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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: 11/01/02 - 11/06/02
Must include 15"+ Display, DVD, CD-RW, 802.11b Wireless Card

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 $3,000
INCLUDING SHIPPING!
Company
Apple
Dell
HP/Compaq
Gateway
Sony
Toshiba
BOLD
= Best of Field
PowerBook G4
Inspirion 8200
Pavilion ze5000
600XL
VAIO PCG-GRX690
Satellite 1955-S803
Dimensions:
127 cubic in.
1" x 13.4" x 9.5"
246 cubic in.
1.75" x13.0" x12.8"
250 cubic in.
1.8" x 13.0" x 10.7"
285 cubic in.
13.9" x 11.4" x 1.8"
290 cubic in.
1.8" X 14" X 11.5"
386 cubic in.
13.6"x12.9"x2.2"
Weight:
(all bays filled)
5.4 lbs
7.9 lbs
7.5 lbs
8.7 lbs
8.4 lbs.
9.6 lbs
Battery Life:
5 hrs.
2-3 hrs.
2.5 hrs (?)
2.5 hrs (?)
1.5 - 4.5 hrs.
2.5 hrs.
Processor:
Rating Notes
1.5 GHz P4
1.0 GHz PowerPC G4
2.0 GHz
2.0 GHz M Pentium 4
2.6 GHz
2.6 GHz (!) M Pentium 4
2.2 GHz
2.2 GHz M Pentium 4
1.9 GHz
1.9 GHz M Pentium 4
2.5 GHz
2.5 GHz (!) 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:
SDRAM PC133
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
Frontside Bus:
133 MHz bus
400 MHz bus
400 MHz bus
400 MHz bus
400 MHz
400 MHz
Memory Amount:
1.0 GB (2 DIMM)
512 MB (2 DIMM)
1.0 GB (2 DIMM)
512 MB (2 DIMM)
512 MB (2 DIMMs)
512 MB (2 DIMM)
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:
60 GB
60 GB
40 GB
60 GB
60 GB
60 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
4200 rpm
5400 rpm
???? rpm
???? rpm
???? rpm
CD-Rom:
24x
24x
24x
24x
24x
24x
CD-RW:
8x4x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
8x8x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
16x10x CD-RW
?x?x CD-RW
DVD-Rom:
6x
8x
8x
8x
8x
?x
DVD-/+RW:
1x1x DVD-RW
(can burn w/out being plugged into AC outlet)
--
--
--
4x1x DVD-RW
(must be plugged into AC outlet to burn)
--
Floppy Drive:
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Zip/Other Drive:
--
16 MB USB KeyDrive
--
--
Memory stick port
--
PC Card Slots:
1 + 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
3
Firewire Ports:
1
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.
Graphics Card:
Rating Notes
ATI Mobility
Radeon 9000
ATI Mobility
Radeon 9000
ATI Mobility
Radeon ???
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
nVIDIA
GeForce4 420 Go
Video RAM:
64 MB DDR
64 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
64 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
64 MB DDR
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVI Out:
Yes
--
--
--
--
--
S-Video Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
--
--
--
Composite Out:
Yes
Yes
--
Yes
Yes
Yes
Display:
15.2" TFT XGA
15" TFT UltraSharp
15" TFT SXGA
15.7" TFT SXGA
16.1" TFT UXGA
16" TFT SXGA
Max. display resolution:
1280x854
1600x1200
1400x1050
1400x1050
1600x1200
1280x1024
Microphone:
Line-in port
Built-in microphone
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/
Line 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?
Yes
--
--
--
--
--
56k Internal Modem?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
802.11b Wi-Fi Card?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
802.11b Antennae?
Yes (integrated)
--
--
Yes (integrated)
--
Yes (integrated)
Bluetooth Card?
--
--
--
--
--
--
Hardware Extras Included:
HP DeskJet 3820
--
Spare battery
--
Epson Stylus C42UX
64 MB Memory Stick
FireWire Cable
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 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 OS Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Unix OS Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Java 2 Support:
Native
(must be downloaded)
Rendezvous Zero-Config Networking:
Yes
--
Word Processor Included:
--
MSFT Word XP
WordPerfect 9
MSFT Word XP
MSFT Word XP
MSFT Works 6.0
Save-as PDF:
Native (any file)
(requires 3rd-party app.)
Spreadsheet Software Included:
--
MSFT Excel XP
Quattro Pro 9
MSFT Excel XP
--
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 Outlook XP
--
MSFT Works 6.0
Planning/Project Software Included:
OmniOutliner
MSFT Publisher XP
--
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
Outlook XP
Outlook Express 6
MSFT Outlook XP
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.
Financial Software Included:
--
Money 2002
Quicken New Users
Quicken New Users
Quicken 2002
Quicken 2001
Reference
Software Included:
--
--
Encyclopedia Brittanica
--
--
--
Digital Photo Management:
iPhoto 1.1
Graphic Converter
Snapz Pro X
Image Expert Premium
PaintShop Pro
Arcsoft Funhouse
Photo impressions4
Greeting Cards
--
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:
iDVD
Disc Burner
--
--
--
Click To DVD
--
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
Palm Desktop
PCalc
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+ viruses
Norton AntiVirus
Built-in Firewall?
Yes
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
3 yr. ltd./at-home
3 yr. phone
3 yrs ltd./mail-in
3 yrs. phone
2 yrs. ltd./mail-in
2 yrs. phone
3 yr. ltd./mail-in
3 yrs. phone
3 yr. ltd./mail-in
3 yrs. phone
Quality of Products & Service:
Consumer Affairs
Navigation?
Easy
Easy
Fair
Easy
Fair
Poor
Customization Allowed?
Some
Full
Some
Some
Little
None
Subotal:
(includes rebates, add-ons, etc.)
$3,039
$2,958
$3,007
$2,947
$2,990
$2,987
+ Ground Shipping:
No Charge
$45
$50
$49
No Charge
$10
Total Price
as configured:
$3,039
tax not included
$3,003
tax not included
$3,027
tax not included
$2,996
tax not included
$2,990
tax not included
$3,007
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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