Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Dec 2009 23:57 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems On a number of occasions, Apple has stated that it cannot design a laptop at around 400-500 USD that isn't total crap. This seems like a reasonable point to make - but why, then, is Dell - of all companies - seemingly able to do so? Dell just launched the Dell Vostro V13 (official press release), and it looks pretty good.
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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by waynej on Wed 9th Dec 2009 09:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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I don't think that smearing "all Mac users as clueless, illiterate schmucks with brains the size of a pea" was actually what was intended.

Apple products are premium products and are priced accordingly (wrt companies like Dell). As a result, for a given price (and remember at this "budget" price point the cost to the user is hugely important) the spec to compete, for a company like Apple would not be as good as the less "desirable" products from companies like Dell.

Brand to a company like Apple is massively important. By keeping the Brand to the forefront and in the public eye, a premium price (wrt companies like Dell) can be charged.

The products in the current range are excellent - no doubt about that at all - but at the price point involved (400 - 500 USD) Apple's product would probably not be to the same quality as the competition.

Edited 2009-12-09 09:03 UTC

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