Desktops and Notebooks: New Macs Pull Hard on the Heart, Harder on the Wallet

 
 
By Joe Wilcox  |  Posted 2009-03-03
 
 
 

New Macs Pull Hard on the Heart, Harder on the Wallet

by Joe WilcoxEditor, Apple Watch

New Macs Pull Hard on the Heart, Harder on the Wallet

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The new iMacs feature a smaller keyboard, without numeric keys. Good thing Apple bundles iLife and not iWork with the new Macs. How will you use Numbers without a numeric keypad?

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People looking for a cheaper 24-inch iMac will pay $1,499—$300 less than the earlier model. But Apple held firm on entry-level pricing. The 20-inch iMac is still $1,199. Sorry, bud, if you've already maxed out the credit card.

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The Mac Pro is now brawnier, packing Intel "Nehalem" Xeon processors. Please, stop drooling. It's disgusting.

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The Quad-Core Mac Pro model, with 3GB of DDR3 (double data rate 3) memory, 512MB Nvidia GeForce GT 120 graphics and a 640GB 7200-rpm hard drive, is $2,499—that's $300 less than its predecessor. Cash and carry from the Apple Store. You supply the forklift.

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Apple's low-cost Mac Mini is boxy and scrawny. For $599, you get 1GB of memory and a puny 120GB hard drive. Say what? Your smartphone is more computer and costs less?

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What would you pay for more USB ports? Apple launched the original Mac Mini in January 2005 with two USB ports on both $499 and $599 configurations. Four years later, there are five USB ports on $599 and $799 models. Don't you just love the price of innovation?

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