Originally Posted by minderbinder
I wish they'd add more options of screen sizes. A 15" macbook would be great, it doesn't make any sense that you have to go to the premium machine just to get a bigger screen. Plenty of people want a laptop with a big screen just to do basic things like internet stuff and word processing, where more advanced features aren't necessary.
My wife's PC laptop is due for replacement soon, and it's a 15" that costs less than the base macbook costs now. I'd love to switch her to a mac but the only options are downgrading to a smaller screen or paying twice (or more) what a basic 15" PC laptop costs. I'd love to go the mac route, but with the current lineup, it's practically impossible for me to justify a huge cost increase or a smaller screen.
Bingo. And no doubt there's plenty of people in the same boat.
No matter how one attempts to justify it, having to step up to the $2000 level to get a 15" screen is nuts.
Some would say it's not nuts for Apple
, who profits handsomely from any and all 'overkill' purchases from that segment of consumers who have more cash than sense (though its likely that lost sales/marketshare make it a wash or a negative these days), but for the consumer who just wants what is now pretty much the average notebook screen size (15") and doesn't much care about the other MB Pro niceties, it is nuts.
Of course, apologistas will argue that some prefer the portability of a 13" screen notebook. Great. Let those who prefer it buy 13" MacBooks. Let those who want the bigger screen but don't want to cough up two grand or go used be able to buy 15" Macbooks. Choice is good.
After all, it would be pretty messed up/awful if those who prefer portability were forced to spend $2000 to get it, eh?
It ends up the same as it is now... those who really, really
want a Mac notebook and the larger screen (or portability, in my example) either cough up the two grand, or settle for buying used (which doesn't help Apple's sales). Everyone else flips Steve the bird and goes and buys a PC notebook. The end.
Apple's doing well on Mac sales right now, but... the frightening thing? They could be doing even so much better
, actually. So many more folks are willing to give the Mac a look-see right now. And they'll tend to buy 'em... if they're not scared off by uber-high prices for what they want.
For notebooks, it really should be that you buy a screen size/form factor (13", 15, 17"), and then buy either the standard or Pro package to go with it. Everybody would be happy. And Apple would undoubtedly sell even more notebooks than it is now.
But I guess that'd just be too much of a win-win for Apple and us.
Steve seems to be stuck in the past, which is all about fewer sales at a very high margin. Made sense when Apple was selling to a static pool of the same people (late '90s), but is a strat that can also blow up in your face (Apple during the early-mid '90s). But Steve is very conservative here, so it's going to continue to be a case of, "Want a 15" screen? Go get two thousand dollars. Thanks."
I've personally converted a lot of ppl to the Mac over the years, but the one exception I make is over this very issue.
I've had many a PC friend or acquaintance come up to me and make the exact same complaint that minderbinder is, and my response over the years has evolved from "Get a Mac notebook anyway, it's worth it!" to, "Yeah, it is totally screwed up that Apple does that. But they aren't budging, so if you really just want the 15" screen, don't care about the other MB Pro goodies and don't want to go used, I'd just save a ton of cash and go with a PC notebook."
And they usually do. And it sucks. But what're you gonna do until Apple wakes up and opens the can of Duh?