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Desktop Shootouts
New!
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Laptop Shootouts
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$800
Laptops
$1,100
Laptops
$1,600
"Mini-Me's"
$2,000
Laptops
$2,600
Laptops
$3,000
"LapZillas"
Apple Laptop Lineup

DATES CONFIGURED: 8/12/02 - 8/14/02

Must include: 15.8"+ (viewable) display, CD-RW & DVD

READ THESE IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS & EXPLANATIONS BEFORE PROCEEDING!!!
All images and logos are copyright 2001 to the respective companies listed.

Company
Apple
Dell
Compaq
Hewlett Packard
Gateway
Sony
eMac
Dimension 8200
Presario 8000
Pavilion
300X
VAIO RX-600
Design/ Styling
White
Black Minitower
Beige Tower
Grey/Smoke Tower
White Tower
VAIO Styling
Mobility:
All-in-one design
50 lbs. total
(Numerous pieces; all PC systems listed weign appx. 60 - 70 lbs. total including tower + CRT + speakers)
Component Access?
Quick access to memory & wireless cards
Thumb screws for panel removal & component access
Screwdrivers required to remove paneling
Thumb screws for panel removal & component access
Screwdrivers required to remove paneling
Screwdrivers required to remove paneling
Cords/Cables:
4 cables/cords
appx. 10 cables/cords (Tower, Display, Web, Speakers, Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone)
Deskspace Used:
270 sq. inches
(All PC systems listed take up appx. 330 - 400 square inches including tower + CRT + speakers)
Noise Volume:
Nearly silent
(ultraquiet fan)
Loud (full-size cooling fans)
Energy Use:
Energy Notes
170 Watts total
appx. $30 / year
(All PC systems listed use between appx. 300 - 380 watts total
including tower + CRT + speakers; appx. $50-$70/year)
Processor:
Rating Notes
1.1 GHz P4
700 MHz
PowerPC G4
2.0 GHz P4
2.0 GHz
Pentium 4
2.2 GHz P4
1.67 GHz
Athlon XP 2000+
2.2 GHz P4
1.67 GHz
Athlon XP 2000+
1.26 GHz P4
1.8GHz Celeron
2.0 GHz P4
2.0 GHz
Pentium 4
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
128k
128k
32k
32k
L2 Cache:
256K on-chip
512K on-chip
256K on-chip
256K on-chip
128K on-chip
512K on-chip
L3 Cache:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Memory Type:
SDRAM PC100
RDRAM PC800
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
Frontside Bus:
100 MHz bus
400 MHz bus
266 MHz bus
266 MHz bus
266 MHz bus
400 MHz bus
Memory Amount:
256 MB (1 x 256)
256 MB (1 x 256)
256 MB (1 x 256)
256 MB (1 x 256)
256 MB (1 x 256)
256 MB (1 x 256)
Max RAM:
1.0 GB (2 slots)
2.0 GB (4 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
512 MB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
40 GB
80 GB
40 GB
80 GB
40 GB
60 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra DMA 66
Ultra DMA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Hard Drive Speed:
5400 rpm
7200 rpm
7200 rpm
5400 rpm
7200 rpm
7200 rpm
CD-Rom:
32x CD
40x CD
40x CD
40x CD
40x CD
40x CD
CD-RW:
12x8x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
40x10x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
32x10x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
DVD-Rom:
8x DVD
16x DVD
16x DVD
16x DVD
8x DVD
16x DVD
DVD-/+RW:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Floppy Drive:
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Zip/Other Drive:
--
--
--
--
--
Memory stick
PCI/AGP Slots:
Available / Total
0 / 1
2 / 5
3 / 6
2 / 4
2 / 4
2 / 4
Internal Bays:
Available / Total
0 / 1
1 / 2
1 / 2 (?)
1 / 2
1 / 2
1 / 2
External Bays:
Available / Total
0 / 1
2 / 4
0 / 3
0 / 3
1 / 3
0 / 3
Mouse Included:
Kensington
USB Optical
2-button scrollwheel
PS/2 2-button
scrollwheel
PS/2 Optical
2-button scrollwheel
PS/2 2-button
scrollwheel
USB Optical
2-button scrollwheel
PS/2 2-button
scrollwheel mouse
USB Ports:
available = after keyboard & mouse
3 available
5 total
(2 on keyboard)
4 available
4 total
(2 in front)
4 available
4 total
(2 in front)
4 available
4 total
(2 in front)
5 available
6 total
(2 in front, 4 are USB2)
4 available
4 total
(2 in front)
Firewire Ports:
2 On-board
--
--
1 (front)
--
2 on-board
Available Legacy Ports:
--
1 serial
1 parallel
(2 PS/2 used by keyboard & mouse)
2 serial
1 parallel
(2 PS/2 used by keyboard & mouse)
2 serial
1 parallel
(2 PS/2 used by keyboard & mouse)
1 serial
1 parallel
(2 PS/2; 1 used by keyboard)
1 serial
1 parallel
(2 PS/2 used by keyboard & mouse)
Graphics Card:
Rating Notes
nVIDIA
GeForce2 MX 440
nVIDIA
GeForce4 MX 420
nVIDIA
GeForce4 MX 420
nVIDIA
GeForce2 MX 200
Integrated Intel graphics
nVIDIA
TNT2
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR
64 MB DDR
64 MB DDR
32 MB (shared)
"up to" 64 MB (shared)
32 MB (shared)
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVI/ADC Out:
--
--
--
--
--
--
TV Out:
--
Yes
Yes
--
--
--
S-Video Out:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Dual-Monitor Support?
(Mirroring)
--
--
--
--
--
Display:
16" viewable
flat-panel CRT
(integrated)
16.0" viewable CRT
16" viewable
flat-panel CRT
15.8" viewable CRT
16" viewable
flat-panel CRT
16" viewable
