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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: 11/01/02 - 11/06/02
Must Include: 12.1"+ Display, CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive

Note: Read the AAPLTalk System Shootout FAQ before procededing!!!
All images and logos are copyright to the respective companies listed.

Total must be within $25 of $1,300
INCLUDING SHIPPING!
Company
Apple
Dell
HP/Compaq
Gateway
Sony
Toshiba
BOLD
= Best of Field
iBook Combo Drive
Inspirion 2650
Presario 910us
Solo 1450SE
VAIO PCG-FXA63
Satellite 1410-S174
Dimensions:
132 cubic in.
11.2" x 9.1" x 1.3"
202 cubic in.
1.4"x 12.9"x 10.8"
209 cubic in.
1.5"x 12.8"x 10.6"
210 cubic in.
12.6" x 10.4" x 1.6"
188 cubic in.
1.4"x12.8"x10.5"
243 cubic in.
12.8"x11.2"x1.7"
Weight:
(all bays filled)
4.9 lbs
7.5 lbs
6.5 lbs
6.2 lbs
7.1 lbs.
7.8 lbs.
Battery Life:
5 hrs.
2-3 hrs.
Unknown;
assuming 2.5 hrs
Unknown;
assuming 2.5 hrs
1-3 hrs.
2.5 hrs.
Processor:
Rating Notes
900 MHz P4
800 MHz
PowerPC G3
1.8 GHz P4
1.8 GHz
M Pentium 4
1.8 GHz P4
1.35 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1500+
950 MHz P4
1.33 GHz
Intel Celeron
1.8 GHz P4
1.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1600+
1.3 GHz P4
1.8 GHz
Intel Celeron
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
128k
32k
128k
32k
L2 Cache:
512K on-chip
512K on-chip
256K on-chip
128K on-chip
256K on-chip
256k on-chip
L3 Cache:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Memory Type:
SDRAM PC100
SDRAM PC133
DDR PC2100
SDRAM PC133
DDR PC2100
DDR PC1600
Frontside Bus:
100 MHz
400 MHz
200 MHz
133 MHz
200 MHz
266 MHz
Memory Amount:
128 MB (1 DIMM)
128 MB (1 DIMM)
256 MB (2 DIMM)
256 MB (2 DIMM)
256 MB (1 DIMM)
256 MB (1 x 256)
Max RAM:
640 MB (1+1 open)
512 MB (1+1 open)
384 MB (2 slots)
512 MB (2 slots)
512 MB (2 slots)
512 MB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
30 GB
30 GB
30 GB
20 GB
20 GB
30 GB
Hard Drive Speed:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra DMA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 66
Hard Drive Speed:
4200 rpm
4200 rpm
4200 rpm
4200 rpm
4200 rpm
4200 rpm
CD-Rom:
24x CD
24x CD
24x CD
24x CD
24x CD
24x CD
CD-RW:
16x8x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
(?x?x CD-RW)
8x8x CD-RW
16x10x CD-RW
?x?x CD-RW
DVD-Rom:
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
?x DVD
DVD-/+RW:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Floppy Drive:
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Zip/Other Drive:
--
--
--
--
Memory stick slot
--
PC Card Slot?
802.11b Card Slot
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Type of Bays:
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
Swappable
Fixed
USB Ports:
2
2
2
2
2
3
Firewire Ports:
1
--
--
--
1
--
Legacy Ports:
--
1 Par; 1 PS/2
1 Par; 1 PS/2
1 Par; 1 Ser.
1 Par; 1 Ser.
1 Par.
Graphics Card:
Rating Notes
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
nVidia
GeForce2Go
ATI Mobility Radeon
Intel 3D AGP
ATI Rage Mobility
nVidia
GeForce4 420 Go
Video RAM:
32 MB
16 MB DDR
16 MB (shared)
8 MB
8 MB
16 MB
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
S-Video Out:
Yes
--
Yes
--
--
--
Composite Out:
Yes
--
--
--
Yes
Yes
DVI Out:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Display:
12.1" TFT XGA
14.1" TFT XGA
14.1" TFT XGA
14.1" TFT XGA
14.1" TFT XGA
15" TFT XGA
Max. display resolution:
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
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
Line-in port
Digital audio-ready
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
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Stereo Speakers:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
10/100 Ethernet:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Gigabit Ethernet:
--
--
--
--
--
--
56k Internal Modem:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
802.11b Wi-Fi Card?
--
--
--
--
--
--
802.11b Antennae?
Yes (internal)
--
--
Yes (internal)
--
Yes (internal)
Bluetooth Wireless?
--
--
--
--
--
Hardware Extras Included:
HP DeskJet 3820
--
Spare power adapter
--
--
--
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2;
Mac OS 9.2;
BSD Unix;
Apache Web Server
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 (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)
MSFT Word XP
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Word XP
WordPerfect 10
(Word compatible)
--
Save-as PDF:
Native (any file)
(requires 3rd-party app.)
Spreadsheet Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
(Excel compatible)
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Excel XP
Quattro Pro 10
(Excel compatible)
--
Presentation Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
Corel Presentations
(PwrPt. compatible)
--
Database Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
--
--
--
Drawing/Painting Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
--
--
Handwriting Recognition:
Inkwell
--
Calendar/PIM Software Included:
Address Book/
iCal / iSync
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Works 6.0
MSFT Outlook XP
CorelCentral 10
--
Planning/Project Software Included:
--
--
--
MSFT Publisher XP
--
--
Web Browser Included:
Internet Explorer 5.2
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 6
E-Mail/Address Book Included:
OS X Mail/
Address Book
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
MSFT Outlook XP
CorelCentral 10
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
Money 2002
Money 2001
Quicken New Users
Quicken 2002
Quicken Basic 2001
Reference Software Included:
World Book OS X
Encarta 2002
Streets & Trips
Encarta 2000
--
--
--
Digital Photo Management:
iPhoto 1.1; PixelNhance
Image Expert 2002
PictureIt! 2002
--
--
Digital Print
Smart Capture
--
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie 2
MovieMaker 2
MovieMaker 2
MovieMaker 2
PicoPlayer
MovieShaker
DV Gate
MovieMaker 2
Music Software/
CD Burning Software:
iTunes 3
Disc Burner
MusicMatch 6.0
Direct CD
Unknown (?)
Unknown (?)
SonicStage
ScreenBlast ACID
SoundForge
Unknown (?)
Games Included:
Chess
Otto Matic
Deimos Rising
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Additional Software Included
FaxSTF
Palm Desktop
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
"2 software titles (?)"
Free ISP/
Other Services
1 month EarthLink
6 months Earthlink
--
1 year AOL
--
3 Months AOL
Virus Susceptibility/
Security Issues
50,000+ viruses
Norton AntiVirus
Built-in Firewall?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
3 yr. ltd./mail-in
3 yr. phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1 yr. phone
2 yr. ltd./mail-in
2 yr. phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1 yr. phone
Quality of Products & Service:
Consumer Affairs
Navigation?
Easy
Easy
Easy
Easy
Poor
Poor
Customization Allowed?
Some
Full
Some
Full
Almost None
None
Subotal:
(includes rebates, add-ons, etc.)
$1,299
$1,267
$1,250
$1,252
$1,300
$1,309
+ Ground Shipping:
No Charge
$45
$50
$49
No Charge
$10
Total Price
as configured:
$1,299
tax not included
$1,312
tax not included
$1,300
tax not included
$1301
tax not included
$1,300
tax not included
$1,319
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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