July 24th, 2000

There are lots of great articles, and some really bad ones, on the Internet. Though we link to all of them at MacOS News Around The Web, some of them deserve special mention here. Most of what we will mention within these pages will be among the best, but on occasion we will talk about articles that are so bad or so wrong we just have to say something. Consider them mini-editorials on our part about things we think you might also be interested in.

Best [1:00 PM] Bear Feats - Comparison of The CUBE Features to the iMac DV Special Edition & G4 Minitower
OK, if you are anything like me, the new Apple product strategy might have you just a little bit confused. Sure, the G4 Cube is REALLY cool (for the record, you have to see one in person to really get the feel for the "Wow" factor it generates), but who is going to buy it? US$200 less for a G4 tower seems to make more sense. There a a bunch of Macs sitting in that middle range right now, and Bare Feats breaks down features and advantages. More a spec sheet than an article, but still helpful to see everything spread out in front of you.

If I can put a Radeon or Voodoo5 in the Cube, Iim sold. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [1:00 PM] MacUser - Comment: Who wants the Cube?
Who does want the Cube? People have been guessing that style conscious executives, or those that want "something like an iMac" but with a larger screen and faster processor. Our guess is the G4/400 low end version exists only to dump inventory of G4/400 chips themselves. Once those are gone, Apple will bump the entire G4 product line up, and the Cube will exist to fill the middle segment...those waffling between the power of the G4 tower and the size and "neato" factor of the iMac. Here is one take on who might want the Cube, and why. Our favorite quote from this piece:

The suspicion amongst almost every journalist Iive spoken to is the same: the Cube might end up as the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh of Steve Jobsi reign: a machine that everyone admires for its design, but very few people actually buy.

That is not our suspicion, but an interesting perspective none-the-less. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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