flat-panel CRT
Max. display resolution:
1280x960
1280x1024
1600x1200
1280x1024
1600x1200
1600x1200
Microphone/
Line in:
Built-in microphone
Line-in jack
Line-in jack
Line-in jack
Line-in jack
Line-in jack
Line-in jack
Headphone/
Line out:
Headphone jack
Line-out jack
Digital-audio ready
Headphone jack
Line-out jack
Headphone jack
Line-out jack
headphone jack
Line-out jack
headphone jack
Line-out jack
headphone jack
Line-out jack
Speakers:
Harmon-Kardon
stereo speakers
(integrated)
Harmon-Kardon
HK-395 speakers w/Subwoofer
Creative Inspire Slim 2600 speakers
w/Subwoofer
Polk stereo speakers
Boston Acoustics
stereo speakers
w/Subwoofer
Stereo speakers
10/100 Ethernet?
Yes
Yes (via PCI)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
56k Modem:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (via PCI)
Yes (via PCI)
802.11b Wireless Card?
--
--
--
--
--
--
Integrated 802.11b Antennae?
Yes
--
--
--
--
--
Hardware Extras Included:
--
--
--
--
--
Epson Stylus
C40UX Printer
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2;
Mac OS 9.2;
BSD Unix;
Apache Web Server
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows/DOS Support:
DOS/95/98/ME/
2000/XP
(via Virtual PC)
DOS/95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP (Native)
Mac OS Support:
Mac OS 8,9,X
(Native)
Mac OS 8 only (via emulation)
Linux OS Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Unix OS Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Java 2 Support:
Native
(must be downloaded)
Word Processor Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
(Word compatible)
MSFT Word XP
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Word XP
MSFT Works 6.0
Corel WordPerfect 10
(Word compatible)
Save-as PDF Support:
Native (any file)
(requires 3rd-party app.)
Spreadsheet Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
(Excel compatible)
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
Quattro Pro 10
(Excel compatible)
Presentation Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
--
Corel Presentations
(PowerPoint compatible)
Database Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
--
Drawing/Painting Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
--
--
Calendar/PIM Software Included:
--
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
CorelCentral 10
Planning/Project Software Included:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Web Browser Included:
Internet Explorer 5.2
Netscape 4.7
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6
E-Mail/Address Book Included:
OS X Mail
Outlook Express 5
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
CorelCentral 10
Outlook Express 6
Media Player Included:
Quicktime 6
DVD Player
Media Player 7 avail.
RealOne Player avail.
Media Player 8
DVD Player
Quicktime 6 avail.
RealOne Player avail.
Media Player 8
DVD Player
Quicktime 6 avail.
RealOne Player avail.
Media Player 8
DVD Player
Quicktime 6 avail.
RealOne Player avail.
Media Player 8
DVD Player
Quicktime 6 avail.
RealOne Player avail.
Quicktime 6
Media Player 8
DVD Player
RealOne Player avail.
Financial Software Included:
Quicken 2002 Deluxe
Money 2002
Quicken 2002
Money 2002
Quicken NewUsers
Money 2002
Quicken 2002
Reference Software Included:
World Book OS X
Encarta 2001 Std.
Streets & Trips 2002
Encarta 2002
Encarta 2002
Encarta 2002
Streets & Trips 2002
--
Digital Photo Management:
iPhoto 1.1
Image Expert 2000
PictureIt! 2002
Unknown (?)
ArcSoft My Photo Center
Picture it!
Photoshop Elements
Picture Gear
DigitalPrin
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie 2
MovieMaker 2
Studio DV
Pinnacle Studio 7
MovieMaker 2
DVgate
MovieShaker
Music Software/
CD Burning Software:
iTunes 3
Disc Burner
MusicMatch 6.0
EasyCD 5.0
Unknown (?)
MusicMatch 7
HP RecordNow
(Unknown ?)
SonicStage
Games Included:
Chess
Otto Matic
Deimos Rising
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Additional Software Included
FaxSTF
Palm Desktop
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Smart Capture
Asstd. system software
Free ISP/
Other Services
1 month EarthLink
6 months MSN
--
--
1 yr. AOL
--
Virus Susceptibility/
Security Issues
Built-in Firewall?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./at-home
1 yr. phone
1 yr. ltd./at-home
90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1 yr. phone
2 yr. ltd./at-home
2 yr. phone
1 yr. dmg. protection
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
Quality of Products & Service:
Consumer Affairs
Navigation?
Easy
Easy
Easy
Terrible
Easy
Easy
Customization Allowed?
Some
Full
Full
Some
Full
Little
Subotal:
(includes rebates, add-ons, etc.)
$1,214
$1,127
$1,200
$1,201
$1,112
$1,178
+ Ground Shipping:
No Charge
$99
Free (ltd. time)
Free (ltd. time)
$99
$25
Total Price
as configured:
$1,214
tax not included
$1,226
tax not included
$1,200
tax not included
$1,201
tax not included
$1,211
tax not included
$1,210
tax not included

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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