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Professional Class Laptop: Dell Latitude vs. Apple PowerBook

Features Apple Dell Inequalities (any worth noting)
Processor 1.5 GHz G4 Pentium M 1.86 GHz* * Corrected for equivalency as calculated at . The 2.13 GHz Pentium M selected originally was a $450 upgrade.  
Operating System Mac OS X 10.3 Windows XP Professional  
Display Built-in 15.2" TFT WXGA Built-in 15.4" TFT WXGA  
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon w/64mb ATI Radeon X300 w/64mb  
Hard Drive 80GB Ultra ATA, 5400rpm 80GB Ultra ATA, 5400rpm  
Optical Drive 24X CD-RW/DVD Combo 24X CD-RW/DVD Combo  
Wireless Options 802.11 b/g card Bluetooth 802.11 b/g card Bluetooth  
Ports 1 Firewire 400 port 1 Firewire 800 port 2 USB 2.0 ports 1 PC Card/Cardbus slot S-Video, DVI, VGA video out 4 USB 2.0 ports S-Video/ VGA video out Optional 40GB 2nd HD The Dell has no option for a firewire port, but it has legacy parallel and serial ports. The Apple has a built-in microphone as well as built-in stereo speakers, both of which the Dell lacks
Support option 1-year limited warranty 3-year extended "economy" warranty The Dell system has no option for declining the extended warranty, but you can upgrade to non-"economy" plans. I didn't feel like reading the extended explanation of what you get with each plan, but presumably the 3-year "economy" plan is worth more than Apple's standard 1-year warranty.
Software options The PowerBook comes with the following free software that doesn't have equivalents in Windows XP: 
  • iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand),
  • Art Directors Toolkit,
  • GraphicConverter,
  • OmniGraffle,
  • OmniOutliner,
  • QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition,
  • 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
  • Detto IntelliMover
Dell lacks the following software functionality that comes with the Apple system. The retail cost of this software is not huge, but it's probably $200-$300. Also, the software cost of the Dell increases because of the need to purchase antivirus subscription services. 
  • Personal finance
  • Digital photo management
  • Digital video creation and management (Microsoft's MovieMaker app is not equivalent to iMovie!)
  • DVD creation
  • Music creation and editing
  • Games
  • Desktop web services (like Sherlock)
  • Software for migrating applications, documents, and personal settings from your old computer to the new one
  • Other useful functions like those with Omnigraffle and OmniOutliner, which come with the Mac.
Total Cost $1,999 $2,011  
Note: All systems were configured with 512 mb of equal-speed RAM.
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