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Desktop Shootouts
New!
(U.S. $):
Apple Desktop Lineup
Laptop Shootouts
(coming soon!)
$800
Laptops
$1,100
Laptops
$1,600
"Mini-Me's"
$2,000
Laptops
$2,600
Laptops
$3,000
"LapZillas"
Apple Laptop Lineup

Author's Note: 3/29/2004

The Good News: After an extremely long hiatus, the System Shootouts are finally back! All desktop shootouts have been completely overhauled & redone from scratch, with the latest system specs as of this week!

The Bad News: Due to a series of personal & professional issues and the extensive time involved in developing the Shootouts, I will be unable to maintain the full range of brand comparisons going forward. Instead of comparing 6-8 different brands, starting today all shootouts will be one-on-one comparisons between Apple and one other brand, usually Dell (this will also unfortunately have the effect of eliminating most AMD processor systems from the comparisons). My apologies for any disappointment, but it was either this, or abandoning the Shootouts completely.

Important AAPLTalk System Shootout Links

The AAPLTalk System Shootout FAQ - Includes information on the criteria used in the shootouts, disclaimers, and other related information.
Processor Speed Equivalency Chart
Notes on the differences in processors.
UPDATED 4/24/03!
Issues With Benchmarking

An essay by Eric C. Yang on the vagaries of benchmarking, and related issues.
Current Shootouts

US$800 Desktop System Shootout - March 29th, 2004
US$1,300 Desktop System Shootout - March 29th, 2004
US$1,800 Desktop System Shootout - March 29th, 2004
US$2,300 Desktop System Shootout - March 29th, 2004
US$2,800 Desktop System Shootout - March 29th, 2004
US$3,300 Desktop System Shootout - March 29th, 2004
US$3,800 Desktop System Shootout - March 29th, 2004
Apple Desktop Comparison Chart 1 - March 29th, 2004
Apple Desktop Comparison Chart 2 - March 29th, 2004

Previous Shootouts

2003

US$1,600 Ultraportable System Shootout - June 19th, 2003
US$2,000 Desktop System Shootout - June 19th, 2003
US$2,600 Laptop System Shootout - June 19th, 2003
Apple Laptop Comparison Chart - June 19th, 2003


Education: Apple vs. Dell - $700 Desktops - May 8th, 2003
Education: Apple vs. Dell - $1,000 Desktops - May 8th, 2003


US$1,300 Laptop System Shootout - May 8th, 2003
US$1,000 Laptop System Shootout - May 8th, 2003
Apple Laptop Comparison Chart - May 8th, 2003


US$800 Desktop System Shootout - May 8th, 2003
US$1,000 Desktop System Shootout - May 8th, 2003
US$1,300 Desktop System Shootout - May 8th, 2003
Apple Desktop Comparison Chart - May 8th, 2003


Apple iBook vs. Lindows Mobile PC - March 3rd, 2003


US$3,500 Professional Desktop System Shootout - February 19th, 2003
US$3,000 Professional Desktop System Shootout - February 19th, 2003
US$2,500 Professional Desktop System Shootout - February 19th, 2003
US$1,800 Consumer Desktop System Shootout - February 19th, 2003
US$1,300 Consumer Desktop System Shootout - February 19th, 2003
US$800 Consumer Desktop System Shootout - February 19th, 2003
Apple Professional Desktop Comparison Chart - February 19th, 2003
Apple Consumer Desktop Comparison Chart - February 19th, 2003


US$3,300 "Desktop Replacement" Laptop System Shootout - January 21st, 2003
US$1,800 Ultra-Portable Laptop System Shootout - January 21st, 2003
Updated - US$3,000 -> US$2,800 Laptop System Shootout - January 21st, 2003
Updated - ApplePortable Line Comparison Chart - January 21st, 2003


2002

US$3,000 Laptop System Shootout - November 6th, 2002
US$2,300 Laptop System Shootout - November 6th, 2002
US$1,600 Laptop System Shootout - November 6th, 2002
US$1,300 Laptop System Shootout - November 6th, 2002
US$1,000 Laptop System Shootout - November 6th, 2002
Apple Laptop Comparison Chart - November 6th, 2002


Laptop Shootout:PowerBook G4 vs. Best Buy Matrix - October 28th, 2002
Apple vs. Gateway US$2000 All-In-One Shootout - August 26th, 2002
US$3,600 Desktop System Shootout - August 14th, 2002
US$3,200 Desktop System Shootout - August 14th, 2002
US$2,800 Desktop System Shootout - August 14th, 2002
US$2,400 Desktop System Shootout - August 14th, 2002
US$2,000 Desktop System Shootout - August 14th, 2002
US$1,600 Desktop System Shootout - August 14th, 2002
US$1,200 Desktop System Shootout - August 14th, 2002
Apple Desktop Comparison Chart - August 14th, 2002
US$800 Desktop System Shootout - July 20th, 2002
Educational System Shootout - July 19th, 2002

The information above is as accurate as I could make it based on a reasonable time studying the respective companies' Web sites. There is no guarantee that these configurations, prices, and features are the best that one could come up with; assorted bundles, free internet access, free extra memory, and so on can most likely be found for any of the above systems. The point of this chart is to demonstrate that Apple's lineup holds its own against any brand-name computer, even in areas in which it has traditionally had resistance. In short, do not base your purchasing decisions solely on this chart or information. Neither I, nor The Mac Observer will be held responsible or liable for any purchase decisions you make based on this presentation.

Charles Gaba started the AAPLTalk System Shootouts at AAPLTalk.com, and has brought them to TMO. Charles is the creative talent behind Brainwrap Web Design.

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