emac for the ears

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by clearly, May 1, 2004.

  1. clearly macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2004
    Lancashire, England
    I'm tempted by the new superdrive emac - it has the perfect spec and price for my pocket, and will be a massive improvement on my (now creeking) imac DV 400. But there's one aspect that will clinch it or kill it for me. I'm used to the silent running of my imac and don't want to assault my ears with noisy cpu fans. So, does the new emac model shout so loud that it will wake the neighbours, or will it hum quietly to itself without disturbing anyone? The answers posted here will determine my purchasing decision.

  2. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    It hums reasonably quietly, I have a maxstor HD that is louder.

    It'll be a bit louder that your old iMac, but it's a small price to pay for the upgrade.

    I have an original 700 eMac, the newer machines may have different fans to deal with the higher temps on faster processors.

    I'd go look at one in a store if you can (I know that isn't the best of environments)

    The eMacs are great machines for the money, you'll not be disappointed.
  3. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Jersey
    It's louder than your iMac, but that's because the iMac is silent... I think that's a great question & one I was concerned with as well... As someone said above, it's not as loud as some external HD's I've had as well...

    It's not excessively loud, but there is a constant sound there... I got used to it right away & actually find it soothing... This computer is in my office, so it kind of signifies "time to be productive" in my sub conscious mind, if that makes any sense... lol...

    I say go for it, the little noise is a small price to pay for the value & performance you get in return, imho...
  4. nintendo1138 macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2004
    I have a Demo Emac at my store(an older model though) if the noise is a problem you can get H&K Soundsticks to drown out all ambient noise...like my wife... :mad:
  5. mpopkin macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2003
    Chapel Hill, NC
    The college i go to just got nine of the new emacs and they are pretty silent and they run 24/7. Recommended if you cannot afford a more powerful pmac or imac

  6. RBMaraman macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2002
    Prospect, KY
    My university has a lab with 22 eMacs running 24/7. When I walk into the room, the only thing I hear is the fan blowing in the projector that's mounted to the ceiling. I was surprised that the eMacs didn't make that much noise.
  7. clearly thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2004
    Lancashire, England
    good advice

    Thanks folks. I'm glad I asked the question. I'm pleased with what I've heard and it sounds like I'll be pleased with what I hear when my emac arrives. :D

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