Apple has upgraded its eMac range, introducing a mid-range model, reducing prices and boosting the desktop Mac's processor power. The new products are available immediately.

The new eMacs offer up to a 1GHz PowerPC G4 processor, a 4x speed SuperDrive, ATI Radeon 7500 graphics card, up to 80GB hard drive and support for AirPort Extreme. All have a 17-inch CRT screen.

New features include support for AirPort Extreme, which offers wireless data-transfer speeds of up to 54Mbps, five times that of AirPort.

Suite truth The new eMacs ship with Apple's iLife suite of software, including iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD (on SuperDrive-equipped models). eMacs offer five USB ports and two FireWire ports. They ship with Mac OS X 10.2, AppleWorks, Internet Explorer and WorldBook Encyclopedia 2003 Edition. Mac OS 9.2 is also installed.

Other common features across the range include: 10/100BASE-T Ethernet; 256K L2 cache; 100MHz system bus; built-in 56K modems; an internal 16W digital amplifier; built-in microphone; headphone socket; mini VGA output; a keyboard and mouse.

Three models of eMac are available. Each model features an ATI Radeon 7500 graphics processor equipped with 32MB dedicated DDR video memory.

Hit Apple's VP of hardware product marketing Greg Joswiak said: "The eMac has been a hit with both education customers and consumers, and we've made it more powerful and affordable than ever. The eMac offers customers a complete system that is the ideal entry point for today's digital lifestyle."

The entry-level eMac costs £649. Previously it cost £799. It offers an 800MHz G4 processor, a CD-ROM drive, 128MB RAM and a 40GB hard drive.

The mid-range model costs £799. It hosts a 1GHz G4 processor, a 32x Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive, 128MB RAM and a 60GB drive.

The top of the range eMac costs £999, as did the previous top of the range product. It carries a 1GHz G4 processor, a 4x SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW drive, 256MB RAM and an 80GB hard drive. All prices include VAT.

A number of build to order configurations are also available, including Apple's eMac Tilt and Swivel stand, which allows users to adjust their Mac up to 20-degrees forward or back and 360-degrees side to side. This costs £49.

These models are also available to education customers and cost £579.28, £734.38 and £918.85 (according to Apple's Education Store).