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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

As of 4/22/03

Note: Read the AAPLTalk System Shootout FAQ before proceeding!!!
STOCK
MODELS
from Apples
online store
iBook CD-ROM
iBook
Combo Drive
14" iBook
12" PowerBook G4
(Ultraportable)
PowerBook G4
PowerBook G4
SuperDrive
17" PowerBook G4
(Megaportable)
$1,000
$1,300
$1,500
$1,800
$2,300
$2,800
$3,300
.
Dimensions:
132 cubic in. 11.2" x 9.1" x 1.3"
175 cubic in.
12.7" x 10.2" x 1.4"
112 cubic in.
10.9" x 8.6" x 1.2"
127 cubic in. 1.0" x 13.4" x 9.5"
157 cubic in.
15.4" x 10.2" x 1.0"
Weight:
all bays filled
4.9 lbs.
5.9 lbs.
4.6 lbs.
5.4 lbs.
6.8 lbs.
Battery Life:
5 hrs.
6 hrs.
5 hrs.
4.5 hrs.
.
Processor:
800 MHz PPC G3
900 MHz PowerPC G3
867 MHz G4 w/AltiVec
1.0 GHz G4 w/AltiVec
Roughly equal to...
900 MHz Pent. 4
1.0 GHz Pentium 4
1.3 GHz Pentium 4
1.5 GHz Pentium 4
L1 Cache:
64k
L2 Cache:
512K
256k
L3 Cache:
--
1 MB DDR
RAM Type:
SDRAM PC100
DDR-SDRAM
PC2100
SDRAM PC133
DDR-SDRAM
PC2700
Front Side Bus:
100 MHz
133 MHz
167 MHz
RAM Amount:
128 MB (1 x 128)
256 MB (2 DIMM)
256 MB (1 DIMM)
512 MB (2 x 256)
512 MB (1 DIMM)
Max. RAM:
640 MB / (1 + 1 slot open)
1.0 GB / (2 slots)
.
Hard Drive
Capacity:
30 GB
40 GB
60 GB
Hard Drive Type/Speed:
Ultra ATA 66 / 4200 RPM
Ultra ATA 100/
4200 RPM
Ultra ATA 66 / 4200 RPM
Ultra ATA 100/
4200 RPM
CD Drive:
24x CD-ROM
24x10x24x CD-RW
8x8x24x CD-RW
8x4x24x CD-RW
DVD Drive:
--
8x DVD
1x1x6x DVD-RW
2x1x6x DVD-RW
.
PCMCIA Slot:
internal 802.11b slot
internal 802.11g slot
internal 802.11b slot + 1 PCMCIA slot
internal 802.11g slot
+ 1 PCMCIA slot
.
USB Ports:
2
FireWire Ports:
1 400 Mbps port
1 400 Mbps port
1 800 Mbps port
.
Video Card:
ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
NVIDIA
GeForce 420 Go
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000
NVIDIA
GeForce 440 Go
Video RAM:
32 MB dedicated DDR-SDRAM
64 MB dedicated DDR-SDRAM
VGA Out:
Yes (mirroring only; adapter included)
Yes (spanning or mirroring; adapter included)
S-Video Out:
Yes (optional adapter)
Yes (adapter included)
RCA Out:
Yes (optional adapter)
Yes (adapter included)
DVI Out:
--
Yes (adapter included)
Display:
12.1" TFT XGA
14.1" TFT XGA
12.1" TFT XGA
15.2" TFT XGA (widescreen)
17" TFT XGA
Native display resolution:
1024x768 (0.8 Mpx)
1280x854 (1.1 Mpx)
1440x900 (1.3 Mpx)
Max. External
display resolution:
1024x768 (0.8 Mpx)
1600x1200 (1.9 Mpx)
2048x1536 (3.1 Mpx)
Microphone/
Audio In:
Built-in microphone; also digital audio-ready
Built-in microphone, Line-in port; digital audio-ready
Headphone
& Speaker Jacks:
Yes; also digital audio-ready
Stereo Speakers:
Yes
.
