The dishonesty in the article is ignoring the routine large discounts Dell and HP offer, unlike Apple.
10 second to find
20% off all Dell XPS ONE 20 & 24 All-in-One Desktops $1599+ thru Mar 11, 2009
Coupon Code: XHWMW?N$PJ4JLR
25% off HP Touchsmart All-in-One Desktops (IQ500t w/ 22in LCD), $1299+
Coupon Code: DT4575
If the coupon's expired, wait a week for the next. It might be 30%.
Another minute, barely trying, to start accumulating additional stackable discounts, like
STACKABLE $30 off HP Laptops & Desktops Coupon Code: SV2132 Apr 30, 2009
HP Coupon $10 off Orders $50+ Coupon Code: SV2130 Apr 30, 2009
...etc. If discounts were infrequent, AI's schtick of not even mentioning them
would be excusable. But it's Dell&HP's core business model.
Unless they need one immediately, only idiots pay more than 80% of list price for Dell and HP,a fact that has been pointed out numerous times.
Second, this is a ridiculous snapshot -- the first day a commodity tech product is released, it better be at least comparable to its now dated competitors, who have had no chance to leapfrog it in value. Intel reacts to AMD, nVidia to ATI/AMD on prices in a single day.
Given Apple's past standard practice, these iMac prices and parts will be in play for some time. Dell/HP could react on price to the iMac (which they have known, sans the details, was coming for some time) and in a month, perhaps weeks, will have surpassed many iMac commodity hardware CPU RAM HDD specs. Their all-in-ones mobos are old and they have laptop variants to adapt.
But AI will have no reason to follow those moves.This post does not "criticize Apple" "defend Dell and HP", "make claims about overall value", or OS's, bundled software, usability, "integrated ecosystems", yadda yadda