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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 3/24/04

Note: Read the AAPLTalk System Shootout FAQ before proceeding!!!
STOCK MODELS
from Apple's
online store
PowerMac G4 w/17" LCD
PowerMac G5 w/17" LCD
Design/Styling:
Polycarbonate Shell
Aluminum Casing
Mobility:
appx. 50 lbs. total; integrated handles
appx. 54 lbs. total; integrated handles
Component Access?
Side drops open for easy expansion & component access.
Side panel lifts off for easy expansion & component access.
Desk Space Used:
appx. 300 sq. inches total
Noise Volume:
Full-sized fans.
under 35db (computer-controlled cooling system)
Energy Use:
appx. 340 watts;
appx. $60/yr.
appx. 450 watts (appx. $75/year)
Processor:
Notes
1.25 GHz G4
1.8 GHz Pentium 4
1.6 GHz G5
2.6 GHz Pentium 4
DUAL 1.8 GHz G5
3.1 GHz Pentium 4
DUAL 2.0 GHz G5
3.8 GHz Pentium 4
Cache:
64k L1 cache;
256k L2 cache
64k L1 cache; 512k L2 cache
64k L1 cache & 512k L2 cache per processor
L3 Cache/Other:
1 MB DDR L3 cache
64 bit architecture
RAM Type:
DDR-SDRAM PC2700 (333 MHz)
DDR-SDRAM PC3200 (400 MHz)
Front Side Bus:
167 MHz bus
800 MHz bus
900 MHz bus per proc.
1.0 GHz bus per proc.
RAM Amount:
256 MB (1 DIMM)
256 MB (2 DIMM)
512 MB (2 DIMM)
Max. RAM:
4.0 GB (4 slots)
8.0 GB (8 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
80 GB
160 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA/100
Serial-ATA 1.5 Gbs
Hard Drive Speed:
7200 RPM
CD-ROM:
32x CD-ROM
CD-RW:
32x10x CD-RW
16x10x CD-RW
DVD-ROM:
8x DVD-ROM
DVD-RW:
--
4x2x DVD-RW
PCI/AGP Slots:
4 PCI available
+ 1 filled AGP 4x
3 PCI available
+ 1 filled AGP 8x
3 PCI-X available + 1 filled AGP 8x
Internal Bays:
3 available / 4 total
1 available / 2 total
External Bays:
1 available / 2 total
0 available / 1 total
Mouse:
USB Optical
USB Ports:
6 USB 1.1 total: 2 on back, 2 on keybd., 2 on monitor
7 total: 3 USB 2.0 (2 on back, 1 on front)
4 USB 1.1 (2 on kbd, 2 on monitor)
FireWire Ports:
2 ports @ 400 Mbps
2 ports @ 400 Mbps (1 on front); 1 port @ 800 Mbps
Video Card:
ATI Radeon 9000
NVIDIA GeForce FX5200 Ultra
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
Video RAM:
64 MB DDR dedicated
VGA Out:
Yes (DVI-VGA adapter included)
DVI/ADC Out:
Yes (DVI & ADC)
RCA-Out:
via optional PCI card
S-Video Out:
via optional PCI card
Dual Display Support?
Yes (1 ADC + 1 DVI or VGA)
Display:
17" view. digital LCD (Apple Studio Display)
Resolution:
1280x1024 / 1.3 Mpx (native); 1920x1200 2.3 Mpx (max. possible via video card)
Viewable Angle:
160 vertical; 160 horizontal
Brightness/Contrast:
200 cd/m; 350:1 contrast ratio
Audio In:
Microphone Jack; Audio In Jack
Analog & Optical digital audio in (Toslink connectors)
Audio Out:
HP/Speaker Jacks; Audio Out Jack
Analog & optical digital audio out (Toslink connectors)
front headphone jack
Speakers:
integrated mono speaker included; works with any external speaker system
Ethernet:
10/100/1000 (Gigabit) integrated
56k Modem:
Yes (v.92) integrated; built-in fax software
Wi-Fi Card?
802.11b (11 Mbps) via
optional internal Airport 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, (Native)
Mac OS X (Native)
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:
MSFT Word v.X trial
Spreadsheet:
MSFT Excel v.X trial
Presentation:
MSFT PowerPoint v.X trial
Database:
FileMaker Pro 6 trial
Drawing/Painting:
Art Director's Toolkit; GraphicConverter
Projects/Planning:
OmniOutliner; OmniGraffle
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; MSFT Entourage v.X trial
Media Players:
*free download
QuickTime 6; Media Player 9.0*; RealOne Player 9.0 *; DVD Player
Financial:
QuickBooks Pro 5
Reference:
--
Digital Photography:
iPhoto 4.0; GraphicConverter
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie 4.0
CD Burning/Music:
iTunes 4.2; Disk Burner
Audio Engineering:
GarageBand 1.0
DVD Burning/Authoring:
iDVD 4.0; Disk Burner
Games Included:
Chess
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 $249; covers LCD as well)
Customer Service:
Subotal:
$1,398
$1,898
$1,598
$3,098
- Rebates if any:
- $99 printer rebate
+ Ground Shipping:
n/c
Total Price
as configured:
(tax not included)
$1,299
$1,799
$2,499
$2,999

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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