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      04.08.2005 19:22
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      Despite its looks, this not so user friendly computer isn't worth the effort for families.

      There is little doubt that this computer is compatible to numerous workplaces, and inside it is spacious enough to hold many different components that could be added to adapt and mould this computer to your preference. The inside is also incredibly simple to get to, all you do is unclick the side and wire up your desired components, no fiddly screwing is required. This makes this model perfect for those computer buffs who would like to custom design the computer to their own needs.

      However, for the more conventional home use this computer does not live up to it's potential. It lacks USB ports, there are only two, and so for family use this could pose a problem as the keyboard takes one up, and so only one is left free. Also, you will need to buy outboard speakers because the tiny one at the front is appalling if you really want to appreciate your music.

      If you have itchy feet and like to move house or move things around, this is maybe not the computer for you. Its funky and hi-tech handles are cool up until the point where you use them, and they hurt your hands quite a bit. This computer is no light-weight, either, and you will require at least two strong men to manage a flight of stairs.

      That said, one must admit that it does look cool. Its transparent handles and shiny translucent panels will certainly boost your office space's looks. Every edge is streamlined, and has obviously taken the men at apple quite a while to fine tune.

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        21.02.2003 21:25
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        I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of these "Switch" adverts, every man and his dog "I hate my PC so I got a mac". So I thought – right get me a Mac and get me some testing time. I organised with Apple to review the new Dual G4 (1ghz model with 250mg Ram), and thought great now to really test these things. First thing I noticed when I went to get the box from the distributor was how darn heavy it was. Has to be one of the heaviest computers I’ve lifted in a LONG time. Later when I cracked the case open I discovered why, half the worlds aluminium was wrapped around the CPUs, and fans – wow I’ve never seen so many fans in one machine. Anyway … I digress. I got the box home and carefully cut the sealing tape, to find the usual see through keyboard and mouse looking up at me. Gotta love the way Apple present their computers, tells you straight away they care. So I lifted out these plastic wrapped items, and set them aside, digging deeper for the main box. After a struggle to get it out of the box – did I mention how heavy this thing was? – I gently placed it on my desk, hunted out the cables and plugged it in. I stood back admiring the gray casing , the shiny stainless steel faceplates around the drive bays, the big apple on the side. The four holes on the front – I wonder if my fingers fit in there .. oh yeah they do – what the? Four holes …. In the front? Err oh okay this must be some really cool bass woofer – nope, solid steal behind there. I’m told these holes are for looks – oh and to let more air into the machine – think jet engine intakes. So enough delay – I hit the familiar power button, BOOM, ahh yes this IS an Apple I thought as that deep rich sound echoed through my stereo speakers – left on way too loud. Hang on, that’s strange I thought, the welcoming sound has died away.
        What is that noise. Here I must insert a disclaimer – I’m sitting in a office full of Macs as I write this – 20+ G3 machines, and hardly a sound. This ONE G4 drowned out the TV in the room next door, and everything else around me. My thought about jet engine intakes on the front was true – this thing is a small jet! By now my PC monitor had flickered to life – the optional converter cable allowing me to drive my 17" LG monitor no worries. And I waited, oh there we are nice welcoming screen not unlike Windows XP wanting to know all about you before letting you into the system. Hmm not blazingly fast I thought, certainly no faster that the 800mhz G4 I use at home, but that’s okay it’s booting up for the first time. I quickly found my way around OSX to set up my network so I could dial up the net, and it quickly identified the built in 56k modem. Most things worked as well as could be expected. So I tried to do some things that you might expect to do. I went to install Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX and other MX Studio apps. I flipped in the CD, which launched to life, almost as noisy as the small jet inside the computer. Grr this was getting to me already. I left it installing and went to get a coffee. I came back as MX Studio was finishing. Again – not as fast as I thought it should be. I thought what else can I put on here – oh I know I’ve a Mac review copy of Swift 3D v3 to try. I flip the CD in. Hitting the installer icon, I’m greeted by a very friendly message informing me in the nicest way that I’ll need OS 9 to run this and that the operating system can’t find it. No worries I used to be a Mac and Compaq technician, who’s been using computers for years – I can install an operating system. Switchita, switicha, switcha – I flip through the CDs. OS X install, Mac recovery, Developers Tools, and other nick nacks. Hmm Switc
        hita, switicha, switcha, did I miss it? Surely it’s here. I hunted for about 25 mins through the CD’s and the manual, and the help – maybe I’m blind but I couldn’t find anything. I’ve since been told that on the restore disc there is a copy – but it requires a clean restore or some fancy disk mounting to get to it. Way too much trouble for me – and I consider myself a power user. I opened Flash – now here I have to say this machine performed beautifully, menus opened lightning quick, commands responded at the touch of a button – not like under OS9 on a G3. BUT a simple square rotating around 360 degrees, duplicated 5 times with different alpha settings sent the Flash player in to dramatic slow down. My PC in comparison (single cpu 1.7gig P4 with 500meg ram) flew through 25 duplicates before it hit the same slow speed. Photoshop 7, runs really well on this machine, although some items such as clouds rendering and lighting effects did tend to drag it’s feet a little. Now a little thing here before you all go nuts at me. My work mate has a Dual cpu G4 on his desk at work and a single cpu G4 at home – the home one has more memory, twice as much he tells me these machines NEED memory to make a huge difference, not the CPU speed. SO our thoughts – if you can buy one of these G4’s LOAD it up with ram. The one thing that continues to baffle me is the use of the single button mouse with these systems. Photoshop, Flash and MANY other applications are so much easier to use with a dual button mouse, this machine handles it too no worries at all. I grabbed my Microsoft Wireless Explorer mouse, plugged the receiver into the USB port and that was it – working no worries at all, in fact I’d almost go as far as to say it ran better under OSX than it did under XP. The whole review experience picked up from here and the use of the machine was made H
        EAPS easier with that RIGHT click. Well after a few days of testing and using I have to say I’m bitterly disappointed. The machine crashed more times in the 4 days I had it than my Windows XP unit has in the last month. When it did crash I had multiple copies of FINDER running for some reason, and killing or restarting them often spawned another instance of it. Reading reviews all over the net of these machines suggests that the Dual G4 and OSX just don’t sit well together. I say I’m disappointed because believe it or not I do like Apple machines, and I can’t wait till I own another one, but sadly my test of this machine – well just doesn’t do it for me. BUT I’m working experience of OSX on a Single CPU G4 is a completely different story. As for all the technical stuff, the usual things are here, 56k modem, ethernet, firewire (2 ports), USB (4 ports), PCI expansion (four full-length 64-bit, 33MHz PCI slots with 215MB per second throughput). The machine comes with 2 Apple monitor connection plugs, and an adaptor for standard VGA monitor plugs. This allows dual screen support directly out of the box – very cool. It has new cache and other memory/bus managements systems from Apples huge Xserve – which apparently give better stability. Over all I have to say it was a nice machine, but for me it was too noisy (considering Apples are well known for their silence), and just not stable enough yet. I guess after reading this Apple won’t let me review the Ti-Book or other machines as they come out … oh well I was only being honest.

