Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

Mac mini: How's that pricing going?

  Dell Dimension 4700 Mac mini
Processor 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 [hyperthreaded]
[add $20 for 3.0 GHz]
1.25 GHz PowerPC G4
Cache 1 MB L2 on-chip 512 KB on-chip
System bus speed 800 MHz 167 MHz
Memory 256 MB 256 MB
Type of memory 400 MHz DDR SDRAM 333 MHz DDR SRAM
Video card Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900
[add $60 for PCI Express X300 SE with 128 MB VRAM]
ATI Radeon 9200
Video memory Shared 32 MB
Video bus PCI Express x16 AGP 4x
Display 19" LCD flat panel [analog]
Add $270 for a Dell widescreen 20" LCD panel
Add $799 for a Apple widescreen 20" LCD panel
Add $225 for a generic 19" LCD panel [e.g. GEM]
Resolution 1280 X 1024 -
Hard drive 40 GB [add $20 for 80 GB] 40 GB
Hard drive bus Ultra ATA/100 Ultra ATA
DVD read 16x 8x
DVD-R - -
CD read 48x 24x
CD-R 48x 24x
CD-RW 32x 16x
FireWire -
[Add $40 for 2 FireWire 800]
1 FireWire 400
USB 8 2.0 2 2.0
Modem -
[add $20 for 56K]
Ethernet 100BaseT 100BaseT
Mouse and keyboard USB Add $58 for Apple wired set
Add $28 for Microsoft wireless set
Expansion slots 2 PCI
1 PCIe x1
1 PCIe x16
Size Frickin' huge Rilly small
Software Windows XP Home with SP2, antivirus Mac OS X, AppleWorks, iLife '05, Quicken
Warranty 90 days 1 year parts and labor
90 days phone support
Price [inc. tax and shipping to Redmond, Washington] $617 $543

In short, it's starting to seem kind of overpriced, even at $499, considering that you can get a far faster PC with a 19" LCD display, keyboard, and mouse, all for about $75 more. Is anyone buying these things? When do Apple report their quarterly profits?


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