Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret on the iMac G5:

When Apple Computer launched its video iPod last month, the hype was so great that another important Apple product announcement was lost in the shuffle. The company also released that day a new, improved, and yet cheaper, version of the already excellent iMac G5, its flagship consumer desktop computer.

At the same time, Apple Computer also introduced a new software program called Front Row -- embedded in the improved iMac -- that, like Microsoft's Windows Media Center, allows users to play music and to view photos, videos and DVDs from across a room, using an included remote control.
 
We've been testing this new iMac, and our verdict is that it's the gold standard of desktop PCs.
Can I just pile on for a moment?  Front Row is the software that should be on full-time demo in the Apple Store.  I never saw it until Bruce told me to push the menu button on the tiny little remote control that came with my G5.  One click and I was in awe.  This extends my Macintosh investment into a piece of the home entertainment system, and is so visually slick and easy to use.  I can't ever imagine a Windows PC having the kind of ease-of-use, eye candy, and function that this one piece of software does on the Mac.

Link: Wall Street Journal: A new gold standard for PCs >

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