Boston Globe: Price no longer a barrier to Mac ownership thanks to Apple’s eMac line

“When it comes to technological verve, it’s hard to beat Apple Computer Inc. From its “lamp Mac” to its wide-screen PowerBooks to its SuperDrive, the company always appears on the crest of the latest wave while its PC counterparts paddle frantically in pursuit,” writes John P. Mello Jr. for The Boston Globe.

Mello writes, “Nevertheless, PC denizens who harbored any envy toward Macintosh owners could find solace in two things: the enormous share Windows-based computers have of the market and the premium Apple enthusiasts have to pay for their hot rod boxes. With the rollout of the new eMac models, though, that premium has been largely diminished, and the price of entry into the Apple fraternity vastly reduced. And that price reduction doesn’t come with a step-down in silicon sinew.”

“An eMac with a 16-inch-viewable CRT display, a fast 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, a front-loading SuperDrive, ATI Radeon 7500 graphics engine and 256 MB of memory sells for $1,165 to $1,299 on the Internet,” explains Mello. “For computer buyers enticed by what Apple calls the digital lifestyle but have balked at the price of a lifestyle change, the eMac offers a opportunity to catch the view from the top of the wave without wiping out the savings account.”

Full article here.


  1. The eMac is a great little computer. Personally, I think the $999 model with the Combo drive is a better deal for the money than the $1299 SuperDrive model since most eMac shoppers probably aren’t into burning too many DVDs (yet anyway). Either way, it’s nice to see the eMac getting some much deserved props, I feel it’s too maligned by most of the Mac community. Until the iMacs get a much needed update, the eMac is the best thing going for a Mac person on a budget.

  2. I think the eMac is a great buy any way you look at it. Anytime I meet someone who is considering switching or upgrading an older Mac, the eMac is always my first suggestion if price seems to be the concern.

  3. There are three reasons for not buying an eMac.

    i) The display is too small
    ii) There are no PCI slots
    iii) You can afford or just plain want a flat panel iMac or a G4/5.

    For me it’s the first really. If I didn’t need a big display, I’d just love one. I’m still convinced that most people who don’t like them haven’t seen one in the flesh. I HATED it until I saw one, but now i think it’s a really nice clean design. I recommended one to a guy in work today but he (rightly) said he couldn’t justify the cost. (Basically because he already has a PC and is not looking to upgrade it just yet). I’ve planted the seeds in his mind though, so that when he does look to replace it, he should at least consider the eMac (I explained how you uninstall stuff and how much better that process is than on Windows).

    eMacs are fantastic little big machines

  4. I purchased my first eMac for my office in July 2002. Since than i’ve purchased my first mac for the home – an eMac 800 w/Superdrive. Love it. The whole family has been completely bowled over by it and the price was definitely right on target. It wouldn’t have been worth hundreds (I believe 400 or 500 at the time) more dollars for us to go flatscreen. This thing is great and looks it, too. I’d love to meet some other eMac’ers out there, too.

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