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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

Laptop Shootout:
PowerBook G4 vs. Best Buy Matrix

Systems Configured: 10/28/2002

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

Company
Apple
Porsche/Best Buy
PowerBook G4
($2,339 as configured)
VPR Matrix 200A5
($2,399 as configured)
Dimensions:
127 cubic in. (1" x 13.4" x 9.5")
167 cubic in. (1.2" x13.9" x10.0")
Weight:
(all bays filled)
5.4 lbs
6.4 lbs
Battery Life:
5 hrs.
2-3 hrs. (???)
Processor:
Rating Notes
1.3 GHz
867 MHz PowerPC G4
2.0 GHz
2.0 GHz M Pentium 4
L1 Cache:
64k
32k
L2 Cache:
256K on-chip
512K on-chip
L3 Cache:
1 MB DDR
--
Memory Type:
SDRAM PC133
DDR PC2100
Frontside Bus:
133 MHz bus
266 MHz
Memory Amount:
512 MB (2 DIMM)
512 MB (2 DIMM)
Max RAM:
1.0 GB (2 slots)
1.0 GB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
40 GB
40 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Hard Drive Speed:
4200 rpm
4200 rpm
CD-Rom:
24x CD (slot-loading)
24x CD (slot-loading)
CD-RW:
8x8x CD-RW
8x8x CD-RW
DVD-Rom:
8x DVD
8x DVD
DVD-/+RW:
--
--
Floppy Drive:
--
--
Zip/Other Drive:
--
--
PC Card Slots:
1 + 1 802.11b slot
1 + 1 802.11b slot
Type of Bays:
Fixed
Fixed
USB Ports:
2 USB 1.1
2 USB 2.0
Firewire Ports:
1 on-board port
2 ports
Legacy Ports:
--
1 Parallel Port
Graphics Card:
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000
nVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go
Video RAM:
32 MB DDR
32 MB DDR
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
DVI Out:
Yes
--
S-Video Out:
Yes
Yes
Composite Out:
Yes
Yes
Display:
15.2" TFT XGA
15.2" TFT XGA
Max. display resolution:
1280x854
1280x854
Microphone/Line-in Jacks:
Built-in microphone; Line-in port
Line-in port
Headphone/Line-out Jacks:
Yes/Digital Audio
Yes/Digital Audio
Stereo Speakers:
Yes
Yes
10/100 Ethernet?
Yes
Yes
Gigabit Ethernet?
Yes
--
56k Internal Modem?
Yes
Yes
802.11b Wireless Card?
optional; upgradable
Yes (non-upgradable)
Integrated 802.11b Antennae:
Yes
Yes
Hardware Extras Included:
HP DeskJet 3820 Inkjet Printer
(free after rebate)
--
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2; Mac OS 9.2;
BSD Unix; Apache Web Server
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows/DOS OS 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)
Java 2 Support:
Native
(must be downloaded)
Rendezvous Zero-Config Networking:
Yes
--
Word Processor Included:
--
MSFT Word XP
Save-as PDF Support:
Native (any file)
(requires 3rd-party app.)
Spreadsheet Software Included:
--
MSFT Works
Presentation Software Included:
--
--
Database Software Included:
--
MSFT Works
Drawing/Painting Program Included:
Art Directors Toolkit;
Graphic Converter; PixelNhance
--
Handwriting Recognition:
Inkwell
--
Calendar/PIM Software Included:
iCal; iSync; OmniOutliner
MSFT Works
Planning/Project Software Included:
OmniGraffle
--
Web Browser Included:
Internet Explorer 5.2
Internet Explorer 6
E-Mail/Address Book Included:
OS X Mail (w/best-of-breed spam filter)
Outlook Express
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:
--
--
Reference Software Included:
--
--
Digital Photo Management:
iPhoto 1.1; Graphic Converter; Snapz Pro
--
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie 2
MSFT Movie Maker
Music Software/
CD Burning Software:
iTunes 3; Disc Burner
(Unknown ???)
Games Included:
Chess
Mine Sweeper, Asstd. classic games
Additional Software Included
PCalc; Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Free ISP/
Other Services
1 month EarthLink
--
Virus Susceptibility/
Security Issues
Built-in Firewall?
Yes
Yes
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./at-home
??? phone
Quality of Products & Service:
Consumer Affairs
Total Price
as configured:
$2,339
tax not included
$2,399
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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