Microsoft falsely compares MacBook Air to netbooks

“Apple on PC market share with a newly posted Canadian page trying to steer buyers away from desktop and notebook Macs,” Electronista reports.

“The ‘Do the Math’ site tries to play on stereotypes of Macs always costing more by showing Windows 7 PCs that are supposedly either cheaper or offer more features for a comparable price,” Electronista reports. “Some comparisons are valid, though the comparisons ignore like real-world battery life, where Apple usually comes out on top, and the greatly reduced need to use security software.”

Electronista reports, “The comparison, however, openly tries to deceive buyers when comparing the MacBook Air. It pits the 11-inch Air against netbook-class systems that are much slower and bulkier. While they have advantages in price and raw storage capacity, the comparison deliberately sidesteps performance, including graphics and the impact of the SSD in the Mac.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Desperation breeds lies. Let’s all really “do the math” by clicking here: Enterprise Desktop Alliance: Apple Macs cost a lot less than Windows PCs to manage (March 09, 2010). Okay, now let’s do some more math: How many related articles are listed below and what do they tell you?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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33 Comments

    1. Exactly, MS still doesn’t get it. The iPad, iPhone and iPod are going to eat MS’s lunch, not the Mac. Their entire mobile strategy is a complete dead end even if it is “successful.” Selling $8 to $15 WM7 licenses will accomplish nothing unless they were to somehow miraculously achieve a mobile monopoly. Say MS sold 50 million wm7 licenses in 2011–a HUGE stretch, of course. That’s only $750 million, best case scenario. Apple is already making over twice that much ($1.7 billion) per year on the app store!

  1. Microsoft sees Ballmer’s Monkey Boy Dance as comparable in style points to the winner of Dancing with the Stars. Apart from masses of jiggly fat, on some parts of the female dancer, there’s no similarity at all. Whatsoever. Nada. Zilch.

    1. For consumers, Microsoft puts a malware remover on everyone’s PC that removes all the bad stuff, once a month.

      Apparently being malware free two or three days a month, without having to do it yourself, is a good thing.

  2. The more Microsoft hammers away with their deceitful “Windows machines are cheaper” message, the more they’ll get what they deserve from it: tons of cheapskate buyers who buy disposable plasticky machines, who most likely won’t spend a dime on software or music or anything else.

    (And you have to wonder what Microsoft’s hardware makers think of this, as it persistently undermines any efforts they may be making to attract non-cheapskate customers.)

  3. That story is so old and worn out. There are hardly any people out there who hadn’t heard it before and who may fall for it. By now everyone out there aspires to a Mac. Those who think they can’t afford it (“I really can’t spend a grand on a computer, I can only spend $400, so I’ll have to make do with the cheap Acer…”) still want it, but misguidedly end up spending more money over the life of their cheap Acer than they would on a MBA, MB or MBP. The point is, everyone wants a Mac, as they by now recognise value.

    1. Got to call bullshit on that. Some Windows users are so cheap they won’t even buy anti-virus software. Others build their own ‘game machines’ for less than $200. Still more use the free PCs at the library.

      Spending $1000 for a Mac when they have to grow their own dope? Not gonna happen.

    2. If you buy an Acer now, it’ll clap out before the year’s out. They’re that cheaply made and unreliable. Of course keeping your hard disks spinning all the time while you’re downloading the latest definitions of Windows anti-virus doesn’t help matters.

      Buy Acer only if you believe in the Mayan apocalypse as your computer will die before you come 2012.

  4. MDN’s related article list often serves like an disillusion shattering weapon. Rendering counter arguments nigh impossible, if not by weight then wit.

  5. Have to reprint this from the Electronista web page, concerning false comparisons:

    “With a careful selection or omission of features and facts it’s easy to make one thing look better than another. For example:

    Steve Ballmer vs. a spider

    Legs: 2, 8
    Hair: No*, Yes

    *Sold separately

    Early grasp of the significance of the web:
    No, Yes”

      1. Ballmer has lower specs than the spider, legs for instance, and the spider was web wise eons before Ballmer.

        But the analogy breaks down because it presupposes that Ballmer, while lower on the specs, is actually more valuable than the spider.

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