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          08.07.2001 00:49

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          Since the release of the G4/Imac. Mac have slowly deteriorated - Advantages: Good design, Firewire - Disadvantages: Only 3 card slots, No floppy disk, Mac OS 9

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          23.05.2001 20:59

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          This is most beautiful computer that I have ever used. Its processor speed is 2.5 times as fast as its pentium rival.Its the only conmputer to come as standard with firewire. It has a 20Gb hard drive which isn't the biggest that you can get but its fine for most people. it comes with a zip drive which is very useful as virtually everybody who has a computer has one. As this is a revolutionary computer it does;nt have serial connections or scsi. Instead it has USB which is about 10 times as fast as serial and firewire which is also several times faster than standard scsi. Its is the best looking computer that I have ever seen.It is extremely easy to open because all you have to do is pull a catch and the whole thing open out like when you open up a desk. You can do this even when its turned on!

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          10.03.2001 20:42
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          The G4 is, in my opinion, the best computer available today. It is by no means perfect, but no computer is I will outline the good and bad points: The G4 has many advantages. It looks interesting without being garish, mainly thanks to the colour scheme. It can be fully customised when you order it and you can add many useful peripherals. It has plenty of card slots, and is built to last - I dropped mine by accident from four feet in the air and it came off none the worse for wear. The case is simplicity itself to open up and access the insides. It also runs what is from my perspective the most feature-filled, easy to use and downright sexy operating system available: the Mac OS. There are a few problems. While it can store plenty of 3.5 inch hard drives inside it there are NO spare 5.25 inch CD-ROM size bays, a major proble if you want to buy a CD burner later (although a combined DVD/CD writer is available built in). The software available for Mac has improved greatly over the last few years but it still lags behind the PC in sheer range of choice, particularly in home-user software like games and simple web builders. However, the G4 comes wholeheartedly recommended by me for anybody who does not demand all the latest games. It does not come cheap, but the price is definitely worth it. I have included a middle-of-the-range price below, although there is a range. They range from £1400 to £3000, see www.apple.com for more

