of the case that won't peel off easily.It takes a lot of work and "Goo Gone" to get them off.
- 2 screws holding the hard drive in are almost inaccessible.You need a special philips screwdriver with a right angle neck that is less than one inch long and a mirror and flashlight to get to them.

I gave the machine only 3 stars because it is a 2.93 GHz processor that doesn't seem any faster than my old HP 7955 1.5GHz machine.I've had the machine 2 weeks now.

There is no floppy drive, but $35 and a little time will solve this problem if you need it.

Multi-media slots on the front are nice.

Power supply and CPU fans are VERY quiet.I even checked to insure they were running. ... Read more


11. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9555LL/A (Single 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5, 256MB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive, Super Drive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $1,500.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002OG6IO
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 89
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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POWERMAC G5/1800 SP 256MB 80GB SUPER OSX ... Read more

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Mid-Low end PowerMac with crippling
Let me say first that I love Macintosh. I do not always appreciate the antics of the marketing department at Apple Computer.

As a content creator, I frequently need PCI slots for the specialized cards that allow high quality audio and video i/o, so I am looking only at Power Macintosh computers (not iBook, Powerbook, iMac, eMac, etc.).

I find myself greedy for speed and lacking in cash. So, there must be a compromise between cost and speed, not just ordering up the latest and fastest CPU with all of the options. The most important speed in a media computer is disk i/o. Without the ability to read and write fast, video (HD) and audio (DAW) will glitch.The CPU has only a small effect on disk i/o. The controler and bus have a HUGE effect on disk i/o speed. With a dedicated disk controller card in a PCI-X slot, SATA or Ultra-SCSI (SCSI320) RAID arrays perform very well. They are not as fast in a PCI slot.

In the 2003 version of the Power Macintosh G5 1.8GHz single CPU tower, the motherboard has EIGHT RAM SLOTS and PCI-X slots. The 2004 version of this tower has FOUR RAM SLOTS and PCI (not PCI-X). To get the extra RAM slots and PCI-X, a buyer must upgrade to the 2.0 GHz DUAL CPU model, at considerable extra expense.

Users keep their minitowers longer than any other kind of Macintosh, because of the larger RAM capacity and upgrade sockets, so wouldn't you want to get the most future-proof versions of those sockets, that being PCI-X? I do.

I give this tower 3 stars of 5, because it's basically a good machine, that is intentionally crippled. It will run OSX just fine, and will do things that a G5 iMac will also do, at a considerable price premium. Nice aluminum tower!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best computer hands down!
Even though its the "baseline" G5 system, featuring only one of Apples powerPC G5 chips, it flies! Compared to my previous Athlon XP 3200+ machine, I am computing at least twice as fast, OS X is amazing, so easy to use with photoshop and after effects! I love my new PowerMac G5 single 1.8GHz ... Read more


12. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 20" M9250LL/A (1.80 GHz PowerPC G5, 256 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $1,600.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002OG6NY
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 95
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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IMAC G5/1.8 256MB 160GB SD 20IN OS10.3 ... Read more

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best desktop computer available today
I've got a Pentium IV 3.0 GHz box running Windows XP Pro, and a Pentium IV 2.4 GHz laptop running SuSE Linux Pro 9.2. Until I got my 20" iMac G5, I used the Windows computer about 10% of the time and the Linux laptop the other 90% of the time throughout my day.

Since I got my iMac the last week of February, I've barely even turned the other computers on.

The problem is, I can't exactly point out anything specific because Mac OS X is all about the entire experience. "Everything just works" is dead on. It's a joy to use, it looks beautiful, it's fast (mine has 512MB RAM; I'm upgrading to 1GB), and OS X is easy to use.

I can honestly say that, in my opinion, Macs are the best desktop computer available on the market today. I would say SuSE Pro is second.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful computer but one I would hesitate to buy now.
My original review follows this paragraph I still love this machine, its ease of use, backup and beauty. However, Apple just announced that it is moving from the Power PC chip produced by IBM that powers this machine to Intel chips that power the rest of the PC world. They maintain that all future programs will work on both the Power PC chip and the Intel chip. That is easy to say, but since the architecture of the two chips are entirely different, making the claim reality may prove to be difficult. Certainly if one system is sacrificed it will be the one Apple will no longer be making in either 2006 or 2007 at the latest. I am concerned that Apples claim may be similar to 'the check is in the mail and I will still respect you in the morning.' You can this machine with the knowledge that it is a wonderful desktop system...but. I would hesitate to buy now even at the reduced price.

I purchased my 20" iMac with the Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. After a small glitch at startup that Apple Tech support was able to correct over the phone, I was up and running. I was able to easily import the files from my PC since I had backed them up to CD's. My HP printer and Dymo LabelWriter connected easily. The cables hook up to the back of the computer, snaking through a hole cleverly placed in the stand. Result - no wires showing and no wires on my desk. Much improved appearance - this makes the wife happy, and a totally free desktop for projects that are not computer based. That makes me happy.

Others have covered well the beauty and ease of use of this machine. I can only add that the display is not to be believed until you see it. Do upgrade your ram. I put in a gigabyte. It can make a serious difference in performance. Do not believe you are immune to viruses because you have a mac. Go to .mac and buy your virex protection and get auto upgrade. Viruses may be rare for the mac, but they are not unknown. Do not, like one of my friends who bought a mac mini, try to load your PC programs on the mac. They will not work. Do play with your mac and its software. Iphtoto is an amazingly versatile program. If you have a digital camera, learn and use it. It will be rewarding. Do join your local mac users group. There you will find a group of people that will help you through any problems you may encounter. Plus, mac users as a group are used to thinking outside the box and you may well meet some interesting and fun people.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Desktop System
The iMac G5 was my "switch" from Windows-based PCs. The birth of our first child gave us more pictures and hours of video then I knew what to do with, and I was growing tired shopping for digital media software that would do what I wanted. iLife was always highly reviewed, so I made the leap. I have not been disappointed.

