This monitor was the very best graphic monitor of the year it was made--hands down. It is still better than most LCDs--really. This machine has been run ragged doing Photoshop work--most of that back when that meant scanning in the negatives. If you want a juke box---this is the best juke box ever.The keyboard for this computer is the last keyboard made by anyone that could be repaired by hand. The monitor here is a Sony Flat cathode ray tube (CRT). In 2000, LCDs just did not compare in any way shape or form with a CRT. CRTs were DRAMATICALLY superior in color rendition and contrast. Unlike LCDs, the picture of a CRT did not get worse when the resolution was changed from the native mode. Even today, this CRT is just dead on if you are working in Photoshopand it has been used a LOT with photoshop. Even today, this monitor will give a crystal clear 1200x1800 rendition. Not only is the monitor really accurate, the crystal clear shell gives an absolutely beautiful view of the workings of the CRT. People used to walk into my office and just stare at the back of the monitor.
The original monitor is critical to the whole concept of the Cube. The mouse, keyboard, and HK speakers are all plugged into the monitor which has an eight-foot cord to the Cube itself. The monitor also has a computer on/off switch on it, so the operations of everything are remote from the location of the Cube. The speakers are Harman Kardon speakers. They are powered by the monitor.The bass of these little speakers has to be heard to be believed. And if you need to play louder, you can remover the covers. Now, these are not as loud as, say, the Harman Kardon soundsticks with the subwoofer, but they are pretty amazing in their own right.
They work off the monitor and sound even better when you separate them. By the way, you can add other speakers (eg soundsticks) or headphones from the plug in EITHER the cube OR the black translator thingy that goes from the monitor to the speakers.
This computer has been upgraded to a 120GB Hitachi Deskstar. The computer bus is an original ATA bus, so it will not recognize more than 128GB.I put this drive in it because it is the right size and has low power consumption and the Cube has no fan. You can, however put in a 160GB drive and it will appear as a 128GB drive, and you can attach an external firewire drive of any capacity. The present drive is the third or fourth drive in this computer, and it is partitioned into three partitions. The first is OS X10.4.11 (Tiger), the second is OS9.2, and the third is for data. This allows for booting directly to System 9.2, or to OS X Tiger which will also allow the use of the Classic layer. The advantage of this partition is that it allows a customized OS9 with lots of old legacy stuff, even in the classic layer, AND it also allows booting from OS9 for odd thingslike driversto boot which might otherwise not boot in classic mode. I always keep a data partition, because it is far less likely to get corrupted from system screw ups.
The case is pretty much immaculate. Note on the front there is a funny thingy in front of the Apple logo: that is the original plastic cover that was never removed and you may choose to remove it.The clear plastic cover on the top was removed because after a year or two, we were having problems with startups and sleeps from the on/off button, which many Cubes had, but when we removed the plastic the problems went away. I just discovered that I put the wrong keyboard in the photo of the whole system. Before I get around to fixing it, note the photo of the keyboard in the photo and the real Apple pro keyboard.
Actually, you can have either one. This came with the original Apple Pro keyboard and mouse. It is a nice and common keyboard and easy to fix bad keys. The mouse is reliably infrared controllednot ball based. The other keyboard offered is more reliable, but not self repairable, and not original.
The monitor to this computer weighs 45lbs. (the Cube weighs 8 lbs and the power supply 4 lbs).The DVD drive works great because it has hardly been used, HOWEVER it has trouble ejecting disks and requires attention to grasp the disk with your fingers or tweezers as it ejects the disk. This is also apparently common for Cubes. The operating system Tiger was released in 2007. If you try to use this computer to daily surf the net, you will find that now and then you get stuck because you cannot use the most current software (you can do most anything, but some things may not be what you are used to).
The Cube is the most beautiful computer ever produced. The Cube is modular allowing the monitor, speakers and keyboard to be separate. The Monitor is a thing of even greater beauty than the Cube.
Even today, this monitor is competitive with the best monitors available and this system is perfectly capable of doing great photoshop work (on older software like Photoshop 7 or CS2). The speakers are preposterously great and make a really great sound system. You can run tons of old software on this system as it boots from either Tiger, classic, or OS9. The item "Macintosh G4 Cube with Original Monitor, equipment, and Serious Software" is in sale since Sunday, August 21, 2016.
This item is in the category "Computers/Tablets & Networking\Vintage Computing\Vintage Manuals & Merchandise". The seller is "cckahrl" and is located in Mount Vernon, Ohio.This item can be shipped to United States.