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The five iMac flavors

 

Cool! 6 Flavors for the iMac!Original iMac

The new iMacs are going to pick up the pace where the original left off.

This section compares the iMacs available in 1998 - 1999 only.



What you get...

The Original - $1299 US (Original price in 1998)
 Processor and memory
  • 233-MHz PowerPC G3 processor (Rev.A) / 266-MHz PowerPC G3 processor (Rev.B)
  • 512K backside level 2 cache on processor module; 117-MHz dedicated 64-bit backside bus
  • 66-MHz system bus
  • Integrated floating-point unit and 64K on-chip level 1 cache (32K data and 32K instruction)
  • 32MB of SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 128MB
  • 64-bit memory bus
 Storage
  • Internal 4GB IDE hard disk drive
  • Internal 24x-speed (maximum) CD-ROM drive
 Interfaces  Connectivity
  • Two high-speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports (12 Mbps), which support USB devices such as keyboard, mouse, printer, storage devices, and USB hubs

Communications

  • Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet connector (RJ-45)
  • Built-in 56-Kbps modem supports K56flex and V.90 standard (RJ-11)**
  • Infrared technology port (4-Mbps IrDA)
 Media capabilities  Display
  • Multiple-scan, tiltable shadow mask color display: 15-inch (13.8-inch diagonal viewable image size), .28 dot pitch

Video

  • Built-in ATI RAGE IIc accelerated 2D and 3D graphics chip (Rev. A)
  • 2MB of SGRAM video memory; supports up to 6MB via SO-DIMM slot (Rev. A)
  • ATI RAGE PRO accelerated 2D/3D graphics controller (Rev. B)
  • 6MB of SGRAM video memory (Rev. B)

Sound

  • Two built-in stereo speakers with SRS surround sound
  • Built-in microphone
  • Two front headphone jacks
  • Minijacks for 16-bit CD-quality stereo input/output; 44.1-kHz sampling rate
 Keyboard and mouse  Apple USB Keyboard
  • Smaller keyboard with function keys and a keypad
  • Serves as USB hub with two USB ports

Apple USB Mouse

  • Round mouse with one button
 Video Display Modes
 Mode  Refresh rate Maximum on-screen resolution
   2MB SGRAM  6MB SGRAM
  640 by 480  117 Hz  24-bit, millions of colors  24-bit, millions of colors
 800 by 600  95 Hz  24-bit, millions of colors  24-bit, millions of colors
 1,024 by 768  75 Hz  16-bit, thousands of colors  24-bit, millions of colors

The colored iMacs

The first of the new color iMacs - $1199.00 US (Original price in 1999)
 Processor and memory
  • 266-MHz PowerPC G3 processor (Rev.C) / 333-MHz PowerPC G3 processor (Rev.D)
  • 512K backside level 2 cache on processor module; 117-MHz dedicated 64-bit backside bus
  • 66-MHz system bus
  • Integrated floating-point unit and 64K on-chip level 1 cache (32K data and 32K instruction)
  • 32MB of SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 256
  • 64-bit memory bus
 Storage
  • Internal 6GB IDE hard disk drive
  • Internal 24x-speed (maximum) CD-ROM drive
 Interfaces  Connectivity
  • Two high-speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports (12 Mbps), which support USB devices such as keyboard, mouse, printer, storage devices, and USB hubs

Communications

  • Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet connector (RJ-45)
  • Built-in 56-Kbps modem supports K56flex and V.90 standard (RJ-11)**
  • Infrared technology port (4-Mbps IrDA)?? - Nope! Here is a picture.
 Media capabilities  Display
  • 15-inch (13.8-inch viewable) high quality display with 1024x768 resolution

Video

  • ATI RAGE PRO TURBO accelerated 2D/3D graphics controller
  • 6MB of video memory