The 20" iMac G5 has a bright and crisp monitor, which is one of the most important things in a machine. The most important features of a machine is the software you can run on it. iLife is one-stop shopping for digital media. I've used iPhoto and iDVD to made DVD slideshow movies, iMovie and iDVD to easily convert MiniDV to a DVD disc that contains impressive themes that make the creation of impressive content pretty easy. For complex movie editing I would suggest Final Cut Express, but iMovie's feature-set is pretty impressive. And OS X is a generation beyond what Windows XP is. I purchased my iMac with internal bluetooth and wireless bluetooth mouse and keyboard, so the only wires I ever use are the firewire cables for iPod and MiniDV camcorder, as well as the firewire compact flash media reader. When I'm not using those, my desk is clean and uncluttered!

I grew up with Windows 3.1 and 95, but college and my career has had me working in unix exclusively. If you know anything about unix you'll feel right at home in Terminal (bash shell), and the X11 server that comes with Panther will let you seamlessly integrate yourself into a unix/linux environment. OS X's graphical interface is a joy to use, and it's been as stable as any machine (windows, linux, unix) I've used.

I initially ran with 512 MB of memory, and it was fast enough for iPhoto and iMovie. Once I got Final Cut Express I added an additional 1 GB of memory, and thus far that's been overkill by about 512 MB (based on system information).

If you want a machine that'll last several years, will make you incredibly productive with digital media and let you save money on by not buying spyware and virus software, the beautiful iMac G5 is the right machine for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Class Performance From Apple
I've used Macs for 14 years and this is probably the most capable consumer Mac yet - and the best value for money. Apart from the stellar hardware and the terrific applications, Apple has found another way to make things easier for its customers; thanks to clear instructions and a very nifty setup assistant, I was able to transfer all the programs, documents, icons and settings from my old (G4) iMac to my new one, with a simple Firewire cable. Previously, buying a new Mac entailed a sometimes days-long transfer of data from the old to the new machine. No longer. The setup assistant took care of it after I answered five or six questions. A couple of hours later, without any additional work on my part, my new iMac was organized just like my old one -- everything in the same place, with the designated programs loading at startup, my bookmarks loaded in my browser, the familiar wallpaper on the desktop, etc... The new machine even knew to assume the old one's IP address, so I had an Internet connection as soon as I plugged in the Ethernet cable from my DSL modem. It was all perfectly painless. Virtually no downtime at all.

The surprisingly heavy iMac G5 looks like a megasized iPod. The Mac's 20-inch screen is gorgeous, but it also posed the only real problem I've had with my new purchase: the flatpanel monitor is much too bright in low ambient light, even with the brightness turned all the way down. In a partly darkened room, the iMac will burn right through your optic nerve. OK, maybe not, but its brightness is excessive and annoying. Fiddling with the gamma settings in the monitor control panel didn't improve things much. I finally found and downloaded Steven Hutson's handy freeware program DarkAdaptedX, which lets you dial in the desired brightness level (and save those settings as presets). Problem solved.

There's not that much to add. Everything just works, with no fuss. Burning DVDs is a cinch. iPhoto (the new version of which comes free with this machine, as do the other iLife programs such as iMovie and Garageband) has gone from a straggler to a thing of beauty. It's brimming with lovely new features, including support for different printed books you can order straight from within iPhoto. Also, the program now lets you customize the appearance of your slideshow -- for example, you can control how long individual photos in a slideshow stay up on the screen. The new iLife apps are faster, too, though that has as much to do with the hardware. For example, on my G4 iMac, I was often waiting a long time for Photoshop to even LAUNCH, let alone for it to finish processor-intensive tasks. The G5 is roughly three to four times as zippy. Even web pages seem to load faster.

I'm giving four stars (OK, 4.5) because of the overly bright screen, and because the machine, with four small internal fans to keep its insides cool, is a bit noisier than I'd like. Also, Apple has made a mistake in shipping a fast machine with not nearly enough RAM (internal memory). 256 Mb just won't be sufficient for 90% of the iMac G5's users. Luckily, it's easy to add a RAM module, and I would recommend stepping up to at least 512 MB total, more if you can afford it. (TIP: There are two RAM slots, and contrary to what some people think, these slots do not need to be filled with same-capacity memory modules. In other words, you can add a 256 Mb, a 512 MB, or a 1 Gigabyte module to the second slot. It doesn't have to match what is in slot number one).

Bottom line: Apple gives another class performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just about the best computer I've ever had
The best computer I've ever had is my G5 Tower, but this G5 iMac is a very close second. With a gorgeous 1680 x 1050 pixel screen which tilts and swivels with great ease, a fast processor, and a small footprint. The included iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto and Garageband would make any Windows user drool with envy. I've bumped mine up to 1GB of RAM (quality RAM) and haven't had a single glitch. That brings up the important issue of RAM. These G5 iMacs along with the G5 towers are finicky as far as RAM goes. If you buy discount RAM, you may luck out and have no problems, but chances are you will experience what those below (who gave unwarranted 1 star reviews) experienced. Even if the included G5 iMac Test Disc passes the RAM test, doesn't mean you have fully compatible RAM. If you are experiencing freezes or Kernel Panics chances are very high it is a RAM issue. Spend the extra 10-15% on some quality RAM, it is worth the price. Also purchase your RAM from a highly rated store with a good exchange policy, just in case you do get bad RAM. As soon as you get your RAM installed, run the Apple Test Disc so you know right away if you have received defective RAM. If you experience problems and have the original RAM that came with your iMac (if a dealer upgrades you, make sure they give you the original RAM) remove the upgrade RAM and put in the original RAM. If the issues go away, you'll know the RAM is the issue. Also, if you have issues, go to Mac-centric message boards such as macfixit, you'll find tons of help there from folks who love to help! ... Read more


13. Sony VAIO VGC-RB30 Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 530J, 512 MB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW, CD-RW Drives)
by Sony CE
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B00079F7LQ
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Sony CE
Sales Rank: 82
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sony Vaio VGC-RB30 desktop entertainment PC comes loaded with the all tools you need to easily create, manage, share and enjoy your digital photos, home videos, movies and music. Convert your VHS or 8mm home videos to DVD discs to share with the whole family via the dual-layer, multiformat DVD burner. Store hundreds of hours of your music collection on the extra-large 200 GB Serial ATA hard drive. This multimedia PC also features 512 MB of installed RAM, a fast hyper-threaded 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 processor, multiformat memory card reader compatible with the most popular digital camera formats, and stereo speakers. For a step up in price, the Vaio VGC-RB3rG offers a 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 processor and TV tuner with personal video recorder (PVR) functionality.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: This entertainment-centric desktop is loaded with a 200 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive, which offers higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0--than typical ATA hard drives.
  • Processor: The hyper-threaded 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor allows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system, helping to deliver faster transistors and increased performance. It also features a 1 MB L2 cache and a blazingly fast 800 MHz front-side bus speed, which measures how fast a processor and the main memory communicate, and a 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)

    A Hyper-Threading processor helps a PC to run multiple demanding applications at the same time. This technology enables the processor to execute two threads (a part of a program) in parallel, boosting performance during key high-drain procedures. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking.

