Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
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Apple Introduces New Power Mac G5, New iBook



  hp dv1000 Apple 14" iBook G4
Processor 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium M 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4
Cache 1 MB level 2 cache 512K SRAM level 2 cache
System bus speed 400 MHz 133 MHz
Memory 256 MB 256 MB
Type of memory PC2100 (266 MHz) SDRAM PC2100 (266 MHz) SDRAM
Video card Intel Extreme Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
Display 14.1" TFT XGA Widescreen 14.1" TFT
Resolution 1280-by-768 1024-by-768
Video memory 32 MB 32 MB
Video bus AGP 4x AGP 4x
Hard drive 60 GB 4200rpm 60 GB 4200rpm
Hard drive bus ATA/100 ATA/100
DVD read 8x 8x
CD read 24x 24x
CD-R 24x 24x
CD-RW 16x 16x
FireWire 1 400 1 400
USB 3 2.0 2 2.0
Modem 56 Kbps 56 Kbps
Bluetooth Add $25 Add $50
Ethernet 100BaseT 100BaseT
Wireless networking
802.11b/g

802.11b/g
Software Windows XP Home, MS Works suite, McAfee antivirus Mac OS X 10.3, iLife, AppleWorks, 30 days EarthLink, some other stuff
Size 1.18" x 13.15" x 9.24" 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) $1077 $1413


Desktop system



  Dell Dimension 4600 Apple Power Mac G5
Processor 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 [hyperthreaded] 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5
Cache 512 KB on-chip 512 KB on-chip
System bus speed 800 MHz 600 MHz
Memory 256 MB 256 MB
Type of memory DDR PC3200 SDRAM DDR PC3200 SDRAM
Video card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with DVI and VGA ports NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with DVI and ADC ports
Video memory 128 MB 64 MB
Video bus AGP 8x AGP 8x
Hard drive 80 GB 80 GB
Hard drive bus Ultra ATA/100 [Serial ATA on motherboard] Serial ATA
DVD 16x 10x
DVD-R 16x [w/dual layer support] 8x
CD 40x 32x
CD-R 24x 24x
CD-RW 24x 10x
FireWire - 2 400, 1 800
USB 6 2.0 3 2.0, 2 1.1
Modem - -
Ethernet 100BaseT 1000BaseT
Speakers - -
Software Windows XP Home, Microsoft Works Suite, Norton antivirus, some other stuff Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, AppleWorks, some other stuff
Warranty 2 year parts and labor, onsite service; 2 year phone support 1 year parts and labor; 90 days phone support
Price (inc. tax and shipping to King County, Washington) $567 $1631



To sum up:

- The new iBook is reasonably good value at only $336 more than a faster, lighter weight, widescreen PC compatible laptop.

- However, the new Power Mac G5 strikes me as being overly spendy - a similar PC costs $1,067 less. Heck, you could nearly buy 3 PCs for the cost of 1 G5.

A note on the pricing: Dell pricing is via their Small Business site. HP pricing is via their Employee Purchase Program site and reflects a 5% discount or so. Sadly, I couldn't include yesterday's Dell pricing - they had an amazing one day sale that dropped prices on their very best notebooks down to the $800 range.
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