Hi, I am a 12 year old kid (an apple fanatic) and I would love to get my first apple computer. I have thought between the mac mini, the imac and the emac. I am on a super tight budget and need help deciding. If you dont know how intense of an apple fan i am, I have owned 5 ipods throughout my life, I was number 638 in line at the apple store when it opened and I am planning to work at the apple store as soon as I turn 18.
With the phrase, "on a super-tight budget," it leads me to believe that your best bet would be the Mac mini, considering its the cheapest of your 3 options. However, if you don't already own a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, the Mac mini will quickly enter eMac land in terms of price, and make the eMac the better choice. Do you already have the KMM combo?
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I am on a super tight budget and need help deciding.... I am planning to work at the apple store as soon as I turn 18.
eMac gives the best speed for the money. My friend has a 1ghz that is significantly faster than my 1ghz iBook. The eMac also is later in its life cycle and has the bugs worked out. Compared to the mini the eMac has a better graphics card, faster hard drive, larger hard drive max, and is less likely to get knocked off a desk. The mini has a tested RAM limit of 1gb but I read on one of these boards that the eMac can accomodate 2gb.
Of course you may just like the look of the mini.
Super tight budget means to me that the iMac is really out of the question.