  • Memory: The VGC-RB30 comes with 512 MB of installed PC-3200 DDR RAM (400 MHz). This is a good start, but you'll want to max out the 2 GB capacity (which is a bit small for such a multimedia powerhouse) for your 3D gaming and video-editing needs.
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. For DVD-RW discs, it has a 8x write/4x rewrite speed, while for DVD+RW discs it has a 16x write/4x rewrite speed (DVDs are read at 8x). For double-layer DVD+R, it has a 2.4x write speed. For CDs, it has a 32x write/24x rewrite speed. It also has a separate CD-ROM drive with 40x CD read speed.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: It comes with a standard Vaio keyboard and optical mouse, both of which connect via the PS/2 ports on the back.
Graphics and Sound
The VGC-RB30 features an integrated video/graphics card in the Intel 915GM chipset, which features up to 224 MB of dynamic video RAM (shared with the main RAM). The 15.4-inch LCD has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Sony's Smart Display Sensor feature instantly adjusts resolution when you connect to a display or projector. It also has an integrated audio card.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
For expansion, the VGC-RB30 has two 5.25-inch half-height external bays (occupied), one external 3.5-inch bay (occupied) and four internal 3.5-inch bay (one occupied), and two PCI slots. It comes with a built-in floppy drive and the following external connectors:

  • 6 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals (1 6-pin in front, 1 4-pin in rear)
  • 1 parallel port for connecting older printers and scanners
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 microphone, 1 headphone, 1 line-in
  • Multiformat memory card reader on the front, compatible with CompactFlash (Type I and II), MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, and XD Picture Card
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes loaded with a bevy of Sony multimedia software: Vaio Zone with WinDVD (for watching DVD movies), Click to DVD (DVD creation), PictureGear Studio (digital photo), SonicStage (digital music), Vaio Media (network file sharing), and DVgate Plus (digital video). Other preloaded software includes Quicken 2005 New User Edition, Corel WordPerfect and Quattro Pro, Norton Internet Security (with 90-day subscription), Sonic RecordNow, and SpySubtract.

Dimensions and Weight
This multimedia desktop measure 7.13 x 16.9 x 15.24 inches (W x H x D) and weighs approximately 25.35 pounds.

What's in the Box
This package contains the VGC-RB30 desktop PC, two stereo speakers, keyboard, mouse, and power cord. It is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty. ... Read more


14. HP m7070n Media Center Photosmart Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor (HT), 1 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, LightScribe Dbl Layer DVD+/-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $1,562.00
our price: $1,249.99
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Asin: B00094NNII
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 88
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Amazon.com Product Description

The easy-to-use HP m7070n Media Center Photosmart PC is the complete home PC system that delivers more entertainment choices, and brings them together in one place with easy access from anywhere in the room. With the m7070n, you can watch, record, and pause live TV programming as well as schedule the PC to record upcoming episodes or entire series. It's powered by a blazing fast, hyper-threaded Pentium 4 processor and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. It features a roomy 250 GB hard drive, 1 GB of installed RAM (4 GB maximum), a multiformat memory card reader, a multiformat, dual-layer DVD/CD burner and included Image Zone photo editing and management software.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The massive 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video.
  • Processor: The hyper-threaded 3.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 640 processor allows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system, helping to deliver faster transistors and increased performance. It also features a large 2 MB L2 cache and a blazingly fast 800 MHz front-side bus speed, which measures how fast a processor and the main memory communicate. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)

    A Hyper-Threading processor helps a PC to run multiple demanding applications at the same time. This technology enables the processor to execute two threads (a part of a program) in parallel, boosting performance during key high-drain procedures. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking.

  • Memory: The 1 GB of installed RAM (PC3200) is a good start for this multimedia-centric desktop PC, so you'll want to take advantage of the ultra-roomy 4 GB of total RAM capacity (2 x 2 GB)for such multimedia needs as video editing and immersive 3D gaming.
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the m7070n multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features16x DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD+/-RW, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 24x CD-RW, and 40x CD-ROM ROM speeds. It features the LightScribe direct disc labeling feature, which enables CD, DVD images and disk labels to be permanently etched onto discs--eliminating messy marker-scrawled labels. This desktop also has an additional 16x DVD-ROM drive.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This desktop comes with an HP multimedia keyboard and optical mouse (both PS/2).
Screen, Graphics and Sound
The ATI Radeon X300 SE is a strong performer, powerful enough to run one large virtual screen across two displays. It features 128 MB of dedicated video RAM, S-Video and the higher-fidelity DVI connections out, and PCI Express x16 support, which enables graphics to process faster. It also features the integrated Intel High Definition audio chip (Azalia), featuring THX certification and 8 channels for full Dolby 5.1/6.1/7.2 surround sound with Dolby Pro Logic IIx.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The m7070n has three PCI expansion slots (all occupied), two external 5.25 drive bays (occupied), 1 internal 3.5 drive bay (occupied), one HP Personal Media Drive bay (available), three standard PCI slots, one PCI x16 Express slot (occupied), and the following external ports:

  • 6 USB 2.0 ports (4 in rear, 3 in rear) for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link; 1 front and 1 back) ports for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • Composite video, S-Video, and audio inputs
  • 9-in-1 media card reader on the front, compatible with CompactFlash (Type I and II), MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, and XD Picture Card
It includes an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
The pre-installed Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is essentially Windows XP Professional Edition with a variety of tools to help you to create, organize, and enjoy digital media ranging from music to home movies to photo slide shows. Additionally, it enables you to control your television with the included remote and record and pause programs (much like a DVR--or digital video recorder--such as Tivo or ReplayTV). With the 250 GB hard drive, you'll be able to record and store up to 180 hours of video programming. It's compatible with cable, digital cable, satellite TV and antenna inputs, and it includes an FM tuner.

