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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: 4/22/03 - 4/24/03
Must Include: 12.1"+ Display, CD-ROM

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Total must be within $25 of $1,000 INCLUDING SHIPPING!

Company
Apple
Dell
HP/Compaq
Gateway
Sony
Toshiba
Best of Field
NO NEW LAPTOPS
AVAILABLE FOR UNDER $1,109
W/SHIPPING
iBook CD-ROM
Inspiron 1100
pavilion ze4315us
400SP Plus
VAIO GRS700
n/a
Dimensions:
132 cubic in.
11.2" x 9.1" x 1.3"
244 cubic in.
1.75"x 12.9"x 10.8"
218 cubic in.
1.57 x 13.0 x 10.7
Unknown;
assuming 230 cu. in.
234 cubic in.
1.7" x 12.9" x 10.7"
n/a
Weight:
(all bays filled)
4.9 lbs.
7.2 lbs.
7.3 lbs.
Unknown;
assuming 7.3 lbs.
7.5 lbs.
n/a
Battery Life:
up to 5 hrs.
up to 3.5 hrs.
Unknown;
assuming 2.5 hrs.
Unknown;
assuming 2.5 hrs.
up to 3.5 hrs.
n/a
Processor:
(Notes)
800 MHz PowerPC G3
900 MHz P4
2.0 GHz Celeron
1.4 GHz P4
AMD Athlon XP 1800+
2.0 GHz P4
2.0 GHz Celeron
1.4 GHz P4
1.7 GHz Celeron
1.2 GHz P4
n/a
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
128k
32k
32k
n/a
L2 Cache:
512K
128K
256K
256K
256K
n/a
L3 Cache:
--
--
--
--
--
n/a
RAM Type:
SDRAM PC100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
n/a
Front Side Bus:
100 MHz
400 MHz
266 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
n/a
RAM Amount:
128 MB (1 DIMM)
256 MB (2 DIMM)
256 MB (1 DIMM)
256 MB (1 DIMM)
128 MB (1 DIMM)
n/a
Max. RAM:
640 MB (1+1 open)
512 MB (1+1 open)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
512 MB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
n/a
Hard Drive
Capacity:
30 GB
30 GB
30 GB
30 GB
20 GB
n/a
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100 (?)
n/a
Hard Drive Speed:
4200 RPM
4200 RPM
4200 RPM
4200 RPM
4200 RPM (?)
n/a
CD-ROM:
24x CD
24x CD
24x CD
24x CD
24x CD
n/a
CD-RW:
--
24x10x CD-RW
8x8x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
--
n/a
DVD-ROM:
--
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
--
n/a
DVD-/+RW:
--
--
--
--
--
n/a
Floppy Drive:
--
--
--
Yes
--
n/a
Other Drive:
--
--
--
6-in-one card reader
Memory stick bay
n/a
PCMCIA Slot?
802.11b Card Slot
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Bay Type:
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
Swappable
n/a
USB Ports:
2 USB 1.1
2 USB 2.0
2 USB 1.1
2 USB 2.0
3 USB 1.1
n/a
FireWire Ports:
1 port @ 400 Mbps
--
1 port @ 400 Mbps
--
1 port @ 400 Mbps
n/a
Legacy Ports:
Legacy-Free
--
1 Par; 1 Ser.; 1 PS/2
1 Par.
1 Par.
n/a
Video Card:
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
Intel
Integrated 3D AGP
ATI
Mobility Radeon
Intel
Integrated 3D AGP
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
n/a
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR
"up to" 64 MB (shared)
"up to" 64 MB (shared)
"up to" 64 MB (shared)
32 MB DDR
n/a
Dual-Disp. Supp:
Mirroring only
Mirroring only (?)
Mirroring only (?)
Mirroring only (?)
Mirror & Span
n/a
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
DVI Out:
--
--
--
--
--
n/a
S-Video Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
--
--
n/a
RCA Out:
Yes
--
--
--
--
n/a
Display:
12.1" TFT XGA
14.1" TFT XGA
15" TFT XGA
15" TFT XGA
14.0" TFT XGA
n/a
Native Res:
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
n/a
Audio In:
Built-in microphone
Line-in port
Line-in port
Line-in port
Line-in port
n/a
Audio Out:
Speaker/HP Jack
Line out
Speaker/HP Jack
Line out
Speaker/HP Jack
Line out
Speaker/HP Jack
