Vectronic's Tangerine iMac G3/400 DV
Originally Published: Aug. 5, 2011
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The iMac G3/400 has the following ports: two USB 1.1 ports, two FireWire 400-Mbps ports, one 56.6K RJ-11 modem port, one 10/100Base-T Ethernet RJ-45 port, one microphone jack, and one speaker jack. Two headphone jacks are on front of the computer. There is also a video out port on the back of the computer. The programmer and reset buttons, previously only pinholes on previous generation iMacs, are now actual buttons. The iMac G3/400 is the first iMac to ship with FireWire ports. The G3/400 has two built-in Harman Kardon stereo speakers on the front of the computer. A built-in microphone resides on the front of the computer in the center over the monitor. Apple dropped the port cover of previous generation iMacs. The port orifice on the G3/400 is a slanted elongated oval setting smoothly on the side of the computer.
Adding RAM to the G3/400 is considerably easier than previous generation iMacs, which required removing the motherboard. Changing the RAM on the G3/400 is accomplished by opening a door on the bottom of the computer. An AirPort Card can also be added in the same place. The G3/400 is the first iMac to be "AirPort Ready".
The G3/400 has a modest graphics system that was a slight improvement over previous generation iMacs. The system uses ATI Rage 128 graphics (2x AGP) with 8 MB SGRAM. The G3/400 supports video out. The connector is on the back of the computer. Apple shipped two grills for the video out port, one to cover the port and one to use if you intend to connect an external monitor. Our Tangerine iMac has the grill with video out port installed.
The iMac G3/400 doesn't have an internal fan like previous iMacs. If it were not for the sound of the spinning hard drive, you wouldn't hear anything. The iMac is cooled by convection through a large vent on the top-back of the unit. Built within the large, round ventilation assembly is a handle that can be used to transport the unit. The lack of a fan doesn't seem to put the iMac in danger of overheating, but after a few minutes of operation, we do note you can feel a warm convection current streaming out of the vent holes. Any CD or DVD left in the slot loading drive will feel slightly more than just warm upon ejecting.
The Tangerine iMac is a stunning computer. Apple's attention to detail resulted in nice touches such as the automatic selection of the "Tangerine Fusion" appearance theme (shown below) upon installation of Mac OS 8.6 or 9, but the user was free to choose any other Classic Mac OS appearance theme desired. The same is true for the other flavors in circulation at the time: blueberry, grape, lime, and strawberry. Each has a unique theme to fit the mood of the design. The slot loaders came about in a time when Apple was crawling back to dominance in the tech world and we think it helped them significantly make up the disproportionate ratio of users of non-Apple computers to users of Macs. Their fruity design influenced a whole slew of aesthetically similar designs on contemporaneous Mac peripherals from USB hubs to printers. An owner of a Tangerine iMac back in their time would have wanted to accompany it with similarly colored tangerine peripherals. The Tangerine iMac makes an aesthetically pleasing addition to our Apple museum and we intend to enjoy its classic orange nostalgia for many years to come.