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What are the "pros and cons" of the eMac models? Is one right for my needs?
Please note that Apple stopped selling the eMac on September 6, 2006.
Like any other purchase, only you can make the decision whether or not the eMac is the right Mac for you, but you can evaluate the pros and cons of the model to see if your needs are met. This summary may be helpful in making a decision:
If you are looking for an inexpensive all-in-one desktop Mac, MacOS 9/"Classic" support is important, and expansion is not, then the eMac would be a good choice. The iMac G4 and G5 models also would be well worth considering.
If performance, expansion, and MacOS 9/"Classic" support -- as well as price -- is important then a Power Macintosh G4 might be a better choice. If MacOS 9/"Classic" support is not relevant, but the eMac otherwise meets your needs, you might also consider an Intel-based iMac.
Site sponsor PowerMax sells the eMac as well as a wide selection of new and used Macs free of sales tax. Site sponsor Operator Headgap Systems specializes in heavily upgraded systems with an eye on backwards and future compatibility.
Apple's industrial design for the last several years has been performed entirely in-house by Apple's Industrial Design Group, led by Jonathan Ive.
There are any number of places to purchase a used Mac. Site sponsor PowerMax offers a large selection of refurbished and used systems, including the eMac free of sales tax. Site sponsor Operator Headgap Systems specializes in souped-up used systems that are capable of running both the latest MacOS X applications and older MacOS 9 applications.
For the default configurations of every eMac, as well as details on a variety of upgrade options available at the time of purchase, please refer to the specs page for the model of interest.