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Consumer Class Laptop: Dell Inspiron vs. Apple iBook

Features Apple Dell Inequalities (any worth noting)
Processor 1.33 GHz G4 Pentium M 1.5 GHz* * Corrected for equivalency as calculated at . The 2.0 GHz Pentium M selected originally was a $350 upgrade.  
Operating System Mac OS X 10.3 Windows XP Professional  
Display Built-in 14.1" TFT XGA Built-in 14.1" TFT XGA  
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon w/32mb Dedicated 32mb video card  
Hard Drive 60GB Ultra ATA 60GB Ultra ATA  
Optical Drive 24X CD-RW/DVD Combo 24X CD-RW/DVD Combo  
Wireless Options 802.11 b/g card 802.11 b/g card  
Ports 1 Firewire 400 port 2 USB 2.0 ports S-Video and VGA video out 2 USB 2.0 ports S-Video and VGA video out The Dell has no option for a firewire port, but it has legacy parallel and serial ports
Support option 1-year limited warranty 1-year limited warranty  
Software options The iBook comes with the following free software that doesn't have equivalents in Windows XP: 
  • iLife ‚Äô05 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD and GarageBand)
  • AppleWorks,
  • Quicken 2005 for Mac,
  • World Book 2004 Edition,
  • Nanosaur 2,
  • Marble Blast Gold,
  • Setup Assistant--Transfer data and settings,
  • Sherlock
The following software options Dell provided during checkout were selected to achieve rough parity in software: 
  • McAfee Security Center 15-month subscription
  • WordPerfect Office 12
  • PaintShop Pro Studio
  • Microsoft Money Deluxe (Note: Quicken was not offered as an option)
  • Microsoft Encarta Deluxe
  • Dell Family Games
  • Detto IntelliMover
Even with these add-ons, the Dell as configured still lacks the following software functionality that comes with the Apple system. The retail cost of this software is not huge, but it's probably $100 or so. Also, note that the software cost of the Dell increases because of the need to purchase antivirus subscription services. 
  • Digital video creation and management (Microsoft's MovieMaker app is not equivalent to iMovie!)
  • DVD creation
  • Music creation and editing
  • Desktop web services (like Sherlock)
Total Cost $1,299 $1,422  
Note: Both of these systems were configured with the default 256mb of equal-speed RAM.
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