“After a little clicking around to compare different laptops, I ended up on a comparison page for the Vostro line. Naturally, I was drawn to the $299 priced laptop, when I noticed that there are 2 computers that differ only in the OS pre-installed, AND $70! This is the first time I’ve just naturally stumbled upon such a blatant exposure of the Windows tax.”
It’s not an accidental find either. Dell makes it easy:
- From www.dell.com, choose small and home office,
- choose laptops and ultrabooks,
- choose laptops Vostro,
- choose Vostro 2420 and 2520, the lowest priced option, and
See the tax? $70 for nothing. Don’t pay it. Make the choice of Ubuntu GNU/Linux. There’s still “Dell recommends Windows” at the top right but it sure seems smaller today.
It’s not all roses over at Dell, however. The Var Guy points out some inconsistencies still.