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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
Must Include: 12.1"+ Display, CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive

Note: Read the AAPLTalk System Shootout FAQ before proceeding!!!
All images and logos are copyright to the respective companies listed.

Total must be within $25 of $1,300 INCLUDING SHIPPING!*

Company
Apple
Dell
HP/Compaq
Gateway
Sony
*
(slightly over
price limit)
Toshiba
Best of Field
iBook Combo Drive
Inspirion 600M
pavilion ze4365us
400 S
VAIO GRS700
Satellite 1410-S174
Dimensions:
132 cubic in.
11.2" x 9.1" x 1.3"
150 cubic in.
1.2"x 12.4"x 10.1"
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"
243 cubic in.
12.8"x11.2"x1.7"
Weight:
(all bays filled)
4.9 lbs.
5.3 lbs.
7.3 lbs.
Unknown;
assuming 7.3 lbs.
7.5 lbs.
7.8 lbs.
Battery Life:
up to 5 hrs.
up to 4 hrs.
Unknown;
assuming 2.5 hrs.
Unknown;
assuming 2.5 hrs.
up to 3.5 hrs.
2.5 hrs.
Processor:
(Notes)
900 MHz PowerPC G3
1.0 GHz P4
1.3 GHz Pentium M
1.4 GHz P4
1.8 GHz Ath. XP 2200+
2.3 GHz P4
2.0 GHz Pentium 4
1.8 GHz Pentium 4-M
1.4 GHz P4
1.8 GHz Celeron
1.3 GHz P4
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
128k
32k
32k
32k
L2 Cache:
512K
1.0 MB
256K
512K
512K
256k
L3 Cache:
--
--
--
--
--
--
RAM Type:
SDRAM PC100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC1600
Front Side Bus:
100 MHz
400 MHz
266 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
266 MHz
RAM Amount:
128 MB (1 DIMM)
384 MB (2 DIMM)
512 MB (2 DIMM)
256 MB (1 DIMM)
256 MB (1 DIMM)
256 MB (1 x 256)
Max. RAM:
640 MB (1+1 open)
768 MB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
512 MB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
512 MB (2 slots)
Hard Drive
Capacity:
40 GB
30 GB
40 GB
30 GB
30 GB
30 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100 (?)
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:
24x10x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
8x8x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
16x10x CD-RW
?x?x CD-RW
DVD-ROM:
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
8x DVD
?x DVD
DVD-/+RW:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Floppy Drive:
--
--
--
Yes
--
Yes
Other Drive:
--
--
--
6-in-one card reader
Memory stick slot
--
PCMCIA Slot?
802.11b Card Slot
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bay Type:
Fixed
Swappable
Fixed
Fixed
Swappable
Fixed
USB Ports:
2 USB 1.1
2 USB 2.0
2 USB 1.1
2 USB 2.0
3 USB 1.1
3
FireWire Ports:
1 port @ 400 Mbps
--
1 port @ 400 Mbps
1 port @ 400 Mbps
1 port @ 400 Mbps
--
Legacy Ports:
Legacy-Free
1 Par; 1 Ser.
1 Par; 1 Ser.; 1 PS/2
1 Par
1 Par.
1 Par.
Video Card:
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
ATI Mobility
Radeon 9000
ATI Mobility Radeon
ATI Mobility Radeon
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
NVIDIA
GeForce4 420 Go
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
64 MB (shared)
32 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
16 MB
Dual-Disp. Supp:
Mirroring only
Mirroring only (?)
Mirroring only (?)
Mirroring only (?)
Mirror & Span
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVI Out:
--
--
--
--
--
--
S-Video Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
--
--
--
RCA Out:
Yes
--
--
--
--
Yes
Display:
12.1" TFT XGA
14.1" TFT XGA
15" TFT XGA
14.1" TFT XGA
14.0" TFT XGA
15" TFT XGA
Native Res:
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
Audio In:
Built-in microphone
Line-in port
Line-in port
Line-in port
Line-in port
Line-in port
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
Speaker/HP Jack
Line out
Speakers:
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Ethernet:
10/100
10/100/1000
10/100
10/100
10/100
10/100
56k Modem:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wi-Fi Card?
optional (802.11b)
Yes (802.11b)
Yes (802.11b)
optional (802.11b)
optional (802.11b)
optional (802.11b)
Bluetooth Wireless?
optional (USB)
optional (USB)
optional (USB)
optional (USB)
optional (USB)
optional (USB)
Hardware Extras
--
Spare battery
Spare power adapter
Ext. USB Floppy Drive
--
--
--
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2;
OS 9.2 DB/Classic;
BSD Unix; Apache
Windows XP Home Edition
DOS/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 (via emulation)
Linux Support:
Various flavors (native)
UNIX OS 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)
Word XP
WordPerfect 10
(Word compatible)
Word XP
MS Works 7.0
--
Spreadsheet:
AppleWorks 6.2
(Excel compatible)
MS Works 6.0
Quattro Pro 10
(Excel compatible)
MS Works 7.0
MS Works 7.0
--
Presentation:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
--
--
Database:
AppleWorks 6.2
MS Works 6.0
--
MS Works 7.0
MS Works 7.0
--
Drawing/Painting:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
--
--
--
--
Projects/Planning:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Web Browser
IE 5.2
IE 6
IE 6
IE 6
IE 6
IE 6
E-Mail/PIM:
OS X Mail
Address Book
iCal, iSync
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
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
Media Player 8
DVD Player
QuickTime 6*; RealOne*
Financial:
Quicken 2003 Deluxe
Money 2003
--
Money 2003
Money 2003
Quicken Basic 2001
Reference:
World Book OS X
Encarta
Streets & Trips
Encyclopedia Brittanica
Encarta
Streets & Trips
Encarta
--
Digital Photos:
iPhoto 2
Image Expert
PictureIt!
HP Photo Toolkit
Picture It!
Photoshop Elements
PictureGear Studio
--
Digital Video
Editing:
iMovie 3
MovieMaker 2
MovieMaker 2
MovieMaker 2
DVGate
MovieShaker
MovieMaker 2
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
Unknown (?)
DVD Burning/
Authoring:
Disc Burner
--
Sonic MyDVD
--
--
--
Games
Included:
Chess
Otto Matic
Deimos Rising
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Age of Empires
Mine Sweeper
Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Additional
Software:
Asstd. system software
Free Services:
1 month Earthlink
6 months Earthlink
--
1 year AOL
--
3 Months AOL
Viruses/
Security:
Firewall:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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 days phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1 yr. phone
Consumer
Affairs

Quality Rating:
Navigation?
Easy
Easy
Easy
Easy
Poor
Poor
Customization?
Some
Full
Some
Full
Some
None
Subotal:
$1,299
$1,234
$1,460
$1,299
$1,359*
$1,309
- Rebates if any:
--
- $150
- $150
--
--
+ Ground Shipping:
No Charge
$49
n/c
n/c
n/c
$10
Total Price
as configured:
(tax not included)
$1,299
$1,283
$1,310
$1,299
$1,359*
(allowed)
$1,319

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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