At a Glance
- Good features for education market
- Impressive performance
- Attractive price
- Big improvement over eMac in most areas
- No SuperDrive option
- No included word processing, spreadsheet, or page layout software
- RAM upgrades require matched pairs
This Intel-powered iMac replaces the PowerPC-based eMac as Apple’s educational offering. Apart from a smaller hard drive capacity and a built-in Combo drive instead of a SuperDrive, this 17-inch model differs from the other 17-inch 1.83GHz iMac by sporting integrated graphics and not featuring a built-in Bluetooth module. Build-to-order options include a 160GB hard drive instead of the standard 80GB drive, an external USB modem, memory up to 2GB, and the pre-installed iWork ’06 suite.
Apple has a good chance of regaining some of its former glory with school systems with this powerful yet low-cost all-in-one computer that can facilitate cross-platform operation. For the most part, the features that Apple removed from the standard iMac to make this one more affordable are good choices given the target market. However, the lack of included software for word processing, page layout, and spreadsheets may turn off some potential customers.