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ESSENTIAL INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS
Company
Service
Web Address
If you are using a dial-up or wireless
connection to connect to the Internet, then select an
ISP or OSP.
You can access the Internet via telephone lines in one of two
ways: an ISP or an OSP. Both provide Internet access for a
monthly fee that ranges from $6 to $25. Local ISPs offer
Internet access to users in a limited geographic region,
through local telephone numbers. National ISPs provide
access for users nationwide (including mobile users), through
local and toll-free telephone numbers and cable. Because of
their size, national ISPs generally offer more services and
have a larger technical support staff than local ISPs. OSPs
furnish Internet access as well as members-only features for
users nationwide. Figure 42 lists several national ISPs and
OSPs. Before you choose an ISP or OSP, compare such
features as the number of access hours, monthly fees, available
services (e-mail, Web page hosting, chat), and reliability.
America Online
OSP
aol.com
AT&T Worldnet
ISP
www.att.net
Comcast
OSP
comcast.net
CompuServe
OSP
compuserve.com
EarthLink
ISP
earthlink.net
Juno
OSP
juno.com
NetZero
OSP
netzero.com
MSN
OSP
msn.com
Prodigy
ISP/OSP
myhome.prodigy.net
For an updated list of national ISPs and OSPs and their Web site
addresses, visit scsite.com/ic7/buyers.
National ISPs and OSPs.
FIGURE 42
Use a worksheet to
compare computers,
services, and other
considerations.
You can use a separate sheet of
paper to take notes on each
vendor’s computer and then
summarize the information on a
worksheet, such as the one
shown in Figure 43. You can use
Figure 43 to compare prices for
either a PC or a Mac. Most
companies advertise a price for a
base computer that includes
components housed in the
system unit (processor, RAM, sound
card, video card), disk drives
(hard disk, CD-ROM, CD-RW,
DVD-ROM, and DVD6RW), a
keyboard, mouse, monitor,
printer, speakers, and modem.
Be aware, however, that some
advertisements list prices for
computers with only some of
these components. Monitors and
printers, for example, often are
not included in a base
computer’s price. Depending on how
you plan to use the computer,
you may want to invest in
additional or more powerful
components. When you are comparing
the prices of computers, make
sure you are comparing identical
or similar configurations.
PC or MAC Cost Comparison Worksheet
Dealers list prices for computers with most of these components (instead of listing individual component costs). Some dealers do not supply a monitor. Some dealers
offer significant discounts, but you must subscribe to an Internet service for a specified period to receive the dicounted price. To compare computers, enter overall
system price at top and enter a 0 (zero) for components included in the system cost. For any additional components not covered in the system price, enter the cost in the
appropriate cells.
Items to
Purchase
PC or MAC Cost Comparison Worksheet
Dealers list prices for computers with most of these components (instead of listing individual component costs). Some dealers do not supply a monitor. Some dealers
offer significant discounts, but you must subscribe to an Internet service for a specified period to receive the dicounted price. To compare computers, enter overall
system price at top and enter a 0 (zero) for components included in the system cost. For any additional components not covered in the system price, enter the cost in the
appropriate cells.
Items to
Purchase
Desired
System (PC)
Desired
System (PC)
Desired
System (Mac)
Desired
System (Mac)
Local
Dealer #1
Local
Dealer #1
Local
Dealer #2
Local
Dealer #2
Online
Dealer #1
Online
Dealer #1
Online
Dealer #2
Online
Dealer #2
Comments
Comments
OVERALL SYSTEM
Overall System Price
OVERALL SYSTEM
Overall System Price
< $2,000
< $2,000
< $2,000
< $2,000
HARDWARE
Processor
HARDWARE
Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo
Intel Core 2 Duo
Intel Core 2 Duo
Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM
RAM
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
Cache
Cache
256 KB L2
256 KB L2
256 KB L2
256 KB L2
Hard Disk
Hard Disk
250 GB
250 GB
250 GB
250 GB
Monitor/LCD Flat Panel
Monitor/LCD Flat Panel
20 Inch
20 Inch
20 Inch
20 Inch
Video Card
Video Card
256 MB
256 MB
256 MB
256 MB
USB Flash Drive
USB Flash Drive
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
CD/DVD Bay 1
CD/DVD Bay 1
CD-RW
CD-RW
DVD+RW
DVD+RW
CD/DVD Bay 2
CD/DVD Bay 2
DVD+RW
DVD+RW
NA
NA
Speakers
Speakers
Dolby 5.1 Surround
Dolby 5.1 Surround
Dolby 5.1 Surround
Dolby 5.1 Surround
Sound Card
Sound Card
Sound Blaster Compatible
Sound Blaster Compatible
Sound Blaster Compatible
Sound Blaster Compatible
USB 2.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
6
6
6
6
FireWire Port
FireWire Port
2
2
2
2
Network Card
Network Card
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Fax/Modem
Fax/Modem
56 Kbps
56 Kbps
56 Kbps
56 Kbps
Keyboard
Keyboard
Standard
Standard
Apple Pro Keyboard
Apple Pro Keyboard
Intellimouse or
Apple Pro Mouse
Intellimouse or
Apple Pro Mouse
Pointing Device
Pointing Device
IntelliMouse
IntelliMouse
Microphone
Microphone
Close-Talk Headset with
Gain Adjustment
Close-Talk Headset with
Gain Adjustment
Close-Talk Headset with
Gain Adjustment
Close-Talk Headset with
Gain Adjustment
Printer
Printer
Color Ink-Jet
Color Ink-Jet
Color Ink-Jet
Color Ink-Jet
SOFTWARE
Operating System
SOFTWARE
Operating System
Windows Vista Ultimate
Windows Vista Ultimate
Mac OS X
Mac OS X
Application
Software
Application
Software
Office 2007 Small
Business
Office 2007 Small
Business
Office 2007 for Mac
Office 2007 for Mac
Antivirus
Antivirus
Yes - 12 Mo. Subscription
Yes - 12 Mo. Subscription
Yes - 12 Mo. Subscription
Yes - 12 Mo. Subscription
OTHER
Card Reader
Digital Camera
OTHER
Card Reader
Digital Camera
5-Megapixel
5-Megapixel
5-Megapixel
5-Megapixel
Internet Connection
Internet Connection
1-Year Subscription
1-Year Subscription
1-Year Subscription
1-Year Subscription
Joystick
Joystick
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
PC Video Camera
PC Video Camera
With Microphone
With Microphone
With Microphone
With Microphone
Port Hub Expander
Scanner
Surge Protector
Warranty
Port Hub Expander
Scanner
Surge Protector
Warranty
3-Year On-Site Service
3-Year On-Site Service
3-Year On-Site Service
3-Year On-Site Service
Wireless Card
Wireless Card
Internal
Internal
Internal
Internal
Wireless LAN Access
Point
Wireless LAN Access
Point
LinkSys
LinkSys
Apple AirPort
Apple AirPort
$
$
-
-
$
$
-
-
$
$
-
-
$
$
-
-
Total Cost
Total Cost
FIGURE 43 A worksheet is an effective tool for summarizing and comparing components
and prices of different computer vendors. A copy of the Computer Cost Comparison Worksheet
is part of the Data Files for Students. To obtain a copy of the Data Files for Students, see the
inside back cover of this topic for instructions.
 
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