|Processor||700 MHz PowerPC G4|
|Hard Drive||40 GB|
|Card Description||NVIDIA GeForce2 MX|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||32 MB|
Apple eMac Desktop M8577LL/A (700-MHz PowerPC G4, 128 MB RAM, 40 GB hard drive) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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Originally designed for use in educational institutions, the eMac is Apple's most affordable PowerPC G4-based system. It comes complete with a 17-inch flat CRT display and a space-saving, all-in-one design that fits right in your home, plus award-winning digital lifestyle applications and Mac OS X, Apple's rock-solid operating system.
The eMac's PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine is so fast that its performance is measured in gigaflops, or billions of floating-point operations per second. In fact, it uses the same 128-bit vector-processing technology featured in scientific supercomputers--just what you need to accelerate intensive multimedia calculations, import audio files, and create video transitions in iMovie. The bottom line is that the eMac G4 processor makes digital media creation faster--which in turn means that you can spend more time playing and creating and less time waiting.
Not only will you do more (and faster) with the eMac, you'll see more, too. The eMac sports a 17-inch (16-inch viewable) flat CRT display. The display offers nearly 40 percent more viewing area than a 15-inch CRT, so you'll have almost 40 percent more workspace--perfect for viewing large images and multiple Web pages and documents. Since the screen is flat, there's less glare, making it easier on the eyes.
The eMac's all-in-one design has some tremendous advantages as well. For instance, there aren't a lot of extra cords, so setup is simple and desktop clutter is kept to a minimum. And in addition to the stunning display, the AirPort-ready eMac comes with a built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet port for high-speed Internet access, plus FireWire, USB, and amazing stereo speakers--all in one compact computer that's smaller than most stand-alone PC displays. The eMac design is about the same size as the 15-inch-CRT-based iMac--8mm shorter, actually. And its body is made of polycarbonate plastic, the same material used to manufacture bulletproof glass.
The eMac comes with a CD-RW drive, perfect for playing CD-ROMs and burning your own music or data CDs. In addition, it provides you with the fastest and easiest way yet to access the Internet. It's so easy to set up and use, you'll be online and surfing the Web in minutes, using the 10/100Base-T Ethernet port for broadband (including DSL and cable modems) or the built-in 56K modem, or an optional AirPort card for working with the Web wirelessly. The Internet Setup Assistant appears the first time your eMac is turned on and automatically configures your system for your Internet service provider. All you need is an Ethernet connection or phone line--the eMac comes complete with everything else.
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At this point I'm leaning toward the eMac, thinking the flat-panel iMac looks too much like a halogen lamp or potential "period piece." Moreover, I hate the thought of paying for two external little speakers that I'll never use. Finally, the eMac has a "sound-in" input that has been omitted from the new iMac. If you digitalize analog sources, that could be a factor in your decision.
If you're attacted to DVD burning and the "Superdrive" (which I'll admit I am), you still have a tough decision to make because the eMac with SuperDrive is really the same price as the iMac with Superdrive. In fact, you may have noticed that DVD burners are getting faster and cheaper. So why not go with the entry-level Power Mac (which many users insist is the only machine to consider if you're serious about computing speed and memory requirements) and supplement it later with an external DVD burner?
In any case, why make my problem yours (though it irritates me that manufacturers so insistently assume the consumer requires the "illlusion," at least, of so many basically insignificant choices--I chose Macs, which should be enough).
If you purchase this eMac, you'll find it works considerably faster if you install at least an additional 256 MB of Ram (which takes all of 30 seconds--don't be conned into paying an installation fee). Also, as pleasing as OSX/Jaguar is to look at, it's not always intuitive, and Apple doesn't provide much in the way of instructions. Even locating a saved document in Word is an adventure, which was not the case in 0S9.
At about sixty pounds the eMac is heavy. The fan can be a little noisy but only for perfectionists. Add some extra memory and airport card and you have a great value. I don't see this as anything but fast, but I've not run side-by-side comparisons. The screen is very large (40% more than my original iMac) and quite crisp. We added the eMac easily to our home wireless network.
The sexier, flat-screen iMac is much more expensive. Even the salesman who wanted me to buy up could not argue that I could get more value from the iMac, just pay about a lot more. We passed.
Jaguar was not available when we purchased the eMac in late July; we received and easily installed Jaguar as soon as it became available. We received a free printer (cartridges make these "free" printers pretty poor freebies). And we installed the OS X Office suite upgrade. Although some Mac games crashed on my kids on my original iMac without explanation, they work fine on the eMac. And our three-year old can manage to install, launch and play them.
This is an affordable, reliable, solid, easy-to-use, work horse machine for a family.