I've been thinking about an eMac for weeks now that the prices are pretty good but I don't know if I should get one. If anyone has one, please let me know what you think of it. Likes/Dislikes, any regrets? Thanks!
I have a 1 GHz Combo eMac. I love my machine. No monitor problems. I have it set at 1152 x 864 @ 80 Hz which is fine on my eyes.
I bought this machine because it was just too much of a good deal. I believe the new prices make the eMacs even better deal.
Plus they come with Panther so that can save you money too if you were planning to upgrade.
I live downtown so I can barely hear the fan. The sound is quite powerful. Let's see... What else... No regrets really. I bought an iPod and an iSight with the money I saved so that makes me even happier.
I think eMacs look great too, especially the back end. It reminds me of some cool plane engine. I also do a bit of graphic design on it so the CRT is actually better for colour correction.
That's all I can think of right now. If you have any questions, just ask away.
I can get one at a local dealer for only $925.00 *brand new* plus tax....not bad huh? I'm a graphic designer so it is important that the monitor is quite decent. Anyone using Illustrator or Photoshop on it?
I use Illustrator 10 and Photoshop 7. Both work fine. Mind you, I don't work with files bigger than 100 MB.
Actually, I have those two and InDesign open at all times and work back and forth. There was an article (test) in Macworld or MacAddict comparing the 1 GHz eMac and the 1 GHz 17" iMac and the eMac beat the iMac in all the tests. They couldn't figure out why though as the iMac specs were better all around.
If you are a graphic designer, then you should get a CRT. Your graphic designer friends will make fun of you otherwise.
I used to have it at 1280 x 960 but since Panther and Expose, I changed to 1152 x 864 to get bigger graphics when surfing the net when I am not doing design work. Also, Illustrator and Photoshop palettes aren't that much and they collapse easily as well. When working with iMovie, I bump it back up to 1280. That's the beauty of CRT as well. No native resolution so pixels don't look fuzzy when I down grade a bit.
No monitor problems. Fast, reliable...everything you need in an all-in-one...minus the cash you have to fork over for a flat panel iMac. The eMac monitor is far superior anyways...although not as sexy.
I too own an eMac (1 GHz) and love it. I got used to the fan noise real quick as I always play music when I am using it, it has awsome sound with external speakers . The monitor is better quality than my daughter's iMac and it has been trouble free for the 4 months I have owned it.
I recommend eMacs as a good value for the money
My stepmom is loving her new emac 1 GHZ. She is really happy to have made the switch, as well as she loves how fast the unit is. she is also enjoying what a rock solid OS feels like and she loves that too! If I didn't have a G4 I would buy an emac for myself, so in my opinion Mkurtes buy it without a regret because you won't have any. Cheers, Mark
$925 is a good price. Is that the discontinued combo version or the updated 40 gig version?..One thing I have seen mentioned on a couple of sites is that the new version with panther ony has a 5200rpm speed hardrive and not a 7200rpm hardrive.
My wife has the 1GHz SuperDrive version and it's a great little machine. Sure you can't upgrade it, but if she needs an upgrade we'll just sell it and buy a new one. Of course, that shouldn't be for at least 3 years.
The machine does everything she wants: internet, e-mail, games, office, iPhoto, and iTunes (not necessarily in that order). She's had no problems with it, other than a bit of interference causing some moire patterns. Read about it, here.
It's amazing how much faster the machine feels than my G3 iBook 700. :-(
Vapour... I trust you're carting that puppy back to your local Apple Service Centre...
As detailed in another thread awhile ago, our centre picked up two 1-ghz eMac SuperDrive models. One arrived DOA (the other has been fine from day 1). The replacement they sent developed the weirdest problem I've ever seen on a Mac - fuzzy / disintegrating text, a problem that even survived an erase-and-reinstall of the OS! The problem, so they said, was a bad Hard Drive (I don't see the connection, but since they replaced the HD, it's been fine).
Otherwise, the performance is fine, the fan doesn't bother me at all, and I like the design. Well worth it to spend the additional $92 for the tilt-and-swivel stand, though. Just max out the RAM and enjoy that big screen... sweet!
I bought mine a month ago at Future Shop ($550 Tax in - Open Box Demo)
Standard Config was....
OS X 10.2.4
ATI Radeon 32MB
1GB RAM (Added 2x512MB - Removed 128MB)
160GB (Added Seagate 7200RPM, Removed Maxtor 40GB)
Superdrive (Added Pioneer A106 - Removed CD-ROM)
OS X 10.3.1 (MacOS Up-to-date $30.00)
ATI Radeon 32MB
Video Out cable (w/Bootrom Hack to support Video Spanning)
17" NEC 1760NX LCD Monitor as a second Monitor.
Now its a super eMac, and (Not including the second monitor) Cost me a grand total of $1170
All in all, the eMac is an Excellent Mac, and I would recommend one highly.
We have two of them here. I bought my wife one last year, superdrive and all so I could start cutting DVD's of our favouite iMovies. We paid $2000 for that one. Just a few weeks ago, I blew my "Mac Purchase FUnd" on a clear out 1 gig model with DVD-CDR, 1049 at Futureshop. The nice thing was I thought I was at least 6 months away from a new computer. I bought this machine and had a little money left for extra memory etc. As for the machine itself, I couldn't be happier. My favourite Mac will always be my original 400 megahertz iMac DV. It was cuddly. If you put your hand on it when it was having problems it always settled right down. But given that it got old and I sold it,( I shouldn't have because I still miss it), but I digress, this is second best. The lack of expandability is good for me, because when a computer starts to get old, like my 6100, I will spend every last dime I have buying every third party gadget that might extend the life for a few more months. I paid $2600 for my 6100 and it cost me a least that much again by the time I gave it to my brother-in-law. More memory G3 card, AV card, clock booster. Every friggin slot in the machine was maxed out with something in it. Better to just buy a new machine. And at $1000 this emac didn't cost me what the processer card and memory cost me on my 6100.