Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

In re Apple-Dell price comparisons

  Dell Inspiron 9400 Apple MacBook Pro
Processor Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2400
Dual core 1.83 GHz
Intel® Core™ 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 512 MB
Type of memory 533 MHz DDR SRAM 667 MHz DDR SRAM
Video card Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 ATI Mobility Radeon x1600
Video memory NA 128 MB
Video bus PCI Express x16 PCI Express x16
Display 17" TFT 15.4" TFT
Resolution 1440 x 900 1440 x 900
Screen brightness 175 cd/m2 (nits) 300 cd/m2 (nits)
Video out SVGA + DVI + VGA DVI + VGA [via dongle]
Hard drive 80 GB 5400 RPM 80 GB 5400 RPM
Hard drive bus Serial ATA Serial ATA
DVD double 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 included (detachable) -
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 - -
Weight 7.61 lbs 5.6 lbs
Size 15.5 inches wide, 11.3 inches deep and 1.6 inches thick 14.1 inches wide, 9.6 inches deep and 1.0 inches thick
Battery 53 WHr 60 WHr
Software Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Mac OS X, AppleWorks, iLife '05, Quicken
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) $1243 $2175

Some important things to note:

  • These prices were valid as of Feb. 22, 2006, 12:30 PM PST and include shipping [Dell only; Apple ships free] and 8.8% sales tax [the local sales tax rate where I live - Redmond, Washington.]
  • The Dell price reflects today's coupon - V8PKH1PZJ3G?DN - which will probably expire tomorrow if it doesn't later on today
  • Please remember: Comparisons like this are fundamentally stupid on some level; the machines are roughly equivalent in terms of hardware, but obviously not in terms of user experience; the 75% price premium for the Apple machine may well be worth it for you
  • My earlier post, posted the day the MacBook Pro was introduced, was valid when it was posted but obviously not any more; things change
  • Similarly, my comment to sinnabor was valid when it was posted, but not any more
  • That's all for now!

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