July 28, 2003

oh I wish I didn't have a mac
Today Emachines announced their new widescreen notebook. So how do they stack up?
emachines Apple
Processor Mobile AMD Athlon™ XP-M processor 2400+ with QuantiSpeed™ architecture 1GHz PowerPC G4
Memory 512 MB DDR (PC2100) 512MB PC133 SDRAM
Hard Drive 40 GB 60GB
Display 15.4" Widescreen TFT LCD WXGA (1280 x 800 max. resolution) 15.2-inch (diagonal) Widescreen, 1280x854 resolution, TFT
Optical Drive DVD/CD-RW Combo DVD/CD-RW Combo
Video ATI® RADEON™ IGP 320M ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 graphics processor with AGP 4X support and 32MB or 64MB of DDR SDRAM video memory (15-inch models)
64 MB (shared) Video Memory Dual Display capability
Sound PC2001 Compliant AC '97 Audio Internal omnidirectional microphone
Built-in Stereo Speakers Two built-in stereo speakers
Modem56K* ITU v.92 Ready Fax/Modem Built-in 56K V.92 modem
Network Integrated 802.11g Wireless LAN, 10/100Mbps Built-in Ethernet Card Built-in 11-Mbps AirPort Card (IEEE 802.11b Wi-Fi certified), Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Internet Access 6 Months AOL membership included**  
Ports / Other 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 IEEE 1394, 1 VGA external connector, 1 S–Video Out, Microphone In, Line Out, 2 PCMCIA Slots (Card Bus type I and type II) 2 USB 1.1 ports, 1 IEEE 1394, 1 DVI output port, 1 S-Video Out, Line Out, One PC Card/CardBus slot supporting one Type I or Type II card
Pointing Device Touchpad with vertical Scroll Zone Touchpad
Operating System Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition Mac OS X v10.2 jaguar
Dimensions 1.36"h x 14.0"w x 10.0"d 1.0" h x 13.4" w x 9.5" d
Weight 6.5 lbs. with battery 5.4 lbs. With battery
Battery 8-cell Lithium-ion (Li-ion) 61-watt-hour lithium-ion battery
Warranty Standard 1 year Standard 1 year

But the kicker:
Powerbook as configured: $2399
Emachines as configured: $1200

Do you want one powerbook or TWO emachines?

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