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Apple eMac

Apple eMac
alaScore 81

331 reviews

Feb, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 331 reviews of Apple eMac. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple eMac is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 168 user reviews of Apple eMac from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: 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)Apple eMac Desktop 17" M9252LL/A (1.0-GHz PowerPC G4, 128 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)

Feb, 2016

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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

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

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

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: Jonathan Seff (

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

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (

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

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: Molly Wood (

Apple eMac PPC review: Apple eMac PPC


Excellent 17-inch CRT display; easy setup; inexpensive, updated models offer 1.25GHz G4s with 256MB of memory.

Limited expansion; only 32MB of graphics memory; meager documentation; mediocre warranty.

The eMac delivers an attractive, adequately speedy, easy-to-use PC without the flat-panel iMac's relatively high price.

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

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

May, 2004

Expert review by: Jason Snell (

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

Sep, 2002

Expert review by: (

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...

Expert review by: Henry Norr (

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

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Matthew Elliott (

Apple eMac 1.42GHz


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

May, 2005

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


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 960

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


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


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


Color:Graphite / Silver/Silver


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


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
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


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
Max Supported Qty:1/2
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Server Scalability:1-way/2-way
Type:Dual-Core Xeon/PowerPC G4/PowerPC G5


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


HDD Array External Interface:2Gb Fibre Channel/Fibre Channel
HDD Array External Interface Class:Fibre Channel
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

Storage Controller (2nd)

RAID Level: None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

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


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