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Apple iMac G5 Desktop with 17" MA063LL/A (1.9 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)

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  • 1.9 GHz PowerPC G5 running Mac OS X version 10.4 Tiger
  • 512 MB DDR SDRAM, 160 GB hard drive, and SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW), built-in iSight video camera
  • 17-inch (viewable) widescreen TFT active-matrix LCD, 1440 x 900 pixels, millions of colors
  • Two FireWire 400 ports; three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports (on keyboard); VGA output; S-video and composite video output
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit), 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11g), and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) module
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Product Description

Product Description

Includes: Apple Remote, Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Front Row, Photo Booth, iLife '05, iChat, AppleWorks, Quicken 2006 for Mac, 2006 World Book, & more. Apple 17" iMac - This iMac computer features a brand new bundle of software and built-in hardware to further enhance your computing experience. The iSight camera is now built into the iMac for quick and easy video chatting. No additional hardware to buy, nothing to attach to the computer, no cables, & no software to install or configure. Just turn on iChat AV, click a buddy's video icon and you're ready to chat - visually! You can also take command of your iMac from the sofa or across the room with the included Apple Remote and Front Row software. Front Row gives you an intuitive graphic interface and large text and graphics that are easy to see. Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive - (write speeds) up to 2.4x Double Layer DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 8x DVD+R, 4x DVD-RW, 4x DVD+RW, 24x CD-R, & 8x CD-RW Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive - (read speeds) up to 8x DVD-ROM & 24x CD-ROM 17 widescreen TFT active-matrix LCD Native Resolution - 1440 x 900 Built-in iSight ATI Radeon X600 Pro with 128MB DDR SDRAM - PCI-Express Ports - 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 2 FireWire 400, 3 USB 2.0, 2 USB 1.1 (on keyboard), 1 VGA, 1 S-Video, 1 Composite Video, 1 Headphone/Optical Digital Audio Out, & 1 Audio Line In Built-in Stereo Speakers Built-in Microphone Built-in 802.11g AirPort Extreme Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) Module Unit Weight - 15.5 lbs.

From the Manufacturer

What if you could command an entire world of music, photos, movies and DVDs--all from your sofa? Now you can share the good life with friends and family on a 17- or 20-inch new iMac G5 featuring Front Row software and Apple Remote. Slimmer than ever, the gravity-defying enclosure also houses built-in iSight, SuperDrive, wireless and the easy-to-use software that brings it all together.

Welcome to the Front Row
You've got the best seat in the house. The full-screen Front Row media experience--with its intuitive menus, large text and brilliant graphics--lets you browse the music, photos and videos on your iMac as easily as you browse music on your iPod. And the new Apple Remote lets you do your browsing from anywhere in the room. So gather your friends and dazzle them with a slideshow of your vacation pics, a home movie or a DVD. iMac G5 was born to entertain.

A built-in iSight video camera and Mighty Mouse come included with the iMac.
The iTunes Connection
With iTunes, you're never more than a click away from the world's most popular source of music, audiobooks and podcasts. Now the digital revolution strikes again--you can also purchase your favorite music videos and selected TV shows. Download those episodes of Lost or Desperate Housewives that you missed. Or sync your videos with the new iPod and watch them anywhere.

Video Chatting Made Easy There's an iSight camera built into every new iMac, so you can start a video chat (or join one) at a moment's notice. There's nothing to buy, nothing to attach, no cords to fumble with, no software to install or configure. Simply start up iChat AV, click your buddy's video icon and you're ready to chat with sight and sound--with up to three friends at once. Proper attire suggested.

Say Cheese
The new Photo Booth application (included) turns your iMac into a modern-day arcade photo booth (minus the coin slot). Just pick a special effect like sepia tint, x-ray, bulge or squeeze. And smile. Presto--instant high-quality photo. Once you have the perfect pic, take advantage of Photo Booth's connections to share it via Mail, save it in iPhoto or use it as your Address Book or iChat buddy picture.

Great software is included with the iMac, including Photo Booth.
The Beast Within
Behind its breathtaking 17- or 20-inch widescreen display, iMac G5 displays some monstrous power--with a 1.9 GHz or 2.1 GHz G5 processor, a sizzling new PCI-Express ATI Radeon X600 Pro or XT graphics processor with 128MB of dedicated video memory and a new high-bandwidth system architecture. These technologies, coupled with Mac OS X Tiger (the world's most advanced operating system), simply make iMac G5 a joy to drive. Whether you're exercising your creativity, surfing the web, playing compute-intensive games or just staying in touch with friends.

It's a Wonderful iLife
iMac G5 has the power--and the brains--to be the center of your digital universe. It comes with iLife '05: a suite of easy-to-use applications that make the spectacular part of your everyday life. Enhance, organize and share your photos via iPhoto. Make an epic starring your kid in iMovie. Turn your photo and movie creations into professional DVDs with iDVD. Create original music in GarageBand, even if you can't carry a tune.

Like any modern computer should, iMac G5 comes ready with software preinstalled to use your digital devices right away. Just plug them in. With a plentiful passel of ports--USB 2.0, FireWire 400, composite and S-video outputs, audio in and out--you can connect just about any device, from cameras and camcorders to hard drives, stereos and the Mighty Mouse included with every iMac G5. With the forward-thinking Scroll Wheel, you can move around your digital life with 360° of freedom. And with built-in Gigabit Ethernet, you're all set for wired networking.

