Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
cpratt

Walt Mossberg.... uh, no.

From Walt's review of the iMac G5 in today's Wall Street Journal:

But the new iMac actually costs less than comparable Windows machines. If you tried to match the specs of the base iMac G5 in a traditional Dell tower, you'd still pay more.

  Dell Dimension 4700 Apple 1.6 GHz 17" iMac
M9248LL/A
Processor Pentium 4 520 [2.8 GHz,
hyperthreaded]
1.6 GHz PowerPC G5
Cache 1 MB level 2 cache 512K SRAM level 2 cache
System bus speed 800 MHz 533 MHz
Memory 1 GB expandable to 2 GB 256 MB expandable to 2 GB [add $225 for 1 GB]
Type of memory PC3200 (400 MHz) SDRAM PC3200 (400 MHz) SDRAM
Video card ATI Radeon X300 SE with
TV-Out
GeForce 5200 Ultra
Video memory 128 MB 64 MB
Display 17" 1280x1024 flat panel

250 cd/m brightness, 400:1 contrast
17" widescreen
1440x900 flat panel


200 cd/m brightness, 350:1 contrast
Video bus PCI Express AGP 8x
Hard drive 80 GB [add $40 for 160 GB] 80 GB [add $100 for 160 GB]
Hard drive bus Serial ATA Serial ATA
DVD read 8x 8x
DVD-R - -
DVD-RW - -
CD read 40x 24x
CD-R 32x 24x
CD-RW 24x 16x
FireWire None [add $15] 2 FireWire 400
USB 6 USB 2.0 3 USB 2.0
Modem 56 Kbps 56 Kbps
Ethernet 100BaseT 100BaseT
Speakers Stereo [integrated into flat
panel display]
Stereo [integrated]
Audio Intel High Definition Audio Integrated 5.1 audio
Software Windows XP Home, Microsoft
Works
suite, McAfee antivirus, 6 months Earthlink, some other stuff
Mac OS X 10.3, iLife, AppleWorks, 30 days EarthLink, some other stuff
Other None None
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)
$1313 $1413




$100 cheaper != "you'd still pay more" - especially when the PC has four times the RAM, faster video hardware, etc. The iMac does however have [for my money] the sexier display... again, what I want is a Media Center PC with a widescreen flat panel display. HP, where are you?

Final tally: iMac $1413, Dell 4700 $1313, hp Media Center PC $1281.

Of course, that iLife bundle is kinda sweet... and then there's the spyware/virus issue...
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