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            31.01.2001 16:32
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            When you buy an Apple Macintosh, you are buying more than "a computer and after sales service". I have been using Apple Macs for more than 10 years now and will always chose a Mac over a windows machine, although i am not averse to the idea of buying and using a Windows-Based machine. In fact in my office, i use a range of Apple Mac's, Windows-Based PC's and Linux-Based x86's (Apologies for the tech speak!!!) At the end of the day, when a client asks me what is the best computer to buy, i won't simply tell them out straight that they should buy Apple Mac, but i will tell them in the context of what they will be using the computer for, what the best operating machine is for them. In writing this opion on the newly released Apple "Power Macintosh Gigabit G4" (The Actual Model Name) I will attempt to highlight most of the differences between this model and other Windows-based PC's, and why to my mind it is a better buy for the average user. As of January 2000, Steve Job's, Apple Co-Founder and current CEO, announced at Macworld San Francisco, the release of Apple's an upgrade desktop computer range. This included four models: 1. G4 466mhz Model 2. G4 533mhz Model (Multi-Processor) 3. G4 667mhz Model 4. G4 733mhx Model The Mhz Speed Gap. ------------------ Chances are that you will say: "Look why should i buy a 733mhz model, as top of the range, when i can buy a bottom of the range windows-based PC with 1.2ghz". Well, the answer is simple. Windows processor chips are made usually by Intel or AMD, Apple processor chips are made by Motorola. This means that the methods used in making and the make up of the chip are completely different. Therefore, by the same token, you can't compare the Intel Chip with the Motorola chip, because neither are the same - They arent made by the same company. Therefore, the Mhz Speed rating
            from chip company to chip company will differ. A 500mhz motorola PowerPC chip might easily run faster than a 500Mhz Intel Pentium III chip. In essence, what i am saying is that comparing Mhz to Mhz is a waste of time. So in terms of speed the Apple Computers, as on stage tests at Macworld showed, can be faster at lower Mhz than the intel based machines with higher Mhz. Into the bargain, these computers have more than ample processing power to do wordprocessing, so whats in a mhz or ghz anyway. The On-Board Performance. ------------------------- Apple recently upgraded its motherboard. This is the chip board that holds and connects all the elements within your computer together. Without going into specific details and making direct comparisons - to save you from being here all night - the performance of the Apple Mac has been enhanced massively by this, so that in comparing the Apple Mac G4 with the Apple Mac G3, even there there is a massive speed differential. The Little Extras. ------------------ Recent configurations have includebetween 128mb and 256mb of RAM, whilst the amount of Hard Drive space ranges from 30GB to 60GB (on an ATA BUS). Included with your Mac, unlike any PC's, is a Gigabit Network Card. Apple, has for years been shipping its computers with network cards. This is now only catching on in the windows-based PC industry, as a network card is essential for both networking and high speed internet access (ADSL, Cable etc.). But still the fact is they dont install network cards capable of running as fast as those provided with your Mac. Apple also includes a built-in 56k modem for those of us who havent bridged the speed gap yet. All G4 macs now comes with CDRW drive, which means you have an in-built cd making/copying machine. However, more impressively is the top of the range G4 that comes with what Apple dub the SUPERDRIVE. This is not only a CDRW, but
            it a lso have the ability of a DVD-R. This means that youi can write DVD discs that will pla on your home entertainment system. Hardware like this used to cost upto £5,000.00. But now you get it thrown in with your Mac G4. AMAZING!!!! Expansion-Wise. --------------- The Apple Mac offers a wide range of expandability, internally and externally. Internal there are three hard drive slots, one front loading bay for additional cd drive or whatever. It includes space for 1.5GB of RAM which is better than most PC's, it also includes 1 AGP slot for graphics card and 5 PCI slots for whatever takes your fancy, inline with all other PC vendors. Externally it includes, Firewire and USB connectors (2 each), which is great for external drives and digital equipment such as camcorders. SONY now provide onboard connection methods with all their professional and consumer level digital camcorders. For those of you wishing to incorporate wireless networking for network/internet access all around your house with ease, then there is expansion capability for AIRPORT, apple answer to wireless networking, which is very simple and easy to setup. The built-in speaker isn't great, so for those of us who love good quality sound you can buy some superb looking speakers, with Karmon Harmon speaker technology, which add the extra pizzazz to your study/den. Overall Impressions. -------------------- It is true that overall the professional models are more expensive than general windows-based PC's, but then you are getting more for your money than in most general PC's. True you have to buy a new monitor, but for those of use upgrading i would rather keep my Formac Pro Nitron 21" monitor than to get some lump of chunk i will throw away in an instant. That is a monitor which i will take from computer to computer as I upgrade. So at the end of the day, Apple is doing me a favour. Apple isn
            t a platfo rm for serious gamers, true, but things are changing, and chances are if you were a real gamer, you wouldnt simply buy a computer off the shelf but you would buld it yourself, and if you did that chances are your computer would cost as much, if not more than the prices quoted for any Apple Mac. The Operating Sytem in the Apple has its disadvantages i would be the first to admit, but at the end of March 2001 apple is introducing a new Operating System that is so good that PC users are stumbling over themselves to get their hands on a copy, but unfortunately for them t will only work on an Apple Mac, though things may change. Overall Apple is a company with a long standing tradition and reputation. It is testament to Apple that they have lasted so long - since the mid/late 1970's - and that even during the darkest years of the mid 1990's it didnt dissapear off the face of the planet. Apple offers great customer services through its wide range of certified Apple Centres, and in so many years of using a Mac anyways i have never had to send one off to an Apple Centre. The fact is that because you have one company producing the entire computer, with so few in its range, that when new software and hardware comes out it is very easy to pretest it on the newest appe's in existence. And anyway, should you encounter any problems, there are a whole raft of resources on the internet to solve your problems (www.apple.com/support/, www.macfixit.com, www.versiontracker.com etc etc), This is something the PC based audience are in the process of catching up on. Hopefully thisd opinion has been of some use and if you have any questions after reading it dont hesitate to contact me. BUT DONT FLAME ME.

