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Visit Charle Gaba's new System Shootout site for the latest shootouts!


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 5/06/03

Note: Read the AAPLTalk System Shootout FAQ before proceeding!!!
STOCK MODELS
from Apple's
online store

eMac
iMac
eMac
eMac Combo Drive
eMac SuperDrive
15" iMac Combo Drive
17" iMac SuperDrive
$799
$999
$1,299
$1,299
$1,799
Design/Styling:
White
"Lamp"-style White; 180° swing arm
Mobility:
AIO Design
All-in-one design; Neck acts as handle
Weight:
50 lbs.
22 lbs.
Component Access:
Quick access to wireless card & RAM cards
Cables/Cords:
4
6
Desk Space Used:
270 sq. in.
88 sq. inches
Noise Volume:
Ultraquiet Fan
Energy Use:
170 Watts total ($30/yr)
130 Watts total ($24 / year)
Processor:
800 MHz G4
1.0 GHz G4
800 MHz G4
1.0 GHz G4
Roughly equal to...
1.2 GHz Pentium 4
1.5 GHz Pentium 4
1.2 GHz Pentium 4
1.5 GHz Pentium 4
L1 Cache:
64k
L2 Cache:
256K
RAM Type:
SDRAM PC133
DDR PC2100
Front Side Bus:
133 MHz bus
133 MHz bus
133 MHz bus
Memory
128 MB (1 x 128)
256 MB (1 x 256)
Max. RAM:
1.0 GB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Size:
40 GB
60 GB
80 GB
60 GB
80 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Hard Drive Speed:
5400 RPM
7200 RPM
CD Optical Drive:
32x CD-ROM
32x10x32x CD-RW
16x8x32x CD-RW
32x10x32x CD-RW
16x8x24x CD-RW
DVD Optical Drive:
--
8x DVD-ROM
4x2x8x DVD-RW
8x DVD-ROM
4x2x8x DVD-RW
Other Drive:
(optional external USB or FireWire Zip/floppy/etc. drives available)
PCI/AGP Slots:
1 Airport Extreme (802.11g) slot available
Internal Bays:
0 available / 1 total
External Bays:
0 available / 1 total
Mouse:
Ambidextrous USB Optical Pro Mouse (3rd-party multi-button/scroll mice also available)
Keyboard
USB Pro Keyboard w/volume control, mute & CD-Eject buttons + 2 USB ports
USB Ports:
3 on CPU back + 2 on keyboard = 5 total; 3 available
FireWire Ports:
2 On-board ports (400 Mbps transfer speed)
Video Card:
ATI Radeon 7500 AGP 4x
NVIDIA
GeForce2 MX 440
NVIDIA
GeForce4 MX 440
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR SDRAM
64 MB DDR
VGA Out:
VGA (Mirroring via optional adapter)
TV/RCA Out:
optional adapter
--
optional adapter
TV/S-Video Out:
optional adapter
--
optional adapter
Dual Display Support?
Mirroring Only
Max. Res. Supported:
1280x960
1024x768
1440x900
Display
16" viewable flat-screen CRT (integrated)
15" viewable LCD
100% digital (integrated)
17" viewable wide LCD
100% digital (integrated)
Max. inc.
display resolution:
1280x960
1024x768
1440x900
Viewable Angle:
n/a (CRT)
120° V / 90° H
Brightness:
n/a (CRT)
200 cd/m
Contrast:
(0.25mm dot pitch)
300:1
Microphone/
Line in:
Built-in microphone, Audio-in jack, digital audio-ready
Built-in microphone
digital-audio ready
Built-in mic; audio-in;
digital-audio ready
Headphone/
Line out:
Headphone jack, Ext. speaker jack, Digital Audio-ready
Speakers
Harman Kardon stereo speakers (integrated)
Harman Kardon Stereo Pro Speakers
Ethernet:
10/100 Base-T Ethernet Built-in
56k Modem:
56k V.92 internal modem w/FaxSTF software & phone cord
Wireless Networking?
integrated 802.11g (Airport Extreme) card slot; integrated antennae;
Built-in 802.11g Base Station software (requires optional Airport card)
int. 802.11b slot; int. ant.;
integr. 802.11b base st.
int. 802.11g slot; int. ant.;
integr. 802.11g base st.
Bluetooth?
optional USB Bluetooth card
Included OS:
OS X 10.2, Mac OS 9.2 (dual-boot), BSD Unix;
Apache Web Server; OS X full Java 2 support;
integrated save-as PDF; integ. handwriting recog.
OS X 10.2, Mac OS 9 (via classic), BSD Unix;
Apache Web Server; OS X fully Java 2 compliant;
integrated save-as PDF; integrated handwriting recognition
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
AppleWorks 6.2 (Word compatible)
Spreadsheet:
AppleWorks 6.2 (Excel compatible)
Presentation:
AppleWorks 6.2
Database:
AppleWorks 6.2
Drawing/Painting:
AppleWorks 6.2
Web Browser
Internet Explorer 5.2; Safari 1.0 (beta)
E-Mail/PDA:
OS X Mail, Address Book, iCal, iSync
Media Players:
*free download
QuickTime 6.2, DVD Player (WMP 7* & RealOne* available as free downloads)
Financial:
Included:
Quicken 2003 Deluxe
Reference:
World Book Mac OS X Edition 2003
Digital Image/
Graphics Management:
iPhoto 2
Digital Video
Editing:
iMovie 3
Music:/CD Burning:
iTunes 4; Disc Burner, Sound Studio
DVD Burning/
Authoring:
Disc Burner
iDVD 3, Disc Burner
Disc Burner
iDVD 3, Disc Burner
Games
Included:
Chess, Otto Matic, Deimos Rising
Additional:
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 around 50 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
1 yr. ltd.hardware, 90 days phone support; 3 year AppleCare Protection Plan available for $169
Total Price:
$799
$999 $1,299
$1,299
$1,799

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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