Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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17" laptop price comparison

  Dell Inspiron 9600 Apple PowerBook G4
Processor 1.6 GHz Pentium M 740 1.67 GHz PowerPC G4
Cache 2 MB on-chip L2 cache 512 KB on-chip L2 cache
System bus speed 533 MHz 167 MHz
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Type of memory 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM 333 MHz DDR SRAM
Video card ATI Mobility Radeon X300 ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
Video memory 64 MB 64 MB
Video bus PCI Express x16 AGP 4x
Display 17" TFT 17" TFT
Resolution 1440 x 900 pixel resolution
[Add $100 for 1080i]
1440 x 900 pixel resolution
Video out SVGA + DVI SVGA + DVI
Hard drive 100 GB 5400 RPM 100 GB 5400 RPM
Hard drive bus Ultra ATA/100 Ultra ATA/100
DVD double layer Yes No
DVD read 8x 8x
DVD-R 8x 8x
DVD-RW 2x 4x
CD read 24x 24x
CD-R 16x 24x
CD-RW 10x 10x
USB 2.0 6 2
SD card reader 1 -
Modem 56K 56K
Ethernet 100BaseT 1000BaseT
Wireless 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes 2.0+EDR
FireWire 400 1 1
FireWire 800 - 1
PC Card 1 Type I or II 1 Type I or II
Weight 7.85 lbs 6.9 lbs
Software Windows XP Home with SP2; WordPerfect Mac OS X; iLife
Warranty 1 year parts and labor
1 year support
1 year parts and labor
90 days phone support
Price (inc. tax and shipping to Redmond, WA) $1282 $2788 after $150 rebate


Apple pros: Weighs less [by about a pound], has FireWire 800, has Gigabit Ethernet, runs OS X, faster with rewritable DVDs, better shock protection for the hard drive, faster Bluetooth, doesn't require antivirus software.

Dell pros: Far less expensive, generally faster, dual layer DVD support.

Pricing via Dell and Amazon.com.
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