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Apple eMac

Apple eMac
alaScore 82

366 reviews

Nov, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 366 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple eMac is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple eMac

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 198 user reviews of Apple eMac from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

usability, price, design, reliability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple eMac Desktop 17" M9252LL/A (1.0-GHz PowerPC G4, 128 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)Apple M9461LL/A eMac SuperDrive (1.25 GHz PowerPC G4, 256MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, 8x SuperDrive, 17" Flat CRT)Apple M9425LL/A eMac Combo (1.25 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, Optical Combo, 17" Flat CRT)

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Apple eMac/1.42GHz (SuperDrive)

 

Sturdy and attractive all-in-one design ; Decent performance ; Double-layer SuperDrive ; Larger hard drive ; Improved graphics

No wireless support ; Bulky

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Apple eMac (Iss. 21 2004)

 

While the eMac has always been Apple's midrange leader, we'd recommend going with the eMac that starts at $999, and upgrading from there.

Compact all-in-one form factor. Stylish white case. Lowest price in this roundup

3D graphics are a little anemic for today?s games. No DVD writable drive at this price. 40GB drive too small for today?s needs

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Apple eMac/1.25GHz (Combo Drive) (2004)

 

The high-end eMac includes the same SuperDrive that's in the Power Mac G5 line ; Impressive game and application performance ; Excellent value

No FireWire 800 port ; Bulky CRT monitor

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Apple eMac/1.25GHz (SuperDrive) (2004)

 

Impressive game and application performance ; The high-end eMac includes the same SuperDrive that's in the Power Mac G5 line ; Excellent value

No FireWire 800 port ; Bulky CRT monitor

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Apple eMac (SuperDrive)

 

1.25-GHz G4 processor; 256MB DDR333 SDRAM; 80GB hard drive; ATI Radeon 9200 graphics card; 8X DVD-R/CD-RW Superdrive; three USB 2.0, two FireWire ports; Apple integrated sound card; built-in stereo speakers; Mac OS X Panther v.10.3

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Apple eMac

 

Slightly faster overall than a 700MHz G4 iMac ; Robust design ; Bright, big CRT display

Sits a bit low on a desk ; Limited upgrade options

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Apple eMac

 

When Apple first announced the new Apple eMac, it was originally meant for schools, teachers, and other education buyers (hence the "e") who needed more power than the aging candy-colored iMac but couldn't justify the cost of the fancy flat-panel new...

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Sturdy eMac G4s still attractive

 

Sturdy and attractive all-in-one design ; decent performance ; larger hard drive ; improved graphics ; double-layer SuperDrive

Bulky ; no wireless support

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Apple eMac (1.42GHz)

 

The eMac's 3.5-inch, 7,200rpm, 160GB hard drive is a real plus

Improved speed, All in one design, Double-layer DVD

It's a 22kg bruiser, Can be noisy, Flappy-sounding CD drawer

And if you buy a new display, keyboard and mouse, the price of the mini climbs even higher. Factor in the hard drive differences and the eMac starts looking like a good deal

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Apple eMac 1.42GHz

 

Apple brings Tiger a faster G4 processor, larger hard drives, and better graphics to the budget eMac.

