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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 11:11

Best way to defeat Apple

Written by Nick Farell
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HP offers similar computer for half the price
The maker of expensive printer ink, HP has worked out the way to defeat Apple is to do the same thing cheaper.
The outfit has decided to sink the over-priced, but nice looking, Macbook Air, by offering an ultra thin netbook for half the price.

The HP Pavilion dm1z costs $399 direct from HP after entering a coupon code. It has an 11.6-inch screen, though it weighs 3.5 pounds. While it is not as thin as the Air at only 0.8 inches it does have some things that are pretty good. These include a 320GB hard disk drive (7200RPM), 3GB of memory, more ports, and the option for built-in 3G from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.

The dm1z is not constructed from aluminium like the Air and really does not look as nice. It does run AMDs dual-core E-350 processor (1.6GHz, 1MB L2 Cache with AMD Radeon HD 6310M graphics) which have their own GPU. This makes them much better than anything from Intel but not as good as the MacBook Air's Intel Core 2 Duo processor with an Nvidia chipset. The $999 MacBook Air has a 64GB solid-state drive and 2GB of memory.

Battery life between the two seems comparable. Of course, that depends on what you're doing with the devices, but both exceed five hours, according to most reviews. But hell, it is $600 cheaper and does pretty much the same sort of thing.

Now if the same people work out that this is the way to sink the Apple tablet then everyone will be happy.


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-11 #1 John_Pantaletas 2011-03-30 12:05
The Mac Air will be much better because it is more cool, it out you on the buzz, it will make you look more smarter in front of your peers and will instantly gain you a girlfriend if you are still single. Did I mentioned that you gain high-class status by owning mac devices????
 
 
-4 #2 123s 2011-03-30 12:09
^lol

Hm, really wonder about design, I dont feel Apple but Macbook Air got a pretty cool design after all.
 
 
+16 #3 AMD 2011-03-30 12:40
How the hell do you see this HP's reply to apple's Macbook Air?
The C2D is at least 2 times faster, the GPU is faster (it also has it's own memory,) it has SSD instead of HDD.
 
 
+16 #4 TechHog 2011-03-30 12:40
The dm1z came out in January. lol
 
 
+21 #5 thetruth 2011-03-30 13:37
Quoting AMD:
How the hell do you see this HP's reply to apple's Macbook Air?
The C2D is at least 2 times faster, the GPU is faster (it also has it's own memory,) it has SSD instead of HDD.


I agree. It's not as thin, has HD instead of SSD, has a slower processor, it's not made of aluminium, it doesn't look as nice, it has a slower GPU, is far heavier, and doesn't do the same sort of thing. This article is totally fail.

You can rate me down for being an Apple fanboy, but I've never owned an Apple product and don't see the appeal. But I can definitely identify biased, stupid news when I see it.
 
 
-6 #6 ultrasparc 2011-03-30 13:48
First of all, why am I not surprised at all that this is written by Nick. Second "The dm1z is not constructed from aluminium like the Air", I LOVE HP BUSINESS laptops, they're not plastic pieces of shit! All of my clients that take my recommendation and spend the extra money and buy the EliteBooks/Mobile Workstations still have and love them. The ones that go to Best Buy and buy that Pavilion POS... Well let's just say they always come to me saying I was right clutching a very broken crappy consumer grade laptop. I just got a great 12" HP EliteBook 2540p for a client - but it sure as hell didn't cost $399. Sit down good sir.

The 2540p - even meets the military standards (MIL-STD 810G): http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/321957-321957-64295-3740645-3955549-4138624.html
 
 
+3 #7 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-30 19:11
Countering Apple for average Joe... bad idea. Usually kids at expensive universities and business people don't really care how much Apple asks for the computers. It's either daddy buys it or for the others it gets deducted from tax as an investment or something like that (varies from country to country). For them, the people that make up the Apple cloud, the price is not an issue. Also for them, but not for most of the world, Apple offers good support, good as in they just drop it at service point and later pick it up repaired. Something these types of people are dependent upon, unlike us, Windows or Linux geeks, which like to poke around in computer's guts.
 

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