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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

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USS$2,000 All-In-One Shootout

Date Configured: 8/26/02
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Company
Apple 17" iMac
Gateway Profile 4 XL
Design/ Styling
"Lamp"-style / White all-in-one
Platinum all-in-one
Mobility:
All-in-one design; 23 lbs. total
All-in-one design; 23 lbs. total
Component Access?
Quick access to memory & wireless cards
Quick access to memory & wireless cards (?)
Deskspace Used:
88 sq. inches
131 sq. inches
Noise Volume:
Ultraquiet Fan
Cooling fan (?)
Energy Use:
Energy Notes
130 Watts total
appx. 160 Watts total
Processor:
Rating Notes
1.2 GHz P4
800 MHz PowerPC G4 w/AltiVec
2.66 GHz P4
2.66 GHz Pentium 4
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
L2 Cache:
256K on-chip
512K on-chip
Memory Type:
SDRAM PC133
DDR-SDRAM PC2100
Frontside Bus:
100 MHz bus
533 MHz bus
Memory Amount:
256 MB (1 x 256)
512 MB (1 x 512)
Max RAM:
1.0 GB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
80 GB
120 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Hard Drive Speed:
5400 rpm
7200 rpm
CD-Rom:
24x CD
24x CD
CD-RW:
8x4x CD-RW
16x10x CD-RW
DVD-Rom:
6x DVD
8x DVD
DVD-/+RW:
2x1x DVD-RW
--
Floppy Drive:
No
Yes
PCI/AGP Slots:
Available / Total
Airport 802.11b Internal Card Slot
1 Type II Card Slot
Internal Bays:
Available / Total
0 / 1
0 / 1
External Bays:
Available / Total
0 / 1
0 / 2
Mouse Included:
USB Optical
(2-button wheel mice available)
USB Optical 2-button scrollwheel
USB Ports:
3 available
5 USB 1.1 ports total (2 on keyboard)
5 available
6 USB 2.0 ports total (2 on side)
Firewire Ports:
2 On-board
2 On-board
Legacy Ports:
Legacy-free
1 serial, 1 parallel
(2 PS/2; 1 used by keyboard)
Graphics Card:
Rating Notes
nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440
nVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR VRAM
32 MB SGRAM
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
DVI/ADC Out:
--
--
TV-Out:
--
--
S-Video Out:
--
--
Dual Display Support?
(Mirroring)
(Mirroring)
Display:
17" viewable LCD;
180° swing arm, fully adjustable
17" viewable LCD; semi-adjustable
Max. display resolution:
widescreen 1440x900 (1.3 Mpx)
1280x1024 (1.3 Mpx)
Microphone/Line in:
Built-in microphone
Microphone-in jack; Line in jack
Headphone/Line out:
Headphone jack;
Line-out jack; Digital-audio ready
Headphone jack;
Line-out jack; Digital-audio ready
Speakers:
Harmon Kardon 10-watt stereo speakers
Integrated 5-watt stereo speakers
10/100 Ethernet?
Yes
Yes
56k Modem?
Yes
Yes
802.11b Wireless Network Card?
Optional
Optional
Integrated 802.11b antennae?
Yes
--
Built-in 802.11b wireless
Software Access Point?
Yes (with optional Airport card)
--
Hardware Extras Included:
Epson Stylus Photo 820 printer
--
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar; Mac OS 9.2 (dual-boot);
BSD Unix; built-in Apache Web Server
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows/DOS Support:
DOS/95/98/ME/ 2000/XP (via Virtual PC)
DOS/95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP (Native)
Mac OS Support:
Mac OS 8,9,X (Native)
Mac OS 8 only (via emulation)
Linux OS Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Unix OS Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Word Processor Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
(MSFT Word compatible)
MSFT Word XP
MSFT Works 6.0
Spreadsheet Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
(MSFT Excel compatible)
MSFT Works 6.0
Presentation Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
Database Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
MSFT Works 6.0
Drawing/Painting Software Included:
AppleWorks 6.2
--
Calendar/PIM Software Included:
iCal (coming in Sept.)
MSFT Works 6.0
System-wide PDF file creation:
Yes (on-the-fly PDF)
--
Integrated Handwriting Recognition:
Yes (w/optional Wacom tablet)
--
Rendezvous Zero-Config Networking:
Yes
--
Web Browser Included:
Internet Explorer 5.2; Netscape 4.8
Internet Explorer 6
E-Mail/Address Book Included:
OS X Mail, Address Book 1.2
integrated best-of-class spam filtering
Outlook Express 6
Media Player Included:
Quicktime 6, DVD Player
Media Player 7 avail.; RealOne Player avail.
Media Player 8, DVD Player
Quicktime 6 avail.; RealOne Player avail.
Financial Software Included:
Quicken 2002 Deluxe
MSFT Money 2002
Reference Software Included:
World Book OS X; Sherlock 3
Encarta 2002; MSFT Streets & Trips
Digital Photo Management:
iPhoto 1.1
MSFT Picture It!
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie 2
MSFT Movie Maker
Music Software/
CD Burning Software:
iTunes 3; Disc Burner
Unknown (?)
DVD Burning Software:
iDVD 2.1; Disc Burner
--
Games Included:
Chess, Otto Matic, Deimos Rising
The Sims!, Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Additional Software Included
FaxSTF, Palm Desktop; Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Free ISP/Other Services
1 month EarthLink
1 year AOL
Virus Susceptibility/Security Issues
Built-in Firewall?
Yes
Yes
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in; 90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./at-home; 1 yr. phone
Quality of Products & Service:
Consumer Affairs
Subotal:
(includes rebates, add-ons, etc.)
$1,999
$1,999
+ Ground Shipping:
No Charge
$60
Total Price as configured:
$1,999
tax not included
$2,059
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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