Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

You knew it was coming

Price comparison, Dell Inspiron 9400 17" laptop vs. Apple MacBook Pro 15.4" laptop
  Dell Inspiron 9400 Apple MacBook Pro
Processor Intel® CoreTM Duo Processor T2400
Dual core 1.83 GHz
Intel® CoreTM Duo Processor T2400
Dual core 1.83 GHz
Cache 2 MB on-chip L2 cache 2 MB on-chip L2 cache
System bus speed 667 MHz 667 MHz
Memory 1 GB 1 GB
Type of memory 667 MHz DDR SRAM 667 MHz DDR SRAM
Video card nVidia GeForce Go 7000 ATI Mobility Radeon x1600
Video memory 256 MB 256 MB
Video bus PCI Express x16 PCI Express x16
Display 17" TFT 15.4" TFT
Resolution 1440 x 900
Add $149 for 1920 x 1200
1440 x 900
Video out S-video + DVI DVI only
Hard drive 100 GB 5400 RPM 100 GB 5400 RPM
Hard drive bus Serial ATA Serial ATA
DVD dual layer Yes Yes
DVD read 8x 8x
6x dual layer
DVD-R 8x 4x
DVD-RW 2x 4x
CD read 24x 24x
CD-R 16x 24x
CD-RW 10x 10x
USB 2.0 6 2
Memory card reader 1, detachable -
Webcam - 1, fixed position
Express Card/34 slot 1 1
Express Card/54 slot 1 -
Modem 56K -
Ethernet 100BaseT 1000BaseT
Wireless 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR 2.0+EDR
FireWire 400 1 1
FireWire 800 - -
PC Card - -
Size 1.6" x 15.5" x 11.3" 1" x 14.1" x 9.6"
Weight 7.94 lbs 5.6 lbs
Battery 53 WHr 60 WHr
Software Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Mac OS X, AppleWorks, iLife '06, Photo Booth, Front Row
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) $1908 $2718

Now that the core hardware is pretty much the same, price comparisons are more interesting to me than before. The Apple system runs about $800 more, even though its screen is smaller - surely the magnetic power cord costs them less than $800 to manufacture? I keed, I keed; it does cost more to manufacture something so compact [it's only 1" thick, as opposed to 1.6" for the Dell]. Also curious is the lack of a memory card reader as well as apparently no support for Express Card/54 [although the value of that is totally unknown to me] - oh, and no S-video out might make on the road presentations tricky (although the DVI to VGA adapter does help if you're working with a projector and not a TV).

Disclaimer: Pricing is direct from the Apple Store; pricing may be less expensive through third party vendors. The Dell price listed here is not currently available; it used a coupon that expired today. Current prices are about $400 higher, although coupons and other deals do happen fairly regularly with Dell.

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