Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th May 2012 18:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Speaking of HP, the company replied to a question if they copied Apple for their latest ultrabook, the Envy Spectre XT. "There are similarities in a way, not due to Apple but due to the way technologies developed. Apple may like to think that they own silver, but they don't. In no way did HP try to mimic Apple. In life there are a lot of similarities." It's an ultrabook, a category of laptops defined by Intel. Coincidentally, Intel also developed the internals of the MacBook Air. These products are looking relatively similar because their internals have been designed by the same damn company. Get over it.
Thread beginning with comment 517473
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
You're right
by bowkota on Wed 9th May 2012 19:00 UTC
Member since:

"These products are looking relatively similar because their internals have been designed by the same damn company. Get over it."'

Yes, you're right.
The materials used, the colour of the frame and the keyboard and the overall look of all these "ultrabooks" are so similar to the Macbook Air because their internals are designed by Intel.
Do you believe this stuff yourself or are you just trolling?

Go back 5 years, when Mac laptops were very different to anything else out there yet internally they were similar to any other vendor.
Then came along the Macbook Air, its design mind you both externally and internally was an initiative by Apple.
A few years later they all look the same. It's natural of course given the success of the Air but you claiming that this is merely a result of the internals being design by Intel, is silly to say the least.

Edited 2012-05-09 19:03 UTC

Reply Score: -2

RE: You're right
by AWdrius on Wed 9th May 2012 19:56 in reply to "You're right"
AWdrius Member since:

I know I am half-blind and probably fashion-ignorant or whatever, but it always amazes me that people expect from something that is like 1 nanometer thickness (thinness is probably a better word) to somehow magically have a radically different look. Probably having it five corners would work...

It's like complaining that every standard A4 size paper manufacturer "copies" other manufacturers.

Edited 2012-05-09 19:57 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 7

RE: You're right
by JAlexoid on Wed 9th May 2012 20:00 in reply to "You're right"
JAlexoid Member since:

Actually both just copied the original - "mother nature".

A) Making an aluminium alloy for a different colour is energy consuming and very expensive.
B) Keyboard colour is dictated by human eye workings.(As well as the bezel) Colour on black* works, anything else just distracts.
C) Use of aluminium for production is no surprise, since the price of aluminium dropped in 2008/2009, to the point that I was contemplating of making a mould of my motherboard and ordering one giant aluminium heatsink to fit the internals of my PC perfectly.

*- Black isn't physically a colour.

Reply Parent Score: 6

RE[2]: You're right
by zima on Wed 9th May 2012 20:36 in reply to "RE: You're right"
zima Member since:

Generally, a ~unibody metal frame is a quite sensible approach, if the goal is to have something sturdy and thin (which goes back again to "the way technologies developed" and how making such frames became feasible for consumer toys)

Blacks, greys - they are also safer choices thanks to more universal appeal; and they last better.

But maybe some people think the grayish-silvery look of mosr metal surfaces is due to painting them over like that...

In other news: mostly only aviation buffs can quickly differentiate between a typical Airbus and Boeing - shock, horror!

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE[2]: You're right
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 9th May 2012 20:56 in reply to "RE: You're right"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:

The fact of the matter is, though, that other PC makers still have a little while to go to fully match Apple's laptop quality. The ZenBook is just as good as the Air, save for a slightly worse keyboard and touchpad.

The next generation will likely have caught up - a scary prospect for the Apple of 2008, but considering 70% of their revenue comes from iOS now, I don't think they care all too much.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE: You're right
by Moredhas on Wed 9th May 2012 20:29 in reply to "You're right"
Moredhas Member since:

You're absolutely right. Apple should sue any ultrabook maker who doesn't make the exterior of their ultrabook out of orange and purple striped coarse grained sandpaper.

Reply Parent Score: 6