Looking for a Mac - eMac?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mwpeters8182, Jun 12, 2003.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone,

    I recently had the great experience of having my B&W die on me (probably my fault, I was putting in an upgrade chip, and now it doesn't work - won't even boot from the original G3). It acts like there is no CPU in the machine. My friend, who is pretty mac-hardware savvy, seems to think it is the logic board. This means, of course, that I now need a mac.

    I'm a senior engineering major, so I do need a little bit of power, but not a whole lot. I also have a PC laptop (Celeron 1.13 GHz - not the fastest thing ever, but still pretty speedy). I am looking at the Combo or Superdrive eMac. Does anyone have any experience with these machines? They've looked pretty good to me using them for 10-15 mins in CompUSA. Especially on the low end, they seem to me like a much better deal than the flat panel.

    Any input would be great

    Thanks

    MP
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    eMac

    I use a 700mhz eMac here at work and I can say that it's a fantastic computer. You may get screen flicker in the higher resolution (1280x960) but other than that my experience with the eMac has been favorable. I really put it to work here also, I run Photoshop, inDesign, Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver etc... and it handles it like a champ. One recommendation I would give you (along with probably anybody else) is to get as much ram as you can ... it makes a huge differece.. I have a gig of ram in the eMac.

    So if you were planning on buying one of the newer eMacs I would say go for it..

    Cheers,

    Scott
     
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    pyrotoaster

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    Go ahead and get the eMac. While it isn't Apple's prettiest offering (okay, it's downright freaky looking), it's affordable and it gets the job done. And you can't go wrong with a SuperDrive.

    Just be warned: while the iMac can be picked up and carried around by its neck, the eMac weighs about 50 pounds.
     
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    medea

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    go ahead and get the emac, it should suit you just fine.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a lot for the info, i appreciate the help. I got a call today, the company I bought the zif from said that they will get it working free of charge in my computer -- if that works, i won't have to get a new mac -- i can wait till i have a little more cash saved up. But thanks for your help

    Matt
     

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