eMac a good deal?

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  1. skubish macrumors 68030

    skubish

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    I can't decide between these 2 Macs. It seems like for basic everyday apps (Safari, word processing, iLife apps) the eMac is a much better deal. For $150 more I would get an eMac with twice the hard drive space (and 7200rpm), 8X superdrive, a better graphics card. I have an extra monitor for the mini but I would still need to get a keyboard and mouse. How is the display on the eMac? Is it nice and bright? Reliable?

    Thanks

    eMac
    1.42GHz
    512MB Ram
    Superdrive
    160GB HD
    Airport Card
    Applecare
    $1089


    Mac Mini
    1.42GHz
    512MB Ram
    80GB HD
    Superdrive
    Wired Keyboard and Mouse
    Airport card
    Applecare
    $936
     
  2. Ryan T. macrumors 6502a

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    If you're going to be spending around $1000, I recommend saving a couple hundred more and getting an iMac G5. A far superior machine to either of those.
     
  3. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Ryan T. hit it on the nail...
    If money is a concern also check out the recons. (red tag sale) on the Apple site as you can get the iMac at a good price that way along with Applecare at a later time or asap. Enjoy whatever you get :)
     
  4. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    The current eMac deal is great and if space and design dont worry you i would save the $$$ and get an eMac over a iMac as the eMac will be fine for what you are doing (it is a very powerful machine) not far behind the iMac G5's.......

    The Mac mini is not worth your while unless you already have a monitor already.....

    ShadOW ;)
     
  5. verozov macrumors regular

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    i agree with shadowmoses.... i would definetly get the emac... i love mine and you get a lot more for the $$$
     
  6. jwp1964 macrumors regular

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    Go with the eMac

    If you are not a power user and aesthetics are not your among your priorities I think the eMac gives the most bang for the buck especially if you qualify for a student or government discount IMHO.
     
  7. #7
    I find my emac display nice and bright and quite detailed compared to my work box (Windows). Only thing is that sometimes when the speakers are turned up full, you can see shadow-like vibrations in the display.

    skubish asked: How is the display on the eMac? Is it nice and bright? Reliable?
     
  8. eXan macrumors 601

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    Get eMac, unless if you have a very good LCD for mini
     
  9. solvs macrumors 603

    solvs

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    Don't forget, the eMac has video-out as well. For $20 you can get a cable and mirror to your other monitor, or even a TV with a different cable (also about $20). With the hack (no, it will not void your warranty) you can even have dual displays.
     
  10. skubish thread starter macrumors 68030

    skubish

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    Thanks for all the advice. This is one question I had. Can I turn off the CRT on the eMac and just use and external monitor? Is there any hack to do this?

    About the iMac question: That is what I am struggling with. It started with wanted a Mini, then for just a few dollars more I can get an eMac, for a XX dollars more I can get an iMac...

    If I had unlimited budget I would either get a top end iMac or a PM with a nice display.

    My situation is that I have an old PC (athlon 1.8GHZ, 1GB Ram, Radeon 9600xt). The wife isn't on board with switching to Mac yet so I just wanted something to tide me over until she is convinced to switch and by then the new intel Macs will be out.
     
  11. Jigglelicious macrumors 6502

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    No, there is no way to turn the eMac's internal monitor off. Still, its a pretty decent monitor as long as you don't turn the resolution too high (the max resolution is limited to something like 72hz, which is too strainful for my eyes), and use some external speakers since the internal ones cause the monitor to vibrate.
     

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