Microsoft debuts yet another ‘Laptop Hunters’ ad: ‘Lauren and Sue’ (with video)

With a $1700 budget, yet another Lauren, this one with her Mom, goes laptop shopping and ends up with a Dell XPS 13:

Direct link to video via YouTube here.

MacDailyNews Take: Thud.

And, oh by the way, as former TV producers, we can tell you that there’s a reason why the line, “I’m about to be a law student and portability is important to me,” is not spoken by Lauren on-camera. If it wasn’t prepared for Lauren and read from a card off-camera, it might as well have been, as it sounds as canned as canned can sound.

Apple’s aluminum unibody MacBook costs US$1,299, not “$2,000,” (little miss future lawyer is looking at a 15.4-inch MacBook Pro and inexplicably comparing it to a 13-inch Dell laptop which actually costs $1,099 on Dell’s website). Apple’s MacBooks all feature 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen displays (1280×800). Lauren’s bottom-of-the-line Dell XPS 13 comes with only a 13.3-inch WXGA LCD screen (1280×800). In an attempt to more closely match the MacBook’s screen, if you bump it up to a 13.3-inch WXGA WLED LCD (1280×800), it costs another $125 which brings Lauren’s “deal” up to $1096.99 (or $1,224 if you use’s pricing). So she saved very little upfront, for which she most certainly will pay much more later – if not in cash, in time and frustration – and she’ll always be stuck with an OS-limited, Windows Vista-mired, Dell-quality POS.

Direct link to video via YouTube here.

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