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Date Configured: 10/24/06

Best of Field
(in my opinion)
Apple 17" MacBook Pro
(stock model)
Dell XPS M1710
(with add-ons)
160 cubic in. 15.4" x 10.4" x 1.0"
298 cubic in. 15.5" x 11.3" x 1.7"
Weight: (all bays filled)
6.8 lbs
8.8 lbs.
Battery Life:
up to 5.5 hrs (68 WHr LiON battery)
unknown; assuming up to 5.5 hrs
(80 WHr LiON battery)
Scrolling trackpad; Backlit keyboard
Preventative Safety:
Scrolling trackpad; Sudden Motion Sensor;
MagSafe power adapter
Processor: (Notes)
2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
L2 Cache:
4.0 MB
4.0 MB
RAM Type:
DDR2 -SDRAM PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
DDR2 -SDRAM PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
Front Side Bus:
667 MHz
667 MHz
RAM Included:
2.0 GB (2 DIMMs)
1.0 GB (1 DIMM)
Max. RAM:
3.0 GB (2 slots)
4.0 GB (2 slots)
Hard Drive Capacity:
160 GB
120 GB
Hard Drive Type:
Serial ATA/100
Serial ATA/100
Hard Drive Speed:
5400 RPM
5400 RPM
24x16x24x CD-RW
24x10x24x CD-RW
8x6x8x DL DVD±RW
8x6x8x DL DVD±RW
Floppy/Other Drive:
5-way Flash memory card reader
1 ExpressCard/34 slot
1 ExpressCard/34 slot
Bay Type:
USB Ports:
3 USB 2.0 ports
6 USB 2.0 ports
FireWire Ports:
1 port @ 400 Mbps, 1port @ 800 Mbps
1 FireWire port @ 400 Mbps
Legacy Ports:
Video Card:
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS
Video RAM:
256 MB GDDR3 dedicated
256 MB GDDR3 dedicated
Dual-Disp. Supp:
Mirroring & Spanning
Mirroring & Spanning
VGA Out:
DVI Out:
S-Video Out:
via optional adapter
TV Tuner:
optional (El Gato, etc.)
RCA Out:
via optional adapter
17" TFT WXGA (widescreen)
17" TFT WUXGA (widescreen)
Native Res:
1680x1050 (1.8 Mpx)
1920 x 1200 (2.3 Mpx)
Max. External Res:
2560x1600 (4.1 Mpx)
1920 x 1200 (2.3 Mpx)
Audio In:
Built-in mic; Analog In; Optical Digital Audio In
Line-in; USB mic support
Audio Out:
Headphone; Analog Out; Optical Digital Audio Out
Speaker/HP jack/line-out; USB speaker support
Stereo Speakers:
Yes + integrated subwoofer
Yes + integrated subwoofer
Video Camera:
integrated iSight video camera
10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet
10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet
56k Modem:
optional USB modem available
56k v.92 fax/modem
Wi-Fi Card:
Integrated 802.11a/b/g (54 Mbps) card
Integrated 802.11a/b/g (54 Mbps) card
Bluetooth Wireless?
Integrated Bluetooth 2.0 card + EDR (3 Mbps)
Hardware Extras
Apple Remote Control
Included OS:
Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger;
BSD Unix; X11 Window System
Windows XP Media Center Edition
Windows Support:
DOS/95/98/ME/2K/NT/XP (Beta, via BootCamp)
or via optional Parallels WorkStation
(Native, official, fully supported)
Mac Support:
OS X (Native)
Mac OS 8 only (via emulation)
Unix/Linux Support:
Various flavors (Native)
Realtime Metadata Search/Organization:
Spotlight (system-wide)
(includes Smart Folders, Content Search, etc)
(Google desktop search available)
Modular Desktop Utilities:
Dashboard (system-wide)
(Yahoo! Widgits available as free download)
Task Scripting:
Automator/AppleScript (system-wide)
Windows Script Host
Save-as PDF:
Native (any file) w/variable settings
Zero-Config Networking:
Bonjour (system-wide)
(Bonjour available as free dl)
Handwriting Recognition
Inkwell (system-wide)
Voice/Speech Recog.:
Voiceover (system-wide)
(limited to certain non-core apps)
Web Serving:
Apache w/Perl, Python & PHP included
(XP Pro only)
Data Backup Utility:
(iBackup, PsyncX, etc. available as free download)
Developer Tools:
Xcode, Script Editor, etc.
