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: Comment by Laurence
by cpiral on Wed 9th Dec 2009 19:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
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We may well ask why Apple Inc. won't make $US450 laptops from the same basic resources as Dell Inc. We should ask. We are blind to the production (craft) system and it's attendant monetary (trade) system.

Both Apple brand and Dell brand computer products are the orchestration of a computer from a basic set of openly shared, widely professed concepts, and from their own special trademarks and trade-secrets. A new Dell brand product will always cost less than a comparable Apple brand product because Apple consistently invests more time (time is money) and/or talent (talent is money) to produce a higher quality product (and more proprietary trade-secrets). Trust is maintained by a trademark, and this commands the money out of our pocket. In theory, money buys a quality that time and talent deserve for creating a quality, and when we need a product, we buy the best vision our research time plus our brand trust can afford.

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