The included HP Image Zone Plus photo and imaging software makes it easy to organize, edit, share, print, protect, and store your photos and video clips. Organize and find your photos easily by timeline, keywords, and/or location using the unique photo-globe mapping tool. Remove red eye and fix other common problems. Share your photos quickly via e-mails that include thumbnails with links to the full-sized images--without downloading time-consuming attachments.

Other preloaded software includes InterVideo WinDVD Creator and WinDVD SE player, Muvee autoProducer, Apple iTunes, Sonic RecordNow, Norton AntiVirus 2005, Microsoft Works 8.0, MSN Encarta Standard, Microsoft Money, and Quicken 2004 New User Edition.

Dimensions and Weight
This desktop measures 15.16 x 7.6 x 15.54 inches (HxWxD).

What's in the Box
This package contains the HP Media Center m7070n desktop PC, keyboard, mouse, remote control, and power cord. It is backed by a 1-year limited warranty. ... Read more


15. HP Pavilion a1020n Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 519J, 512 MB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $920.00
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Asin: B00086I2QK
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 119
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Amazon.com Product Description

Affordably priced yet nicely loaded, the HP Pavilion a1020n is a great desktop PC for the whole family. The speedy 3.06 GHz Pentium 4 processor will ably handle a wide range of software, from spreadsheets to multimedia. It also features an extra-large 200 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM (expandable to 4 GB), dual layer DVD+/-RW drive, a handy multiformat memory card reader, and a wealth of preinstalled software including HP's Image Zone Plus for managing and editing your digital photo collection.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The extra-large 200 GB Ultra DMA hard drive (7200 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video.
  • Processor: The Intel Pentium 4 519 processor (3.06 GHz) is at the low end of the spectrum for this processor (as of June 2005). Its hyper-threading feature allows this single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system, helping to deliver faster transistors and increased performance. It also features a decently fast 533 MHz front-side bus speed, which measures how fast a processor and the main memory communicate, and a 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)
  • Memory: The 512 MB of installed RAM (PC2700, 333 MHz) is a good start, but you'll want to take advantage of the roomy 4 GB of total RAM capacity (4 x 1 GB)for such multimedia needs as video editing and immersive 3D gaming.
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the m7070n multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features16x DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD+/-RW, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 24x CD-RW, and 40x CD-ROM ROM speeds. It features the LightScribe direct disc labeling feature, which enables CD, DVD images and disk labels to be permanently etched onto discs--eliminating messy marker-scrawled labels. This desktop also has an additional 48x CD-ROM drive.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This desktop comes with an HP multimedia keyboard and scroller mouse (both with PS/2 connections).
Screen, Graphics and Sound
The integrated Intel Extreme Graphics video/graphics card (with 64 MB of shared video memory) is adequate for streaming Internet video, but won't be enough for today's demanding immersive 3D games. It also features an integrated audio card and headphone, microphone, and line-in jacks.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The a1020n has three PCI expansion slots (two available), two external 5.25-inch drive bays (occupied), one internal 3.5-inch drive bay (occupied), two external 3.5-inch drive bay (one available), and the following external ports:

  • 7 USB 2.0 ports (4 in rear, 3 in front) for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link; 1 front and 1 back) ports for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 1 parallel port
  • 1 serial port
  • Line-in, line-out, headphone, and microphone connections
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 9-in-1 media card reader on the front, compatible with CompactFlash (Type I and II), MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, and XD Picture Card
It includes an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton Internet Security 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, Sonic RecordNow, WinDVD Creator, Muvee autoProducer, Apple iTunes, and MSN Encarta Plus.

The included HP Image Zone Plus photo and imaging software makes it easy to organize, edit, share, print, protect, and store your photos and video clips. Organize and find your photos easily by timeline, keywords, and/or location using the unique photo-globe mapping tool. Remove red eye and fix other common problems. Share your photos quickly via e-mails that include thumbnails with links to the full-sized images--without downloading time-consuming attachments.

Dimensions and Weight
This desktop measures 7.17 x 15 x 17 (WxHxD) and weighs approximately 24 pounds.

What's in the Box
This package contains the HP Pavilion a1020n desktop PC, keyboard, mouse, and power cord.It's backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor, one-year of technical telephone service, and 90 days of software application support. ... Read more


16. Compaq Presario SR1430NX Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 515J, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, Dbl Layer DVD+/-RW Drive, CD-ROM Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office

our price: $649.99
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Asin: B0007TZIRE
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 32
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether editing your family photos, balancing your online checkbook, or listening to your digital music collection, Compaq's SR1430NX offers a versatile, strong base for your home computing needs and is ready to take on multimedia tasks such as 3D gaming and video editing. The tricked-out SR1430NX has room to grow with 2 available PCI slots, 7 USB ports for connecting peripherals, and the ability to add up to a whopping 4 GB of RAM. This desktop comes with a huge 160 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, 2.93 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, dual-layer DVD-/+RW drive (which also burns CDs), and a multi-format memory card reader.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The extra-large 160 GB Ultra DMA hard drive (7200 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video.
  • Processor: Compaq amps up the processing power with the 2.93 GHz Intel Pentium 4 515J processor, which is more befitting this multimedia model than the Celeron processor found in its brethren. It has a decently fast 533 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and large 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)
  • Memory: The 512 MB of installed RAM is a good start, but you'll want to take advantage of the huge 4 GB of total RAM capacity (4 x 1 GB)for such multimedia needs as video editing and immersive 3D gaming.
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the SR1430NX multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features16x DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD+/-RW, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 24x CDRW, and 40x CD-ROM ROM speeds. It also features an extra CD-ROM drive with 48x read speed.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: The SR1430NX comes with a Compaq keyboard and scroller mouse (both with PS/2 connections.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
The integrated Intel Extreme Graphics video/graphics card (with 64 MB of shared video memory) is adequate for streaming Internet video, but won't be enough for today's demanding immersive 3D games. It also features an integrated audio card and headhphone, microphone, and line-in jacks.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
For expansion, the SR1430NX has two 5.25-inch external bays (both available), one external 3.5-inch bay (available) and one internal 3.5-inch bay (occupied), and three PCI slots (two available). It comes with a built-in floppy drive and the following external connectors:

  • 7 USB 2.0 ports (3 in front, 4 in rear) for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals (1 in front, 1 in rear)
  • 1 parallel port for connecting older printers and scanners
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 9-in-1 media card reader on the front, compatible with CompactFlash (Type I and II), MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, and XD Picture Card
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton Internet Security 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), InterMute SpySubtract Pro (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, Quicken 2005 New User Edition, Sonic RecordNow, Apple iTunes, Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, and MSN Encarta 2005.

