Comparing Apples and Dells

This seems to be a pretty popular sport in some nooks and crannies of the world — viz. Mezzoblue or OSNews, so I decided to put up a feature-by-feature comparison table of the laptop I wanted to buy, and the laptop I actually bought.

Keep in mind that I would seldom use the OS X that would come with the Powerbook, and never use the OS that comes with the Dell. I much prefer KDE to OS X. Also keep in mind that these are the configurations I choose; the standard Powerbook has a DVD-writer and a bigger hard disk, and costs €2,973.81.

Apple Powerbook 15″ 1.25 Ghz Dell Inspiron 5150
Looks
Keyboard gripes No delete Tilde in a silly location
Other gripes Dunno, never seen one in real life Makes a whistling noise.
Suspend & Resume Perfect Suspend, but no resume…
CPU G4 1.25 Ghz Pentium 4M 3,06 Ghz
Battery life Reported to be about 2 hours 4 hours (with brightness turned down to half, but compiling a lot of stuff on the road)
HD 60 GB 40 GB
CD DVD/CD-RW DVD/CD-RW
RAM 512 MB 512 MB
Graphics card ATI Radeon 64 MB NVidia 32 MB
Screen quality Never seen one live, but reported to be good Completely perfect
Resolution 1280 x 854 1600 x 1200
Material Aluminium Plastic
Ports 2 x USB2, 2 x Firewire, TV-out, audio in, audio out, 1000 Mbit ethernet, pcmcia, modem 2 x USB2, Firewire, TV-out, audio in, audio out, 100 Mbit ethernet, pcmcia, modem
Wireless Yes No
Weight 2.5 Kg 3.13 Kg
Size (HxWxL) 2.8 x 34.8 x 24.3 44.5 x 32.9 x 27.5
Price (inc. VAT and transport, in Euros) 2,664.41 1,306.- (now reduced to 987.- + 97.- transport)

So, then it boils down to: is it worth paying €1,359.- for the privilege of giving up a bally perfect screen and a CPU that’s twice as fast where it counts (compiling Java and C++) and a platform that’s best supported by Linux to get better looks, more HD space, a conceivably tougher system and perfect suspend and resume. If the difference hadn’t been more than the price of the Dell itself, I might have hesitated.