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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    They said that once about calculators.
    Yea, but this is different. A calculator does one thing.. this does more for one. (unless writing boobs on a calculator counts as an extra application).

    To make such a screen thingy work, you need a processor and some ram as a minimum.. We all know the price of ram, and that can easily take 1/4 of the price. Add the processor... I can remember any processor that has gone for under 30 bucks, not even ATOM atm. Add to that a screen, and wages to build it.. sorry but the math simply dont add up unless you use 3+ outdated scrapped chips.. if even then. And then there comes the screen. Oh lets not forget the battery, not cheap either.
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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    A calculator is incredibly powerful! Before calculators you had to use huge ass log tables or slide rulers and such. Just taking a trigonometric value like sine is amazing. I think people don't even understand the technology that's in a standard, scientific calculator. They're amazing...until the custodians come into your lab and steal your TI-92 Plus you've had for like 6 years.
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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    A 10 dollar computer? Holy crap. You know what a 10 dollar computer is going to do to HP, Dell, and the rest? Won't kill 'em, but it will put a serious dent in their business, if these new computers make it to the US.
    I do not see that happening. Maybe a dent in the antique PC sales in the mom and pop computer shops, pawn shops and used computer stores. Of course thats assuming a 10 dollar computer is better than some dinosaur pc with windows XP,2000,me or 98 or some crappy linux or mac computer that only a handful of people use. If anything it will boost the sales of Dells,HP and other computers once people realize that they can not do **** with a 10 computer.
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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    This computer is not meant to compete with the current lineup of desktops and laptops. It is meant to provide the most basic computer functions to people who otherwise would have to use paper. The most likely use would be spreadsheets used for doing the books in small rural businesses who can't afford today's computers. I am curious is the claimed price can be met in reality, but the concept is a good one.

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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    It won't put a dent in the other big brand names because the import of those computers into the west will never be allowed by business and government. Every piece of technology made overseas and shipped here needs a license to get into the country and this one will never get it.

    It does shed some light on the true cost of making computers though. We pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a machine. It costs very little to make it there. Same goes for most of our products. When I go to buy clothes now and a sweater is $50 I just put it down and walk away. I'd rather invest in a ticket to Asia once every three years to stock up on my wardrobe and gadgets than be gouged at retail prices here.

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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    It does shed some light on the true cost of making computers though. We pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a machine. It costs very little to make it there. Same goes for most of our products. When I go to buy clothes now and a sweater is $50 I just put it down and walk away. I'd rather invest in a ticket to Asia once every three years to stock up on my wardrobe and gadgets than be gouged at retail prices here.
    Not it doesn't. Some wild claim of a $35 computer with no specification is hardly comparable to existing models. Realistically, the best computer you get for $35 would be a more versatile graphing calculator, not a real laptop or desktop. The computer industry is viciously competitive, and margins are quite slim. Far from gouging consumers, the computer industry manages to deliver a new superior product every year at a low price. It is miles ahead of your typical consumer product.

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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Not it doesn't. Some wild claim of a $35 computer with no specification is hardly comparable to existing models. Realistically, the best computer you get for $35 would be a more versatile graphing calculator, not a real laptop or desktop. The computer industry is viciously competitive, and margins are quite slim. Far from gouging consumers, the computer industry manages to deliver a new superior product every year at a low price. It is miles ahead of your typical consumer product.
    Yeah, without specs there's very little to work with. However, I disagree about margins being slim. Best Buy and the like manage to sell products at enormous markups. I've built a few computers, and every time I do I compare the prices online through places like PriceWatch or Newegg and find that Best Buy's prices are usually about double what I end up paying, depending on the component. (Hell, RAM sticks are sometimes triple)
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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Not it doesn't. Some wild claim of a $35 computer with no specification is hardly comparable to existing models. Realistically, the best computer you get for $35 would be a more versatile graphing calculator, not a real laptop or desktop. The computer industry is viciously competitive, and margins are quite slim. Far from gouging consumers, the computer industry manages to deliver a new superior product every year at a low price. It is miles ahead of your typical consumer product.
    Netbooks in North America sell for a few hundred dollars, and that's the end retail price. I'm sure the true manufacturing cost is much lower.

    It doesn't have to be a wonder machine to connect more people to the internet and assist with a child's education.

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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Best Buy and the like manage to sell products at enormous markups. I've built a few computers, and every time I do I compare the prices online through places like PriceWatch or Newegg and find that Best Buy's prices are usually about double what I end up paying, depending on the component. (Hell, RAM sticks are sometimes triple
    Best buy is a festering pit of evil that preys on the ignorant. They markup everything, with their $120 buck usb cables being one of the worst rip-offs around. Computers are sold a reasonable prices if you buy them from decent retailers like fries or new egg, or direct from the manufacturer.

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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Netbooks in North America sell for a few hundred dollars, and that's the end retail price. I'm sure the true manufacturing cost is much lower.
    Not by much. The industry has extremely cutthroat competition that dramatically drives down the price of everything. Most parts have a fairly small number of designers who rely on huge volumes with low margins to generate profit.

    It doesn't have to be a wonder machine to connect more people to the internet and assist with a child's education.
    I doubt the $35 dollar computer would have internet connectivity. There is little point in having the computer so cheap if you have to spend many times it worth to pay for the internet connection.

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