Computer Company "Apple-izes" PC for Teens

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by applebum, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. applebum macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2003
  2. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    That thing reminds me of the clamshell iBooks. Only uglier.
  3. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    Apple has already done that, why don't these ****tard ass clowns see that?!? :mad:

    It's not an Apple-ized PC because it still runs Windows, everything will not 'just-work', and it'll still get trashed by viruses like the rest of the PC world.

    It's an unordinary design. Not even an Apple-ized design. Apple computers are very minimalist now. This is NOT.
  4. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2004
    St. Louis
    What teenager has $1700 to spend on a computer? Its got a 1.5 Ghz Pentium. Doesn't seem like that great of a deal to me. If they're 16 most of the money they make from a job will go towards car insurance. I'm 17 and could barly afford a refurb iMac for $1099 even with a part-time job.
  5. pyrotoaster macrumors 65816


    Dec 28, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    ...And it's further proof that people like those that created the "hip-e" have absolutely no idea what teenagers will buy.

    And what kind of name is "hip-e?" Wake up and smell the Venti Skim Mocha, idiots! :D
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Man, that's ugly. Look like a bad Star Trek prop. Wouldn't have looked out of place on "Buck Rogers" (which I recall was well known for sticking every-day products on sets with minor paint-overs).

    How can you look cool using something like that? The only Apple-like thing it has going for it is the color. Buy an iBook....
  7. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Wow, what an incoherent marketing plan.


    This was on display at the Emerald Square mall the other day (okay, that's where the photo is from). It looks more like some kind of game console with cheesy breakable pieces hanging off it.

    [edit: Oh yeah, this thing is not a notebook. Side shot in this article.
  8. Stelliform macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    Since when did hip come back as a cool word?
  9. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    It looks made from recycled Star Wars stormtrooper outfits. It's interesting that 16 year olds had something to do with it. Perhaps, the son and his friends really don't like the father and want him to fail. I can hear the son saying "You ignored me until you thought that you could make money from me. Now, who's laughing?"
  10. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    "For an extra $100 it will also come with an MP3 player/keychain data-storage drive, or a cell phone that runs on Sprint's network and can be synched with data on the computer. Or both accouterments can be had for $200."

    I love it. $100 each or 2 for $200.

    Ooo. Ooo. Give me the two - I know a good deal when I see it.
  11. Whigga Spitta macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2004
    Can you say Chi-City??
    Being in the targeted market group, or almost (I'm 17), I think I can fairly say, as if you didn't know, these will not sell! Any Windows user, of any age, has undoubtedly realized the hazards of connecting to the internet using IE. I hope they at least have these 'hip-e's pre-installed with Firefox, or any other browser than Internet Explorer...yuck.
  12. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    That's so terrible. Look at the confused face the girl in the green shirt is making at that thing. :D Like, "What the HELL IS THIS?!?"

  13. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    as a teenager, im *offended* that anyone in marketing has such a low opinion of us. anyone old enough to be in the target demographic should know that you can get a 17" imac for less than that edu priced. its even worse than the disney pc.
  14. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

    Apple Hobo

    Mar 19, 2004
    A series of tubes
    I was wondering that myself. :D Maybe those marketing weenies are stuck in the '80s. "This PC is, like, so hip and fresh! Snap! Like, radical, d00d!"

    They say this like it's a bad thing. I'm glad Microwank software is kept to a minimum on my machine. :cool:
  15. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    I just noticed something. Why would they put a trackpad on a teenager PC? Most teenagers just have a computer to play games, and gaming on a trackpad sucks major donkey balls in most cases.
  16. j_appel macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2004
  17. musicpyrite macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cape Cod
    And it's not even a laptop.

    I'll stick to building my own PCs thank you very much. <--- Note: that is not my PC.

    And who needs a $1,700 computer to d/l porn?

    they should rename this monstrosity "crappi-e"
  18. wide macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2004
  19. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    as usual, some of us tend to be a little on the extreme when it comes to defend our beloved fruit.
    Although i'd never buy it, this thing is not half as bad as some of you say.

    first of all, i don't know who came up with the idea that this is a laptop.
    and then:
    - it's an all-in-one with an LCD screen (17", 1400x900)
    - the guts of the computer are located in a slim casing in the back of the screen
    - the screen is detachable from its base and hangable on the wall
    - built in TV-tuner with some tivo-like features (and remote control)
    - detachable speakers
    - docking station with wireless keyboard (with trackpad), wireless mouse, 8in1 media reader, docks for mp3 player and phone, 6 USB ports
    - combo drive
    - built in wireless
    - 1.5 GHZ processor
    - 512 MB RAM (up to 2G)
    - 120 GB hard drive

    sounds familiar?

    (you might want to check out one of these threads:
  20. beatle888 macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2002
    haha :) that just sounds gross, especially when associated with teens pimpleicious? ;)
  21. EminenceGrise macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Apple already did this (better - wait - much, much better) with the TAM. You'd think with 7 years they could have managed something better than a butchered up, beaten with an ugly stick and painted white TAM. I cringe at comparing this thing to a TAM, but it's clearly a cheap knock off of exactly that. <shudders />
  22. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    and how much was the TAM when it came out?

    if the new iMac has half this spec in an Apple-izer casing we'll be all drooling allover it
  23. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    These photos don't show it well, but it's a wireless keyboard, intended to be used on e.g. a bed. It also comes with a wireless mouse, which might not work well on a blanket =)

    The system is all built into the display, it lifts out of those leg things and is wall mountable (until you want to charge it).

    All in all it's about as goofy as any of the detachable-screen iMac ideas that have been floating around.
  24. applemacdude macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
  25. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    I too laugh at this statement. These parents do not know what they are missing by now going to mac.

    Also, this is basically a place to hold all your music. Not all teenagers are into downloading huge amounts of music (me for one). I am more into gaming dispite I have a 12" PB. The specs on the computer is a little vague. It says "High Performance Video". It also has a Intel M processor. Who got the idea to put a Mobile processor into a desktop. In my opinion that is not a very great option.

    But it has "hip' cutomizable skin palm rests and a wireless mous with a tranclucent base. All Teenagers want that (forgive the sarcasm).

    I really want them to explain this comment in great detail.

    Mabe a 10 year old, but know 14 or 16 year old that know something about computers, I think, would buy this thing.

    IMHO I think this idea will fall through. Most teenagers do not have the money to by a computer for themselves so they have to tell there parents what is in their best interest. Like mentioned before, people that are 16 are more concerned about getting a car and paying the outrageous insurance on it.

    Also you could build a computer that would do all the things advertised for about $600. Plus you can get a custom case for your computer that fits what you like.

    But all of this is just my 2 cents.

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