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Tiger Early Adopter
OK, I found a better use for my educational discount... thanks to ajshepherd's tipoff, I'm soon to be the proud owner of a shiny new iMac G5. With Tiger; so I can see how it goes on the new Mac before deciding to upgrade all the existing ones.

Screen double the size of this one! Hard drive six times the size of this one! Processor um, much faster? 2GHz G5 as opposed to 800MHz G4? Shiny new OS! Shiny new keyboard! Shabby old mouse because Apple Still Don't Make a Decent Mouse. Another set of Creature speakers because I've heard the sound from the inbuilt speakers and it's absolutely rubbish. Free shipping in a few days. And just about £400 cheaper, with a better spec, than the one I costed a few days ago. Hey, it's almost like saving money. Though what will I do if I can't make a cup of tea while applying a filter to a Plokta cover?

The only downside, if there is one, is losing the anglepoise screen; a feature I still use every single day and will miss hugely. This was one of the first anglepoise iMacs, and they said the screen support would stay stable over time. I could sell this computer on eBay and defray a substantial portion of the cost of the new one -- probably a third. But in fact I'm giving it to my kids, who will no longer get to complain that they're never allowed on the iMac.

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Must say that I find the seven quid USB optical mouse I got from Maplins works perfectly well with the iBook without any tweaking whatever. So did the other two USB mice I tried. And considering you get a proper two button and wheel optical mouse for that money the Apple offerings do look a little silly.

Forgot to ask; can't you add a separate anglepoise-type stand to the new one? Know that they're available, but of course with a really big screen you probably need extra-strong springs etc.

You can, the mount on the back lets you do so. This I think is a huge bang for the buck (ok, pound for all my UK friends) comp, it's finally got a ok amount of RAM and the rest of the specs look good too. I hope to get one soon but till then my old Rev D iMac trundles on.


So, does that mean you don't want my iBook for M?

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