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Dell: We Have Thinnest 15'' on the Planet, If You Don't Compare It Against Everything Else

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The fastest computer on the planet, if you don't compare it against faster computers.

Dell's latest 15-inch enthusiast laptop, the XPS 15z, is a pretty decent package. Its metal design is both stylish and conservative, and it has a good amount of power.

There are many good, valid reasons for Dell to promote the XPS 15z, but one of them should not because it's the thinnest 15-inch laptop on the planet – because it isn't.

Dell's advertisement for the XPX 15z reads: "Just 0.97" (24.68mm) at its thickest point, XPS 15z is the thinnest 15" PC on the planet*. It’s also incredibly tough and lightweight."

That little asterisk led to small print that states: "Based on Dell internal analysis as at February 2011. Based on a thickness comparison (front and rear measurements) of other 15" laptop PCs manufactured by HP, Acer, Toshiba, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, MSI. No comparison made with Apple or other manufacturers not listed."

Convenient then, that the comparison against the MacBook Pro unibody was avoided, as Apple's offering is 0.95-inches in thickness.

The lesson here is simple: it's easy to be the best on the planet at something as long as you're selective about your comparison pool.

Source: The Guardian

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    fyasko , May 27, 2011 10:27 AM
    American media is awesome* stepping in poo is fun* toms has the newest articles* haha...
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    roymustang , May 27, 2011 10:12 AM
    The Dell quote says thinnest 15" PC and a Mac is technically not a PC (even though they have PC parts now). So I don't have a problem with them saying that.
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    thomaseron , May 27, 2011 10:29 AM
    roymustangThe Dell quote says thinnest 15" PC and a Mac is technically not a PC (even though they have PC parts now). So I don't have a problem with them saying that.


    Technically, PC stands for Personal Computer. A Mac could be personal. This whole Mac vs PC is wrong. It should be Windows vs Mac-OS.
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    roymustang , May 27, 2011 10:12 AM
    The Dell quote says thinnest 15" PC and a Mac is technically not a PC (even though they have PC parts now). So I don't have a problem with them saying that.
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    molo9000 , May 27, 2011 10:15 AM
    So false advertising is legal as long as u put a "*" next to it and add some fine print?
  • 25 Hide
    fyasko , May 27, 2011 10:27 AM
    American media is awesome* stepping in poo is fun* toms has the newest articles* haha...
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    kanazak , May 27, 2011 10:28 AM
    Thinnest 15" PC in the Universe*

    Based on other 15" laptop PCs manufactured on Earth, excluding Apple and all extra terrestrial civilizations not listed.
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    thomaseron , May 27, 2011 10:29 AM
    roymustangThe Dell quote says thinnest 15" PC and a Mac is technically not a PC (even though they have PC parts now). So I don't have a problem with them saying that.


    Technically, PC stands for Personal Computer. A Mac could be personal. This whole Mac vs PC is wrong. It should be Windows vs Mac-OS.
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    Anonymous , May 27, 2011 10:37 AM
    @roymustang
    Under which "technical" guidelines are you classifying a Personal Computer?
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    idisarmu , May 27, 2011 10:39 AM
    roymustangThe Dell quote says thinnest 15" PC and a Mac is technically still PC (the fact that they are x86 cpu based is completely irrelevant). So I think it's pretty stupid that they're saying that.


    Fixed that for you.
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    icemunk , May 27, 2011 10:46 AM
    In the Mac bible, line 42, chapter 4. Jobs said to Gates, "Mac is thee PC of PCs, yet a Mac is also a Mac"
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    Benihana , May 27, 2011 11:03 AM
    Wow, now I really do have the fastest CPU* in the whole galaxy!

    *i7 930 not compared to CPUs costing greater than the ratio of US national debt to US GDP.
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    Benihana , May 27, 2011 11:04 AM
    And yes my comparison is flawed, but we'll leave that up to the legal boys to battle it out.
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    jerfle , May 27, 2011 11:19 AM
    "It's easy to figure out...if you don't think about it."
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    shin0bi272 , May 27, 2011 11:20 AM
    no its not thinner than a mac but who really cares about mac? if it isnt an iphone or ipod or ipad its basically a linux pc with a cute little logo and no gaming ability what so ever. So in the world of REAL computing its the thinnest laptop.
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    rpgplayer , May 27, 2011 11:38 AM
    so a mac book is less than half the thickness of a dime thinner than the dell, big freakin deal.
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    iam2thecrowe , May 27, 2011 11:44 AM
    roymustangThe Dell quote says thinnest 15" PC and a Mac is technically not a PC (even though they have PC parts now). So I don't have a problem with them saying that.

    A Mac is a "PC" which stands for Personal Computer. It would be correct if they had said "Windows PC"
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    geofry , May 27, 2011 11:48 AM
    Uh yawn of a story.

    Macs suck...PCs are the best yada yada yada.

    Let me know when laptops are the thickness and weight of a 70 sheet college ruled notebook, cost as much, and each page can be writen on like a sheet of paper, or used as a touch screen.
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    molo9000 , May 27, 2011 11:51 AM
    shin0bi272no its not thinner than a mac but who really cares about mac? if it isnt an iphone or ipod or ipad its basically a linux pc with a cute little logo and no gaming ability what so ever. So in the world of REAL computing its the thinnest laptop.

    Except that Mac OS has nothing to do with Linux.
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    TEAMSWITCHER , May 27, 2011 12:31 PM
    It does look like Dell is trying to get into the whole Design thing. I welcome the attempt, and look forward to see what else they can come up with. But..right now...they would have to pry my MacBook Pro out of my cold, dead, hands.
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    WR2 , May 27, 2011 12:35 PM
    Being thin is nice. As long as you're not giving up something to get it thin.
    But being lighter - now that would be even better.
    And longer battery life.
    I'd prefer lighter and longer battery life to being 'thinner'.
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    lamorpa , May 27, 2011 12:50 PM
    Dell has the thinnest 15" Dell laptop they have! I have the thinnest laptop that I have at my house!
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    thrasher32 , May 27, 2011 12:59 PM
    lol I remember when Dell was an honest company....
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