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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

AS OF 8/14/02
PDF Format (iMacG3/eMac/iMac G4 Series)

PDF Format (PowerMac G4 Series)

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All images and logos are copyright 2001 to the respective companies listed.

STOCK
MODELS
from Apple's
online store
iMac G3 Classic
eMac
iMac G4 Flat-Panel
iMac G3
eMac
Combo Drive
eMac
SuperDrive
iMac G4
CD-RW
iMac G4
Combo Drive
iMac G4
SuperDrive
17" iMac
SuperDrive
$800
$1,100
$1,500
$1,200
$1,500
$1,700
$2,000
Design/Styling:
White
"Lamp"-style White; 180° swing arm
Mobility:
All-in-one design;
Built-in handle
AIO Design
All-in-one design; Neck acts as handle
Weight:
35 lbs.
50 lbs.
22 lbs.
Component Access:
Quick access to wireless card & RAM cards
Cables/Cords:
4
6
Deskspace Used:
255 sq. inches
270 sq. in.
88 sq. inches
Noise Volume:
Nearly silent
(convection cooled)
Ultraquiet Fan
Energy Use:
150 Watts total
(appx. $27/year)
170 Watts total (appx. $30/yr)
130 Watts total (appx. $24 / year)
Processor:
650 MHz P4
600 MHz
PowerPC G3
1.1 GHz P4
700 MHz
PowerPC G4
1.2 GHz P4
800 MHz
PowerPC G4
1.1 GHz P4
700 MHz PowerPC G4
1.2 GHz P4
800 MHz PowerPC G4
L1 Cache:
64k
L2 Cache:
256K on-chip
Memory Type:
SDRAM PC100
SDRAM PC133
Frontside Bus:
100 MHz bus
Memory Included:
128 MB (1 x 128)
256 MB (1 x 256)
128 MB (1 x128)
256 MB (1 x 256)
Max RAM:
1.0 GB (2 slots)
768 MB (2 slots) (1.0 GB available as BTO only)
Hard Drive Capacity:
40 GB
60 GB
40 GB
60 GB
80 GB
Hard Drive Speed:
Ultra ATA 66
5400 rpm
CD Optical Drive:
24x CD-Rom
(slot-loading)
24x10x32x CD-RW
8x4x24x CD-RW
24x10x32x CD-RW
12x8x32x CD-RW
8x4x24x CD-RW
DVD Optical Drive:
--
2x1x6x DVD-RW
--
8x DVD-Rom
2x1x6x DVD-RW
Zip/Other Drive:
(optional external USB or FireWire Zip/floppy/etc. drives available)
PCI/AGP Slots:
0 / 1
Internal Bays:
0 / 1
External Bays:
0 / 1
Mouse Included:
Ambidextrous USB Optical Pro Mouse (3rd-party multi-button/scrollwheel mice also available)
Keyboard Included:
USB Pro Keyboard w/volume control, mute & CD-Eject buttons + 2 USB ports
USB Ports:
2 on CPU side
+2 on keyboard
= 4 total; 2 available
3 on CPU back + 2 on keyboard = 5 total; 3 available
FireWire Ports:
2 On-board ports (400 Mbps transfer speed); 1 6' 6-pin to 6-pin FireWire Cable
Graphics Card:
ATI Rage 128 Ultra
nVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400
nVIDIA
GeForce4 MX 440
Video RAM:
16 MB SDRAM
32 MB DDR SDRAM
VGA Out:
VGA (Mirroring; see below)
TV/Composite Out:
(optional via 3rd party solution)
TV/S-Video Out:
(optional via 3rd party solution)
Dual Display Support?
Mirroring Only
Max. Resolution Supported:
1024x768
1280x960
1024x768
1440x900
Display Included:
13.8" viewable CRT
(integrated)
16" viewable flatscreen CRT
(integrated)