Dimensions and Weight
This desktop measures 15.35 x 7.17 x 16.54 inches (HxWxD) and weighs approximately 30 pounds.

What's in the Box
The Presario SR1430NX desktop PC comes with a power cord, keyboard, and scroller mouse. It is backed by a one-year warranty for parts and labor from date of purchase, and it includes 90 days of toll-free software technical assistance. ... Read more


17. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9457LL/A (Dual 2.5-GHz Power PC G5, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $2,700.00
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Asin: B0002A6YBC
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 189
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Power Mac G5 opens up a wealth of computing opportunities:

  • Graphic designers can manipulate AdobePhotoshop images for print, web, and animation almost two times faster than on the fastest PC.
  • Video producers can edit, add effects, and composite multiple streams of DV, SD, and HD content in real time.
  • Musicians and audio producers can processan unprecedented number of audio tracks, all with complex filters and digital effects.
  • Scientists can execute high-precision mathon extremely large 64-bit numbers and return results faster than ever.
  • Artists, game developers, architects, and researchers can model and render complex3D visualizations at remarkable speeds.
This model features one optical drive:
  • a DVD-R SuperDrive
    • Create a DVD-R at a maximum 8X Write speed
    • Play a DVD at a maximum 10X Read speed
    • Create a CD-Rom at a maximum 24X Write speed
    • Create a CD-RW at a maximum 10X Rewrite speed
    • Play a CD-Rom at a maximum 32X Read speed
Note: Since this model has 2 processors, there is a 1.25GHz frontside bus for each processor.

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Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Quiet - Super Fast - Super System
This computer is so quiet, you have to check it to see if it is still running. I am an daily Photoshop user since 1987, and a loyal Mac user since 1984 (I've worked for Apple, IBM and Motorola). This system is so fast, it will keep up with everything you can throw at it in Photoshop CS2 - no delays - just instant filtering. The last Photoshop job I did (resizing and filtering 96 photos), I could really see the time saved using this computer - about 30% over my older G4 - which spells productivity. I ordered this system as a reconditioned unit for $2299 from the Apple Store with free shipping (53 lbs), and got a free upgrade from the 160G to 250G Hard Disk and Tiger DVD in the box - both were unexpected, plus a full warranty just like a new system. The system appears to be brand new, probably an open box or returned system. I added 2G more RAM for $200 for 2.5G total. Some reviewers have been critical about the lack of ports on the G5 systems (if that is all they can find at fault), but if you need more ports, you can easily add in a 3 USB 2.0/2 Firewire PCI card from IOGear for only $38, or a 4 port USB 2.0 PCI card for about $20 - so stop whining about ports. The rear Firewire 800 port really screams with my LaCie Firewire Backup Drive, which is another reason to upgrade to the G5. Unlike the new 2.7GHz system (only 8% faster for $3000), the 2.5GHz system comes with one ADC and one DVI port on the 9600XT video card, plus a DVI to VGA adapter in the box. The new G5 systems don't support ADC without having to buy a $99 DVI-ADC adapter, which is messy to hook up, requiring a power supply. One more reason for buying the older 2.5GHz model if you own an older ADC LCD display (clear plastic model). Overall, I am very impressed with this 2.5GHz MP system, and can see this system lasting many years. XBench speed score is a fast 252.

5-0 out of 5 stars After almost a year with this machine...
I've been a Mac user for nearly 20 years. In May of 2004 I upgraded from a 450 MHz G4 (512 MB RAM) to a dual 2.0 GHz G5 (1GB RAM, two 250 GB hard drives). The machine I bought was defective-all nine fans were going full blast all the time. The operating system and software worked fine, but the tower was intolerably loud (it really sounds like a car the way the fans fire up). I spent about 45 minutes on the phone with Apple tech support. The fellow I spoke to was helpful and friendly until he misguided me about pressing a tiny button in the innards of the machine too many times (it's been a year, I don't remember what exactly this little button resets). He instantly became accusatory, telling me I didn't follow his direction and refused to discuss it. He basically told me my computer was hosed and that I may have voided the warranty; I should bring it in to be serviced and not turn it on again. The guy really turned into a jerk. I suppose he was just trying to cover his ass.

I turned the machine back on and it ran just as before. Fine, but loud. I took my machine to the Apple Store in San Francisco for diagnosis, and they confirmed there was a "thermal" problem. I was a part-time student at the time, bought the machine through school and though it was eligible for replacement, I couldn't exchange it directly through the Apple Store. Fortunately, in the time it took Apple and my school to acknowledge that I had a defective computer Apple announced the dual 2.5 GHz, so I was given the option of a partial refund, since the dual 2.0 GHz had gone down in price, or a free upgrade to the dual 2.5 GHz. I went for top-of-the line in the first place (with a 23" Cinema Display HD) with the idea that I wouldn't be buying another computer for a good number of years. I had to wait about four months for the dual 2.5 GHz after they were announced (they let me keep the defective one in the meantime), but it was definitely worth the wait. And this is exactly what anyone should expect after dropping $5,000 + (with the display and software).

The dual 2.5 GHz runs amazingly quiet (when it really needs to think, the fans fire up, but they typically aren't audible for long). The increase in speed (for me) was amazing. The applications I use most often are: FileMaker Developer 7 , Omni Graffle 3, Virtual PC 7 (for testing), Dreamweaver MX 2004 along with Apple's standard mail, text and web browser apps. I'm also increasingly using Final Cut Pro HD, which I think you'd only really want to run on a machine this fast. With the occasional exception of Excel, I don't have a need for Microsoft apps.

The G5 is on nearly 100% of the time, since I sometimes need to access it remotely, and yes, it's crashed a few times, but this is really quite rare. Tip: I've found the best way to tell if a Mac has crashed or is just frozen is to set the clock in the menu bar to display the time with seconds. If the clock has stopped ticking altogether, it's a good indicator that the system has crashed. Otherwise, it's just frozen, so tricking around with it (force-quitting applications or putting it to sleep and waking it back up), tend to bring it back to life. Again, this sort of behavior is rare and, as such, acceptable for me.

