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Apple ups eMac spec, cuts prices

Base model now only £549

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Apple updated its CRT-based all-in-one desktop, the eMac, yesterday, bumping up the machine's specs. and knocking up to £150 and $100 off the price while it was at it.

Every eMac sports a 17in, 1280 x 960 display, a 1.25GHz G4-class Power PC processor with 512KB of on-die L2 cache, 256MB of 333MHz DDR SDRAM, up from a 1GHz and 128MB of 266MHz DDR, respectively. The memory upgrade comes courtesy of a frontside bus speed boost, from 133MHz to 167MHz.

Both high- and low-end models include a 32MB ATI Radeon 9200 graphics card (up from a Radeon 7500), three USB 2.0 ports (the previous versions had USB 1.1) and two 400MBps Firewire ports. They continue to offer built-in Ethernet and a 56Kbps modem.

The low-end machine still contains a 40GB ATA-100 hard drive and combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical unit, but the price is now £549 including VAT, down from £649. In the US, the price remains unchanged, at $799.

The high-end model still features Apple's DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive - this time in a 8x rather than 4x model - and 80GB ATA-100 hard drive, for the reduced price of £699 here and $999 in the US, representing £150 and $100 cuts, respectively.

None of the machines offer integrated Wi-Fi, but this can be added as a build-to-order option, along with up to 1GB of memory, and 80GB and 160GB hard drives. An internal Bluetooth module is also available.

Education buyers can also select an eMac without an optical drive, but Apple did not provide pricing for that version. ®

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