Apple just upgraded its PowerMac lineup. You can now choose from 867MHz
(dual processor), 1GHz (dual processor) and 1.25GHz (dual processor)
machines. If you can swing it, I normally recommend getting at least the
middle model. That way it will last a little longer, and you won't be quite
as envious when the next big update comes in another 6-9 months. You may
want to invest in a little extra ram as well.
It is true, the LCDs have not yet matched the color gamut and consistency of
CRT monitors. I'm told that those Apple Cinema displays are getting close,
but they cost as much as the computer (or more). For the cost of a 19" LCD
(at least one that's worth anything) or less you can probably get a great
22" CRT. I am personally fond of the Mitsubishi monitors. I use a Mitsubishi
Diamond Pro 2040u myself. The newer 2060u monitors look even better and are
cheaper than mine was when I bought it. I believe that they even have some
fancy color calibration capabilities built in. What ever you get you should
make sure that it has a flat screen. Mitsubishi calls it a Natural Flat
screen. It means that they have curved the inside of the CRT to counteract
the normal distortion of the glass. the upshot is that your image appears to
be flat instead of convex like it is on cheaper monitors.
If you have any other questions just let me know. I love this stuff, and I'm
starting to research a new Mac for myself as well. It is time to retire my
old Mac clone.
Senior Graphic Artist
California Science Center
> From: Marjorie Leggitt
> Reply To: mleggitt@MHO.COM
> Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 10:06 PM
> To: SCIART-L@crcvms.unl.edu
> Subject: New Mac and monitor-any recommendations?
> Hi all-
> I'm in the market to purchase a new Mac and monitor. Any
> Here's what I'm looking at:
> * 800 MHz G4 tower. (I probably need to stick to a 'tower' as I have
> some old peripherals without USB ports and will need to install a SCSI
> * 19" flat screen monitor - however I've been advised against them
> because of difficulty in adjusting color calibration. Any new 19" CTRs
> well worth looking at?
> Buying new equipment is always a challenge so whatever recommendations,
> info, or input you can offer is very much appreciated.
> Marjorie Leggitt
> Leggitt Design