New eMacs called better, faster, cheaper

Apple Computer has launched four new, faster configurations of its education computer, the eMac, ranging from $599 to $899.Housed in a compact, all-in-one design, the new eMacs have a 17-inch flat CRT display that supports screen resolutions of up to 1,280 x 960 pixels in 24-bit color. The priciest configuration features a PowerPC G4 processor running at 1.25 gigahertz (GHz), 256 megabytes (MB) of DDR memory, faster ATI Radeon graphics, and USB 2.0 connectivity to peripherals. The eMacs come with either a Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive for watching DVD movies and burning CDs, or Apple’s 8x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) for the ability to burn professional-quality digital video discs. The machines also offer an optional internal Bluetooth module, in addition to including a built-in antenna and card slot to support an optional AirPort Extreme Card for wireless networking. The new eMacs come with Apple’s latest operating system pre-installed, Mac OS X version 10.3 (“Panther”), as well as iLife, a suite of digital music and movie-making applications.

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