15" viewable LCD; 100% digital (integrated)
17" viewable wide LCD;100% digital (integrated)
Max. included-display resolution:
1024x768
1280x960
1024x768
1440x900
Viewable Angle:
n/a (CRT)
120° V / 90° H
Brightness:
n/a (CRT)
200 cd/m
Contrast:
n/a (CRT)
300:1
Microphone/
Line in:
Built-in microphone, Audio-in jack, digital audio-ready
Built-in microphone, digital-audio ready
Headphone/
Line out:
2 Headphone jacks,
Ext. speaker jack,
Digital Audio-ready
Headphone jack,
Ext. speaker jack, Digital Audio-ready
Speakers Included:
Harmon-Kardon stereo speakers
(integrated)
18-watt
Internal speaker
Harmon Kardon
Stereo Pro Speakers
10/100 Ethernet:
10/100 Base-T Ethernet Built-in
56k Internal Modem:
56k V.90 internal modem w/FaxSTF software & phone cord
802.11b Wireless Networking?
integrated 802.11b (Airport) card slot; integrated antennae; Built-in 802.11b Base Station software
(requires optional Airport card)
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), Mac OS 9.2 (dual-boot system), BSD Unix (full Unix core under OS X;
also includes FULL Apache Web Server; OS X fully Java 2 compliant)
OS Compatibility:
Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 & XP (via Virtual PC); Mac OS (any); Asstd. builds of Linux; BSD Unix, A/UX Unix
Word Processor Included:
AppleWorks 6.2 (MSFT Word compatible)
Spreadsheet Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2 (MSFT Excel compatible)
Presentation Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
Database Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
Drawing/Painting Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
Web Browser Included:
Internet Explorer 5.2, Netscape 4.7
E-Mail/PDA Software Included:
OS X Mail, Address Book, iCal, iSync
Media Player Included:
Quicktime 6, DVD Player (Media Player 7 & RealOne Player available as free downloads)
Financial Software
Included:
Quicken 2002 Deluxe
Reference Software Included:
World Book Mac OS X Edition
Digital Image/Graphics Management Software Included:
iPhoto 1.1
Digital Video Editing Software Included:
iMovie 2
Music Software/CD Burning Software Included:
iTunes 3; Disc Burner
DVD Burning Software Included:
Disc Burner
iDVD 2,
Disc Burner
Disc Burner
iDVD 2, Disc Burner
Games Included:
Chess, Otto Matic, Deimos Rising
Additional Software Included:
FaxSTF, EarthLink, AOL, Acrobat Reader 5.0, Apple Hardware Test CD; other assorted additional software bundled w/OS
Free ISP/Other Services:
1 month free EarthLink
Virus Susceptibility/
Security Issues:
only 45 known viruses (as opposed to well over 50,000 for Windows!); built-in firewall (OS X);
not vulnerable to IIS DDoS attacks. BUILT-IN FIREWALL.
Warranty Included:
1 yr. ltd.hardware, 90 days phone support; 3 year AppleCare Protection Plan available for $149
Total Price:
$799
$1,099 $1,499
$1,199
$1,499
$1,699
$1,999