Ethernet:
Yes
Gigabit Ethernet:
--
Yes
Modem:
Yes (56k internal v.92)
Wi-Fi Network Card?
optional 802.11b (Airport) card
optional 802.11g
(Airport Extreme) card
optional 802.11b
(Airport) card
built-in 802.11b
(Airport) card
built-in 802.11g
(Airport Extreme) card
Wi-Fi Antennae?
Integrated (internal)
Wi-Fi Base Station?
built-in 802.11b: Base Station
built-in 802.11g
Base Station
built-in 802.11b Base Station
built-in 802.11g
Base Station
Bluetooth?
optional Bluetooth card
Built-in Bluetooth
optional Bluetooth card
Built-in Bluetooth
.
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2; Mac OS 9.2 (dual-boot system); BSD Unix (full Unix core under OS X; full Apache Web Server; OS X fully Java 2 compliant); Rendezvous Zero-Config Networking; system-wide save-as-PDF support (any file); system-wide handwriting recognition
Mac OS X 10.2; Mac OS 9.2 (via Classic Mode); BSD Unix (full Unix core under OS X; full Apache Web Server; OS X fully Java 2 compliant); Rendezvous Zero-Config Networking; system-wide save-as-PDF support (any file); system-wide handwriting recognition
DOS/Windows Support:
DOS/95/98/ME/2000/XP (via Virtual PC)
Linux Support:
LinuxPPC, Yellow Dog, Mandrake (Native); Redhat, etc. (via Virtual PC)
,
Word Processor:
AppleWorks 6.2 (Word compatible)
Word X Test Drive
Spreadsheet:
AppleWorks 6.2 (Excel compatible)
Excel X Test Drive
Presentation:
AppleWorks 6.2
MSFT PowerPoint X Test Drive
Database:
AppleWorks 6.2
FileMaker Pro 6 Trial
Drawing/Painting:
AppleWorks 6.2
Art Directors Toolkit; Graphic Converter; OmniGraffle
Calendar/PIM:
OS X Address Book; iCal; iSync; MSFT Entourage X Test Drive
Project/Planning:
--
OmniOutliner
Financial:
Quicken 2003 Deluxe
QuickBooks Pro New Users Edition
Reference:
World Book 2003 OS X
--
Digital
Photography:
iPhoto 2, PixelNhance
iPhoto 2; Graphic Converter
Digital Video
Editing:
iMovie 3
CD Burning/
Music:
iTunes 4; Disk Burner
DVD Burning/
Authoring:
Disk Burner
iDVD 3, Disk Burner
Games:
Chess; Otto Matic; Deimos Rising
Chess
Other Software Included:
QuickTime 6, DVD Player; FaxSTF, Mac OS X Mail, Microsoft IE 5.2; Netscape 4.8; Outlook Express 5; Earthlink; AOL; Acrobat Reader 5.0; Apple Hardware Test CD; iCal; iSync; other assorted additional software bundled w/OS
QuickTime 6, iChat, DVD Player, Microsoft IE 5.2, Acrobat Reader, FAXstf, Developer Tools, Apple Hardware Test
.
Free Services:
1 month free Earthlink
Virus/
Security Issues:
only 45 known viruses (compared with well over 50,000 for Windows); built-in Firewall; not vulnerable to IIS DDoS attacks
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd.; 1 yr. mail-in; 90 days phone
3 year AppleCare Protection Plan available for $249
1 yr. ltd.; 1 yr. mail-in; 90 days phone
3 year AppleCare Protection Plan available for $349
Quality of Products
& Service:
Consumer Affairs
Received an exemplary "Good Guys" rating from ConsumerAffairs.com
(other 5 major U.S. PC makers all received negative "Rogues Gallery" rating)
.
Total Price:
(Free Shipping;
(tax not included)
$999
tax not included
$1,299
tax not included
$1,599
tax not included
$1,799
tax not included
$2,299
tax not included
$2,799
tax not included
$3,299
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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