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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

Dates Configured: 11/1/02 - 11/06/02
Must Include: 12.1"+ Display, CD-Rom

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Total must be within $25 of $1,000
INCLUDING SHIPPING!

Company
Apple
Dell
HP/Compaq
Gateway
Sony
Toshiba
BOLD
= Best of Field
NO NEW LAPTOPS
AVAILABLE FOR UNDER $1,300
W/SHIPPING
iBook CD-Rom
Inspirion 2650C
Evo N1015
Solo 1450SE
VAIO PCG-FXA36
Satellite 1115-S103
Dimensions:
132 cubic in.
11.2" x 9.1" x 1.3"
202 cubic in.
1.4"x 12.9"x 10.8"
217 cubic in.
1.6 x 12.9 x 10.5
210 cubic in.
12.6"x10.4"x1.6"
n/a
206 cubic in.
12.6" x 10.9" x 1.5"
Weight:
(all bays filled)
4.9 lbs
7.5 lbs
6.6 lbs.
6.2 lbs
n/a.
6.9 lbs.
Battery Life:
5 hrs.
2-3 hrs.
Unknown;
assuming 2.5 hrs
Unknown;
assuming 2.5 hrs
n/a
2.0 hrs.
Processor:
Rating Notes
800 MHz P4
700 MHz PowerPC G3
1.1 GHz P4
1.5 GHz Intel Celeron
1.6 GHz P4
AMD Athlon XP 1400+
950 MHz P4
1.33 GHz Intel Celeron
n/a
1.1 GHz P4
1.5 GHz Intel Celeron
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
128k
32k
n/a
32k
L2 Cache:
512K on-chip
256K on-chip
256K on-chip
128K on-chip
n/a
256K on-chip
L3 Cache:
--
--
--
--
n/a
--
Memory Type:
SDRAM PC100
SDRAM PC133
DDR PC1600
SDRAM PC133
n/a
DDR PC1600
Frontside Bus:
100 MHz
100 MHz
266 MHz
133 MHz
n/a
400 MHz
Memory Amount:
128 MB (1 x 128)
128 MB (1x128)
256 MB (2x128)
256 MB (2 x 128)
n/a
256 MB (1 x 256)
Max RAM:
640 MB (1+1 open)
512 MB (1+1 open)
640 MB (1+1 open)
512 MB (2 slots)
n/a
512 MB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
20 GB
30 GB
20 GB
30 GB
n/a
20 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
n/a
Ultra ATA 66
Hard Drive Speed:
4200 rpm
4200 rpm
4200 rpm
4200 rpm
n/a
4200 rpm
CD-Rom:
24x CD
24x CD
24x CD
24x CD
n/a
24x CD
CD-RW:
--
--
--
--
n/a
--
DVD-Rom:
--
8x DVD
--
8x DVD
n/a
8x DVD
DVD-/+RW:
--
--
--
--
n/a
--
Floppy Drive:
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
No
Zip/Other Drive:
--
--
--
--
n/a
--
PC Card Slot?
802.11b Card Slot
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Yes
Type of Bays:
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
n/a
Swappable
USB Ports:
2
2
2
2
n/a
3
Firewire Ports:
1
--
--
--
n/a
--
Legacy Ports:
--
1 Par; 1 PS/2
1 Par; 1 PS/2
1 Par; 1 Ser.
n/a
1 Par.
Graphics Card:
Rating Notes
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
nVidia
GeForce2Go
ATI
Mobility Radeon
Intel
Integrated 3D AGP
n/a
ATI
Mobility Radeon
Video RAM:
16 MB
16 MB DDR
16 MB (shared)
8 MB
n/a
16 MB DDR
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Yes
S-Video Out:
Yes
--
Yes
--
n/a
Yes
Composite Out:
Yes
--
--
--
n/a
--
DVI Out:
--
--
--
--
n/a
--
Display:
12.1" TFT XGA
14.1" TFT XGA
13.3" TFT
14.1" TFT XGA
n/a
14.1" TFT XGA
Max. display resolution:
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
n/a
1024x768
Microphone/
Audio In:
Built-in microphone
Digital audio-ready
Line-in port
Digital audio-ready
Line-in port
Digital audio-ready
Line-in port
Digital audio-ready
n/a
Line-in port
Digital audio-ready
Headphone
& Speaker Jacks:
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
n/a
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Stereo Speakers:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Yes
10/100 Ethernet:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Yes
Gigabit Ethernet:
--
--
--
--
n/a
--
56k Internal Modem:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Yes
802.11b Wi-Fi Card?
--
--
--
--
n/a
--
802.11b Antennae?
Yes (integrated)
--
--
Yes (integrated)
n/a
Yes (integrated)
Bluetooth Wireless?
--
--
--
--
n/a
--
Hardware Extras Included:
HP DeskJet 3820
