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