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Apple Offers New eMacs At Lower Prices

Apple Offers New eMacs At Lower Prices

by , 1:30 PM EDT, October 22nd, 2003

Today is a banner day for anyone thinking of buying an eMac; Apple has just released eMacs, with OS X, version 10.3 (Panther) pre-installed, at new lower prices. The Combo Drive eMac is now US$799.00, and the Super Drive eMac is US$1,099.00. From Apple:

Housed in a remarkably compact all-in-one design that is even less deep than the original iMac, eMac offers a crisp 17-inch flat CRT display supporting screen resolutions of up to 1280-by-960 pixels in 24-bit color. Offering a fast 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, eMac comes with either a Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive for watching DVD movies and burning CDs or Apple’s revolutionary SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW), which adds the ability to burn DVDs that play in most consumer DVD players. eMac comes with high-performance ATI Radeon 7500 graphics with 32MB of dedicated DDR SDRAM and hard drives up to 80GB.

“Complete and ready to use right out of the box, eMac is the most affordable SuperDrive-equipped Mac ever offered,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Hardware Product Marketing. “A brilliant combination of performance and value, eMac makes it easy and affordable for everyone to make DVDs from their movies, music and photos—it’s the ultimate computer for home and schools.”

Offering the latest in wireless communications, eMac includes a built-in antenna and card slot to support AirPort® Extreme 802.11g wireless networking. eMac also includes built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and 56K V.92 modem allowing customers to connect to the Internet any way they like. With five USB ports, and two FireWire® ports conveniently located on the side of the system, eMac desktops offer easy plug-and-play connections to popular peripherals such as digital video camcorders, iPod, digital still cameras, printers and scanners.

Perfect for today’s digital lifestyle, every new eMac also includes iLife, Apple’s integrated suite of award-winning digital lifestyle applications that features the latest versions of iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD and iTunes. iLife is the only integrated suite to include all of the four applications required for today’s “digital lifestyle”—digital music, photography, moviemaking and DVD creation—and is the first product to offer the benefits of seamlessly integrating them. In addition to Panther, eMac also includes AppleWorks, Quicken 2004 Deluxe, WorldBook Encyclopedia 2003 Edition and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.

Pricing & Availability

The eMac line is available immediately through the Apple Store, at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers in two standard configurations.

The 17-inch flat CRT eMac, for a suggested retail price of US$799 includes:

  • 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor;
  • 128MB of system memory;
  • a 32x Combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive;
  • ATI Radeon 7500 with 32MB video memory; and
  • a 40GB ATA hard drive.

The 17-inch flat CRT eMac, for a suggested retail price of US$1,099 includes:

  • 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor;
  • 256MB of system memory
  • a 4x SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW optical drive;
  • ATI Radeon 7500 with 32MB video memory; and
  • an 80GB ATA hard drive.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Apparently, Apple is serious about competing with the likes of Dell. The eMac offers some impressive stats for the money. Sure, you can get a Dell with a LCD screen for less, but that would be exactly what you'd be getting, less. In our Shootout page the eMac did a nice job keeping up with Sony, Dell, and Gateway; at these new lower prices it is easy to see that you are indeed getting a lot of bang for your buck.

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