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By Nick dePlume  |  Posted 2002-07-19 Print this article Print

: Users Perspective"> The Users Perspective eWEEK took to the show floor and spoke with Macworld visitors at Apples booth, to see how the new consumer lineup is affecting purchasing decisions.
"Its a bit difficult to say," said Tiran Behrouz, a programmer from North Vancouver, acknowledging that some product lines have blurred. While he owns a Power Mac G4 Cube—one of Apples first endeavors outside of the four-product matrix—he is eyeing the new 17-inch iMac. "Its really more powerful," he said, and he feels that additions like the GeForce 4 graphics processor make it worth the heftier price tag. Behrouz also pointed out that the iMac has the advantage of the DVD-burning SuperDrive.
Lucian Reynolds, an Apple campus representative at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., says that while the iMac is a consumer machine, it includes professional features such as the G4 chip, larger screen, and SuperDrive. "We have computers that are migrating into the pro category," he said, which he sees as being good for people who are "just getting their feet in the market but dont want to shell out the extra money." Reynolds also feels that the eMac is fulfilling its role as the computer fo institutional sales in education. "Its a good lab computer," he said, and added that it runs Mac OS X well. For individual sales on campus, however, Apple sold few eMacs. "The bulk of our sales is iMac," Reynolds said, and he feels that Apple can make further inroads with its current lineup. "They want higher education back," he said. "These are bread-and-butter Apple markets." The iMacs pro-level features arent its only attraction. "I like the style," said Carl Houghton III, an engineering consultant from Rome, N.Y. Houghton believes that the iMacs display, as well as its footprint, are key selling points. Still, he finds the eMac the best model for education. "I think targeting schools is a good idea," Houghton said. "I dont think [the iMac] is rugged enough." Nick dePlume is the Editor in Chief of Think Secret. Related Stories:
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