--
--
--
n/a
--
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2;
Mac OS 9.2;
BSD Unix;
Apache Web Server
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP
Home Edition
n/a
Windows XP Home Edition
DOS/Windows Support:
DOS/98/ME/2000/XP
(via Virtual PC)
DOS/95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP (Native)
Mac OS Support:
Mac OS 8,9,X (Native)
Mac OS 8 only (via emulation)
Linux OS Support:
Various flavors (Native)
UNIX OS Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Java 2 Support:
Native
(Must be downloaded)
Zero-Config
Networking:
Rendezvous
--
Word Processor Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
(Word compatible)
WordPerfect 10
--
MSFT Word XP
n/a
MSFT Works 6.0
Save-as PDF:
Native (any file)
3rd-party
Spreadsheet Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
(Excel compatible)
Quattro Pro 10
--
MSFT Works 6.0
n/a
MSFT Works 6.0
Presentation Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
n/a
--
Database Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
MSFT Works 6.0
--
MSFT Works 6.0
n/a
MSFT Works 6.0
Drawing/Painting Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
n/a
--
Handwriting Recognition:
Inkwell
--
Calendar/PIM Software Included:
OS X Address Book/
iCal / iSync
MSFT Works 6.0
--
MSFT Works 6.0
n/a
MSFT Works 6.0
Planning/Project Software Included:
--
--
--
--
n/a
--
Web Browser Included:
Internet Explorer 5.2
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6
n/a
Internet Explorer 6
E-Mail/Address Book Included:
OS X Mail/
Address Book
CoreCentral Address Book
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
n/a
Outlook Express 6
Media Player Included:
Quicktime 6
DVD Player
Media Player 7 avail.
RealOne Player avail.
Media Player 8; DVD Player
Quicktime 6 avail.; RealOne Player avail.
Financial Software Included:
Quicken 2003 Deluxe
Quicken New Users
--
Money 2002
n/a
Quicken Basic 2001
Reference Software Included:
World Book OS X
Encyclopedia Brittanica
--
Encarta 2000
Streets & Trips
n/a
--
Digital Photo Management:
iPhoto 1.1
PixelNhance
Image Expert
--
Picture It!
n/a
--
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie 2
MovieMaker 2
MovieMaker 2
MovieMaker 2
n/a
MovieMaker 2
Music Software/
CD Burning Software:
iTunes 3
Disc Burner
MusicMatch 6.0
--
--
n/a
--
Games Included:
Chess
Otto Matic
Deimos Rising
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
n/a
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Additional Software Included
Palm Desktop
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
n/a
Asstd. system software
"2 software titles (?)"
Free ISP/
Other Services
1 month EarthLink
6 months Earthlink
6 months AOL
1 year AOL
n/a
3 months AOL
Virus Susceptibility/
Security Issues
50,000+ viruses
Norton Internet Security
50,000+ viruses
n/a
50,000+ known viruses
Norton AntiVirus
Built-in Firewall?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Yes
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1-yr. phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 day phone
1 yr. ltd./at-home
1 yr. phone
n/a
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1 yrs. phone
Quality of Products & Service:
Consumer Affairs
n/a
Navigation?
Easy
Easy
Poor
Easy
n/a
Poor
Customization?
Some
Full
Full
Full
n/a
None
Subotal:
(includes rebates, add-ons, etc.)
$999
$968
$954
$958
n/a
$999
+ Ground Shipping:
No Charge
$45
$50
$49
n/a
$10
Total Price
as configured:
$999
tax not included
$1,013
tax not included
$1,004
tax not included
$1,007
tax not included
n/a
$1,009
tax not included

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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