For PC users considering a G5, I have this to say: I've always been a Mac user, and I've always, always complained when I've had to use a PC. I'm not snobby about it; I'm just accustomed to very well-designed and integrated products (I drive a Porsche 993, and I'm as passionate about its design, especially its clever temperature controls and cruise control). That said, using VPC (Virtual PC) on my G5 has really given me a different perspective on Windows. I actually LIKE using Windows...as long as it's on my G5. This is largely because of my Apple keyboard and the 23" display, which just make for a better Windows experience. You can run VPC to take over your whole display, or run it within a window as if it were any other app on your Mac. I have a Microsoft 5-button, scrolling optical mouse that I've had for over 5 years (it's great). Right-clicking works without installing any drivers, in both Mac OS X and Virtual PC. I use Windows 2000 Pro, and my colleagues would be surprised to hear I'm actually looking forward to upgrading to XP. Windows isn't as zippy as running it on a top-of-the-line PC, I suppose, and it hangs here and there, but for my purposes it works perfectly. I don't think it's a great idea to run Windows in VPC as your "primary" OS, but for seasoned Windows folks who are looking to make a transition to the Mac and still want to jump back to familiar territory, I'd certainly recommend this hardware/software combo. VPC (to which I've dedicated 512K, or half of my G5's physical RAM) can be a memory hog, slowing everything down on my Mac, so if you plan to use it regularly, I'd recommend more than 1GB RAM. A couple of cool things about VPC: You can run multiple Windows OS's at the same time (I've seen, but not experienced this). You can "pause" a Windows OS so it doesn't hog memory. You can also "save" a Windows state when you quit VPC, so that when you start it up, everything is right where you left it. After too many frustrating visits to my dad's to"fix" his Windows problems, the Mac should be a compelling option for PC users. Virtual PC on this machine makes it especially so.

Bottom line: An excellent system. Advice: If you can, buy directly from an Apple Store; they're far more willing to offer support than if you buy elsewhere and bring your issues in to the store. If you buy an Apple product elsewhere to save money or support a local vendor, know that that can become a support barrier Apple will hide behind (I wish, like Bose, they'd just support their damn products wherever you purchase...it was a hassle for me). Also, don't expect, but do LOOK for problems right away, within the first two weeks. Apple is notorious for not admitting there's something wrong even when it's a known issue (like the fans on the first machine I ordered), and even then they're very reluctant to replace a product outright unless you hound them. It's easy enough to find other people with similar problems in forums and such. I'm a little bitter about my customer support experience, but in the end they got it right. I think the majority of real Apple customers don't have to experience this. I bought 3-year AppleCare, and so far, fortunately, have not had the cause to use it. I believe Apple should stand behind its products without having to purchase additional support, but Murphy's Law guided my judgment there. In any case, I'd highly recommend this machine to anyone who is considering it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Fast
This now has become my all-time favorite system. It has dual 2.5GHz processor which adds up to 5.0GHz which no other Intel computer can compete with. 512 MB of RAM and up to 8GB which is the most I have ever seen! 160GB and up to 2x250GB which is 500GB which can save so many things. It has a DVD-R Drive which can of course burn DVDs. I love the applications on the Mac OS X v10.3 Panther and I think it beats Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition. Here are the specifications for the Apple Power Mac G5

Processor| PowerPC G5 Dual
Optical Disc Drive| DVD-RW / CDRW Combo
Hard Drive (GB)| 160
Memory - Processing RAM included| 512MB
Memory - Processing RAM Maximum| 8GB
Memory - Video RAM| 128MB Dedicated
Connection - USB Front| 3
Connection - USB Rear| 2
Connection - IEEE1394 Firewire Front| 1
Connection - IEEE1394 Firewire Rear| 2
Connection - DVI HDMI Digital Display| 1
Connection - Sound| In/Out
Expansion - PCI| 3 Available
Connection - RJ11| Yes
Connection - RJ45| Yes
Connection - Video| Out
Expansion - Drive Bay Internal| 1 Available
Operating System| Apple Macintosh OS X
Ethernet Capable| Included
Software| Pre-Installed by Manufacturer
Wireless Capable| Optional
Manufacturer's Warranty - Hardware| 1 Year
Manufacturer's Warranty - Software| 1 Year

Source: www.jr.com

You should no doubt look into this computer system but if you don't want so much power (5.0GHz of it) you can go with the dual 1.8GHz processor which might suite you well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful and quiet
I love this machine. It is supremely powerful, but what makes me love it is its good manners: elegant and silent. If i have a window open in my office (on a very quiet street), I cannot even tell when the computer is on, it is that quiet. Turning it on and off at the monitor is simple and calming, the whole experience of working with it and OSX can enhance your serenity. This is especially valuable when using programs like DVD Studio Pro and FCP, not to mention photoshop. I am very pleased with this computer, and recommend it to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Desktop supercomputer.
Apple is, quite simply, the best and most innovative computer manufacturer. A recent user survey in PC magazine identified Apple computers as the most reliable and easiest to use computers currently available and and for two years in a row PC magazine has picked Apple's Macintosh G5 as the best multimedia desktop computer. When PC people and PC magazine pick Apple computers as the best maybe potential PC buyers should rethink and seriously consider Apple computers. Now Apple has an even more powerful Macintosh G5 computer with dual 2.5 GHz processors.

Yes, most people use Windows-based PCs, but do you want to be just another member of the PC herd -- with all of the problems and frustrations presented by Windows-based PCs -- or are you looking for a computer which is user friendly, seldom crashes, and is virtually impervious to virus attacks? If these virtues are more important to you than being one of the crowd, please seriously consider buying an Apple computer. The Power Mac G5 is Apple's top-of-the-line computer series and this is the most powerful G5 ever -- essentially a desktop supercomputer. Like all Power Mac G5s this computer is more than twice as fast as a Pentium 4 with the same clock speed and has dual 64-bit processors. All computers will have 64-bit processors some day but very few PCs, except for Mac G5s, have them at this time. If you're looking for a super fast, versatile, easy to use computer (and want to stop worrying abut virus attacks) and are willing to try something off the beaten path, you'll love this new Power Mac G5. If you want the virtues of Apple computers and G5 power at a lower price consider the Power Mac G5s with dual 1.8 GHz or dual 2.0 GHz processors or the new G5 iMacs. ... Read more


18. Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 17" M9248LL/A (1.60 GHz PowerPC G5, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive)
by Apple Computer
list price: $1,000.00
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Asin: B0002OG6PM
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 20
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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IMAC G5/1.6 256MB 80GB COMBO 17IN ... Read more

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect computer
I'm on my second iMac.It's such a pleasure to use.In a parallel universe everyone uses one.I'd like to go there someday.