Cut the Cords
Better yet, eliminate the desktop clutter. iMac G5 comes with a pre-installed AirPort Extreme Card, so you can hop onto the Internet wirelessly up to 150 feet from an AirPort Extreme Base Station. Or you can add an AirPort Express with AirTunes to stream music to your stereo and send documents to your printer. iMac G5 also includes an internal Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for the latest wireless devices, like the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. You can even sync your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone so your numbers are always up to date. Impress your friends, confound your enemies--wireless only looks like magic.

Product Information

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Screen Size17 inches
Processor1.9 GHz PowerPC G5
RAM512 MB ddr_sdram
Hard Drive160 GB
Graphics Coprocessorradeon
Card DescriptionATI Radeon X600 Pro
Graphics Card Ram Size128 MB
Wireless Type802.11G
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand NameApple
Item model numberMA063LL/A
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemMac OS X version 10.4 Tiger
Item Weight24.5 pounds
Processor BrandMotorola
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Additional Information
Shipping Weight24.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableOctober 12, 2005
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer thatRead more is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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Customer Reviews

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Josh Russell on December 11, 2005
For years I wanted Mac, I was tired of the PC and I had been using it since the early 90's. I finally made the switch, and got this iMac as an early Xmas gift from my family.

Originally I was going to purchase the model under this that doesn't have iSight, but I believe it runs at two GHz. I got this though, for the Front Row and Mouse.

So, all in a matter of a half an hour which entitled me driving to Compusa and picking this up, showing it off to my rents, and backing up/dismembering my old P2 desktop. Ten minutes after I had my iMac set up and online. First thoughts are it's fast, but the welcome screen takes a while (about a full minute on first set up). Pros are the invisible magnets that hold up things like the remote on the side.

Getting the hang of the Mac is simple, and easy. In a matter of minutes I had Safari open, Mail configured, and iTunes had recognized my Gen one iPod.

When you first turn your iMac on and have the net up you will see Software Update popup to tell you if there are any new things. After a quick restar my computer was up to date. A good thing is that the updates are free so far, and come frequently.

You certainly have enough software on the iMac when you start up, I added Real player, Windows Media, and some codec players as well. I also installed Photoshop and some torrent programs.

The ram and processor are great, really fast. Though if you plan on doing Photoshop and other apps all at once, upgrade to at least one gig. I plan on maxing out my ram ASAP.

On to the only Con.


If you like games, you probably will hate mac. Mac has limited games, most of the newer games for Windows come out on Mac but a lot don't.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brozick on December 2, 2005
This is the best computer I have ever purchased. I bought it straight from the Apple Store, and have had no problems whatsoever. Even though Apple's tech support on the phone isn't that great, I can call a Mac genious at the Apple Store, and get a one on one lesson/help session from him.

I am extremely pleased with the elegant design and ease of use. I used to use Windows, which was a pain. Now, after switching to the Mac, I don't have any computer problems. I haven't had any viruses or crashes. It is absolutely unbeleivable, given that my other Windows computers crash just about every day.

This iMac is a very smart buy. Apple packs a lot of bang for your buck, in terms of functionality, durablility, and ease of use.

The one thing I cannot stress enough about my new iMac is that is is extremely easy to use. And I mean simple. This thing is made for both the computer literate, and the computer illiterate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Leverton on January 30, 2006
I was very scared when ordering this item because I knew that I was going to have to some how get all the information from the old computer to this one. Programs, passwords, documents and files. I was purchasing it for a business and there was a lot of important files that could not get lost. Plus we are on a network. Another thing to have to set up. Well I received the computer and had everything on the new computer in less than thirty minuets. You can transfer all your perferences, programs, files, passwords... It is one of the options when the computer first starts. I think this option is only for a mac transfer. Anyway. Great purchase, very happy and I have purchased three moer new macs since this one and have had the same experience with them all!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Pantliano TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 22, 2005

Stable operating system, no viruses, everything just works.


Front row is a bit slow and clunky.

I am graphic designer and have used Macs at work, and this is the latest iMac they have purchased for me to use at the office. I have had the original CRT iMac, and then the swivel arm LCD iMac that followed. The current G5 iMac is the best of the bunch. The widescreen LCD is sharp and bright, and affords a large viewing area. It is quiet and fast, however Apple is a bit skimpy with the standard RAM, 512mb is the absolute least you should have in this machine. Thankfully, adding additional ram is simple.

MAC OS X 10.4 Tiger is an awesome operating system; everything looks great, and runs smoothly. No crashes, no viruses, and no worries that something you've been working on for the last 2 hours will be lost if you forget to save. Almost all of the necessary programs are available for MAC as well; Microsoft Office, most Adobe products, and quicken. Also, the iLife suite of software than came with system is great.

My only caveats are with front row and the wireless keyboard and mouse. Front Row is sometimes slow to operate and frequently loses connection with the Movie Trailer server, and the apple wireless keyboard and mouse I have with my iMac sometimes loose their connection, and the mouse is still only one button, while Apple's Mighty Mouse is a four button.

Overall, I love the Macintosh operating system, and the iMac G5. After using them at work for so many years and loving them, I finally replaced my home computer, a DELL with an Apple PowerMac G5.

About the Intel switch.

Recently a friend of mine said he had the ability to try a prototype Mac with the new Intel chips. He said the chip was a dual core 4.0 Ghz in a PowerMac. He felt that the system performance seemed no faster that the current G5 PowerPC chip. One more reason not to wait for Intel.
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