Line out
Speaker/HP Jack
Line out
n/a
Speakers:
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
n/a
Ethernet:
10/100
10/100
10/100
10/100
10/100
n/a
56k Modem:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Wi-Fi Card?
optional (802.11b)
optional (802.11b)
optional (802.11b)
optional (802.11b)
optional (802.11b)
n/a
Bluetooth Wireless?
optional (USB)
optional (USB)
optional (USB)
optional (USB)
optional (USB)
n/a
Hardware Extras
--
--
Ext. USB Floppy Drive
--
--
n/a
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2;
OS 9.2 DB/Classic;
BSD Unix; Apache
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP
Home Edition
n/a
Windows Support:
DOS/98/ME/2000/XP
(via Virtual PC)
DOS/95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP (Native)
Mac 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
--
Save-as PDF:
Native (any file)
(requires 3rd-party app.)
Handwriting
Recognition
Inkwell
--
Word Processor
AppleWorks 6.2
(Word compatible)
MS Word XP
WordPerfect 10
(Word compatible)
MS Word XP
MS Works 7.0
n/a
Spreadsheet:
AppleWorks 6.2
(Excel compatible)
MS Works 6.0
Quattro Pro 10
(Excel compatible)
MS Works 7.0
MS Works 7.0
n/a
Presentation:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
--
n/a
Database:
AppleWorks 6.2
MS Works 6.0
--
MS Works 7.0
MS Works 7.0
n/a
Drawing/Painting:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
--
n/a
Projects/Planning:
--
--
--
--
--
n/a
Web Browser
Safari 1.0; IE 5.2
IE 6
IE 6
IE 6
IE 6
n/a
E-Mail/PIM:
OS X Mail
Address Book
iCal, iSync
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
n/a
Media Players:
*free download
QuickTime 6
DVD Player
WMP 7*
RealOne*
Media Player 8
DVD Player
QuickTime 6*; RealOne
Media Player 8, DVD Player
QuickTime 6*; RealOne*
Media Player 8
DVD Player
QuickTime 6*; RealOne
n/a
Financial:
Quicken 2003 Deluxe
Money 2003
--
Money 2003
Money 2003
n/a
Reference:
World Book OS X
Encarta
Streets & Trips
Encyclopedia Brittanica
Encarta
Streets & Trips
Encarta
n/a
Digital Photos:
iPhoto 2
Picture It!
Image Expert
HP Photo Toolkit
Picture It!
Photoshop Elements
PictureGear Studio
n/a
Digital Video
Editing:
iMovie 3
MovieMaker 2
MovieMaker 2
MovieMaker 2
DVGate
MovieShaker
n/a
CD Burning/
Music:
iTunes 4
Disc Burner
Sound Studio
MusicMatch 6.0
Easy CD Creator
MusicMatch 6.0
Easy CD Creator
Easy CD Creator
SonicStage
n/a
DVD Burning/
Authoring:
Disc Burner
--
Sonic MyDVD
--
--
n/a
Games
Included:
Chess
Otto Matic
Deimos Rising
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Age of Empires
Mine Sweeper
Asstd. classic games
n/a
Additional
Software:
Asstd. system software
Free Services:
1 month Earthlink
6 months Earthlink
--
1 year AOL
--
n/a
Viruses/Security:
n/a
Firewall:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
n/a
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1-yr. phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 day phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1 yr. phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 day phone
n/a
Consumer
Affairs

Quality Rating:
n/a
Navigation?
Easy
Easy
Poor
Easy
Poor
n/a
Customization?
Some
Full
Full
Full
Some
n/a
Subotal:
$999
$1,102
$1,149
$999
$999
n/a
- Rebates if any:
--
- $150
- $150
--
--
+ Ground Shipping:
n/c
+ $49
n/c
n/c
n/c
n/a
Total Price
as configured:
(tax not included)
$999
$1,001
$999
$999
$999
n/a

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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