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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

CONFIGURED THE WEEK OF 6/2/03

Must Include 12.1" Display, Optical drive, Hard Drive & Battery,
totalling under 5 lbs.*

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 $1,600 INCLUDING SHIPPING!

*HP/Compaq has no ultraportables available for under $1,925.
*Toshiba has no ultraportables available for under $2,100.
*Gateway has no ultraportables available at ANY price (smallest laptops are 14.1"/5.8 lbs.)
Company
Apple
Dell
Sony
Best of Field
12" PowerBook G4
Lattitude X200
(variance allowed)
VAIO V505A
Dimensions:
112 cubic in.
10.9" x 8.6" x 1.2"
150 cubic in. (w/external drive)
10.7" x 8.9" x 0.8" + ext. drive
135 cubic In
10.9" x 9.5" x 1.3"
Weight:
(all bays filled; full system)
4.6 lbs.
4.6 lbs.+ with external drive
4.3 lbs.
Battery Life:
up to 5 hrs.
up to 3 hrs. (?)
up to 3.5 hrs.
Processor:
Rating Notes
867 MHz PPC G4
1.3 GHz Pentium 4
933 MHz M Pent. III
1.1 GHz Pentium 4
1.8 GHz Pentium 4-M
1.4 GHz Pentium 4
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
32k
L2 Cache:
256K
512K
512K
L3 Cache:
--
--
--
RAM Type:
DDR PC2100
SDRAM PC133
DDR PC2100
Front Side Bus:
133 MHz bus
133 MHz bus
400 MHz bus
RAM Amount:
256 MB (2 DIMM)
128 MB (1 DIMM)
256 MB (1 DIMM)
Max. RAM:
640 MB (1+1 open)
640 MB (1+1 open)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
Hard Drive
Capacity:
40 GB
30 GB
30 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100 (?)
Hard Drive Speed:
4200 RPM
4200 RPM
4200 RPM (?)
CD-ROM:
24x CD
24x CD (external)
24x CD
CD-RW:
24x10x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW (ext.)
8x4x CD-RW
DVD-ROM:
8x DVD
8x DVD (external)
8x DVD
DVD-RW:
--
--
--
Floppy Drive:
No
No
No
Other Drive:
--
--
Memory stick
PC Card Slot?
802.11g Card Slot
Yes
Yes
Bay Type:
Fixed
(n/a due to ext. drive)
Fixed
USB Ports:
2 USB 1.1 ports
2 USB 1.1 ports
2 USB 1.1 ports
FireWire Ports:
1 400 Mbps port
1 400 Mbps port
1 400 Mbps port
Legacy Ports:
--
--
--
Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go
Intel Integrated Graphics
ATI Mobility Radeon
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR
up to 48 MB shared
16 MB DDR
Dual-Display?
Mirror or Span
Mirror or Span (?)
Mirror or Span
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
S-Video Out:
Yes (configged w/adapter)
--
--
RCA Out:
Yes (configged w/adapter)
--
--
DVI Out:
--
--
--
Display Size:
12.1" TFT XGA
12.1" TFT XGA
12.1" TFT XGA
Native Res:
1024x768
1024x768
1024x768
Audio In:
Built-in microphone
Digital audio-ready
Line in port
Digital audio-ready
Line in port
Digital audio-ready
Audio Out:
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Speakers:
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Ethernet:
10/100
10/100
10/100
Internal Modem:
56k V.92
56k V.92
56k V.92
Wi-Fi Card?
optional (802.11g)
optional (802.11b)
optional (802.11a or b)
Bluetooth Card?
Yes
optional
optional
Extras:
Canon i450
Color Bubble Jet Printer
--
Epson C42UX Color Inkjet Printer
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2;
Mac OS 9.2 (via Classic)
BSD Unix;
Apache Web Server
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP
Home Edition
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 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.)
Word Processor:
Word X trial
--
MS Works
Spreadsheet:
Excel X trial
--
MS Works
Presentation:
PowerPoint X trial
--
--
Database:
FileMaker Pro 6 trial
--
MS Works
Drawing/Painting:
Art Directors' Toolkit
GraphicConverter
OmniGraffle
--
--
Handwriting Recognition:
Inkwell
--
Calendar/PIM:
Address Book/
iCal / iSync; Entourage X trial
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Planning/Projects:
OmniOutliner
--
--
Web Browser:
IE 5.2, Safari
IE 6
IE 6
E-Mail/ Address Book:
OS X Mail;
OS X Address Book
Entourage X trial
Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express 6
Media Player:
*free download
QuickTime 6, Media Player 7*, RealOne*, DVD Player
Media Player 8; DVD Player
QuickTime 6 avail.; RealOne* avail.
Financial:
QuickBooks Pro 5
New Users
--
Quicken New Users
Reference:
--
--
--
Digital Photography:
iPhoto 2
GraphicConverter
--
Photoshop Elements 2 Trial
Smart Capture, PictureGear
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie 3
MovieMaker 2
Sony DVGate
Sony MovieShaker
Music:/ CD Burning:
iTunes 3
Disc Burner
EasyCD
SonicStage
ScreenBlast ACID, SoundForge
DVD Burning/ Authoring:
Disc Burner
Easy CD
unknown (?)
Games Included:
Chess
Mine Sweeper
Asstd. classic games
Age of Empires
Additional:
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Free Services:
1 month Earthlink
--
--
Viruses/ Security:
over 60,000 viruses
McAfee VirusScan
over 60,000 viruses
Firewall:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
3 yr. ltd./mail-in
3 yr. phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
Quality of
Products/Service:
Consumer Affairs
"Good Guys"
according to
Consumer Affairs
Navigation?
Easy
Easy
Fair
Customization?
Some
Full
Some
Subotal:
$1,717
$1,803
$1,689
- Rebates if any:
- $99 printer rebate
- $200 system rebate
- $49 printer rebate
+ Ground Shipping:
n/c
n/c (ltd. time)
n/c (ltd. time)
Total Price
as configured:

(tax not included)
$1,618
$1,603
$1,640
(allowed)

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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