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AS OF 2/04/03
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STOCK MODELS
from Apple's
online store

iMac G3 Classic
eMac
iMac G4 Flat-Panel
iMac G3
eMac
Combo Drive
eMac
SuperDrive
iMac G4
Combo Drive
17" iMac
SuperDrive
$799
$999
$1,299
$1,299
$1,799
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
Desk space Used:
255 sq. inches
270 sq. in.
88 sq. inches
Noise Volume:
Nearly silent
(convection cooled)
Ultraquiet Fan
Energy Use:
150 Watts total
($27/year)
170 Watts total ($30/yr)
130 Watts total ($24 / year)
Processor:
650 MHz P4
600 MHz G3
1.1 GHz P4
700 MHz G4
1.2 GHz P4
800 MHz G4
1.1 GHz P4
800 MHz G4
1.5 GHz P4
1.0 GHz G4
L1 Cache:
64k
L2 Cache:
256K on-chip
Memory Type:
SDRAM PC100
DDR PC2100
Frontside Bus:
100 MHz bus
133 MHz bus
Memory Included:
128 MB (1 x 128)
256 MB (1 x 256)
Max RAM:
1.0 GB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
40 GB
60 GB
80 GB
Hard Drive Speed:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
5400 RPM
7200 RPM
CD Optical Drive:
24x CD-ROM
(slot-loading)
24x10x32x CD-RW
8x4x24x CD-RW
32x10x32x CD-RW
16x8x24x CD-RW
DVD Optical Drive:
--
2x1x6x DVD-RW
8x DVD-ROM
4x2x6x 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/scroll wheel 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)
Graphics Card:
ATI Rage 128 Ultra
nVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400
nVIDIA
GeForce4 MX 440
Video RAM:
16 MB SDRAM
32 MB DDR SDRAM
64 MB DDR
VGA Out:
VGA (Mirroring; see below)
TV/Composite Out:
--
optional adapter
TV/S-Video Out:
--
optional adapter
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
Built-in mic; audio-in;
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)
Harmon Kardon
Stereo Pro Speakers
10/100 Ethernet:
10/100 Base-T Ethernet Built-in
56k Internal Modem:
56k V.92 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)
int. 802.11g slot;
int. antennae;
int. 802.11g base station
Included OS:
OS X 10.2, Mac OS 9.2 (dual-boot system), BSD Unix;
also includes FULL Apache Web Server;
OS X fully Java 2 compliant)
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 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
Internet Explorer 5.2
E-Mail/PDA Software Included:
OS X Mail, Address Book, iCal, iSync
Media Player Included:
QuickTime 6.1, DVD Player (Media Player 7 & RealOne Player available as free downloads)
Financial Software
Included:
Quicken 2003 Deluxe
Reference Software Included:
World Book Mac OS X Edition 2003
Digital Image/Graphics Management Software Included:
iPhoto 2
Digital Video Editing Software Included:
iMovie 3
Music Software/CD Burning Software Included:
iTunes 3; Disc Burner, Sound Studio
DVD Burning Software Included:
Disc Burner
iDVD 3, Disc Burner
Disc Burner
iDVD 3, 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 $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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