(free download of compiler/linker/diff tools)
File Compression:
System-wide Zip compression
System-wide Zip compression
File Encryption:
FileVault encryption
(XP Pro only)
Word Processor
TextEdit (Word compatible)
or OpenOffice (free download; Word comp.)
NotePad; MS Works 8 (Word comp.)
or OpenOffice (free download; Word comp.)
OpenOffice (free download; Excel comp.)
MS Works 8 (Excel comp.)
OpenOffice (free download; Excel comp.)
OpenOffice (free download; PwrPt. comp.)
PowerPoint reader only
OpenOffice (free download; PwrPt. comp.)
MS Works 8
Page Layout/Publishing:
Comic Life
Website Authoring:
iWeb 1.0
Font Management:
FontBook 2.0
no on-the-fly font enabling/disabling
MS Works 8
Web Browser:
Safari RSS 2.0
Internet Explorer 6.5
Image/PDF Viewer:
Preview 3.0
Image Viewer/Adobe Reader 7
E-Mail/Address Book:
OS X Mail / Address Book
MS Works 8
Calendar Program:
iCal 2.0
MS Works 8
Data Synchronization:
iSync 2.0
System Data Transfer:
System Migration Assistant
Settings Transfer Wizard
Chat/AV Conferencing:
iChat AV 3.0
(ICQ, MSN, Yahoo avail. as free downloads)
Windows Messenger
(ICQ, AOL, Yahoo avail. as free downloads)
Media Players:
Front Row; Quicktime 7.0; DVD Player 4.5
(WMP & RealPlayer avail as free dl)
Media Center Software; WMP 10;
Cyberlink DVD Player
(QuickTime & RealPlayer available as free dl)
PVR Software:
(via optional ElGato software)
Media Center Edition Software
Dictionary/Thesaurus; Sherlock 3.0
Digital Photography:
iPhoto 6.0; PhotoBooth; ImageCapture
Google Picassa free download
Digital Video Editing:
iMovie HD 6.0
MSFT MovieMaker 2
CD Burning/Music:
iTunes 7.0; Disc Burner
XP Disk Burning; Sonic Recorder
iTunes 7.0 free download
Audio Engineering:
GarageBand 3.0
DVD Burning/Authoring:
iDVD 6.0; Disk Burner
XP Disk Burning; Sonic MyDVD
Games Included:
Mine Sweeper, Assorted other games
Total Software Titles Available:
"Less" (no specific numbers; thousands available)
"More" (no specific numbers; thousands available)
(Note: If Windows is installed on the Mac via BootCamp, it has more titles available; if not, it has fewer)
Additional Software:
Asstd. system software
Free Services:
1 month .Mac trial
6 month Earthlink dialup
No true malicious viruses known
which affect Mac OS X.
Between 1,200 - 70,000 known viruses
(depending on your source)
PC-cillin Internet Security: AntiVirus, Firewall, Spyware removal (15 months)
Security Alerts:
Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
In General: far less common,
far less serious, fixed more quickly.
In General: far more common,
far more serious, fixed less quickly.
1 yr. ltd./mail-in; 90 days phone
1 yr. ltd./at-home; 1 yr phone
Customer Service:
Scored 74% by Consumer Reports
(Highest Rating)
Scored 62% by Consumer Reports
Base system price: $2,799
Base system price $2,299
+ 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo upgrade: $425
+ 120 GB hard drive upgrade: $45
+ 8x2x8x DL DVD±RW upgrade: $35
- Rebates if any:
+ Ground Shipping:
n/a (ltd. time)
Total Price as configured:
(tax not included)
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