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Dell to intro MacBook-rivalling XPS 15z on Tuesday

updated 11:05 pm EDT, Sun May 22, 2011

Dell XPS 15z leak gives Tuesday release

A leak late Sunday confirmed that Dell's XPS 15z would formally launch on Tuesday. The 15.6-inch system had already been teased and its $999 price leaked but now had a relatively close announcement. The WSJ also backed suspicions of a heavy Apple influence with an assertion that the 15z was made to "better compete against Apple's popular Macbook [sic]" and that it would be the thinnest notebook of its size "on the planet."

The official teasers and leaks so far have so far shown a design very closely copying the 15-inch MacBook Pro design, down to the speaker grilles, an aluminum frame with a black bezel, and a slot-load optical drive on the right, among other traits. Dell is expected to also use Core i5 and i7 chips, though the price could dictate a slower design.

Dell has been succeeding in its mainstay enterprise business but has been struggling to find its footing in the home business. Its home PC sales have been dropping in part because of a shift away from Dell's preferences for either cheap or direct-order PCs towards expensive or retail PCs, either of which are areas that not just Apple but Toshiba and a handful of other PC makers tend to control. The Texas PC builder has also spent an average of just 1.1 percent of its revenue from the past four years on research to advance PCs where Apple has spent almost three percent, leading to Dell PCs and other devices that are often small iterations on existing themes rather than genuine breakthroughs.

The lack of research may have further compounded Dell's problems by preventing it from exploring new categories or even creating them. CEO Michael Dell had admitted that he hadn't seen tablets catching on and effectively let Apple walk away with a category that promptly started undermining sales of Dell's netbooks and notebooks. Officials have acknowledged that sales of Dell's Streak tablets were low enough to be "immaterial."

Some of its reorganization has at least helped mitigate the effect. It axed superfluous model lines that had originally been brought onboard either to challenge Apple or attempt to fill every possible niche of the home PC business. The XPS 15z should be a way of introducing a model intended to lure potential MacBook candidates but avoid overloading Dell's product line like in the past.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. gregrochedc

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    Joined: May 2005

    +8

    I also heard

    That they are putting the Dell logo on the lid inside an apple-shaped cutout instead of the plain circle.

  1. gregrochedc

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2005

    +6

    Oh

    AND that the word "DELL" is written in 2-point font.

  1. gikku

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    Joined: Jul 2006

    +5

    Model names

    They missed the memo about model names. Cmon, XPS 15z, really?

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +4

    15 z z z z z zzzzzzzz

    It looks like the PowerBook from almost a decade ago.

  1. jhawk95

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    Joined: Oct 2006

    +8

    And I heard.....

    that Michael Dell was finally very close to deciding that it is now best to sell the company and give back all the money to the shareholders..... while there still is some to give back!

  1. Foe Hammer

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    +3

    Dell to Intro MacBook-rivalling XPS 15z on Tuesday

    Dell wondering why XPS 15z isn't selling any better than the rest of their junk on Friday.

  1. ruel24

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    0

    Buahahaha...

    Does Michael Dell seriously think that the outside design of the case is the main reason people buy Macbook Pros? People buy Macbook Pros because of the Apple experience. That experience is from the beauty of the hardware, the functionality of the hardware, completely idiot-proof ease of use, software integration, quality components, excellent customer service with someone that actually natively speaks your own native language... They have absolutely NONE of that going for them.

    The entire problem with PC's, in general, is that it simply became a race to the bottom. There was a time when Microsoft made excellent keyboards and mice...no longer so. There was a time when Dell gave you quality components and accessories, instead of gawd awful Dell branded junk...no longer so. There was a time when you called Dell customer service and you spoke to someone you could understand that didn't read from a script and actually worked on helping you...no longer so. PC's are made like junk these days and have been commoditized to the point that squeezes companies like Dell out of existence. They simply offer nothing I can't get from someone else cheaper.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Buahahaha...

    Does Michael Dell seriously think that the outside design of the case is the main reason people buy Macbook Pros? People buy Macbook Pros because of the Apple experience. That experience is from the beauty of the hardware, the functionality of the hardware, completely idiot-proof ease of use, software integration, quality components, excellent customer service with someone that actually natively speaks your own native language... They have absolutely NONE of that going for them.

    Yeah, that's it. All the mac owners out there are all about each and every thing you mentioned. No one out there is buying computers just because they look nice. Or phones, for that matter. It's the 'whole package'.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    who're they kidding?

    Why would anyone want to spend a measly $1000 on a 15" laptop. Everyone knows a 15" screen should cost upwards of $2000 at the very least.

    Then again, I got a lousy Dell laptop at work, with an measly i5 chip in it, 6GB of RAM, and a paltry 250GB hard drive. All in a cheesy plastic case. Sure, it looks nice and is thin and actually lighter than my older MBP, and it doesn't have that horrid look of Apple's black keys on aluminum frame.

    It's proof of what they say. You get what you pay for. Oh, wait, it only cost me $650. Actually, I got more than I paid for!

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +1

    Dell's biggest mistake here.

    "The 15.6-inch system had already been teased and its $999 price leaked but now had a relatively close announcement."

    Oops. $999 is too much. Everyone who makes and buys pee cees running windows knows the one hard and fast rule: "Cheaper always wins." There is zero brand loyalty among the wintel buyers of the world. The lowest-priced competitor is the best. $999 is too much for a wintel laptop that won't fool people into thinking it's a MacBook.

    For example: remember netbooks? They were rock-bottom in terms of hardware, usability, life-span, and price, but they still sold well enough to slash per-unit pee cee margins for years. E-waste in a box.

    Sony used to be able to sell wintel laptops for the same or more than Apple charged for MacBooks. Not sure if Sony can still get away with that. But Dell certainly can't.

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