Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

Price comparison: Laptops, June 2004

Last week, a friend asked me whether or not his buddy should get a Mac or a PC laptop. I said what the heck, might as well get an iBook because the pricing's very similar; cbertsch got one earlier this year and at the time a similar PC was actually a bit more expensive. However, things have changed.
  Dell Inspiron 600m Apple 14" iBook G4
Processor 1.5 GHz Intel Pentium M 1 GHz PowerPC G4
Cache 1 MB level 2 cache 512K SRAM level 2 cache
System bus speed 400 MHz 133 MHz
Memory 384 MB 256 MB
Type of memory PC2100 (266 MHz) SDRAM PC2100 (266 MHz) SDRAM
Video card IATI Mobility Radeon 9000 ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
[about 11% faster than the 9000]
Display 14.1" TFT 14.1" TFT
Resolution 1024-by-768
[$49 to upgrade to 1280-by-1020]
Video memory 32 MB 32 MB
Video bus AGP 4x AGP 4x
Hard drive 40 GB 4200rpm 40 GB 4200rpm
Hard drive bus ATA/100 ATA/100
DVD read 8x 8x
DVD-R - -
DVD-RW - -
CD read 24x 24x
CD-R 24x 16x
CD-RW 10x 8x
FireWire - 1 FireWire 400
USB 2 USB 2.0 2 USB 2.0
Modem 56 Kbps 56 Kbps
Battery 48WHr Lithium Ion 61WHr Lithium Ion
Ethernet 1000BaseT 100BaseT
Wireless networking 802.11b/g 802.11b/g
Software Windows XP Home, WordPerfect suite, McAfee antivirus, TurboTax, 6 months EarthLink, some other stuff Mac OS X 10.3, iLife, AppleWorks, 30 days EarthLink, some other stuff
Size 1.2" x 12.4" x 10.1" 1.35" x 12.7" x 10.2"
Weight 5.3 pounds 5.9 pounds
Warranty 1 year parts and labor, mail-in service; 1 year phone support 1 year parts and labor, mail-in service; 90 days phone support
Price (inc. tax and shipping to King County, Washington) $1292 $1520
Yup, the faster/smaller PC is now about $200+ less expensive. On the other hand, the iBook does have better battery life. So, I dunno. Personally, I'd get the PC with the better screen, which drops the cost advantage down to only $180; the faster performance would be worth it to me. On the other hand, if all you ever do on the laptop is basic porn Web browsing and E-mail, I guess the iBook would be fine, too.

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