Originally Posted by steelbom
Firstly I don't like how you're basically saying "if you don't agree with my opinion it's clear the 'reality distortion effect is working on you too'"
Secondly, I think you missed what I said. I'm not talking about how much it costs Asus to buy the CPU or the screen, but how much they'd charge the consumer for them.
Taking into account the 850$ cost of the UX305 w/ 512GB SSD, 1080p display and the 800MHz CPU, it seems they're charging about 150$ for the higher clocked CPU and high res display.
I'm not surprised at all -- I already said that even after adding a bit to the UX305's price to compensate for the hardware differences that the MacBook would still be more expensive.
What's this about dongles anyway? There's a USB-C to USB adaptor for $20 in the store.
What I think me and you are having a disagreement on is whether or not Apple is overcharging that much. I believe they are and you don't think they are that much.
The asus laptop I showed is 600 dollars cheaper and the difference in screen quality might change the price by 75-100 dollars but not by much(as I showed for the lenovo example). This still leaves the laptop being 500-525 dollars cheaper than the apple laptop which is quite substantial. The processor might be different but it results in very little realworld difference as benchmarks show and it's why intel is charging the same for the processor.
Why I mention the adaptor is because in all likelihood, you will not one to get the 20 dollar adaptor but rather that adaptor and the 80 dollar adaptor which adds critical functionality to the laptop. That being an adaptor that allows the laptop to be charged at the same time while using the usb functionality available for something like a thumb drive. That 20 dollar adaptor simply allows someone to use a standard usb key into the usb C port. You still cant charge and use the usb at the same time or connect a HDMI based monitor to the laptop. Getting that 80 dollar adaptor basically adds back the ports it should of had in the first place, ports that the Asus has and even more ports than that adaptor itself. Apple should be giving these away for free considering how much money they are already making on the laptop.
Add in that you can buy that asus laptop for 599 dollars now on the asus website, instead of 699 just shows you how fat Apples margins are which means they are making too much. Apple has 6 times the margins of everyone else and this means apple is making too much money. They have a cash reserve bigger than the combined hardware industry as a whole I am guessing yet their volume is way lower.
If you wanted to remove the monitor variable. Compare the 999.99 model I linked with Apples, 1599 model.
The Asus model has a faster processor and a superior screen to the apple. In fact to match up, you need to add 150 dollar CPU upgrade and you still have a screen with 73 percent less pixels than the Asus model.
So it's $999 vs $1750
And this should illustrate even more why apple is overcharging.
For 300 dollars, Asus managed to upgrade the SSD, the processor, give it an annodized white finish and the screen to something which is superiors to apples screen.
For 450 dollars, all apples managed to upgrade for that price is the processor and SSD. Add in 75 if you could upgrade the screen to match the Asus and your at 525 dollars which is 75% more.
The big difference is asus isn't trying to rip you off on a processor upgrade that cost zero money. Apple is pocketing that extra 150 dollars for themselves when it doesn't cost them any more for it. Apple is greedy.Edited by tajoh111 - 10/11/15 at 12:38am