Spring and Apples

Apple finally dropped their Macbook Pro (MBP) refreshes this week, and it was pretty exciting from a geek standpoint. One of my biggest complaints about the prior revision was they only had dual-cores. Now, the 15″ and 17″ models have quad-core i7 CPUs. Couple that with 8GB of RAM, an SSD, and awesome AMD graphics, and you have a true coder’s laptop.

The best thing about MBPs is you can spend 3K on a laptop and still feel like you got a good deal. Apple completely dominates the high-end laptop market. Maybe, one day, Dell and HP will quit racing to the bottom of the hardware market and build a comparable quality laptop. Their biggest problem will be brand perception — they’ve produced low-quality crap for so long that most people would laugh at the thought of buying a 3K Dell or HP laptop.

3 thoughts on “Spring and Apples”

  1. “Apple completely dominates the high-end laptop market. Maybe, one day, Dell and HP will quit racing to the bottom of the hardware market and build a comparable quality laptop.”

    Not sure what your criterias are for this statement other than based purely on Apple’s industrial design but besides i7 CPU, HP has all this over 2 years ago plus Blu-Ray. Have you tried HP’s (or Dell) higher end laptop lines or have you only used sub $1000 systems?

    There is some kind of self-grandizing distortion field happening here to make yourself feel good that you may not be aware of …

    BTW, I wasn’t here for this but the UX post. The UX post made more sense to me.

  2. Thanks for dropping by Vinh. I own two Dell Latitude laptops and have had high-end Dell and HP laptops for work. I won’t even touch their sub $1000 laptops because I bought one for my wife a few years ago and it was absolutely terrible.

    I’ve also had three Mac laptops, starting with a G4 Powerbook, so I have a good basis for comparison. A lot of it is industrial design — Apple builds a more solid laptop. I also think overall quality is a big part. I have always had more issues with the HP and Dells. This is the heart of my argument. Dell and HP as so busy trying to shave costs to one-up each other on price that they lose focus on delivering a high quality product to a market looking for it. That is the market niche Apple solidly owns.

    -Tim

  3. Thanks for the clarifications, Tim.

    My current laptop is HP HDX X18T-1000 CTO Premium Notebook PC, maxed out on specs (quad-core, 8Gig RAM, SSD, Blu-Ray, TV-Tuner, Finger Print Reader, etc) from two years ago. It’s still blazing fast and I still love it!

    I’ve taken this laptop through some rugged terrain throughout Vietnam so it has held up pretty well so far (fingers crossed).

    http://h30418.www3.hp.com/?rf=sitemap&fr_story=2b55df30ff48cf9933e50ab0783f608ed1772236&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

    So, I was a bit surprised by your pointed impression of HP’s high-end laptops. HP’s new Envy models have aluminum bodies now but I haven’t tried them yet.

    In the end, you’re right. Lots of people are willing to pay $1000 or more premium over other comparable or superior spec’ed laptops for Apple’s higher quality and better design products.

    vinh.

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