Sound

  • Two built-in stereo speakers with SRS surround sound
  • Built-in microphone
  • Two front headphone jacks
  • Minijacks for 16-bit CD-quality stereo input/output; 44.1-kHz sampling rate
  Keyboard and mouse  Apple USB Keyboard
  • Smaller keyboard with function keys and a keypad
  • Serves as USB hub with two USB ports

Apple USB Mouse

  • Round mouse with one button
 Video Display Modes
 Mode  Refresh rate Maximum on-screen resolution - 6MB SGRAM
  640 by 480  117 Hz  24-bit, millions of colors
 800 by 600  95 Hz  24-bit, millions of colors
 1,024 by 768  75 Hz  24-bit, millions of colors

Bundled Software

 Original iMac (Rev.A)  Original imac (Rev. B)  New iMac (Rev. C & D)
  • Mac OS 8.1 preinstalled
  • AppleWorks
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Netscape Navigator
  • EarthLink TotalAccess
  • FAXstf
  • Quicken for Macintosh Deluxe 98
  • Kai's Photo Soap SE
  • MDK
  • Nanosaur
  • Williams-Sonoma Guide to Good Cooking
  • Mac OS 8.5 preinstalled
  • AppleWorks
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Netscape Navigator
  • Adobe PageMill 3.0
  • EarthLink TotalAccess
  • FAXstf
  • Quicken for Macintosh Deluxe 98
  • Kai's Photo Soap SE
  • MDK
  • Nanosaur
  • Williams-Sonoma Guide to Good Cooking
  • Mac OS 8.5 preinstalled
  • AppleWorks
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Netscape Navigator
  • Adobe PageMill 3.0
  • EarthLink TotalAccess
  • EdView Internet Safety Kit, Family Edition
  • FAXstf
  • Quicken for Macintosh Deluxe 98
  • Kai's Photo Soap SE
  • World Book Macintosh Edition
  • Nanosaur
  • Williams-Sonoma Guide to Good Cooking


iMac & iMac DViMac DV

iMac, iMac DV, iMac DV Special Edition
$999.00, $1299.00, &$1499.00 US (Original price in 1999)
 Processor and memory
  • 350-MHz (iMac) 400-MHz PowerPC G3 processor (iMac DV models)
  • 512K backside level 2 cache on processor module; 117-MHz dedicated 64-bit backside bus
  • 100-MHz system bus
  • Integrated floating-point unit and 64K on-chip level 1 cache (32K data and 32K instruction)
  • 64MB of SDRAM (128MB of SDRAM DV Special Edition); two SO-DIMM slots support up to 512
  • 64-bit memory bus
 Storage
  • Internal 6, 10, or13GB IDE hard disk drive
  • Internal 24x-speed (maximum) CD-ROM drive (iMac), Internal DV-ROM drive (iMac DV models)
 Interfaces  Connectivity
  • Two high-speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports (12 Mbps), which support USB devices such as keyboard, mouse, printer, storage devices, and USB hubs. On seperate USB busses.
  • Two 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports running at up to 400Mbps (iMac DV models). Each Fire Wire port provides 6 watts of power to support bus-powered devices.

Communications

  • Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet connector (RJ-45)
  • Built-in 56-Kbps modem supports K56flex and V.90 standard (RJ-11)**
  • Airport ready (wireless networking) - runs at up to 11Mbps. 150-foot maximum range.
 Media capabilities  Display
  • 15-inch (13.8-inch viewable) high quality display with 1024x768 resolution

Video

  • ATI RAGE 128 VR accelerated 2D/3D graphics controller
  • 8MB of video memory

Sound

  • Two built-in stereo speakers with SRS surround sound, Subwoofer ($1299 & $1499)
  • Built-in microphone
  • Two front headphone jacks
  • Minijacks for 16-bit CD-quality stereo input/output; 44.1-kHz sampling rate
  Keyboard and mouse  Apple USB Keyboard
  • Smaller keyboard with function keys and a keypad
  • Serves as USB hub with two USB ports

