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Mother and son aren't big Mac fans, same as their Laptop Hunter predecessors, Lauren and Giampaolo.  (Source: YouTube)

A Best Buy employee helps young Jackson explore the Sony Vaio.  (Source: YouTube)

Lisa is really excited to get her extra money.  (Source: YouTube)
This time Microsoft is going for the moms

First there was Lauren, the redhead who picked an HP over a MacBook and stole millions of internet users' hearts.  Then there was Giampaolo, a young engineer who picked an HP over a MacBook Pro due to the high cost.  Together the pair have kicked off Microsoft's new anti-Apple commercial segment, that looks to hit Apple where it hurts -- its high prices.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer led off the attack several weeks ago blasting Apple, saying that its customers are paying $500 for a logo.  Now Microsoft is airing the third in its popular series of Laptop Hunters commercials -- and this time it's going for the moms.

Crispin Porter+Bogusky hands Lisa $1,500 to find a new computer, searching at their local Best Buy.  She ends up perusing the store with her son Jackson.  She peeks at the Apple computers and while she comments that "they are pretty" her son Jackson is not a big fan, stating that they are "a little small."  Lisa also comments, "These are way more money dude!"

Mother and son also peek at HP computers and others, but surprisingly don't pick an HP, like the previous two Laptop Hunter commercials (so much for brand favoritism theories).  Lisa ends up instead finding a Sony VAIO FW with Blu-Ray and a big screen.  Jackson is content.

Assuming the laptop they picked was the base model Best Buy carries (special options typically require an order), it retails for approximately $899 and has middle-of-the-road specs.  It comes with a middle-of-the-road Intel T6400 Core 2 Duo processor, a relatively underpowered Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD graphics, and 4 GB RAM.  The screen is an XBRITE-HiColor 16.4" 1600 x 900 display.  The whole thing is slightly heavy, weighing in at 6.83 lb.  The battery life is approximately 2 hrs and 45 min, according to reviews.

The mom pockets a couple hundred dollars and the traditional "Congratulations, <insert name> its a PC." rolls. 

In all reception of the new commercial among the tech community seems to be slightly better than the second commercial, though still falling short of the first.  Overall, her computer, like the HPs, is not true 1080p, but it does have the advantage of Blu-Ray (though the processor and graphics are weak).  However, some are calling the Microsoft's attacks increasingly tired and not direct enough.  Writes CrunchGear, "Adding commentary to these things is getting fairly tedious. The Mac attack wasn’t very egregious..."

However, given how long Apple has run its own attack ads, it only seems fair to give Microsoft some time to respond in kind.  Ultimately the commercials prove an amusing distraction, though though the latest two have been overshadowed by the popularity of the initial installment.

You can check out the ad for yourself here.

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RE: BAD Combination
By JasonMick on 4/10/2009 10:15:24 AM , Rating: 2
I think your router was configured wrong.

I have a Sony Vaio (bought as an open item at BB, ironically) that has had no networking issues. I've used in on a number of different wireless networks and not run into any significant difficulty.

Granted the T8100 and 8400 GS leave something to be desired in terms of gaming, but it still runs Fallout 3, etc. with little problems.

I think overall Vaios are a bit overpriced, but they are pretty well built, have better than average battery life in my experience, as well as having Blu-Ray, which is a perk.

Your first mistake was trusting geeksquad. When I used to get my computer sent out for factory repairs with them, I used to chat hardware with them. Those people knew NOTHING real about hardware and failed to grasp basic concepts like differences between mobile graphics cards. In fact, they were so impressed at my "knowledge", that they told me I should "definitely apply for a job here". Yea right, no way.

As far as factory-installed crap Get Crapcleaner and read some online tutorials about cleaning off factory-installed junkware. It really should only take a couple of hours -- a lot come with direct uninstall options.

Then you could have saved yourself 9 months of hell -- live and learn, I guess.

RE: BAD Combination
By fatedtodie on 4/10/2009 12:08:10 PM , Rating: 2
Are 95% of Fallout 3's problems with the GAME itself? Bad programming etc? I wouldn't use a buggy game as an example of what a computer can run.

RE: BAD Combination
By 7Enigma on 4/15/2009 11:07:21 AM , Rating: 2
If you are going to spend a couple hours removing junk, you would be much better served just reinstalling the OS. No matter what removal attempts you try, there is nothing like a fresh install.

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