Apple has reduced the prices of its eMac range of consumer desktops.

The new £850 SuperDrive model is comparable to the previous £999 model. Like its predecessor it contains a 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor, 256MB SDRAM, an 80GB Ultra ATA drive, an ATI Radeon 7500, and 32MB DDR video memory.

Also available is the £1,208 SuperDrive+ model that now features a 160GB Ultra ATA drive – double the capacity of its £1,317 forerunner.

The £649 entry-level eMac features a Combo drive, a 1GHz PowerPC G4, 128MB SDRAM, a 40GB Ultra ATA drive, an ATI Radeon 7500 card, and 32MB DDR video memory, the price is as before. The combo version with a 60GB drive has been discontinued.

All models ship with Mac OS X 10.3 Panther installed.

Apple's VP of hardware product marketing Greg Joswiak said: "Complete and ready to use right out of the box, eMac is the most affordable SuperDrive-equipped Mac ever offered. It is a brilliant combination of performance and value, eMac makes it easy and affordable for everyone to make DVDs from their movies, music and photos – it's the ultimate computer for home and schools."

eMac computers are available at discounted prices to education customers through the Apple Store for Education at