Apple USB Mouse

  • Round mouse with one button
 Video Display Modes
 Mode  Refresh rate Maximum on-screen resolution - 8MB SGRAM
  640 by 480  117 Hz  24-bit, millions of colors
 800 by 600  95 Hz  24-bit, millions of colors
 1,024 by 768  75 Hz  24-bit, millions of colors

Bundled Software

iMac DV
  • Mac OS 8.6 or 9.0 preinstalled
  • AppleWorks
  • iMovie
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Netscape Navigator
  • Adobe PageMill 3.0
  • EarthLink TotalAccess
  • FAXstf
  • Quicken for Macintosh Deluxe 98
  • Palm Computing Desktop
  • Bugdom



The comparison..

Which one to get if you have the chance...

Speed - 400Mhz. I am lucky to have been into computing for the past 15 years. 10 years ago for 33Mhz of additional speed you would of been blazing! Nowadays it is not that critical, going 100mhz is blazing.

Video - The Rage IIc, Rage Pro or Rage Pro Turbo. Get the best card installed - Rage Pro Turbo. If you are going to play games or graphic intensive apps, the newest card will rock you. Get the new iMac DV.

Software - Don't purchase a computer based on the included software. Most people will not use every app that came with the computer. If there is something you need in there, consider it a bonus.

Memory - All iMacs can go up to at least 256MB of RAM. If you need 512MB get a DV model. A draw here.

Storage - You can always add more. A draw here.

Color - Bondi or (Blueberry, Tangerine, Grape, Strawberry, Lime or Graphite) If you like the Bondi best get it, if not pick a new color. Remember, you have to look at it. 



A bit more...

Well if you have not purchased one yet, get one of the new iMac DV. The better graphics, faster processor and more hard drive storage makes this a bit better then the original. (The iMac 512's opinion)

Some of you think I am a bit unhappy with the new iMacs, nope. The concept of the iMac is an affordable, powerful computer.

CPU - I was hoping that Apple would expand the minimum CPU to a 400Mhz chip. I understand the reasoning behind the 350Mhz with the 100Mhz bus. I still would like a CPU expansion option. This move is ok.

Expanadability - The 400Mhz models is a worthy successor to the current iMac line. They are much faster with more capability. The addition of FireWire and two USB buses is going to keep the iMac expansion happy! The built-in DVD-ROM is a good move, this will let you watch and capture movies. I hope the software industry starts to make software available on DVD instead of CD-ROM. This move is Great!

RAM - The bump is RAM is where the iMac should of had. 128MB in the SE version is good. This move is Great!

ATI RAGE 128 VR 2D/3D graphics accelerator - The iMac with the G3/G4 graphics card (minus 8MB). This card will help games fly buy! This move is Great!

iMovie - This will help people create video events in time. This move is Great!

Price - I think the price of the low end iMac is ok. The price of the regular iMac increased back to the original iMac price from 8/15/98. The high end iMac needs a higher price for what you get.

Overall - The new iMacs will hit their mark. I was a bit skeptical about the rumors of Apple using the 13.3" LCD panel for the monitor, this move would of crippled the iMac. It would of made the screen look smaller then it really was. The illusion of comparable PCs having the larger monitor would of driven off consumers. I would of liked the 17", however 15" is still a good choice.

As one of the early iMac supporters, I am in the position where I can fairly made a judgement on the new iMacs. If you have not used the iMac to it's fullest, how can you accurately make a judgement where it falls short? I wish other iMac reveiwers were this informed. I supported the iMac from its inception, I am proud about this!

I know the new iMacs are cool! I need more expansion capability in my next Macintosh, the Power Mac G4 supercomputer is what I need. My trusty iMac has been with my since this past year. Doing its part, if my needs did not change I would get a new iMac!



The bottom line

Unless you need the extra oomph or expansion of the Power Macintosh G4, an iMac DV is a great choice.


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