We had a neighborhood picnic on Saturday at our neighbors house. While we were chatting in the kitchen, I noticed their new computer.
They had an HP TouchSmart computer, and I have to say that I was blown away by it. I really liked the industrial design and the touch interface is really smooth.
All in all a machine that I’d be happy put in my kitchen. It wouldn’t work as a desktop PC for me (I prefer to have more customizability than you can get in an all-in-one), but for our kitchen PC (which we almost never upgrade) it would be absolutely perfect.
I wish more OEMs spent as much time as HP clearly has on making their machines beautiful.
It does look fantastic, and would be even more fantastic if there wasn't a $700 difference when trying to buy it in Australia. Did HP not hear about the exchange rate?
Wednesday, August 06, 2008 4:46 PM by Omar Shahine
Ouch, here is the kicker: 22 inch screen with 1440 x 900 pixels. that sucks. iMacs have better resolution.
I'm guessing they either couldn't get a touchscreen that was good enough that ran a 1680X1050 or they where thinking about who would be using this PC and realized that 1680X1050 makes things WAY too small for those customers. These people would rather have a large bright screen that runs at a comfortable resolution that's easy to read even when you're not right up next to it like you would with a laptop.
I perfere higher resolution displays but I'm not the type of customer that would want a touchsmart PC. Just because an iMac might have a higher number in one of it's specs doesn't mean it's better. It's not always a "mine is bigger" competition, especially when it comes to something like how comfortable it is to read.
@Glip: Learn some economics sometime, you'll understand the world much better.
Pricing is a function not only of supply (cost to build the item), but also of demand (what people are willing to pay for it). The cost of living has traditionally been higher in Europe and Japan. Although the pricing of electronics is higher than the same product in the US, the price is roughly the same *relative* to some basket of other products sold in the market.
If you don't want to pay more for the same item that Americans buy, then don't. And convince your fellow Australians also to refuse to buy above a given price. When you change your demand curve, the supplier will reprice the item to maximize profits.
Canadians experience this problem, too, and it's really very obvious because the CAD is almost at parity with the USD. Cross-border transshipments are quite brisk these days -- you can often come out ahead even after Canada customs.