You'll get your Mac news here from now on...

Help TMO Grow

Subscriber Login

Advertising Info


The Mac Observer Express Daily Newsletter


More Info

Site Navigation

Home
News
Tips
Columns & Editorials
Reviews
Reports
Archives
Search
Forums
Links
Mac Links
Software
Reports
Contact

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

DATES CONFIGURED: between 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 $50 of $2,300
INCLUDING SHIPPING!
Company
Apple
Dell
HP/Compaq
Gateway
Sony
Toshiba
BOLD
= Best of Field
PowerBook G4
Inspiron 8200
Pavilion ze5000
600X
VAIO PCG-GRX690
Satellite Pro 6100
Dimensions:
127 cubic in.
1" x 13.4" x 9.5"
246 cubic in.
1.75" x 13.0" x 10.8"
250 cubic in.
1.8" x 13.0" x 10.7"
269 cubic in.
13.9" x 11.4" x 1.7"
290 cubic in.
1.8" X 14.0" X 11.5
206 cubic in.
12.9" X 11.3" X 1.4"
Weight:
(all bays filled)
5.4 lbs.
7.9 lbs.
7.5 lbs.
8.7 lbs.
8.4 lbs.
6.8 lbs.
Battery Life:
5 hrs.
2-3 hrs.
2.5 hrs (?)
2.5 hrs (?)
1.5 - 4.5 hrs.
1.5 - 3 hrs.
Processor:
Rating Notes
1.3 GHz
867 MHz PowerPC G4
1.8 GHz
1.8 GHz M Pentium 4
2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz M Pentium 4
2.0 GHz
2.0 GHz M Pentium 4
1.8 GHz
1.8 GHz M Pentium 4
1.7 GHz
1.7 GHz M Pentium 4
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
32k
32k
32k
32k
L2 Cache:
256K on-chip
512K on-chip
512K on-chip
512K on-chip
512K on-chip
512K on-chip
L3 Cache:
1 MB DDR
--
--
--
--
--
Memory Type:
SDR PC133
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
Frontside Bus:
133 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
Memory Amount:
512 MB (2 DIMM)
512 MB (DIMM)
768 MB (DIMM)
512 MB (1DIMM)
512 MB (2 DIMMs)
256 MB (2 DIMMs)
Max RAM:
1.0 GB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
40 GB
40 GB
60 GB
40 GB
60 GB
40 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA ???
Ultra ATA ???
Ultra ATA 100
Hard Drive Speed:
4200 rpm
5400 rpm
5400 rpm
???? rpm
???? rpm
???? rpm
CD-ROM:
24x
24x
24x
24x
24x
24x
CD-RW:
8x8x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
8x8x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
16x10x CD-RW
?x?x CD-RW
DVD-ROM:
8x
8x
8x
8x
12x
?x
DVD-RW:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Floppy Drive:
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Zip/Other Drive:
--
--
--
--
Memory stick port
--
PC Card Slot?
1 + 802.11b slot
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Type of Bays:
Fixed
Swappable
Fixed
Swappable
Swappable
Swappable
USB Ports:
2
2
2
2
3
2
Firewire Ports:
1
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, 1 Ser, 1 PS/2
Graphics Card:
Rating Notes
ATI Mobility
Radeon 9000
nVIDIA
GeForce4Go 440
ATI Mobility
Radeon ???
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
nVIDIA
GeForce4Go 420
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
64 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
S-Video Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
--
--
--
Composite Out:
Yes
Yes
--
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVI Out:
Yes
--
--
--
--
--
Display Size:
15.2" TFT XGA
15" TFT UXGA+
15" TFT XGA
15.7" TFT SXGA+
16.1" TFT XGA
15" TFT UXGA+
Max. display resolution:
1280x854
1600x1200
1400x1050
1400x1050
1600x1200
1600x1200
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?
Yes
--
--
--
--
--
56k Internal Modem:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
802.11b Wi-Fi Card?
--
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
802.11b Antennae?
Yes (integrated)
(on card)
(on card)
Yes (integrated)
(on card)
Yes (integrated)
Bluetooth Card?
--
--
--
--
--
--
Hardware Extras Included:
HP DeskJet 3820
--
Spare battery
--
Epson Stylus C42UX
--
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
Professional
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP Professional
Windows/DOS 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 Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Unix Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Java 2 Support:
Native
(must be downloaded)
Zero-Config Networking:
Rendezvous
--
Word Processor Included:
--
MSFT Word XP
WordPerfect 9
MSFT Word XP
MSFT Word XP
--
Save-as PDF:
Native (any file)
(requires 3rd-party app.)
Spreadsheet Software Included:
--
MSFT Excel XP
Quattro Pro 9
MSFT Works 6.0
--
--
Presentation Software Included:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Database Software Included:
--
--
--
MSFT Works 6.0
--
--
Drawing/Painting Software Included:
Art Directors Toolkit
Graphic Converter
PixelNhance
OmniGraffle
--
--
--
--
--
Handwriting Recognition:
Inkwell
--
Calendar/PIM Software Included:
iCal, iSync
Address Book
MSFT Outlook XP
--
MSFT Works 6.0
--
--
Planning/Project Software Included:
OmniOutliner
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
OS X Address Book
MSFT Outlook XP
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.
Media Player 8
DVD Player
Quicktime 6 avail.
RealOne Player avail.
Media Player 8
DVD Player
Quicktime 6 avail.
RealOne Player avail.
Financial Software Included:
--
Money 2002
Quicken New Users
Money 2002
Quicken 2002
Quicken 2002
Reference Software Included:
--
--
Encyclopedia Brittanica
Encarta 2000
Streets & Trips
--
--
Digital Photo Management:
iPhoto 1.1
Graphic Converter
Snapz Pro X
Image Expert 2000
Arcsoft Funhouse
Photo impressions4
Greeting Cards
Picture It!
Photoshop Elements
SmartCapture
Sony PictureGear
--
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie 2
MGI VideoWave 4
CyberLink® Power Director Pro VE
MovieMaker 2
Sony MovieShaker
Sony DVgate
Premiere LE
MovieMaker 2
Music Software/
CD Burning Software:
iTunes 3
Disc Burner
MusicMatch 6.0
Adaptec EasyCD
MusicMatch 7.0
RecordNow
Unknown (?)
SonicStage
Screenblast Acid
Sound Forge
--
DVD Burning/
Authoring Software:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Games Included:
Chess
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, WildTangent MyGames, 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
McAfee AntiVirus
50,000+ known viruses
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./at-home
3 yr. phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
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
Fair
Easy
Fair
Poor
Customization Allowed?
Some
Full
Full
Full
Very Little
None
Subotal:
(includes rebates, add-ons, etc.)
$2,339
$2,259
$2,248
$2,257
$2,340
$2,299
+ Ground Shipping:
No Charge
$45
$50
$49
No Charge
$10
Total Price
as configured:
$2,339
tax not included
$2,304
tax not included
$2,298
tax not included
$2,306
tax not included
$2,340
tax not included
$2,309
tax not included

ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMERS: The information above is as accurate as I could make it based on a reasonable time studying the respective companies' websites. Obviously there is no guarantee that these configurations, prices, and features are the best one could come up with; assorted bundles, including free internet access, free extra memory, and so on can most likely be found for any of the above systems. Also, a few pieces of data are missing, some might be a bit off, and in a couple of instances I might have been dead wrong, due purely to not being able to find the correct information. This is not intended to be a rock-solid analysis of every single feature which these systems offer; 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 ANY PURCHASE DECISION PURELY ON THIS CHART; DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS. THIS CHART IS MEANT PURELY AS A DEMONSTRATIVE TOOL. I WILL NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY PURCHASE DECISION MADE BASED ON THIS INFORMATION.

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.

AAPLTalk System Shootouts Archives

Back to The Mac Observer For More Mac News!



Today's Mac Headlines

[Podcast]Podcast - Apple Weekly Report #135: Apple Lawsuits, Banned iPhone Ad, Green MacBook Ad

We also offer Today's News On One Page!

Yesterday's News

 

[Podcast]Podcast - Mac Geek Gab #178: Batch Permission Changes, Encrypting Follow-up, Re-Enabling AirPort, and GigE speeds

We also offer Yesterday's News On One Page!

Mac Products Guide
New Arrivals
New and updated products added to the Guide.

Hot Deals
Great prices on hot selling Mac products from your favorite Macintosh resellers.

Special Offers
Promotions and offers direct from Macintosh developers and magazines.

Software
Browse the software section for over 17,000 Macintosh applications and software titles.

Hardware
Over 4,000 peripherals and accessories such as cameras, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice and more.

© All information presented on this site is copyrighted by The Mac Observer except where otherwise noted. No portion of this site may be copied without express written consent. Other sites are invited to link to any aspect of this site provided that all content is presented in its original form and is not placed within another .