Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
cpratt

Let's compare, shall we.

Here's a quick comparison of the new iMac with an equivalent Dell:

Apple Dell Who wins?
Chip 700 MHz G4 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 PC somewhat faster
RAM 128 MB 128 MB tie
HD 40 GB 40 GB tie
CD-RW 24x 10x 32x 24x 10x 32x 40x tie
Comms 56K, Ethernet 56K, Ethernet tie
Software AppleWorks, Quicken Antivirus, Word, Money tie
Video 32 MB nVidia 32 MB ATI tie
Monitor 15" flat panel 15" flat panel tie
OS OS X 10.1 Windows XP You decide
Other USB, FireWire USB, FireWire tie
Sound Internal speaker H-K speakers PC
Warranty 90 days support, 1 year parts 1 year support and parts PC
Price in CA $1,450 (approximately) $1,250 (approximately) inc. tax, shipping.
PC cheaper
Design Pritty OK Mac

Of course, with the PC, if you go with a much larger 19" CRT monitor, you can save a lot of money. Or, if you really want the flat screen, you could add a DVD drive and still save money as opposed to the Mac. All in all the new iMac looks fine, but it's still not offering a real price performance advantage over a PC.

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