PC Mag: eMac is worst desktop of the year

In his "Worst products of the year" list, Jim Louderback of PC Magazine calls Apple's eMac the worst desktop PC of 2004. "Apple, the entry-level eMac really does represent Think Different. That's because for a company that prides itself on quality, this computer is different. As in bad. On the plus side, it's stylish. On the downside, it's slow, underpowered, and pathetic. The 40GB hard drive will fill up quickly, the lack of a DVD burner makes offloading files impossible, and the Radeon 9200 graphics card won't even run this fall's hot Mac games. And at around $800, this eMac ain't cheap. If you're considering a home Apple, think different. Buy a Dell. Or be prepared to spend a lot more for an acceptable Apple computer."
Source: MacMinute

It is possible to offload files, its this thing called a CD-RW. They come standard. You must not have done your research if you think $800 for a Mac is not cheap.

PC Magazine usually does a great job at saying glowing things about Apple computers and products, especially in the last few years. So when PC Mag blasts an Apple computer, it seems odd. But they are, after all, a PC magazine.

I take issue with Jim's opinion though. He seems to forget that the eMac was originally created, and priced, for the education market. It was only after months of hearing cries from the public that Apple made the eMac available to everyone.

And at $800 ($750 for education), that is a steal for a Mac! Those things are not slow at all, we have a dozen of them in Student Publications. It would have been great to get the 1.25 Ghz model, but we got the first generation educational-only eMac. They still work very well for us today, and the price was unbelievable!

Gaming on the Mac? Come one people, when will you learn. Gaming on the Mac just does not happen. But besides that, I am sure that you can run "this fall's hot Mac games" if you didn't max out the graphics and lighting options. Games like World of Warcraft, however, I doubt they will run on an eMac.

40 GB of HD space is more then enough for the average user. PC desktops always put 100 or 120 GB HD's in them for absolutely no reason at all, except for the moron shoppers who only look at numbers and never look at anything else. Even with all the software I have installed on my G5 at home, I am not over 40 GB with all the software and documents. You only need more then 40 GB if you are going to download music or movies, or do video editing. Just pay the $150 and triple your hard drive capacity and shut up about it. There, 160 is a bigger number then 120, are you happy now?

Just like the hard drive, you can add a DVD-RW to the eMac too, that will have to go the next model higher though, which comes with an 80 GB hard drive anyways.

Maybe you should look at the $750 Dell, it comes with a 40 GB HD, an Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelator 900 (yea that is a lot better then a Radeon 9200), and look, it doesn't even have a CD-RW, much less a DVD-RW. The Dell does give you a free upgrade to 512 MB of RAM, but you are gonna have to pay for a CD-RW ($129.00 if you had to know), and you might want to consider getting a graphics card that is not soldered onto the motherboard, add $80 for that (this PCI Express card is better then what Apple offers in their eMac though).

You can do the math and tell me which one costs more. And lets not forget how much fun it is to run Windows.

What about bundled software? What do you get with a Dell? You get iLife with a new Mac, not to mention Art Directors Toolkit, Graphic Converter, OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, and you get demos of FileMaker Pro and MS Office.

You are going to pay a premium for an Apple computer, plain and simple. You will, however, have a premium experience with Mac OS X, and high quality components. But that is the great thing about an eMac, you get a great price and a premium Apple computer.

People tend to forget what a consumer product is. Apple has a three-pronged lineup. You have the eMac (consumer), then the iMac (prosumer) and then the PowerMac (pro). The eMac is a consumer product, and should not be looked at as much more.

I myself have recommended the eMac many times to people who do not want to spend the money on an iMac G5. The eMac is a great computer for the price.

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Comments (6)

MB:

I agree, Ken. I have an eMac at home, and it's perfect for everything I need to do: it's fast, stable, and affordable, and 40G is way more space than I need. Apple hit the nail on the head, in my opinion.

GrowUp:

What's wrong Mac boy.

Can't take someone criticizing a Mac?

Big crybaby!

Kinte:

Ofcourse he can take critisism, but shouldn't it be correct?

I take criticism all the time, it is in my contract as a Mac user. You might have to read the fine print.

Get a life:

You are stupid, emac is a great computer, if your going to cry about it, then don't get one asshole!

draco:

Jim Louderback doesn't know what he is talking about.

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