STOCK
MODELS
from Apple's
online store
PowerMac G4 Tower
PowerMac G4
DUAL 867 MHz w/17" LCD
PowerMac G4
Dual 1 GHz w/17" LCD
PowerMac G4
Dual 1.25 GHz w/17" LCD
$2,500
$3,200
$3,900
Design/Styling:
"Cyclops" Quicksilver w / Polycarbonate Shell
Mobility:
Built-in handles
Weight:
46 lbs. total
Component Access:
Side drops open for extremely easy expansion
& component access.
Cables/Cords:
8
Deskspace Used:
280 sq. inches total
Noise Volume:
Standard Cooling Fan
Energy Use:
appx. 340 Watts total (appx. $61 / year)
Processor:
1.7 GHz P4
DUAL 867 MHz PowerPC G4
2.0 GHz P4
DUAL 1.0 GHz PowerPC G4
2.4 GHz P4
DUAL 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4
L1 Cache:
64k
L2 Cache:
256K on-chip
L3 Cache:
1 MB x2 DDR (2 MB total)
2 MB x2 DDR (4 MB total)
Memory Type:
DDR-SDRAM PC2100
DDR-SDRAM PC2700
Frontside Bus:
133 MHz bus
166 MHz bus
Memory Included:
256 MB (1 x 256)
512 GB (1 x 512)
Max RAM:
2.0 GB (4 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
60 GB
80 GB
120 GB
Hard Drive Speed:
Ultra ATA 100
7200 rpm
CD Optical Drive:
16x10x32x CD-RW
8x4x24x CD-RW
DVD Optical Drive:
8x DVD-Rom
2x1x6x DVD-RW
Zip/Other Drive:
(optional external Zip or other drives available)
PCI/AGP Slots:
4 PCI slots available + AGP slot (used by graphics card)
Internal Bays:
3 available; 4 total
External Bays:
1bay available for optional 2nd Optical Drive; 2 total
Mouse Included:
Ambidextrous USB Optical Pro Mouse (3rd-party multi-button/scrollwheel mice also available)
Keyboard Included:
USB Pro Keyboard w/volume control, mute & CD-Eject buttons + 2 USB ports
USB Ports:
2 on CPU back + 2 on keyboard + 2 on LCD display = 6 total; 4 available
FireWire Ports:
2 On-board ports (400 Mbps transfer speed); 1 6' 6-pin to 6-pin FireWire Cable
Graphics Card:
nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440
ATI Radeon 9000
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR SDRAM
64MB DDR SDRAM
VGA Out:
Yes (DVI to VGA Adapter included)
DVI Out:
ADC and DVI out ports (TwinView on all video cards; see below)
TV/Composite Out:
(optional via 3rd party solution)
TV/S-Video Out:
(optional via 3rd party solution)
Dual Display Support?
Yes
Max. Resolution Supported:
1920x1200
Display Included:
17" viewable LCD; 100% digital (ADC)
Max. included-display resolution:
1280x1024
Viewable Angle:
160° V / 160° H
Brightness:
200 cd/m
Contrast:
350:1 (17" LCD)
Microphone/
Line in:
Audio in port; digital-audio-in ready
Headphone/
Line out:
2 Audio-out (headphone) jacks (1 in front); Audio out (speaker) jack, Digital-audio-outready
Speakers Included:
Internal Harmon Kardon Speaker; (optional analog or digital speakers available)
10/100 Ethernet:
10/100 Base-T Ethernet built-in
Gigabit Ethernet:
Gigabit Ethernet built-in
56k Internal Modem:
56k V.90 internal modem w/FaxSTF software & phone cord
802.11b Wireless Networking?
integrated 802.11b (Airport) card slot; integrated antennae; Built-in 802.11b Base Station software (requires optional Airport card)
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), Mac OS 9.2 (dual-boot system), BSD Unix (full Unix core under OS X;
also includes FULL Apache Web Server; OS X fully Java 2 compliant)
OS Compatibility:
Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 & XP (via Virtual PC); Mac OS (any); Asstd. builds of Linux; BSD Unix, A/UX Unix
Database Software Included:
FileMaker Pro 5.5 Trial
Drawing/Painting Software Included:
Graphic Converter, Art Directors Toolkit, PixelNhance, OmniGraffle
Planning/Project Software Included:
OmniOutliner
Web Browser Included:
Internet Explorer 5.2, Netscape 4.7
E-Mail/Address Book Software Included:
OS X Mail, Address Book, iCal, iSync
Media Player Included:
Quicktime 6, DVD Player (Media Player 7 & RealOne Player available as free downloads)
Digital Image/Graphics Management Software Included:
iPhoto 1.1, Graphic Converter, Snapx Pro X
Digital Video Editing Software Included:
iMovie 2
Music Software/CD Burning Software Included:
iTunes 3; Disc Burner
DVD Burning Software Included:
Disc Burner
iDVD 2, Disc Burner
Games Included:
Chess
Additional Software Included:
FaxSTF, EarthLink, AOL, Acrobat Reader 5.0, PCalc; Apple Hardware Test CD; other assorted additional software bundled w/OS
Free ISP/Other Services:
1 month free EarthLink
Virus Susceptibility/
Security Issues:
only 45 known viruses (as opposed to well over 50,000 for Windows!); built-in firewall (OS X);
not vulnerable to IIS DDoS attacks. BUILT-IN FIREWALL.
Quality of Products & Service:
Received an exemplary "Good Guys" rating from ConsumerAffairs.com
(other 5 major PC makers all received negative "Rogues Gallery" rating)
Warranty Included:
1 yr. ltd.hardware, 90 days phone support (3 year AppleCare Protection Plan available for $249)
Total Price:
$2,498 (after rebate)
$3,198 (after rebate)
$3,898 (after rebate)

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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