Cheap way to dip your toe into the Mac world...

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Hi there. I've noticed that a few warriors have been having security, reliability and/or virus problems with their PCs. I had exactly the same experiences when I was a PC owner, and it was these frustrating episodes that finally made me switch to using Apple Macs.

However, I realise from experience that switching computer systems is much more easily said than done. Apart from investing money into a machine, an operating system, software applications and peripherals, people invest a heck of a lot of time and effort in learning how to use those assets until they become proficient. Switching to another system cannot be taken lightly.

But if there was a cheap way to try an alternative, one that could be tested in addition to your existing machine, might it be worth giving it a test drive?

I was chatting online to another Mac user the other day, when he pointed out that there is one model of Macintosh that offers a lot of machine for the money. It's called the eMac and on eBay, these machines can sell for between $50 and $100. eMacs are all-in-one machines (everything's in the same case apart from the keyboard and the mouse) and resemble a pumped-up version of the small, colourful iMacs that came out in 1997.



The downside to the eMac is that its 17" CRT monitor makes it a heavy machine - about 56 pounds in weight - and its cooling fan isn't the quietest that you'll hear. But it will still run a recent version of Mac OS X, can take up to 1GB of memory (the later models will unofficially take 2GB) and if you don't like the idea of staring at a CRT screen, you can plug a cheap 1024x768 LCD screen into it. The eMac has a G4 processor which is more than enough for most of the day-to-day tasks that people undertake with their computers and can run the free Office-like suite "OpenOffice" or its Mac-specific cousin "NeoOffice".

So there you go. If you want to try an alternative to a PC without spending hundreds of dollars, check out the eMacs on eBay.

P.S. I'm not trying to start a PC vs. Mac flame war here. I just thought that if PC-using warriors are as tired of Windows as I was 5 years ago, then they might be interested in trying a cheap alternative.
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  • Profile picture of the author Star69
    Oh you smug Mac people just rubbing it in... :rolleyes:

    Thanks for letting us know. I'm going to see what's on eBay right now!
  • Profile picture of the author jdjenkins
    Nice idea; and I don't mind CRTs - I'm currently using a 20" display as a second screen for my laptop. I've made my Sony laptop dual boot for Linux and Windows, and found I can do most things on Linux; I still need to test a few more bits of software, like SEO Elite and that kind of thing.
    One thing that's speeded up the XP boot-up is uninstalling Office - the free version is just fine for my needs. Back to the subject though - I like the user-friendliness of the Macs I've seen (there's a couple I have to use at work sometimes), so it's good o hear about this cheap way to try it at home,

    best wishes,

    Jon.

    Originally Posted by John Henderson View Post

    Hi there. I've noticed that a few warriors have been having security, reliability and/or virus problems with their PCs. I had exactly the same experiences when I was a PC owner, and it was these frustrating episodes that finally made me switch to using Apple Macs.

    ....

    So there you go. If you want to try an alternative to a PC without spending hundreds of dollars, check out the eMacs on eBay.

    P.S. I'm not trying to start a PC vs. Mac flame war here. I just thought that if PC-using warriors are as tired of Windows as I was 5 years ago, then they might be interested in trying a cheap alternative.
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    I love the imac 24" Intel and mac proc, dual boot o.s., big shiny display


    makes me tingle in my stinky spots.
  • Profile picture of the author Kelpsi Media
    Mac rocks but just too over the hedge for normal guys.

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