Apple today introduced the eMac, a new desktop computer targeted specifically for education that mimics the all-in-one design of the original iMac. The eMac features a 17-inch CRT display (1280×960 maximum resolution at 72 Hz), 700MHz G4 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce2MX graphics, 128MB RAM, and a 40GB hard drive. The US$999 model features a CD-ROM drive while the $1,119 model includes a DVD/CD-RW combo drive. Apple also unveiled a new PowerBook G4 running at speeds of 667MHz and 800MHz and featuring higher-resolution 1280×854 15.2-inch display. The new PowerBook G4 also features a new 4x AGP ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics processor with DVI output.Our Take: I have two problems with the eMac.
The (recommended) 1280×960 resolution of its 17″ CRT is a good res, but I would not be able to stand it 5 minutes at its 72 Hz. “Downgrading” its resolution down to 1152×864 at 80 Hz, it is probably a better solution and you make a favour to your eyes.
My other problem is Apple’s persistance of selling some of their machines with only 128 MB of RAM. I received the G4 450 Mhz Cube last week and it really makes MacOSX fly, not because of its speed (450 Mhz is not top notch these days), but because it came with 448 MB of SDRAM! MacOSX needs more memory than it needs CPU cycles (despite popular belief). Selling the eMac with 256 MB by default would have been more logical for OSX’s needs.
Also, I hope that Apple would at least reduce the prices on the classic G3 iMacs now, as this new eMac is way more powerfull than the classic G3 600 Mhz one, and surprisingly it sells at the same price ($999).