Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Mar 2009 20:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems I'm not often wowed by a computer's design, probably because most of them appear to be designed by people with no sense of style and class whatsoever. The only (relatively) recent examples of decent design that I personally find to have a "wow factor" are Apple's MacBook Air and the PowerMac Cube from the same company. Yesterday, however, I was wowed again by a product from a company you wouldn't expect it from: Dell.
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...vs MacBook Air
by Fennec_Fox on Wed 18th Mar 2009 20:45 UTC
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2006-10-30

The specs are virtually identical to Apple's MacBook Air; Dell has a SSD, Apple has a faster processor... I would have to say that with all else being equal, I would go with Apple one - will cost me $200 less...

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RE: ...vs MacBook Air
by kaiwai on Wed 18th Mar 2009 20:57 in reply to "...vs MacBook Air"
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2005-07-06

The specs are virtually identical to Apple's MacBook Air; Dell has a SSD, Apple has a faster processor... I would have to say that with all else being equal, I would go with Apple one - will cost me $200 less...


With that being said, it is really nice hardware - too bad it is saddled with Windows and all the problems that come with it. Their attempt to compete with Apple is stupid because their basic precept Dell has is that people purchase Mac's based purely on looks. It is a false precept because the people I know have Mac's because they had so much problems with Windows and thus they were looking for an alternative.

I'll purchase this device the day when Dell creates their own operating system which is equal to that of Mac OS X in terms of quality in all areas; until the do that, they're just another vendor selling over priced flashy laptops that offering no differentiation over other OEM's besides the look of the hardware.

Selling a computer is the sum of all its parts; if the only thing that differentiates your computer from someone else is looks - then quite frankly, the looks have negligible impact on productivity given that I don't see many people staring at turned off computer all day - they use the computer; the operation of the computer is of importance, not the looks.

Edited 2009-03-18 20:59 UTC

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RE[2]: ...vs MacBook Air
by hailstorm on Wed 18th Mar 2009 22:32 in reply to "RE: ...vs MacBook Air"
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2009-03-18

I couldn't agree with you more.

In the past I've admired some of the Vaio designs. I also spent a lot of money putting together a gaming tower PC. Nothing left me feeling all that satisfied.

In the end I settled on a Macbook. It wasn't so much the hardware specs or the design, nice as it is. It was the simplicity and responsiveness of OSX that convinced me.

Having used OSX for a couple of years now I can't really imagine switching back to Windows for home use.

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RE[2]: ...vs MacBook Air
by dvhh on Thu 19th Mar 2009 00:38 in reply to "RE: ...vs MacBook Air"
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2006-03-20

really depend on the target though, most OSNews reader aren't in the target range. I think it more a laptop for businness people, that look for an expensive good enough looking laptop and that is compatible with the lastest trojan.
Of course you can install linux on both laptop, and personally I'm not a fan of Dell ( more a fujitsu fan ), but people have choice and are free to make a stupid one.

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