Originally Posted by DdubRes79
While I can't deny that I hold disdain for Mr. Ballmer (Does any other CEO come across like a schizophrenic without meds?) he does have a point to some degree about market share. Until Apple or anyone else can make a dent in their corporate and enterprise level stranglehold they have nothing to worry about.
Of course they worry about seeing an ocean of Apple laptops but if only the top 10% of consumers can afford them, again not a big threat. (90% of us are too cheap or flat out broke sadly)
The laptop thing kinda blows my mind. I guess I'm not surprised that one might see a lot of expensive macbook and macbook pros if the audience is a lot of investors - especially if they are successful ones. I am surprised however that Apple sells as many laptops as they do.
In the desktop markets - i guess mainly iMacs and minis and maybe even mac pros for high end workstations, the "apple premium" or "apple tax" is small enough that it can at least be argued.
On the other hand, I don't think anyone can, with a straight face, make the argument that at $1000, a macbook with 2Gig of RAM, a 160Gig HDD, integrated graphics, and, most importantly, a 13" screen is anything other than a luxury item or status symbol. I you can, I'd love to hear it. This is probably why the laptop hunter ads are at all effective.
To most reasonably value-minded people, even those like myself, who prefer MacOS, an Apple laptop is a beautiful but overpriced tool
. I own an iMac, iphone, and Apple TV, and love them all, but I own an HP laptop with 5" more screen diagonally, twice the ram, 3X the storage, better graphics, running Win 7.
It's not quite as pretty as a 17" macbook pro for $2500, and it won't run OSX, but it just cost a little more than that 13" white macbook, it's solidly built, and it runs CS4, all my development tools, and my beloved Orange Box, FEAR, UT, on a nice big bright screen. I have to tell ya guys - "I got just what I need"