Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The New Dell XPS 15z: Or How Dell Rips-Off Apple

Dell has been teasing the tech community that its new Dell XPS 15z would be worth the wait, that it would be unique, innovative and utterly different than anything else on the market. What the XPS 15z turned out to be, however, is anything but. What Dell did was basically the same as what everyone else does these days.... it simply rip-off and copied Apple!

Yes, just as Microsoft's Vista and Windows 7 have shamelessly copied OS X, or even more shamelessly, just as Google 's Android rip-off and copied iOS, Round Rock's latest laptop has blatantly copied the MacBook Pro's look and, to a certain extent its feel. As you can see, in the above video, it's a very nice looking laptop, and certainly the nicest that I've seen so far coming from Dell, but to call this thing as being innovative, or unique would be stretching it a bit.

Even though the XPS 15z seems to have a good build quality, Engadget says: "But let's get this out of the way right now: though the XPS 15z most definitely looks like a MacBook Pro and sports similar materials, you'll wind up disappointed if you're expecting the same exacting attention to detail."

Gizmodo went so far as to call Dell's XPS 15z official unveiling as: "Well That's Terribly Disappointing." Basically the XPS 15z is nothing more than another Apple clone, nice, but hardly nice enough. That isn't to say that it's not a great computer, because it is. The problem is that that it offers nothing new, unique or innovative as Dell's teasing promised it would be. Certainly, its basic sticker price of $999 is attractive enough, especially considering it comes complete with one of Intel's new dual-core i7 chips and some pretty nice speakers, plus its over-sized track pad which even comes with some MacBook Pro like multi-touch gestures.

The XPS 15z is not, of course, the very first laptop to attempt to mimic the design and feel of the MacBook Pro, that would go to companies like HP and their line of Envy laptops. Still, if I were in the market for a Windows laptop the XPS 15z would definitely be in the running. If I have to use an inferior machine, running an inferior OS, other than the MacBook Pro, then the MacBook Pro qualities of the XPS 15z or the HP Envy would certainly be enticing, which, no doubt is exactly what Dell and HP were trying to achieve by mimicking the XPS 15z and Envy's to mimic the MacBook Pro in the first place.

As far as the new Dell XPS 15z goes, well, I will simply conclude by quoting Engadget which stated: "When Dell tells you that the XPS 15z has no compromises, that's not quite the case -- it's a solid choice at this price point, but corners were cut to get here."



And that's my 2 cents 4 this dreary, blue and rainy Tuesday, May 24, 2011

9 comments:

TechNetizen said...

Hey, nice to see your opinion about the new Dell XPS 15z. I agree that XPS 15z looks like MBP. If Apple think that Dell infringed their design copyright, they should sue Dell. Did Apple sue MS for 'copying' OSX as Windows 7? No. Did Honda sue Toyota for similar design of their cars? They all have similar shape, placement of headlight, wipers, seats etc when I look at them.

From a user point of view, now customers have more choice to chose from according to their budget, which I think is a cool thing. By the way, I don't know whether XPS 15z is a good quality laptop or not since I have no first hand experience. That's my 2 cents for the day.

Check my blog for a head-to-head comparison when you have some free time. Thanks

http://techienetizen.blogspot.com/2011/05/dell-xps-15z-vs-macbook-pro-15-head-to.html

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Thanks for you input TechNetizen for your impute. Both are nice computers, and as far as Apple suing Dell over its MBA clone, if you can call it that, is unlikely. Apple only sues to protect its assets, and I hardly think that Dell's sexy new laptop is a threat to Apple. If anything, it's a threat to other PC laptops such as those from HP, etc.

De1. said...

mac book pro hardware and price vs dell xps 15 hardware and price...

dell > mac

style? originality?

dell > mac - at least it looks different then their other models.. something crapple doesn't do..

OS?

When the fuck did windows copy mac OS? When it looked different? or when it became 64-bit?

64-bit was not a "mac thing" it was a "bound to happen as operating systems and programs needed more ram"

XP supported 64-bit

as for the look..

they look nothing alike, and I don't want either. I like XP and my fully customizable linux distro

OS X from what I here DOES > win 7 64-bit though. I haven't tested it myself yet

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Thanks De1 for your comment. As far as what Windows copied or borrowed from OS X goes, well it's a long list, and here's a small sample:

- Fonts, Microsoft's fonts are based on Apple's open font technology, TrueType
- Transparency
- Sticky Notes,
- the trash can
- drag-and-drop
- the mouse
- hierarchal menus
- gadgets

I could go on and on. Microsoft even copied the Apple Store with its own, and often of which is located opposite Apple's own.

As far as you never having tested OS X, you really should before commenting. OS X and Linux are much more alike. The big difference is that OS X, from Leopard onwards, is now a certified Unix 3 OS, whereas Linux are mostly 'Unix like'.

Anonymous said...

You, Sir, obviously are so caught up in repeating the fanboy nonsense that you fail to check any facts whatsoever (sorry, but there's no other way to express that).

