Basically the article is a test of one laptop PC:
Alienware Area-51m 3.06GHz P4 w/1GB RAM, 40GB/5400 RPM hard drive, Windows XP Professional.
to counter 3 Macs:
Apple Macintosh Power Mac G4 1.25GHz (dual processors) w/1GB RAM, 120GB/7200 RPM hard drive, OS X 10.2.3. This is the fastest shipping Mac as I write this.
Apple Macintosh Powerbook G4/800MHz w/1GB RAM, 60GB/5400 RPM hard drive, OS X 10.2.3. Prior to November 2002, this was the fastest Powerbook, and it remains one of the best-equipped laptops of its size.
Dell Dimension 8200 1.8GHz P4 w/512MB RAM, 40GB/5400 RPM hard drive, Windows XP Professional. In 2001, this was among the speedier desktops; now, a 1.8GHz Pentium 4-equipped desktop is an entry-level machine in most manufacturer's lineups.
And ironically the modest little Pc laptop kicks the crap out of state of the art dual processor Macs..