Product Specifications

Get the power, performance and value you're looking for in an all-in-one desktop computer that's as easy to use as it is to afford. The eMac now features a more powerful processor, a faster optical drive, and Apple's integrated iLife applications for making the most of your music, photos and movies. Among the reasons the eMac is so popular is that it features a blazingly fast 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor, and it's Apple's most affordable G4-based system. The PowerPC G4 with Velocity Engine is uses the same 128-bit vector processing technology featured in scientific supercomputers - just what you need to accelerate intensive multimedia calculations, import audio files and create video transitions in iMovie. In fact, the eMac's 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor lets you encode DVDs in real time. The bottom line is that the eMac G4 processor makes digital media creation faster - which in turn means that you can spend more time playing and creating and less time waiting. Pop in a DVD movie - made on your eMac - sit back and be entertained. The eMac now comes with your choice of the revolutionary SuperDrive - now at 4x speed for burning DVDs twice as fast - Combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW or CD-ROM drive. With a SuperDrive-equipped eMac you can burn your iMovie productions and iPhoto slideshows to a DVD that plays in almost any consumer DVD player. Optical discs are also ideal for backup, because they offer enormous capacity in a small package that's easy to store and that lasts a long time. DVDs - the kind you can burn on your new SuperDrive-equipped eMac - can store a mind-boggling 4.7GB of data - the equivalent of 3200 floppy discs or 7 CD-R discs or CDs - store 650 MB of data, the equivalent of 450 floppy discs. Plus, iTunes lets you mix and burn CDs with either the Combo drive or SuperDrive models. The iLife software application suite that comes on your new eMac, includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD. The apps let you do fun, creative things with your pictures, music and movies - and share them with family and friends - in ways that PC users can only dream about. And whether you're creating your own music CDs, publishing your digital pictures online, editing digital video, or authoring DVDs, you can do all these things and more quite nicely without thumbing through a manual. It's all part of the iLife experience. You can put your new eMac anywhere in your house, not just where the phone jack or broadband connection happens to be, because the eMac ships AirPort Extreme-ready for wireless networking. The AirPort Extreme Card is user installable and allows your eMac to communicate wirelessly with other computers and link to the Internet (through the AirPort Extreme Base Station). The AirPort Extreme Base Station can support up to 50 simultaneous users (Mac and PC), all sharing a single Internet connection. Each base station has a built-in Ethernet (RJ-45) port. Not only will you do more (and faster) with the eMac, you'll see more, too. The eMac sports a 17-inch (16-inch viewable) flat CRT display. The display offers nearly 40% more viewing area than a 15-inch CRT, so you'll have almost 40% more workspace - perfect for viewing large images and multiple web pages and documents. Since the screen is flat (with less image distortion than curved CRTs), there's less glare, making it easier on the eyes. The eMac comes with five crisp screen resolutions. Setting the screen to a higher resolution means there's more workspace for viewing large documents, two-page spreads and websites without having to waste time scrolling to see the rest of the document. Less scrolling means more time for working and playing. The eMac all-in-one design has some tremendous advantages. For instance, there aren't a lot of extra cords, so setup is simple - and desktop clutter is kept to a minimum. And in addition to the stunning 17-inch display, the AirPort Extreme-ready eMac comes with a built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet port for high-speed Internet access, FireWire, USB and amazing stereo speakers - all in one compact computer that's smaller than most stand-alone PC displays. The eMac design is about the same size as the 15-inch-CRT-based iMac - (8mm shorter, actually), which makes it ideal for limited desk space in the classroom or at home. And its body is made of polycarbonate plastic, the same material used to manufacture bulletproof glass.

Audio Output

Type:None/Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one/Mini tower/Rack-mountable/Tower
Front Accessible Bays Qty:1
Hot-Swap Bays Qty:1/3/4
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one/Mini tower/Rack-mountable/Tower
Server Storage Bays:Hot-swap
Server Swappable Drive Interface:SATA/SAS
Supported Devices / Modules Qty:14

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one/Mini tower/Rack-mountable/Tower
Front Accessible Bays Qty:1
Hot-Swap Bays Qty:1/3/4
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one/Mini tower/Rack-mountable/Tower
Server Storage Bays:Hot-swap
Server Swappable Drive Interface:SATA/SAS
Supported Devices / Modules Qty:14

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/256KB/2MB/4MB/512KB/8MB
Per Processor Size:1MB/256KB/2MB/4MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:17in/18.4in/28in/30in
Height:1.7in/16in/17in/5.2in
Weight:26lbs/30lbs/31.7lbs/33.3lbs/42.1lbs/50lbs/59.5lbs/99.2lbs
Width:16in/17.4in/17.6in/17in/8.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 960
Type:Display/None.

