Thursday, April 28, 2005

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other


One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn't belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you're absolutely...right!

from Sesame Street

Yesterday ... Apple announced a price $200 drop for it's LCD displays. Instantly, the net lit up with comments that Apple's displays were still overpriced and that comparable Dell displays were 40% cheaper.

A popular tech website called Anandtech fueled the argument against Apple when they came out with a comparison of the Apple 20" LCD Display vs the Dell 2005FPW 20" Display.

The article mentions that both diplays use the LG Philips 20" display panel.


In yesterday's comments to the Are You Calling Me A Dummy? BLOG entry, a regular reader accused me of being an Apple apologist and fanboy. Read this reply to relate to the post above:

"I'm not an Apple fan boy. Apple does a lot that is wrong. BUT, and this is a big BUT ... Apple is probably the best run company in the world ... as far as management skills. They are unparalleled in business sense and corporate integrity. Most people who disagree with them don't have the facts, aren't businessmen (and women), are ignorant, are Apple haters, or just flamebaiters.

I'll give you two good examples:

I think Apple made a big mistake in the pricing of the MacMini: The unit would sell (in my opinion) 2/3 more if they would price it at $399.99 and $499.99 respectively. I also think they should bundle airport and bluetooth inclusive. The Mac Mini is one of Apple's highest profit margins EVER ... at 42%!! Apple's typical margin is 27% - they do 22% on the iMac and 19% on the eMac. These margins are too high (in my opinion).

Now, yesterday ... Apple was criticized for having overpriced displays, eventhough they dropped the display prices by $200. Several comparisons were made between the Dell 20" and the Apple 20" - Dell's display = $450 Apple's =$800. They both use the same LG/Philips panel. But here's the difference.

The Apple display has an elegant aluminum bezel with both firewire and USB hubs built in. The Dell display is plastic and black with no hub. The Apple display has a much more expensive and better quality custom controller from Samsung - this increases overall color gamut and response time -- the Dell's is the generic controller that comes standard from the factory. Apple Displays also have a better film overlay that makes Apple displays look like a magazine or a CRT display ... while Dell monitors look a tad washed out - just like any other stock LCD display"

Besides, the Apple displays match the G5 towers and Aluminum Powerbooks - that is important to some and worth the price!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had my share of doubts about the article yesterday, yes, but this doesn't mean I would buy a Dell display! Not even if it's cheaper (a very important point for a student like me). On the other hand, this wasn't what you said, so never mind.

See, I really am sorry for the comment yesterday (especially the first one). As a guest on your website there are several rules I'm expected to follow and that I expect people on my webiste to follow as well, and I broke them. I'll try to behave better in future.