5-0 out of 5 stars Innovative design, its an Apple!
The best computer I have ever owned.Just read various reviews and you will know why many Windoze users switch to the Mac OS X platform.Granted Macs are not used in the business world but that didn't stop me from buying one (heck i also own an iBook G4 12"!)There is one small problem with the model I bought, it has one Stuck Pixel in green.Its on the far right corner of the screen but it still bothers me.Some say to massage it to bring it back to life some say it will come back on its own, its no biggie.This design is just wonderful.I mean come on, its beautiful!!!!!

The iMac G5 is a very powerful computer even with its 1.6Ghz processor.Make sure you add as much RAM as possible as the OS X loves it.I put in 1GB of RAM and it flys.The 256 is unacceptable!!!!you MUST have at least 512 in there to make everything run smooth.iLife '05 is fine but I don't need iDVD as I do not have a Super, maybe in the future I will buy an external DVD burner.I have edited a few movies on it so far and it works great.I edit them using iMovieHD and then save them on my iPod and bring the project over to my friend's house who has the 20" iMacG5 with Super.Hook up iPod - transfer movie project to his HDD - and bam, we're burnin'Don't you just love Macs!!!

A word of advice, try not to buy Apples from CompUSA, if you have an apple store nearby please go there.CompUSA from what I have been told get some "old stock" Apple computers that have been sitting around or may have been dropped and they try to sell them.Apple Store always has fresh stock and good service.CompUSA has poor service and the so called Apple Rep does not work for Apple, he's just a CompUSA employee that went to a class on Apple products.There are many complaints regarding CompUSA selling Apple computers all over the 'net so buyer do your research.

If you are thinking about getting this, BUY IT NOW.You will not be sorry, no way!

2-0 out of 5 stars Heat problems
I work in an office where everyone uses Macs, and I work on a G5 iMac. It's not technically mine, so I can't speak to the buying experience, but I have noticed that out of around 15 of these things that we've had in our office, three of them have fried their chips within around three months of use. That said, these machines were left on all the time and so may have suffered from the constant strain of running 24 hours a day. But computers are supposed to be able to take that--I've never before had a computer die on me from being left on. I talked to my company's tech support people (they've been installing hundreds of these things), and they seem to believe that the G5 iMac has heat dissipation issues.

Consider: The screen, hard drive, motherboard, chip and graphics card are all shoved into a small space with very bad circulation. The large grille on the bottom off the computer can't possibly work as an effective exhaust--heat travels up. And the small slit towards the top of the computer on the back? I'm not sure what it's for, but it's not big enough to promote decent airflow. Anyway, I'm not really a lover of the Macintosh operating system in the first place, but I've always believed that's a matter of taste for users. However, if you are going to buy this computer, I would at least advise you to turn on all the power saving features so that it automatically goes into sleep mode if you're not using it for a while. That should keep it cool. I haven't heard any official word from Apple on the heat issue, so I'm just speculating here, but a little precation is warranted.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy- looks aren't everything
First of all, this computer dies after three months.That's just how first generation Mac products are.Don't buy first generation- it WILL die.This thing freezes literally every time I use it.
Secondly, Apple doesn't help at all.Tech support doesn't do anything for you.They refuse to honor my one year hardware warranty, and I've talked to customer service AND tech support, and all they do is try to sell you Apple care- why would I want to extend coverage for a product that they already refuse to honor service for?Their service team isn't a service team at all.They are a group of trained salespeople who try to sell you their product.Why should I have to buy Apple care for something that should already be covered?
I've grown up on Macs, and loved them all my life.But the company's integrity is going down hill, and this was the last straw.Between the horrible products and the sleazy "support," I'm never buying an Apple product again.Linux, here I come...

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple to set up and use.
I bought this for my wife who wanted her own computer.She hates dealing with the technical stuff associated with PCs and just wants to be able to sit down and use the computer.I opened the box, installed an Airport wireless network card (which took less than 5 min. start to finish)and handed it to her to set up.Within 10 minutes she had everything up and running including a printer, memory card reader and access to the internet over our existing wireless network.

The 17" flatscreen is beautiful, the fans in the back are quiet and the computer is relatively fast.Perfect for digital photography, web surfing (no popups or spyware attempts so far), email, and managing a digital music collection.

If you don't have to use a bunch of programs written only for Windows machines why subject yourself to all the extra (viruses, spyware, popups, adware, system crashes and constant security downloads and updates) hassles?

Windows XP has come a long way but based upon my experience it is still quite a few steps behind Apple and OS 10 for making computing more enjoyable. ... Read more


19. Sony VAIO VGC-RA830G Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 550, 1 GB RAM, 2x160 GB Hard Drives, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM Drives)
by Sony CE
list price: $1,799.99
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Asin: B00079F7P2
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Sony CE
Sales Rank: 183
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Cutting-Edge Sony Media Center! Intel P4 3.4EGHz HT Technology CPU! 1GB DDR, 320GB SATA HDD, DVD Burner! The Sony VAIO VGC-RA830G Digital Studio Media Center was developed with your lifestyle in mind. Providing the multimedia muscle for your next-generation A/V demands, the VAIO VGC-RA830G gives you the power to edit high-definition camcorder video, master your own music recordings, and turn your home movies into high-quality DVDs. The unique liquid-cooling system and advanced noise-reduction technology deliver powerful, reliable performance from an incredibly cool, quiet system. The wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control eliminate cable clutter, and allow you to work from your easy chair. The VAIO VGC-RA830G Digital Studio Media Center lets you turn your living room into a home theater. Bring Sony’s professional audio, video and broadcast expertise directly to your desktop. Now you can create, manage, edit and archive video, music and photos just like a Pro. Capture and edit high-definition camcorder video. Turn your old VHS and 8mm videos into professional-quality DVDs. Watch and record high-quality TV. Master your own audio recordings, or digitize your old records and tapes, with Sony’s original SonicStage Mastering Studio software. The power you need for the most demanding A/V applications. Sony has truly outdone themselves with 320GBs of unimaginably massive hard drive space as a result of two 160GB Serial-ATA 7200RPM hard drives combine ... Read more

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice package
The RA8xxx Series from Sony is very nice.Big plus is the cooling system.The machine is super quiet.The integrated Home Media support is a nice bonus.I don't think I'd want to use one of these as a TiVo replacement but for a home machine it's tough to beat from a combination of style, power, features and performance.