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac/Mac / PC / Unix
Country Kits:France/Germany/Ireland / United Kingdom/Latin America/United Kingdom/United States
Localization:English/French/German
Manufacturer:Apple
Model:Combo Drive/G4/G5/G5 Cluster Node/SuperDrive
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple eMac/Apple Power Mac/Apple Xserve/Apple Xserve RAID

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1000MHz/100MHz/1150MHz/1333MHz/133MHz/167MHz/1GHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Graphite / Silver/Silver

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless Protocol:Bluetooth

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 6x (DVD)/32x/32x (CD) / 10x (DVD)/32x (CD) / 12x (DVD)/32x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD/24x/4x/8x
Type:CD-ROM/CD-RW/CD-RW / DVD-R/CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD/DVD-ROM/None
Write Speed:12x/16x/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD)/24x/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/32x/8x (CD) / 2x (DVD)

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS 8.6/Apple MacOS X 10.1 / MacOS 9.2/Apple MacOS X 10.2/Apple MacOS X 10.2 / MacOS 9/Apple MacOS X 10.2 / MacOS 9.2/Apple MacOS X 10.3/Apple MacOS X 10.4/Apple MacOS X Server/Apple MacOS X Server 10 Client Edition/Apple MacOS X Server 10.1.5/Apple MacOS X Server 10.3 10 Client Edition/Apple MacOS X Server 10.3 Unlimited-Client Edition/Apple MacOS X Server 10.4 10-Client Edition/Apple MacOS X Server 10.4 10-Client Edition / Apple MacOS X Server 10 Client Edition/Apple MacOS X Server 10.4 Unlimited-Client Edition/Apple MacOS X Server Unlimited Client Edition

Power Device

Power Redundancy:Optional/Yes

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.25GHz/1.33GHz/1.42GHz/1GHz/2.3GHz/2GHz/400MHz/450MHz/700MHz/800MHz/867MHz
Installed Qty:1/2
Manufacturer:IBM/Intel/Motorola
Max Supported Qty:1/2
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Server Scalability:1-way/2-way
Type:Dual-Core Xeon/PowerPC G4/PowerPC G5
Upgradability:Upgradable

RAM

Installed Size:128MB/1GB/256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:1.5GB/1GB/2GB/32GB/8GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM/DDR2 SDRAM/SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage

HDD Array External Interface:2Gb Fibre Channel/Fibre Channel
HDD Array External Interface Class:Fibre Channel
Rack-mountable:Rack-mountable
Total Array Capacity:1.26TB/1.75TB/1TB/2.52TB/2.85TB/3.55TB/3.5TB/5.6TB/720GB/7TB
Type:Hard drive array

Storage Controller

Interface Type:2Gb Fibre Channel/Fibre Channel
RAID Level:N/A/None/RAID 0 / RAID 0+1 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 3 / RAID 30 / RAID 5 / RAID 50/RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 3 / RAID 30 / RAID 4 / RAID 50/RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 3 / RAID 5
Supported Devices:Disk array (RAID)/Disk array (RAID) / Hard drive
Type:RAID

Storage Controller (2nd)

RAID Level: None
Type:IDE/None/SCSI

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Capacity:180GB/250GB/400GB/500GB
Interface Type:ATA-100/ATA-133/ATA-66/IDE/IDE/ATA/Serial ATA-150
Spindle Speed:7200rpm

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Native Capacity:100MB
Type:None/ZIP

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/160GB/20GB/40GB/60GB/80GB
Recommended Use:Corporate business/Corporate business / Small business/Corporate business / Education / Small business/Corporate business / Home use / Small business/Corporate business / Small business/Education/Education / Home use/Home use / Education
Type:Personal computer/Server/Workstation

Video Memory

Installed Size:16MB/32MB/64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon 7500/ATI Radeon 9000 PRO/ATI Radeon 9200/ATI Radeon 9600/ATI Radeon X1300/ATI RAGE 128/NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
Interface Type:AGP 2x/AGP 4x/PCI/PCI 64 / 66 MHz/PCI Express
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