Robert Pogson

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Dell Vostro Permits Escaping the Tax

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Dell Vostro Permits Escaping the Tax

“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.”

see The Raving Rick: Dell Vostro without Windows Tax.

It’s not an accidental find either. Dell makes it easy:

  1. From www.dell.com, choose small and home office,
  2. choose laptops and ultrabooks,
  3. choose laptops Vostro,
  4. choose Vostro 2420 and 2520, the lowest priced option, and
  5. 15″:

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.

3 Comments

  1. Lutz D. Meier

    It’s a small thing, but why couldn’t DELL be bothered to use the Ubuntu logo? Specifying which version of Ubuntu you get would also be nice. Seriously, I wouldn’t trust Dell to put the newest LTS on it. There’s also some strange wording:

    Affordable and reliable, this Vostro includes Ubuntu, which is flexible and helps you get your basic office jobs done efficiently.

    Someone could get the idea that for non-basic office jobs Windows 7 Home Premium is needed. LOL.

    Yes, a poor marketing effort by Dell (if it is an effort at all).

  2. Mats Hagglund

    The real cost of Windows might be much more than just 70 dollars?

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