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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:
Apple iBook vs. Lindows Mobile PC

Systems Configured: 2/28/03

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

Company
Apple
Lindows
XXXXX
= Best of Field
iBook CD-ROM
Mobile PC
Dimensions:
132 cubic in.
11.2" x 9.1" x 1.3"
82 cubic in.
0.91"x 10.43"x 8.66"
Weight:
(all bays filled)
4.9 lbs
2.9 lbs
Battery Life:
up to 5 hrs.
up to 3 hrs.
Processor:
Rating Notes
700 MHz PowerPC G3
800 MHz Pentium 4
933 MHz VIA C3
800 MHz Pentium 4 ???
L1 Cache:
64k
128k
L2 Cache:
512K
64k
L3 Cache:
--
--
RAM Type:
SDRAM PC100
SDRAM PC133
Front Side Bus:
100 MHz
133 MHz
RAM Amount:
128 MB (1 x 128)
256 MB (1x256)
Max. RAM:
640 MB (1+1 open)
768 MB (1+1 open)
Hard Drive Capacity:
20 GB
20 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 66
Ultra ATA 100
Hard Drive Speed:
4200 RPM
4200 RPM ???
(Lindows support had "no idea.")
CD-ROM:
24x
--
CD-RW:
--
--
DVD-ROM:
--
--
DVD-/+RW:
--
--
Floppy Drive:
--
--
Other Drive:
--
Compact Flash bay
PC Card Slot?
802.11b Card Slot
Yes
Bay Type:
Fixed
Fixed
USB Ports:
2 USB 1.1
2 USB 2.0
FireWire Ports:
1port @ 400 Mbps
1 port @ 400 Mbps
Legacy Ports:
Legacy-free
Legacy-free
Video Card:
ATI Mobility
Radeon 7500
Integrated Savage 4 AGP
Video RAM:
16 MB (dedicated)
"up to" 16 MB (shared)
Dual Display Support?
Mirroring
Mirroring
VGA Out:
Yes
Yes
S-Video Out:
Yes
--
RCA Out:
Yes
--
DVI Out:
--
--
Display Type:
12.1" TFT XGA
12.1" TFT XGA
Native Resolution:
1024x768
1024x768
Microphone / Line In:
Built-in microphone
Digital audio-ready
Audio-in port
Digital audio-ready
Headphone / Line Out:
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Yes
Digital Audio-ready
Stereo Speakers:
Yes
Yes
Ethernet:
10/100
10/100
56k Modem:
Yes
--
Wi-Fi Card:
optional (802.11b);
internal antennae
optional (802.11b)
Bluetooth Card:
optional
optional
Hardware Extras
HP DeskJet 3820 w/promo
--
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2;
Mac OS 9.2 Classic;
BSD Unix;
Apache Web Server
Lindows 3.0
Windows Support:
DOS/98/ME/2000/XP
(via Virtual PC)
DOS/98/ME/2000/XP
(Native)
Mac Support:
Mac OS 8,9,X (Native)
Mac OS 8.1 only (emulation)
Linux Support:
Various flavors (Native)
UNIX Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Java 2 Support:
Native
Native ???
Zero-Config Networking:
Rendezvous
--
Save-as PDF:
Native (any file)
3rd-party ???
Handwriting Recognition:
Inkwell
--
Word Processor:
AppleWorks 6.2
(Word compatible)
StarOffice
Spreadsheet:
AppleWorks 6.2
(Excel compatible)
StarOffice
Presentation:
AppleWorks 6.2
StarOffice
Database:
AppleWorks 6.2
StarOffice
Drawing/Painting:
AppleWorks 6.2
StarOffice
Projects/Planning:
--
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
Web Browser
Internet Explorer 5.2
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
E-Mail / PIM / Calendar/
Address Book:
OS X Mail / OS X Address Book
iCal / iSync
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
Media Players:
*free download
QuickTime 6
DVD Player
Windows Media Player 7*
RealOne Player*
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
Financial:
Quicken 2003 Deluxe
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
Reference:
World Book OS X
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
Digital
Photography:
iPhoto 1.1
PixelNhance
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
Digital Video
Editing:
iMovie 2
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
CD Burning/
Music:
iTunes 3, Disc Burner*
*(requires external CD-RW)
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
DVD Burning /
Authoring:
Disc Burner*
*(requires external DVD-RW)
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
Games
Included:
Chess
Otto Matic
Deimos Rising
(various downloads via $99/yr. membership)
Additional
Software:
Asstd. system software
Asstd. system software
Free Services:
1 month Earthlink
--
Virus/
Security Issues:
???
Firewall:
Yes
???
Warranty:
1 yr. ltd./mail-in
90 days phone
2 yr. ltd./mail-in
2 yr. phone
Quality of
Products/Service:
Consumer Affairs
"Good Guys"
according to
Consumer Affairs
???
Subotal:
(after rebates)
$999
$799 (+ $99 annual membership)
+ Ground Shipping:
No Charge
???
Total Price
as configured:
(tax not included)
$999
tax not included
$799 (+ $99 annual membership)
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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