New Mac is a cube

Mac users have waited with baited breath to see what their new Macintosh machine would look like. Now they know. The new G4 is a an eight-inch cube, suspended in a crystal-clear enclosure.

To add to the fun, the new 450MHz Power Mac G4 Cube comes ready for action with Mac OS 9, 64MB of high-performance RAM, 1MB of backside level 2 cache, a 20GB Ultra ATA/66 hard disk drive, DVD-ROM drive with DVD-Video playback, and the ATI RAGE 128 Pro graphics card with 16MB of graphics memory.

Apple has worked out how to cool the new G4 power without a fan, making it very quiet. But not perhaps so quiet after you have put the CD ROM to work playing the new Oasis album through the pair of Apple-designed Harman Kardon stereo speakers.

The new computer comes standard with an optical mouse that connects it to either flat-screen or CRT displays. Since the untrustworthy mouse ball has now been banished, that means that the mouse doesn’t skip, stick or need cleaning.

The Power Mac G4 Cube comes with a 108-key Apple Pro Keyboard with 15 full-size function keys, full document navigation controls, full-size inverted T cursor keys, audio control keys and a disk-eject key. Lefty? No problem: the keyboard has a USB port on either side, so you can set it up for right — or left-handed mouse use and still have a port to plug in your digital camera, Palm OS-based handheld or other USB device.

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