“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.”
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