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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: 14"+ Display, DVD, CD-RW

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 $1,600
INCLUDING SHIPPING!
Company
Apple
Dell
HP/Compaq
Gateway
Sony
Toshiba
BOLD
= Best of Field
14" iBook
Inspirion 8200
Pavilion ze5000
450S
VAIO PCG-GRS100
Satellite 2410-S204
Dimensions:
175 cubic in.
12.7" x 10.2" x 1.35"
253 cubic in.
1.8" x 13.0" x 10.8"
250 cubic in.
1.8" x 13.0" x 10.7"
168 cubic in.
13.2" x 10.6" x 1.2"
235 cubic in.
1.7" x 12.9" x 10.7"
244 cubic in.
1.7" x 11.2" x 12.8"
Weight:
(all bays filled)
6.0 lbs
7.9 lbs
7.5 lbs.
6.0 lbs
7.5 lbs.
7.8 lbs.
Battery Life:
6 hrs.
2-3 hrs.
2.5 hrs (?)
2.5 hrs. (?)
2-5 hrs.
2.5 hrs.
Processor:
Rating Notes
900 MHz P4
800 MHz
PowerPC G3
1.7 GHz P4
1.7 GHz
Intel Pentium 4-M
2.0 GHz P4
2.0 GHz
Intel Pentium 4-M
1.7 GHz P4
1.7 GHz
Intel Pentium 4-M
1.8 GHz P4
1.8 GHz
Intel Pentium 4-M
1.8 GHz P4
1.8 GHz
Intel Pentium 4-M
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
32k
32k
32k
32k
L2 Cache:
512K on-chip
512K on-chip
512K on-chip
512K on-chip
256K on-chip
256k on-chip
L3 Cache:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Memory Type:
SDRAM PC100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
SDRAM PC133
Frontside Bus:
100 MHz bus
400 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
Memory Amount:
256 MB (2 x 128)
256 MB (2 x 128)
512 MB (2 x 256)
256 MB (1 x 256)
256 MB (1 x 256)
256 MB (2 x 256)
Max RAM:
640 MB (1+1 open)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
512 MB (2 slots)
512 MB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
30 GB
30 GB
30 GB
30 GB
30 GB
30 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 66
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
8x8x CD-RW
16x10x CD-RW
16x10x CD-RW
8x8x CD-RW
DVD-Rom:
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
DVD-RW:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Floppy Drive:
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Zip/Other Drive:
--
--
--
--
Memory stick port
--
PC Card Slot?
802.11b Card Slot
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Type of Bays:
Fixed
Swappable
Fixed
Swappable
Swappable
Fixed
USB Ports:
2
2
2
2
3
3
Firewire Ports:
1
1
--
1
1
--
Legacy Ports:
--
1 Par; 1 Ser; 1 PS/2
1 Par.
1 Par; 1 Ser; 1 PS/2
1 Par.
1 Par.
Graphics Card:
Rating Notes
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
nVIDIA
GeForce4 440 Go
ATI Mobility
Radeon
ATI Mobility
Radeon
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
nVIDIA
GeForce4 440 Go
Video RAM:
32 MB
32 MB DDR
16 MB
32 MB DDR
16 MB DDR
16 MB
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
S-Video Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
--
Yes
--
Composite Out:
Yes
--
--
Yes
--
Yes
DVI Out:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Display:
14.1" TFT XGA
15" TFT Ultra XGA+
15" TFT XGA
14.1" TFT XGA
15" TFT XGA
15" TFT XGA
Native display resolution:
1024x768
1600x1200
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
Microphone/
Line 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/
Audio Out:
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 (integrated)
Yes (integrated)
--
--
Yes (integrated)
Yes (integrated)
Bluetooth Card?
--
--
--
--
--
--
Hardware Extras Included:
HP DeskJet 3820
--
Spare Battery
--
--
--
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
Windows XP
Home Edition
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
WordPerfect 9
MSFT Word XP
MSFT Word XP
--
Save-as PDF:
Native (any file)
(requires 3rd-party app.)
Spreadsheet Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
(Excel compatible)
MSFT Works 6.0
Quattro Pro 9
MSFT Works 6.0
--
--
Presentation Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
--
--
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
--
--
Planning/Project Software Included:
--
--
--
--
--
--
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;
OS X Address Book
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
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.
Quicktime 6.0
Media Player 8
DVD Player
RealOne Player avail.
Media Player 8
DVD Player
Quicktime 6 avail.
RealOne Player avail.
Financial Software Included:
Quicken 2002 Deluxe
Money 2002
Quicken New Users
Money 2002
Quicken 2002
Quicken Basic
Reference Software Included:
World Book OS X
Encarta 2001
Streets & Trips 2002
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encarta 2002
Streets & Trips 2002
--
--
Digital Photo Management:
iPhoto 1.1; PixelNhance
Image Expert 2000
PictureIt! 2000
Arcsoft Funhouse
Photo impressions4
Picture It!
Photoshop Elements LE
PictureGear Studio
Smart Capture
--
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie 2
MovieMaker 2
Power Director Pro VE
MovieMaker 2
Sony DVGate
Sony MovieShaker
Pico Player
MovieMaker 2
Music Software/
CD Burning Software:
iTunes 3
Disc Burner
MusicMatch 6.0
Adaptec EasyCD
MusicMatch 7.0
HP RecordNow
Unknown (?)
Sony SonicStage
ScreenBlast ACID
SoundForge
Unknown (?)
Games Included:
Chess
Otto Matic
Deimos Rising
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Wild Tangent My Games, 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
"Two software titles" (?)
Free ISP/
Other Services
1 month EarthLink
6 months Earthlink
--
1 year AOL
--
3 Months AOL
Virus Susceptibility/
Security Issues
50,000+ known 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./at-home
90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1 yr. phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
Quality of Products & Service:
Consumer Affairs
Navigation?
Easy
Easy
Poor
Easy
Fair
Poor
Customization Allowed?
Some
Full
Some
Full
Little
None
Subotal:
(includes rebates, add-ons, etc.)
$1599
$1,563
$1,560
$1,558
$1,579
$1,599
+ Ground Shipping:
No Charge
$45
$50
$49
No Charge
$10
Total Price
as configured:
$1599
tax not included
$1,608
tax not included
$1,610
tax not included
$1,607
tax not included
$1,579
tax not included
$1,609
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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