Choosing My Next Low-end Desktop Mac
Now that my daughter's iBook G4 bit the dust, I must consider my options for replacing the desktop computer position that the iBook was going to take. After much hair pulling and nostalgia, I have narrowed down my choices in the used Mac field. They include:
I guess my mind does wander a bit among the faded flowers of yesterday's Mac computers. But I have my reasons for each choice - or perhaps weird aesthetic reasons.
The flat panel iMac has one of those weird nobody-but-Apple-would-design-this thing going for it. Not only that, but it offers an incredible range of monitor adjustment. This is something that only appeals to a bifocal wearing dweeb like me, but trust me, my neck would love me if I choose this option. But the major reason for using this sort of iMac is that it is just flat out cool looking.
A Power Mac G5 would satisfy my lust for power - power that a G5 processor could give me at a much lower price than an Intel box. I could load up the G5 with several hard drives and gewgaws and feel like Mr. Power User. As far as buying the maximum pre-Intel Mac computer, the G5 is the way to go. It could be expensive if I wanted a dual processor model over 2 GHz, though.
A cheaper direction would be to pick up a Mirrored Door FW800 G4. The G4 might not be as fast as a G5, but do I really need that much processing power? Yes, I could pretend to get a G5 tower and look like I need to move huge files and process fractals or something, but realistically, a G4 Mirror Drive Door could probably do what I wanted at a much lower price.
A PowerBook is not a desktop computer, you might say - and you'd be right! But I think that I have argued in the past that using a laptop as a desktop makes a certain sort of sense. No one would pretend that you can use a desktop as a portable computer, but a 17" PowerBook gives you a big enough screen (1440 x 900 resolution) and enough power (1.0 to 1.67 GHz) and connectivity to pass as an adequate desktop.
Besides, when I someday score that digital SLR, I will need a laptop with a big screen to edit images. I also have a 160 GB notebook drive that remains unused at this time.
Of course, all of this requires funding. I feel that the time has come for me to try out Leopard and see if the push feature of MobileMe is up to the task of keeping my iPod and a Leopard computer in sync all the time.
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