When I shop for anything I look for price/performance. That’s why I waited weeks to receive a “four-way” switch at a reasonable price. That’s why I buy vegetables at harvest time when price is lowest. My freezer is full of them. Scarcely room for a deer…
Wintel is anxious that the price of computers stay high in spite of Moore’s Law and corollaries. They want the monopoly to live on. One potential solution to their problem is to “upsell” by adding features that seem desirable to some. An upselling campaign that started a few years ago was the idea of the ultrabook, you know, the netbook perfected… At the time Wintel was worried about GNU/Linux on small cheap notebooks so M$ forbade OEMs to install that other OS on large cheap notebooks and promoted the “ultrabook” which would seem to perform better and might sell at a higher price. Well, the ultrabooks are here and they’re not selling.
According to Digitimes, suppliers of ultrabooks have cut back orders 40%. What a disappointment for those who assume buyers are stupid and easily manipulated.
- If your CPU is idling do you need a more powerful CPU? Draining your battery faster? If you’re digging a hole should you dig faster, trying to get out?
- Is thinner and lighter any advantage over a netbook?
- Are you willing to pay $1000+ for less
- Do you look for the most expensive item when shopping?
I didn’t think so. Most people are somewhat like me. They worked hard for their money and want suppliers to work hard for theirs. The world does not owe M$ a living and should not buy over-priced systems. Look at price/performance and don’t count feature-bloat as a feature unless it’s something you really need.