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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

CONFIGURED WEEK OF 6/8/03

Must Include 15+" Display, DVD & CD-RW

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 $2,000 INCLUDING SHIPPING!

Company
Apple
Dell
HP/Compaq
Gateway
Sony
Toshiba
Best of Field
PowerBook G4
Inspiron 8500
Pavilion ze5300
450XL
VAIO GRT Series
Satellite Pro M10
Dimensions:
127 cubic in.
1" x 13.4" x 9.5"
235 cubic in.
1.52" x 14.2" x 10.9"
285 cubic in.
1.75" x 13.8" x 11.8"
182 cubic in.
13.2” x 10.6” x 1.3”
319 cubic in.
1.9" X 14.1" X 11.9"
241 cubic in.
13.1: x 11.5" x 1.6"
Weight:
(all bays filled)
5.4 lbs.
7.9 lbs.
7.5 lbs.
6.2 lbs.
8.6 lbs.
6.8 lbs.
Battery Life:
up to 5 hrs.
up to 3 hrs.
up to 2.5 hrs. (?)
up to 5 hrs.
up to 2.5 hrs. (?)
up to 5 hrs.
Processor:
Rating Notes
867 MHz PowerPC G4
1.3 GHz Pent. 4
2.2 GHz Pentium 4-M
1.8 GHz Pent. 4
2.66 GHz Pentium 4-M
2.1 GHz Pent. 4
1.6 GHz Pentium M
1.8 GHz Pent. 4
2.2 GHz Pentium 4-M
1.8 GHz Pent. 4
1.4 GHz Pentium M
1.5 GHz Pent. 4
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
32k
32k
32k
32k
L2 Cache:
256K
512K
512K
1 MB
512K
1 MB
L3 Cache:
1 MB DDR
--
--
--
--
--
RAM Type:
SDRAM PC133
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
DDR PC2100
Front Side Bus:
133 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
400 MHz
RAM Amount:
256 MB (1 DIMM)
512 MB (2 DIMM)
768 MB (DIMM)
512 MB (2 DIMM)
512 MB (2 DIMMs)
512 MB (2 DIMM)
Max. RAM:
1.0 GB (2 slots)
2.0 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:
40 GB
60 GB
80 GB
40 GB
60 GB
40 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA ???
Ultra ATA 100
Ultra ATA 100
Hard Drive Speed:
4200 RPM
4200 RPM
4200 RPM
5400 RPM
4200 RPM
5400 RPM
CD-ROM:
24x
24x
24x
24x
24x
24x
CD-RW:
8x8x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
8x8x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
24x10x CD-RW
DVD-ROM:
8x
8x
8x
8x
8x
8x
DVD-RW:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Floppy Drive:
No
No
No
No
No
No
Other Drive:
--
--
--
--
Memory stick port
--
PC Card Slot?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bay Type:
Fixed
Swappable
Fixed
Swappable
Swappable
Swappable
USB Ports:
2 USB 1.1 ports
2 USB 1.1 ports
3 USB 2.0 ports
2 USB 2.0 ports
3 USB 2.0 ports
2 USB 2.0 ports
FireWire Ports:
1 port @ 400 Mbps
1 port @ 400 Mbps
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 PS/2
1 Par, 1 PS/2
1 Par, 1 Ser, 1 PS/2
1 Par.
1 Par.
Video Card:
ATI Mobility
Radeon 9000
ATI Mobility
Radeon 9000
ATI Mobility
Radeon
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
NVIDIA GeForce4
FX Go 5600
NVIDIA
GeForce4 420 Go
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
"up to" 32 MB (shared)
32 MB DDR
64 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
Dual Display?
Mirror or Span
Mirror or Span
Mirror or Span
Mirror or Span
Mirror or Span
Mirror or Span
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVI Out:
Yes
--
--
--
--
--
S-Video Out:
Yes
Yes
Yes
--
--
--
RCA Out:
Yes
Yes
--
--
Yes
Yes
Display Size:
15.2" TFT WXGA
15.4" WSXGA
15" TFT SXGA+
15" TFT SXGA+
16.1" TFT SXGA
15" TFT XGA
Native Res:
1280x854
1680x1050
1400x1050
1400x1050
1280x1024
1024x768
Audio In:
Line-in port
Built-in microphone
Line-in port
Microphone port
Line-in port
Microphone port
Line-in port
Microphone port
Line-in port
