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Apple Laptop Lineup

AS OF 1/28/02
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PowerMac G4 Tower
PowerMac G4
1.0 GHz w/17" LCD
PowerMac G4
Dual 1.25 GHz w/17" LCD
PowerMac G4
Dual 1.43 GHz w/17" LCD
"Cyclops" Quicksilver w / Polycarbonate Shell
Built-in handles
42 lbs. total
Component Access:
Side drops open for extremely easy expansion & component access.
Desk space Used:
280 sq. inches total
Noise Volume:
Standard Cooling Fan
Energy Use:
appx. 340 Watts total (appx. $61 / year)
1.5 GHz P4
1.0 GHz PowerPC G4
2.3 GHz P4
DUAL 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4
2.6 GHz P4
DUAL 1.43 GHz PowerPC G4
L1 Cache:
L2 Cache:
256K on-chip
L3 Cache:
1 MB x2 DDR (2 MB total)
2 MB x2 DDR (4 MB total)
Memory Type:
Frontside Bus:
133 MHz bus
166 MHz bus
Memory Included:
256 MB (1 x 256)
512 GB (1 x 512)
Max RAM:
2.0 GB (4 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
60 GB
80 GB
120 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Ultra ATA 100
Hard Drive Speed:
7200 rpm
CD Optical Drive:
32x10x32x CD-RW
16x8x32x CD-RW
DVD Optical Drive:
4x2x8x DVD-RW
Zip/Other Drive:
(optional external Zip or other drives available)
PCI/AGP Slots:
4 PCI slots available + AGP slot (used by graphics card)
Internal Bays:
3 available; 4 total
External Bays:
1 bay available for optional 2nd Optical Drive; 2 total
Mouse Included:
Ambidextrous USB Optical Pro Mouse (3rd-party multi-button/scroll wheel mice also available)
Keyboard Included:
USB Pro Keyboard w/volume control, mute & CD-Eject buttons + 2 USB ports
USB Ports:
2 on CPU back + 2 on keyboard + 2 on LCD display = 6 total; 4 available
FireWire Ports:
3 on-board ports total: 2 @ 400 Mbps; 1 @ 800 Mbps
Graphics Card:
nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440
ATI Radeon 9000
Video RAM:
VGA Out:
Yes (DVI to VGA Adapter included)
DVI Out:
ADC and DVI out ports (TwinView on all video cards; see below)
TV/Composite Out:
(optional via 3rd party solution)
TV/S-Video Out:
(optional via 3rd party solution)
Dual Display Support?
Yes (included)
Max. Resolution Supported:
Display Included:
17" viewable LCD; 100% digital (ADC)
Max. included-display resolution:
Viewable Angle:
160° V / 160° H
200 cd/m
350:1 (17" LCD)
Microphone/ Line in:
Audio in port; digital-audio-in ready
Headphone/ Line out:
2 Audio-out (headphone) jacks (1 in front); Audio out (speaker) jack, Digital-audio-out ready
Speakers Included:
Internal Harmon Kardon Speaker; (optional analog or digital speakers available)
10/100 Ethernet:
10/100 Base-T Ethernet built-in
Gigabit Ethernet:
Gigabit Ethernet built-in
56k Internal Modem:
56k V.92 internal modem w/FaxSTF software & phone cord
802.11 Wireless Networking?
internal 802.11g/b Airport Extreme card slot (@ 54 Mbps); integrated antennae;
Built-in 802.11g/b Base Station software (requires optional Airport card)
Bluetooth Wireless Card?
optional Bluetooth card
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), Mac OS 9.2 (via Classic mode), BSD Unix (full Unix core under OS X;
also includes FULL Apache Web Server; OS X fully Java 2 compliant)
OS Compatibility:
Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 & XP (via Virtual PC); Mac OS (any);
Asstd. builds of Linux; BSD Unix, A/UX Unix
Word Processor Included:
Microsoft Word X (Trial Edition)
Spreadsheet Included:
Microsoft Excel X (Trial Edition)
Presentation Software Included:
Microsoft PowerPoint X (Trial Edition)
Calendar/PIM Included:
iCal; Microsoft Entourage X (Trial Edition)
Database Software Included:
FileMaker Pro 6 (Trial Edition)
Financial Software Included:
QuickBooks 5 New Users
Drawing/Painting Software Included:
Graphic Converter, Art Directors Toolkit, OmniGraffle
Planning/Project Software Included:
Web Browser Included:
Internet Explorer 5.2
E-Mail/Address Book
Software Included:
OS X Mail, Address Book, iCal, iSync, Microsoft Entourage X (Trial Edition)
Media Player Included:
QuickTime 6.1, DVD Player (Media Player 7 & RealOne Player available as free downloads)
Digital Image/Graphics Management Software Included:
iPhoto 2, Graphic Converter
Digital Video Editing Software Included:
iMovie 3
Music Software/CD Burning Software Included:
iTunes 3; Disc Burner
DVD Burning Software Included:
iDVD 3 (requires internal DVD-RW);
Disc Burner
iDVD 3, Disc Burner
Games Included:
Additional Software Included:
FaxSTF, Earthlink, Acrobat Reader 5.0; Apple Hardware Test CD;
other assorted additional software bundled w/OS
Free ISP/Other Services:
1 month free Earthlink
Virus Susceptibility/
Security Issues:
only 45 known viruses (as opposed to well over 50,000 for Windows!); built-in firewall (OS X);
not vulnerable to IIS DDoS attacks. BUILT-IN FIREWALL.
Quality of Products & Service:
Received an exemplary "Good Guys" rating from
(other 5 major PC makers all received negative "Rogues Gallery" rating)
Warranty Included:
1 yr. ltd.hardware, 90 days phone support (3 year AppleCare Protection Plan available for $249)
Total Price (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, and has brought them to TMO. Charles is the creative talent behind Brainwrap Web Design.

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