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What to look for in a Mac

Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 15, 1999


Making a case for the Mac
Which is better, Windows-based PCs or Apple Computer's Macintosh? That depends on you -- and your needs.
iMac:
$999 to $1,499. Standard features include: 350 or 400MHz G3 processor with 512K L2 cache, 64 MB or 128 MB of RAM, 6-, 8- or 13-gigabyte hard disk, 24X CD-ROM or 4X/24X DVD-ROM, 15-inch built-in color monitor, ATI Rage 128 graphics accelerator, built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone, two USB ports, two FireWire ports (only on iMac DV models), built-in 56K modem, built-in Ethernet support.

iBook
The new iBook gets high marks from reviewers.
[Photo courtesy of Apple Computer]
iBook: $1,599. Standard features include: 300MHz G3 processor with 512K L2 cache, 32 MB RAM, 3.2-gigabyte hard disk, 24X CD-ROM, ATI Rage Mobility graphics accelerator, 12.1-inch SVGA TFT active-matrix color display, one speaker, stereo output, USB port, 56K modem, built-in Ethernet support.

PowerMac G4: $1,599-$3,499. Standard features include: 400, 450 or 500MHz G4 with 1 MB L2 cache, 64-128 MB of RAM, Rage 128 graphics accelerator, 10- to 27-gigabyte hard disk, 32X CD-ROM, 6X/32X DVD-ROM or 1X/20X DVD-RAM, 100-MB Zip drive (450 or 500MHz models only), two or three FireWire ports, two USB ports, built-in 56K modem, built-in Ethernet support.

PowerBook G3: $2,499-$3,999. Standard features include: 333 or 400MHz G3 with 512K or 1 MB L2 cache, 64 MB or 128 MB RAM, 14.1-inch TFT XGA active-matrix color display, ATI Rage LT Pro graphics accelerator, 4-, 6- or 10-gigabyte hard disk, 24X CD-ROM or 2X/20X DVD-ROM, two USB ports, SCSI port, built-in 56K modem, built-in Ethernet support, infrared port, S-video and VGA out.

-- SOURCE: Apple Computer Inc.

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