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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 3/24/04

Note: Read the AAPLTalk System Shootout FAQ before proceeding!!!
STOCK MODELS
from Apple's
online store
eMac Combo
eMac SuperDrive
iMac 15"
iMac 17"
iMac 20"
Design/Styling:
White
"Lamp"-style / White
Mobility:
All-in-one design; 50 lbs. total
All-in-one design;
21 lbs. total
All-in-one design;
23 lbs. total
All-in-one design;
40 lbs. total
Component Access?
Quick access to memory & wireless cards
Cords/Cables:
4 cables/cords
5 cables/cords
Desk Space Used:
appx. 270 sq. inches total
appx. 88 sq. inches around
Noise Volume:
Nearly silent (ultraquiet fan)
Energy Use:
170 Watts total; appx. $30 / year
130 Watts total;
appx. $24 / year
160 Watts total;
appx. $28 / year
190 Watts total;
appx. $32 / year
Processor:
Notes
1.0 GHz G4 1.5 GHz Pentium 4
1.25 GHz G4 1.8 GHz Pentium 4
Cache:
64k L1 cache; 256k L2 cache
RAM Type:
SDRAM PC133
DDR-SDRAM PC2700
Front Side Bus:
133 MHz bus
167 MHz bus
RAM Amount:
128 MB (1 DIMM)
256 MB (1 DIMM)
Max. RAM:
1.0 GB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
40 GB
80 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA/66
Ultra ATA/100
Hard Drive Speed:
5400 RPM
7200 RPM
CD-ROM:
32x CD
CD-RW:
32x10x CD-RW
16x8x CD-RW
32x10x CD-RW
16x8x CD-RW
DVD-ROM:
8x DVD-ROM
DVD-RW:
--
4x2x DVD-RW
--
4x2x DVD-RW
Mouse:
USB Optical
USB Ports:
3 on CPU side + 2 on keybd = 5 total
3 USB 1.1 available
3 USB 2.0 on CPU side + 2 USB 1.1 on keybd = 5 total
3 available
FireWire Ports:
2 ports @ 400 Mbps
Video Card:
ATI Radeon 7500
GeForce 4MX
NVIDIA GeForce FX5200 Ultra
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR dedicated
64 MB DDR dedicated
VGA Out:
Yes (integrated display + mirroring via optional adapter; see dual-display below)
DVI/ADC Out:
--
RCA-Out:
yes, via optional adapter
S-Video Out:
yes, via optional adapter
Dual Display Support?
Yes (integrated display + mirroring via optional adapter)
Display:
integrated 16" viewable flat-panel CRT
integrated 15" LCD
integrated 17" widescreen LCD
integrated 20" widescreen LCD
Max. Resolution:
1280x960
1024x768
1440x900
1680x1050
Audio In:
Built-in microphone; Line-in
Audio Out:
Headphone jack, Line-out jack
Stereo Speakers:
Harman Kardon (Integrated)
Harmon Kardon (globe speakers)
Ethernet:
10/100 integrated
56k Modem:
Yes (v.92) integrated; built-in fax software
Wi-Fi Card?
802.11g (54 Mbps) via optional internal Airport Extreme card
Bluetooth Card?
optional via internal or external card
Hardware Extras:
Epson Stylus C84 Printer(free after rebate; ltd. time offer)
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.3 Panther; Mac OS 9.2; BSD Unix; Apache Web Server
Windows Support:
DOS/95/98/ME/2000/XP (via Virtual PC)
Mac Support:
Mac OS 9 (Classic Environment),
Mac OS X (Native)
Linux Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Unix Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Java 2 Support:
Native
Save-as PDF:
Native (any file)
Handwriting Recognition:
Inkwell (system wide)
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
Projects/Planning:
--
Web Browser
Safari 1.2, IE 5.2, Sherlock 3.0
E-Mail/PIM/Address Book:
OS X Mail/Address Book; iCal, iSync, iChat AV
Media Players:
*free download
QuickTime 6; Media Player 9.0*; RealOne Player 9.0 *; DVD Player
Financial:
Quicken 2004 Deluxe
Reference:
World Book OS X
Digital Photography:
iPhoto 4.0
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie 4.0
CD Burning/Music:
iTunes 4.2; Disk Burner
Audio Engineering:
GarageBand 1.0; Sound Studio
DVD Burning/Authoring:
iDVD 4.0; Disk Burner
Games Included:
Chess; Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4; Deimos Rising
Additional Software:
Asstd. system software
Free Services:
1 month Earthlink; 2 month .Mac trial
Viruses/Security:
No known viruses effect Mac OS X.
Firewall:
Built-in; configurable
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in; 90 days phone (3-yr. AppleCare extended warranty available for $169)
Customer Service:
Subotal:
$898
$1,198
$1,398
$1,898
$2,298
- Rebates if any:
- $99 printer rebate
+ Ground Shipping:
n/c
Total Price
as configured:
(tax not included)
$799
$1,099
$1,299
$1,799
$2,199

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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