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              28.10.2000 00:17

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              The Apple G4 Cube is the coolest computer on the planet especially when connected the to Apple 15" TFT Studio display. The system is also probably the quietest - NO FAN! Simply superb performance. This must be the ideal system for Digital Video Camera users, as the pre-loaded iMovie2 software makes it so easy to create professional looking movies. The keyboard has an excellent feel - the best I've ever used and the optical mouse is a masterpiece of design. The Harman Kardon designed speakers perform really well for their size (a bit bigger than a cricket ball).

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              28.09.2000 00:38
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              This computer is amazingly powerfull. It is a joy to use. The buttons on the screen on the computer light up when you touch them, which is cool! The computers are amazinglyfast and come with a flat screen (but not a flat monitor). Some good programs to use on it are Apple Works (the new clasris works)and Photoshop 5.5, both of which take advantage of the sheer power of the computer. I would definitly rate this as the best computer around, especially for designers.

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                18.08.2000 17:59
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                The Apple Power Mac G4 is the most gorgeous, superfast and sexy mac of all - and it puts ANY kind of PC in the shade. Although I'm writing this on a blue & white G3, I'm safe in the knowledge that in the very next room along from me, I have a brand spanking new G4 boxed up and ready to go! Steve Jobs was right when upon the G4's release he said it was " the worlds first home super computer" - and it was classed as a weapon in some countries!!! Apple are surpassing everybody else when they announce new products that not only look drop dead gorgeous, but perform like beasts too! Hats off to Apple (again!).

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                  10.08.2000 18:31
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                  If there's one thing more annoying than the lack of respect PC users have for macs (see mac daddy) is the way mac users haven't noticed that Windows has actually caught up with macOS - not through acually being good or anything, but through apple having a bit of a nightmare figuring out what to do with their next OS and generally losing the plot. Both have their good points and bad points - yep, PCs are buggy, beige, ugly and that git gates makes money out of them, but macs are buggy, overdesigned (they look fabulous, but try using the new mouse, or using a floppy disk, or upgrading an Imac monitor) and steve jobs makes money from them, and lets be honest, he might have helped invent the mac, but he's also a git. I think Apple users might be in for a shock as well - if you want a look at what mac OSs will look like in years to come, check out quicktime or sherlock - imitation walkman interfaces with no thought to experienced users and using them over the long term are what Steve Jobs sees as the way forward, and the old MacOS interface team and Bruce Tognazzini aren't there any more. I think I'm in a pretty good position to judge, as I design websites, and I've used both OS's a lot, and I've got to design for both as well. At the end of the day, both have good and bad points - PCs have loads of software, but the only stuff Mac users don't get that's actually useful are specialist applications - accounts packages etc - and Access. Macs look great , are very powerful and are easier to learn, but are also very expensive and have far less software and games and fewer peripherals. If you're new to computers and loaded, and don't want to play games or design websites, I'd buy a mac, but for games, general use, those wanting power on a limited budgetor anyone wanting to 'share' software its gotta be a PC. Basically, make your own mind up, don't listen to advice from
                  those who can't see both sides of the equation!

