i think u illustrated my point exactly. ppl regardless of platform want different things.
in much the same way that ppl have noted in my forum exchanges, how a G4 can't be compared to a P4, as they are different creatures and handle code differently (this coming from someone pro-PC). not only this, but your reference to building a tower computer system to compete w/ a system 1/4 the size of a shoe box is what i was getting at in reviewing the price point you were referring to. Nothing in the PC world is comparable. the current PC systems which even begin to move toward the mini concept, in the shape of the SFF machines, already begin to demonstrate price premiums for the technology w/o even beginning to use laptop components. the question is not, what can u build in a 3ft tower (exaggerating) for $499? it is rather, how much would it cost to build a similar system out of PC laptop technology?
apparently, following your logic, it makes more sense for people who might pay extra for a laptop, to just build 2-5 $499 systems? arguably, if one had 5 desktop system to have in their locations of choice, who needs a laptop? U can get 5 for the price of one laptop! what have we been thinking this whole time being fixated on these damn lappies?! u mean there's a reason why laptop tech costs more than desktop tech? there are different needs for different kinds of systems and ppl pay premiums to have that technology even if it means making compromises? what do u mean i can't get a desktop Nvidia 6800 ultra in my laptop? say what? i have to pay extra for the engineering even on entry level mobile components to get a fraction of the performance of a cheaper more powerful desktop component? take a good look at ultra-portable laptops, w/ their <1-1.3Ghz ULV PM and Efficeon processors. as noted at the end of my previous post,why aren't u berating ppl (and the products) for getting ultraportables when they could have a 17" gaming laptops for less?-or heaven forbid, pay the $ they do for an integrated chipset? i think u summed it up well. u don't like OS X and gathering from your other commentary, u don't like apple either. at the very least u own up to this so at least ppl can take your comments w/ the needed salt-lick.
i and it sounds like u, want to do things on our own and not have ppl spoonfeed us computers. (hence, the 7k60 in my iBook.
) this happens w/ PCs as much as it does w/ Macs. -i.e.-the person who w/ nervous knees orders a system from dell bc of all the "security" that comes w/ the customer service and warranty and so on. i can't tell u how many friends order laptops w/ the extra RAM, HD, optical, from DellComHPaq etc., bc they "just want to be sure" instead of going online to newegg or a memory reseller to find a bargain.
the vast majority of ppl i build systems 4 r uninformed, email puttering, surfing folks who think the case is actually the CPU or hard drive. the notion of computer manufacturers selling overpriced systems for what u get is NOT unique to Mac systems. given the windows/intel/amd 95%+ marketshare of the computer world, perhaps the argument should be made that the PC world is by in large responsible for overcharging the customer? i mean, hey relatively speaking, it would be impossible even at the statistical level to say that the mentioned 95% has nothing to do w/ overpriced technology being sold to uninformed ppl right? just the ratio indicates that the vast majority of computer buying morons (and respective moronic manufacturers) are PC based.
and yes i make my business off of selling to them, hoping that at least a few will understand why i gave them a discrete video card over the integrated video chipset.