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.
Thread beginning with comment 398524
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Comment by big_gie
by sanctus on Wed 9th Dec 2009 00:48 UTC in reply to "Comment by big_gie"
sanctus
Member since:
2005-08-31

On a marketing point of view you are perfectly right.

This is really a bad marketing strategy, for Ubuntu/Linux at least. For technology enthusiast like us, it doesn't mean that much, but for the general public, it tells a clear message : "Crappy computers runs Linux the rest rocks with Windows" or "Poor customer uses Linux!", ...

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[2]: Comment by big_gie
by ngaio on Wed 9th Dec 2009 02:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by big_gie"
ngaio Member since:
2005-10-06

Not necessarily. Value conscious users who simply want to get on with things and surf the web, produce some documents and the multitude of other tasks that in no way require windows will certainly appreciate a computer like this. Why not? For the price, it looks amazing -- and completely impossible to imagine 4 or 5 years ago.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[3]: Comment by big_gie
by sbergman27 on Wed 9th Dec 2009 02:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by big_gie"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Not necessarily. Value conscious users who simply want to get on with things and surf the web, produce some documents and the multitude of other tasks that in no way require windows will certainly appreciate a computer like this

I, personally, don't see any reason ever to pay that much, or lug around anything that huge ever again. I'd never give up my desktop box with 22" monitor. But on the go, I'd never tolerate anthing bigger and heavier than my netbook.

They could make it a tenth of an inch thick, and it would still be more unmanageable that I would care for. Because at this point, thickness is not that significant.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[3]: Comment by big_gie
by nt_jerkface on Wed 9th Dec 2009 06:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by big_gie"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

...and the multitude of other tasks that in no way require windows will certainly appreciate a computer like this. Why not? For the price, it looks amazing -- and completely impossible to imagine 4 or 5 years ago.


It is an amazing deal compared to what you used to get for the price, especially when you consider inflation.

I have a feeling that the Linux model will be mostly popular with pirates and people that have an xp cd lying around.

Dell would be better off putting Moblin on it and playing up the Intel sponsorship. Ubuntu sounds too weird and foreign.

Reply Parent Score: 2