Apple Power Mac G4

By Amberg, Elizabeth | T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education), June 2000 | Go to article overview

Apple Power Mac G4


Amberg, Elizabeth, T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)


The latest in Apple's line of desktop computers, the Power Mac G4 is a worthy successor to the title. We were impressed with the computer's sleek redesign, which includes handles for easy pick-up, controls and a speaker centralized on the front panel, and a built-in rear port for a locking cable. This not only prevents theft, but also prohibits students from opening the side panel without permission.

The computer was easily set up straight out of the box. Its processing speed of 450 MHz and its 128 MB of SDRAM make it more than adequate for most scholastic needs. The Power Mac G4 would be ideal for desktop publishing projects such as a yearbook, newspaper, or designing a Web site. Teachers and students should find the OS 9 interface to be intuitive and user-friendly.

The computer comes with a built-in DVD-ROM, which delivers smooth, sharp video (unlike the early release iMac DV version we reviewed in our February 2000 issue). We've played several movies on it with nary a hitch. The 17" monitor provides an ample viewing area for small groups, but for full-classroom presentation needs, expansion slots are available to hook up a larger display screen or projector. …

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