“Microsoft [has] kicked off [yet another] new Crispin Porter + Boguksy-produced Ad campaign,” Seth Weintraub writes for Computerworld. ” I’ll sum up the message for you: ‘We allow our software to be installed on really cheap machines.'”
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Weintraub reports, “The hardware in question is the $699 at Best Buy HP – Pavilion Laptop with AMD Turion™ X2 RM-72 Dual-Core Mobile Processor… It is the epitome of what people dislike about PCs… It runs Vista Home on a slow AMD mobile processor. It has DDR2 RAM which is what $300 Netbooks run.”
“Its screen is abysmal. One reviewer said this model series ‘has the worst screen I have ever seen in my life. It’s the 1440×900 screen and the viewing angles are so poor that even when sitting directly eye level with the screen it is totally washed out,'” Weintraub reports. “Its networking is five years old. 802.11G wireless and 100Mb Ethernet are surpassed by $300 Netbooks. 2004 called. It wants its motherboard back.”
“The battery is said to last 2.5 hours. Real world usage is always close to around half of that. That means you can’t watch a full movie on a battery charge,” Weintraub reports. “The thing is almost two inches thick and weighs in at almost eight pounds… And this poor girl, the actress that Microsoft hired to play a person who is not an actress, is going to get a heavy, bulky slow Vista Home machine with a poor display, old networking equipment and weak battery loaded up with crapware.”
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MacDailyNews Take: No, she’s not. She’s going to take her residual checks and use them to buy a brand new MacBook Pro like every other working actress on the planet.
In a separate article for 9to5Mac, Weintraub reports, “So this isn’t going to come as a big surprise, but ‘Lauren’ (if that is her real name) didn’t really go into the Apple store…or Crispin Porter had a bunch of extras walking around during the filming. “
“How do we know? Notice at 0:13 when she walks into the store, there is a balding guy with jacket and striped shirt and camera walking by. He is still walking by when she leaves the store filmed on the other camera. That gave her less than a second in the store,” Weintrab reports. “She said she walked in and looked around but how could this be?”
Weintraub reports, “We also know she is an actress so the rest isn’t a stretch.”
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