Microphone port
Line-in port
Microphone 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:
10/100/1000
10/100
10/100
10/100
10/100
10/100
Internal Modem:
56k V.92
56k V.92
56k V.92
56k V.92
56k V.92
56k V.92
Wi-Fi Card?
optional (802.11b)
optional (802.11b/g)
Yes (802.11b)
Yes (802.11b)
Yes (802.11b)
Yes (802.11b)
Bluetooth Card?
optional
optional
optional
optional
optional
optional
Hardware Extras
Canon i450 Color Bubble Jet Printer
--
--
--
Epson Stylus C42UX
--
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2;
Mac OS 9.2;
BSD Unix;
Apache Web Server
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP
Professional
Windows XP
Home Edition
Windows XP Professional
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:
--
Word XP
WordPerfect 10
Word XP
MSFT Works 7
MSFT Works 7
Spreadsheet:
--
Excel XP
Quattro Pro 10
MSFT Works 7
MSFT Works 7
MSFT Works 7
Presentation:
--
--
--
--
--
--
Database:
--
--
--
MSFT Works 7
MSFT Works 7
MSFT Works 7
Drawing/Painting:
Art Directors Toolkit
Graphic Converter
PixelNhance
OmniGraffle
--
--
--
--
--
Calendar/PIM:
iCal, iSync
Address Book
Outlook XP
--
MSFT Works 7
MSFT Works 7
MSFT Works 7
Projects/Planning:
OmniOutliner
Publisher XP
--
--
--
--
Web Browser
IE 5.2, Safari
IE 6
IE 6
IE 6
IE 6
IE 6
E-Mail/
Address Book:
OS X Mail
OS X Address Book
Outlook XP
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 avail.; RealOne* avail.
Financial:
QuickBooks Pro 5
Money 2002
Quicken New Users
Money 2003
Money 2003
--
Reference:
--
--
Encyclopedia Brittanica
Encarta 2003
Streets & Trips
Encarta 2003
--
Digital
Photography:
iPhoto 2
Graphic Converter
Snapz Pro X
Image Expert 2000
Arcsoft Funhouse
Photo impressions4
Greeting Cards
Picture It!
Photoshop Elements
SmartCapture
Sony PictureGear
--
Digital Video
Editing:
iMovie 3
MovieMaker 2
Arcsoft Showbiz
MovieMaker 2
Sony MovieShaker
Sony DVgate
Premiere LE
MovieMaker 2
Music:/
CD Burning:
iTunes 4
Disc Burner
MusicMatch
EasyCD Creator
MusicMatch
EasyCD Creator
EasyCD Creator
SonicStage
Screenblast Acid
--
DVD Burning/
Authoring:
Disc Burner
unknown (?)
Sonic MyDVD
unknown (?)
unknown (?)
unknown (?)
Games
Included:
Chess
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Age of Empires,
Asstd. classic games
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Additional:
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Free Services:
1 month Earthlink
6 months Earthlink
--
1 year AOL
--
--
Viruses/
Security:
over 60,000
viruses
McAfee AntiVirus
over 60,000 viruses
Firewall:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1 yr. phone
2 yr. ltd./on-site
2 yrs. phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
1 yr. phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
Quality of
Products/Service:
Consumer Affairs
Navigation?
Easy
Easy
Fair
Easy
Fair
Poor
Customization?
Some
Full
Full
Full
Very Little
None
Subotal:
$2,098
$2,302
$2,049
$1,999
$2,029
$1,999
- Rebate if any:
- $99 printer rebate
- $300 system rebate
- $100 system rebate
--
-49 printer rebate
--
+ Ground Shipping:
No Charge
n/c (ltd. time)
$50
No Charge
$8
$10
Total Price
as configured:

(tax not included)
$1,999
tax not included
$2,002
tax not included
$1,999
tax not included
$1,999
tax not included
$1,988
tax not included
$2,009
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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