Alright, I'm going to have o stand up to this Bazoo charater.
I recently bought a Toshiba 5205-703. My sencond choice was the Sager 5560 from PCTorque.
Let see how my computer compares to the new Powerbook:
-Better Processor (2 gig P4 vs 1 gig G4 - all independent analysis I have seen says a G4 about equals a P4 of 150% of the G4's clockspeed)
-Better vidoe card (GFGo460 vs 440, both 64megs)
-15" vs 17" screen, but due to the aspect ratio of the Apple screen, there isn't a big difference in surface area (whether one likes one aspect ratio or another is a metter of personal choice- I prefer the standard). My Toshiba has a high quality LCD panel as well (400:1 contrast, 25ms response, wide angle). Maybe the Apple does too.
-I have USB2 and Firewire, I think the Apple has both too? Anyway, I think it is a wash.
-Both have bluetooth.
-I think the HD is the same, 4200 rpm, 60 gb.
-Both have DVD-R writers.
-The toshiba looks quite nice, as does the Apple.
-Battery life is good on the Toshiba- over 3 hours. It is quiet. I know the Apple excels on both these points as well.
-The Apple is somewhat lighter, although the Toshiba only weighs about 7 or 8 lbs, not too much in my opinion.
-Windows vs OSX, they are comperable. If you refuse to see this fact, you are completely biased in my opinion.
Now, I would say the Apple is a fine machine. And, believing as I do that a product's relative merits should determine its price, it should be priced in the same range as the Toshiba. But in fact it is over $1000 more ( I got mine for $2060)! This is where it falls apart for Apple. This is their B.S. business model- charge through the ass for equipment you can get in a PC for much less. This is how they survive despite a 3% market share in the U.S. and 2% worldwide, because dummies will pay much more for equal or (for their desktops) inferior harware. It's a damn joke. I don't like Microsoft's monopolistic practices, but within its own domain, I contend Apple is far more a abusive monopolist than M.S. (monopolizing hareware as well as OS's, no other OS's for Apple equipment, etc.).
This is my statement on the matter...