This iMac computer consists of a main unit with an integrated CPU and CRT monitor in an orange plastic case, a keyboard, a mouse, and an AC power cable.;The iMac represented a significant advance in all-in-one desktop computing for the average consumer. This item is part of a collecting initiative to gather consumer electronics from the last several decades which are iconic or representative of their type. This type of computer could be found in millions of homes, offices, and schools around America at the end of twentieth century.;This particular iMac was used as a personal home computer by the donor. The donor and his wife are both artists, which influenced their decision to purchase an iMac instead of a comparable Windows-based computer. In this instance, Apple's reputation for producing superior hardware for graphic design computing played a significant role in deciding which type of computer to buy.;In 1998, personal computers were ugly beige boxes with no style or design. Apple saw an opportunity to reinvent the computer with bold all-in-one designs and outlandish colors.
At first, opinions were divided with such drastic changes to core macintosh technology but soon critics began to love the iMac describing it as the "Gold Standard of desktop computing", "industry-altering success" and the "Must-have desktop".