Negatives are the crappy mouse and keyboard and having to burn your own Recovery software.

1-0 out of 5 stars buyer beware!!
Just bought this yesterday at compusa. Will be taking it back tomorrow morning. This is the 5th computer I have owned and the worse I have ever seen. Sony has allot of wonderful software on this system and impressive 5.1 speakers that come with it. But you are screwed if you have to do a system recovery. Followed the directions and spent 2 hours making recovery disks before putting any of my software on it, only to find out that when it tries to recover your system it prompts you to insert disk #1 and press ok. Guess what? You can't press ok because your wireless mouse and keyboard are no longer functional. And turning off the computer wiped out ALL my system restore checkpoints. So I couldn't even restore to a earlier time. When I tried it again I then got a message that it couldn't locate the recovery partion. And forget about any type of help from the website or the non-existant user manual. The only help they had was to change the batteries in the mouse and keyboard (they already had brand new batteries). ... Read more


20. Remanufactured Hewlett Packard Pavilion M1080N PC099AR Desktop PC (Pentium 4 Processor "3.2 GHz", 512 MB RAM, 250 GB HD, DVD RW)
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $899.88
our price: $699.88
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Asin: B00092CZAM
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 39
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Amazon.com Product Description

Bring together the worlds of entertainment and information technology with the factory reconditioned HP Media Center m1080n desktop PC. This powerful digital entertainment hub enables you to watch and record your favorite TV programs, easily edit digital video, andcreate your own CDs and DVDs. It also offers a variety of HP multimedia features, including LightScribe direct disc labeling, Image Zone photo editing and management software, and HP camera dock holder. The m1270n features a gargantuan 250 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, 3.2 GHz hyper-threaded Pentium 4 processor, and multiformat memory card reader. This model has been factory refurbished to perform as if it were new. It includes an HP 90-day warranty.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The massive 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video.
  • Processor: The hyper-threaded Intel Pentium 4 540 processor (3.2 GHz) allows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system, helping to deliver faster transistors and increased performance. It also features a 1 MB L2 cache and a blazingly fast 800 MHz front-side bus speed, which measures how fast a processor and the main memory communicate. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)

    A Hyper-Threading processor helps a PC to run multiple demanding applications at the same time. This technology enables the processor to execute two threads (a part of a program) in parallel, boosting performance during key high-drain procedures. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking.

  • Memory: The 512 MB of installed RAM (PC2700) is a little underwhelming for this multimedia-centric desktop PC, so you'll want to take advantage of the ultra-roomy 4 GB of total RAM capacity (2 x 2 GB)for such multimedia needs as video editing and immersive 3D gaming.
  • CD/DVD Drive: The combo DVD+/-RW and CD-RW drive is compatible with a wide variety disc formats, including DVD+, DVD-, VCD, and SVCD discs. For DVD-RW discs, it has a 4x write/rewrite speed, while for DVD+RW discs it has a 8x write/rewrite speed (DVDs are read at 5x). For CDs, it has a 24x write/10x rewrite/40x read speed. This desktop also comes with a second optical drive--a DVD-ROM for reading DVD and CD discs.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This desktop comes with an HP two-button, scrolling optical mouse and HP Media Center keyboard with full multimedia control. It also includes a remote control with IR (infrared) receiver.
Screen, Graphics and Sound
The ATI Radeon X300 SE is a strong performer, powerful enough to run one large virtual screen across two displays. It features 128 MB of dedicated video RAM, S-Video and the higher-fidelity DVI connections out, and PCI Express x16 support, which enables graphics to process faster. It also features the integrated Intel High Definition audio chip (Azalia), featuring THX certification and 8 channels for full Dolby 5.1/6.1/7.2 surround sound with Dolby Pro Logic IIx. The m1080n also features a PCI TV tuner card with personal video recorder (PVR) functionality and an FM tuner with antenna.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The m1080n has three PCI expansion slots (all occupied), two external 5.25 drive bays (occupied), 1 internal 3.5 drive bay (occupied), one PCI x16 Express port (occupied) and the following external ports:

  • 7 USB 2.0 ports (4 in rear, 3 in rear) for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link; 1 front and 1 back) ports for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 parallel port for connecting older printers and scanners
  • 1 serial port
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • Composite video, S-Video, and audio inputs
  • 9-in-1 media card reader on the front, compatible with CompactFlash (Type I and II), MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, and XD Picture Card
It includes an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
The pre-installed Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 is essentially Windows XP Professional Edition with a variety of tools to help you to create, organize, and enjoy digital media ranging from music to home movies to photo slide shows. Additionally, it enables you to control your television with the included remote and record and pause programs (much like a DVR--or digital video recorder--such as Tivo or ReplayTV). With the 250 GB hard drive, you'll be able to record and store up to 180 hours of video programming. It's compatible with cable, digital cable, satellite TV and antenna inputs, and it includes an FM tuner.

The included HP Image Zone Plus photo and imaging software makes it easy to organize, edit, share, print, protect, and store your photos and video clips. Organize and find your photos easily by timeline, keywords, and/or location using the unique photo-globe mapping tool. Remove red eye and fix other common problems. Share your photos quickly via e-mails that include thumbnails with links to the full-sized images--without downloading time-consuming attachments.

Other preloaded software includes InterVideo WinDVD Creator and WinDVD SE player, Apple iTunes, Sonic RecordNow, Norton AntiVirus 2005 and Personal Firewall 2004 (with 60 days of live updates), Microsoft Works 8.0, MSN Encarta Standard, Microsoft Money, and Quicken 2004 New User Edition.

Dimensions and Weight
This desktop measures 15.5 x 7.5 x 16 inches (HxWxD).

What's in the Box
This package contains the HP Media Center m1080n desktop PC, keyboard, mouse, remote control, and power cord. It is backed by a 1-year limited warranty. ... Read more


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