$500 is insane $150 seems fair given how much marketing and middlemen are involved with these manufacturers. Eve could probably do one under $100.
The PCB production including most components should cost under $50. I mean you can get a whole LGA1151 motherboard by a known manufacturer like Asus for that price. Intel chipsets (in this case, H110) are expensive, and I imagine Thunderbolt controllers are even more expensive. So let’s add $50 for the Thunderbolt controller and cable. And then increase the total price by 50% because this product would probably have lower production volume than those motherboards (I think this margin is enough to include the box, too. It’s just a simple metal box).
Note that I used market prices by common manufacturers with traditional business model, very good product quality and lots of marketing, for reference.
I am also puzzled as I am so far away from the business but my first thought was that an eGPU should include a GPU, but it looks like that they sell only GPU docks and the card has to be bought separately - if the card would be included it is a different price point - or am I completely off and should shut up…
Judging by the fact that all their Core M processors are set to the same price on that site (they cost not at all the same), it’s not very accurate. But I guess it can act as a solid reference point, which makes my point more solid Instead of counting $50 for the controller and cable, we can probably reduce that to $30 or $35 (there are cables for $20).
Actually I’m disappointed… They’re becoming overpriced Lenovo used to be the one brand that had excellent price to quality ratio, and now I don’t even know… Oh, and those bezels are a TERRIBLE choice for a tablet
Unless I’m mistaken, I saw no new device with dedicated graphics and active pen to go head to head with the Surface Book Performance. We used to get Lenovo laptops with dedicated graphics and active pen for 999$. Now we get the same thing, no dedicated graphics, same active pen for like 500$ more? Bruh I’m done.
That’s super interesting — Lenovo has previously been an affordable option in your country? Their higher-end models have been uncompetitive in pricing for quite a while here, but I’ll cough up the premium if it means I get a product that I’m 99% happy with.
I’m still unconvinced by the convertible (i.e. Yoga) for full-blown tablet usage; it just looks too cumbersome. I think it makes more sense in limited scenarios where it can be rested on a surface to avoid the bezel issue (shall we coin it graspability?), like media playback and sharing / collaboration.
Well, if it had more bezelsit would be an excellent tablet At least for me.
And yes, they have always been quite cheap. Thinkpads are super expensive, yes, but so are Latitudes and other competing business laptops. And Latitudes never really went close to Tginkpads in terms of build quality. Thinkpads were built like tanks. Lately though, I agree, Thinkpads have been becoming worse and worse, and the price didn’t drop.
However, the Ideapad line remained the cheapest until this year. For example, you can’t really get any cheaper convertible than Yoga 3.
The thing is, I really don’t mind their bloatware, spying ads and so on, as long as it makes the computers cheaper than competition. Everyone has at least some bloatware, so I’m going to do a clean install of Windows either case.
My bad, I didn’t read thru the article I linked. I heard it off one of the chinese streamer asking about dGpu when they were comparing 7285 to the surfacebook while I was driving home. The Dell’s rep said it’s a possibility. That being said, I couldn’t dig up the VOD for that stream. So might as well dont’ quote me on this D: