Originally Posted by Bridden
Wow, you are an aggressive, one minded person aren't you? If it isn't something you want, you just can't understand can you? A person isn't going to see your comment and say "Oh hey, this guy has a point..." They are going to reply with "Man, this guy has a stick up his rear." And yes, people will buy something because it is "pretty looks". Are you saying that anyone who buys Apple is an idiot? (don't answer that, rhetorical question) You pay twice as much, but you get something that is fitting to YOU. The form factor, even being a micro-atx, would be twice as large as that thing.
The price difference between the 670 and 580 at launch was over 150 usd, which is more than a 30% increase for less than a 10% difference in performance. Once again, satire is exaggeration/ironic comment meant to point out an obvious flaw. Do you think any satirical comedians point out how small of a flaw things are? Really man, there aren't many trolls on this site, but you are trying.
More apples and zebras......but before I get to that...
In the ~20 years I have been doing this (tech), many people have listened to my recommendations, many have said "Oh hey, this guy has a point." and took that point. There isn't a person in their right mind that would buy this thing if you presented them with better options. Those options being the same level of performance for significantly less, or significantly higher levels of performance for the same money.
Now, about those apples and zebra....
One, I said ITX, you might want to learn the difference between ITX and Micro-ATX. It would help.
Secondly; while I do feel the price point of Apple products is a bit high, you once again are making flawed comparisons. Along with the looks and name of Apple you are getting a completely different environment in their OS. You are in a walled garden of a system that is user friendly, relatively low maintenance, and secure when compared to other options. You are also getting exceptional build quality compared to some other options.
It isn't just hardware with Apple, but software!
With Piston you are literally getting an AMD APU based system, that you can build for a few hundred, but paying $1,000 for. There is no way in hell you can try and justify that outside of ridiculous money grabbing. There is nothing innovative about the system, there is nothing about it that shifts the paradigm of computers, consoles, or home gaming in anyway. A company has taken low power hardware, that you find in a basic computer or HTPC, and attached it to a custom motherboard in a nifty way, and is charging a boat load for.
In short, you sir are wrong. People do come to this website for advice, more specifically, many people have come to myself for advice. That advise has been taken more often than not, and my opinion on this product isn't standing alone. As nearly everyone else has chimed similar sentiment.
Oh, and yea, I do get a little aggressive over situations like this. It is bad for people and bad for the industry when a company tries to rip the consumer off.Edited by PostalTwinkie - 9/30/13 at 8:29pm