Small Dog Glossary of Terms

Computer Terms & Abbreviations

When we list a computer on our website, we try to list as many of the relevant specifications as we can in the product title. The following list should help clarify what each of these abbreviations really means!

Wireless Terms

AP (AirPort)
Apple’s internal 802.11n WiFi card, which is used for wireless internet and networking solutions. Standard in most new machines.
BT (Bluetooth)
An industry-standard wireless technology, used primarily for keyboard, mouse or device syncing (such as phones or PDAs). Standard in most new machines.

Optical Drive Terms

SD (SuperDrive)
A drive used to read and burn both CDs and DVDs. Supports CD-ROM, CD+/-R, CD+/-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW.
A drive used to read DVDs and read/burn CDs. Supports CD-ROM, CD+/-R, CD+/-RW, DVD-ROM.

Specialty Terms

CTO (configure-to-order)
Apple computers and devices with customized configurations. Each is specially built-to-order following purchase, excluding any preordered configurations we may have in stock.
See our full CTO Disclaimer here.

Processor Terms

Core Duo/Core 2 Duo/Xeon: Processors used by Apple, and made by Intel; these processors also allow for native installation of Windows, and subsequently, Windows programs.
PowerPC G4/PowerPC G5: Processors used by Apple, and made by Motorola; these processors only run Mac operating systems natively. Windows may be an option under virtualization on some systems.

Hard Drive/Memory Terms

Hard Drive Speeds: e.g. “@4800 or 5400” or similar number
Hard Drive Sizes: e.g. “80GB, 1TB” or similar number
RAM Sizes: e.g. “512MB, 8GB” or similar number

Additional Terms

Video Card Models: e.g. “GeF6800GT” or similar part number

Platform Codes

Mac: For Mac operating systems only (e.g. OS 9+, OS 10.4+, 10.5)
PC: For PC operating systems only (e.g. Windows XP, Windows Vista); may work with Windows operating systems installed on Intel Macs
Both: For both Mac and PC operating systems

Condition Codes

You may see the abbreviation “CC” on our website, which stands for “Condition Code.” We use to these denote the condition of many of the products we sell; below you will find the complete list of these codes and their meanings. These codes may apply to Macs, iPods, Apple accessories and other third party (additional manufacturers) items.

New (n): New product sold by Small Dog Electronics is just as it comes from the factory - never opened, never used. Complete with documentation, warranty/registration materials and software. Please note: We will open boxes to install memory or peripherals purchased at the same time. Please let us know if you would prefer that we not install your memory.

Demo (d): Demo machines are new but have been opened and may have undergone very light usage. Usually they are machines that have been sent back to Small Dog Electronics for restocking as they were not exactly what the customer was looking for. Small Dog’s Apple-Certified technicians test these machines and ensure they are ‘like’ new condition. They come with all the original packaging and peripherals. These computers have Apple’s limited warranty and are eligible for the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Factory Refurbished (r): Factory-refurbished product comes directly from the manufacturer where it has been brought to factory specifications, tested and repackaged. Refurbished product comes with all accessories, such as mouse, power cords, etc. Apple refurbished product is fully tested (including full burn-in testing); refurbished with replacement parts for any defective modules identified in testing; put through a thorough cleaning process and inspection; repackaged (including appropriate manuals, cables, new boxes, etc.), and given a new refurbished part number and serial number. Each unit is also placed into a Final QA inspection prior to being added to sellable refurbished stock. Refurbishment Procedures follow the same basic technical guidelines as Apple’s Finished Goods testing procedures. Apple refurbished product comes with the same Apple limited warranty as new product and is eligible for AppleCare Protection Plan, as well. Refurbished warranties for products from other manufacturers will vary.

Factory Refurbished, Open Box (o): Same details as above, but the package has been opened and returned to Small Dog. These computers may have been used for a VERY short time. They have all the packaging and warranty that the refurbished computers have.

Small Dog Refurbished (s): Small Dog refurbished product has been refurbished by Small Dog Electronics’ technicians. These products are generally returns to Small Dog or other Apple distributors and normally come complete with all accessories and documentation. Small Dog's Apple-certified technicians test and bring the product to current specifications. These carry a Small Dog Electronics limited warranty.

Used (u): Used (u): Used product has been cleaned and tested by Small Dog Electronics. Used products come with a Small Dog Electronics limited warranty. It may or may not have complete documentation, original packaging, distribution discs or accessories. Used desktop computers come with a keyboard and mouse, but portable systems do not. Please ask for the complete description of used equipment prior to purchase.

Shipping Terms

We have several terms on our website which refer to our shipping times. The following will explain what those terms mean.

Ships Today: The product is in stock, and ships from our warehouse same day. Order must be received by 3PM
Download Today: The product can be purchased & downloaded immediately from an affiliated company or service.
Ships on “xx/xx”: The product is in stock, and ships from our warehouse the next business day
Ships in 1-3 Days: The product is available for order, and will ship in 1-3 business days
Ships in 5-7 Days: The product is available for order, and will ship in 5-7 business days
Ships in 7-10 Days: The product is available for order, and will ship in 7-10 business days
Backordered: The product is not available from the distributor, and there is no anticipated ship date available
Discontinued: The product is no longer available from Small Dog Electronics


Small Dog Warranty: This product is warrantied by Small Dog Electronics
Factory Warranty: This product is warrantied by the manufacturer
As-Is: This product is sold without the option of an extended warranty; it may or may not have a factory warranty

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Some delivery delays may occur on Apple products. Please email to inquire about specific delivery times.