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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Dell's Adamo wasn't meant to compete directly with the MacBook Air. It's price was $150 more than the air, it's bus 33% slower, a lower-grade display, and 2/3 the battery life. It was meant to stand on its own as a product, with the idea that folks would buy it with the perception that Dell had higher quality standards than Apple, or that you couldn't run Windows on the cheaper Apple product.

The reason Apple doesn't sell $500 computers isn't because they can't make one that cheap. They certainly could. From Apple's point of view, however, it's a part of the market that they don't want to get into. Why? Well, it's fantastically crowded and the margins are so fantastically that it's a high-risk low-benefit proposition. For today's Apple, it simply wouldn't make any sense to make a cheap laptop like this.

That said, the V13 looks like a half-way decent little machine for your basic computer-mediated communication functions.

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