Just a few rebuttals:
- True Type was *licensed* to Microsoft, not "copied" - just like Apple is licenscing technology from Microsoft (example: Active-Sync)
- the mouse was developed/invented by Xerox, as was GUI, email and a range of other things. Apple actually "copied" (or whatever word you prefer) from Xerox/Parc and then had the audacity to sue Microsoft, when they did the same thing.
- hierarchical menus: you're actually serious about this, are you? Do you really believe Apple invented the concept of hierarchy?
- Stores: so, MS copied the Apple Stores, huh? What about the Gateway stores from ten years ago? Or the Bang&Olufson stores that have existed for over 20years? Or the Sony stores? They all copy form Apple too?? They're stores. How do you "copy" stores ???

For a "proponent" of an operating system that is based in large parts on someone else's work to begin with (Unix/BSD) using the word "copying" is bold indeed.
On top of that, making it appear like Apple is the do-no-evil shining-light technology-leader, when in fact they copy and steal as blatantly as any one else on the market is questionable at best.
There are just as many examples of Apple copying from Microsoft (Time Machine or right button context menus come to mind) and His Jobsness in his infinite wisdom even admits to it (the "good artists copy ...." quote).

Bottom line is, they all copy from each other - and why not? As long as we, the consumer, benefit from it I could care less. Or to put it differently, even if Apple was "first" with something, if someone else does it better ...

Yes, Apple is innovative in many areas. But they are *by far* not the only ones and *by far* not in every area.
Think about it .....

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Thanks Anonymous, usually I don't acknowledge people are not afraid to speak their mind but are are too afraid to reveal who they really are.

As far as TrueType goes, it's an open project of Apple's, I never said it was wrong that they used it.

As far as OS X being based originally on BSD, and now being a 100% Certified Unix 3, I've never denied it. What Unix and BSD never di as use an animated U.I., that was something that Apple created and added on top of the OS and something that everyone seems to be copying these days.

Further more, did I ever say that it was wrong that Microsoft or anyone else was copying APPLE? No, the post was about how Dell copied the basic look and layout of the MacBook, not about Microsoft, that was a sideline point.

I also never said that Apple was the only one to innovate, even though it was named the most innovative company many times over. Android was a BlackBerry clone, at least until they and everyone else decided to copy Apple. Remember: Pinch-to-zoom and other multi-touch gestures were not only used in actual products first by Apple, Apple owns the patents, patents they took out in 2005 and even earlier!

As far as Gateway stores goes, that's a joke. They have all failed big time, where as the Apple Store is a runaway hit, and even Microsoft copies their basic look and layout. They even copy locations.... next to Apple's! Or maybe you think that Apple's stores copied the layout of the old money losing Gateway stores?

My post is not the 'gospel truth' here, its just my 2 cents on a matter, nothing more, nothing less, so don't take it so seriously.. seriously!

Kapsol said...

I am not great at grammar but let’s start here. OSX unix based. Mac os is more advanced then windows. As far as quality in machines go mac sure is good at making the keys lights evenly and make the shell of the case nice. Now under the hood they don’t have much. 2.0ghz 4gig ram 500gb 500spin 128mb ati card. PC HP, DELL ect 2.7ghz 8gb 750gb 720spin 2gig ati card. Now in the computer world the DELL has better parts… So yes you are paying for a light up keyboard apple. Ok if you want you can make that dell a mac. It pretty simple and well yes it would be faster then any light up apple you could buy for half the price. Now that we know you won’t look as good drinking you coffee . If you know about computer, everything come’s from something called Linux. That to is a FREE UNIX based open source OS. Ubuntu is leading edge. Apple os is about 3 gen behind this. And it has see through windows 5 years ago. It also can run off 256mb or ram on a 386….. so if you want the mac os machack it it’s a boot disk you put in and then the osx. Then you have a useless mac. But hey at least you can look good for the other men….

Kapsol said...

I am not great at grammar but let’s start here. OSX unix based. Mac os is more advanced then windows. As far as quality in machines go mac sure is good at making the keys lights evenly and make the shell of the case nice. Now under the hood they don’t have much. 2.0ghz 4gig ram 500gb 500spin 128mb ati card. PC HP, DELL ect 2.7ghz 8gb 750gb 720spin 2gig ati card. Now in the computer world the DELL has better parts… So yes you are paying for a light up keyboard apple. Ok if you want you can make that dell a mac. It pretty simple and well yes it would be faster then any light up apple you could buy for half the price. Now that we know you won’t look as good drinking you coffee . If you know about computer, everything come’s from something called Linux. That to is a FREE UNIX based open source OS. Ubuntu is leading edge. Apple os is about 3 gen behind this. And it has see through windows 5 years ago. It also can run off 256mb or ram on a 386….. so if you want the mac os machack it it’s a boot disk you put in and then the osx. Then you have a useless mac. But hey at least you can look good for the other men….

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Thanks for your comment Kapsol. However, as much as I like Ubuntu I disagree with OS X being 3 generations behind it. You realize don't you, that Mark Shuttlworth's goal is to create a better OS than OS X, something he agrees he still has a lot of work to accomplish, therefore, based on his own words, there is no way Ubuntu can be 3 generations ahead. Maybe someday, but not today, and that's for sure!