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                    10.08.2000 17:33
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                    As I sit here writing my opinion on the apple G4, I'm thinking about how cool the keyboard im typing it on looks, YES its a G4 keyboard and next to it sits my G4 tower. What a sight it is, elegant, slick, modern, contemporary product design. If anyone reading this via their beige box that you call a PC, have you ever wondered why all PC's look the same? Thats because when Apple set the desktop computing world on fire, it was with a beige looking machine, and all PC manufacturers followed suit. But Apple move on, continuing to set new standards in desktop computing, weather at home or at work. What really makes my brain bleed, is the lack of respect from PC users towards macs, dont you know that everything a PC will ever do will be because a mac has done it first. Take the operating system for instance, I wonder where Bill Gates got that Idea from? Macs (especially G4's) are far superior to any PC, not just in looks but in general computing power. A G4 processor with the same MHZ rating as an Intel 3 is about 40% faster, a G4 comes with a graphics card as good as any third party 3D card that you have to buy for a PC. The operating system is easier and simpler to use than windows, it is more stable, looks nicer and generally you feel more in control of your own machine. Yes, I am a designer, so I can sit all day and blow the G4's trumpet because I use one every day, but its a fact that a PC is a mac wannabe, apple will never fail to make PC's look dull and out of date. Long live the MAC (daddy)

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                      17.07.2000 16:56

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                      I purchased aApple Mac G4 last October (99) to enable me to break away from my studio design job and go self employed. I already had an older PowerMac 7200 but needed a machine that offered me the power and flexibility to run 3D/Image/Web software with ease. The G4 is probably the finest machine on the market at this time for sheer 'ooommpph!' There are PC's with faster clock speeds and extra features for the same price but..well... they are just PC's, dull, clumsy, and unfriendly, not to mention slower. The Mac OS has always glowed in comparison with Windows (you'd think that maybe Microsoft could have improved the system/GUI given that they ripped it off Apple in the first place!), it's far more logical, easier to maintain and smoother in operation to use. If you are a designer of any media, or just looking for a powerful number crunching machine, I highly reccomend the G4! - If you are part of the PC flock, and you have been wondering if you might be missing something, or if you were just too lazy to find out what real computers were like, go talk to an Apple centre! - I doubt if you'd look back!

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                      27.06.2000 05:26
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                      Ok perhaps thats taking it a bit far I admit but I really do love my mac. Now I have to go on about all the hate between mac and pc users. I feel no hate I don't care about the bigotry that pc users have over macs. The truth is bigotry is bred from ignorance and fear and yes admit it that is what most PC users feel. Fear they now there 3000 quid dream machine is inferior to a £2000 mac. So for any of you pc users that do feel ashamed of their dull grey box, think of it this way no one is forcing you to have one. You made your choice now make another choice the better choice. You know you want a Big Grey Dream machine. Cause I do and you will to. Once you try one.

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                        13.06.2000 00:45
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                        what a hefty little number this is, super fast and dead easy to use and upgrade. it comes standard with 2 USB ports and 2 firewire ports, a 16mb rage graphics card. it simply tears through anything like it wasn't there!, i've got a blue and white G3 (400mhz) tower at home which is more than a match for a 600mhz PCc, and it simply pails in comparison with the G4 400mhz i've been using at work lately , they are, as apple claims, twice as fast as the equivalent Mhz'd G3...i cant wait to get hold of the G4 500mhz. the machines are beautifully designed - something to behold rather than the tradition dirty grey box... the small handle at the side topens the side panel up for access to the hart of the machine, no screws.. no nothing.. apple have taken their plug in and play attitude through the software down to the hardware!

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                        Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple remains committed to creating the best personal computers in the world, and its hardware and software products are widely regarded as being the most innovative in the industry.

                        The Power Mac G4 is a digital powerhouse designed to accelerate your workflow like never before. With more processing power and next-generation graphics capabilities, it's the ultimate tool for fast-thinking creative and scientific professionals who need a computer that keeps pace with their ideas. Apple has taken the fastest PowerPC processors ever created to outperform even the fastest Pentium-based systems. Apple has raised the bar on graphics performance as well, with powerful graphics processors. Massive expandability and easy connectivity let you customize your Power Mac to suit your workflow. Power Mac G4 - reliability and performance brought to you by Apple!