Monday, 28 January 2002 : "new powermacs"Oh, and finally Apple released its new professional desktops, with a high-end option of a dual-1 GHz PowerPC G4, 1.5GB of RAM, a DVD/CD burner and two 80GB drives for $3650 (which also gets you $500 off their 22" LCD screen, so you could spend as much as $5650 for the complete system). Apple should have released these the day after the new iMac to begin to justify the hype they spouted, but it's only been three weeks, so hey, close enough. The 'low' end has come down in price to $1600, which is not bad for what you get.
I think it was Bill Machrone of PC Week who often said "The machine you want always costs $5000." I think we've reached the point where that's just not true; I might drool conceptually over a dual-1GHz machine, but there's no way that I can make a case that I would ever use that level of power, RAM or storage (let alone that I would use it to its full capabilities every day). As it is, my single-400MHz G4 machine spends way more time waiting for me than I for it.
I think $5,000 now gets you a dream machine, not just a really good workstation.
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