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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Why even bring up Apple?
by robco74 on Thu 10th Dec 2009 00:48 UTC
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I'm not sure what Dell's launch of a new ultraportable always invokes Apple. Why not compare it to the ThinkPad X300? Oh wait, that's an expensive Windows laptop. I suppose one could view it as a MacBook Air at half the price, but they aren't directly comparable. Yes Macs cost more because Apple engineers their own OS. They don't get the economy of scale benefit of licensing Windows. They're also actually implementing solutions to create less waste, make their machines more recyclable and reduce the use of harmful chemicals rather than simply promising to someday.

Dell sells a lot more laptops and as such, offers many more models to appeal to different market segments. Apple offers four notebooks and that's it. Either one works for you or it doesn't. I don't really see how this new Dell directly competes with any Apple laptop. Seems more like invoking Apple to generate page hits and comments. I suppose it's a double-edged sword for Apple. On one side it's good that every laptop gets compared to Apple as if they were the gold standard. OTOH, a lot of apples to oranges comparisons wind up being made.

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