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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 SavagePotato on 4/11/2009 4:09:03 PM , Rating: 2
This is so indicative of the typical "Business Owner"

Doing tech support for an internet provider I think one of the most common calls was joe user dropping the "I'm running a business" bomb indignantly, as if somehow that gives you admittance into a secret club where they really fix your problems not just give you the runaround. Incidentally EVERYONE seems to be running a business, (despite being on the lowest possible residential high speed package money can buy of course...)

I have really learned to hate anyone that points out how they are running a business to validate their position as somehow having more weight than others.

If you are running a business you need to take your head out of your ass because your business is going to be epic fail if you can't manage simple concepts like hiring an IT consultant to do the things you are incapable of.

I have taken so so many calls from small business owners that think it's anyone but THEIR responsibility that their network runs properly.

So so many annoying tards that expect their internet provider is going to provide endless free tech support for their royally screwed up internal network that they randomly go on a cable swapping spree on from time to time because their limewire didn't work fast enough and now nothing works.

So yeah, Business owner OP... Your business is your responsibility and whether you have a mac, or a pc, you still are going to be too incompetent to keep it running, so pay a damn technician to do what you can't, have a coke and a smile and stfu, oh and stop expecting that the tech world somehow exists to make you a success when you can't do it yourself.


RE: BAD Combination
By Etern205 on 4/11/2009 6:42:49 PM , Rating: 2
The brains of typical business owners and their stupid employees...

-Never backups data. Uses that "I got x years of data" bs.
-Makes stupid mistakes and never admits it.
-Can't tell the difference between shutdown and restart
-Thinks they're smart just because they know how to use Word, Excel, and browse the Internet.
-Blames everything on the IT personal.

e.g. System does not turn on, PSU died, change PSU and system is back up and running. A few minutes later then come to you saying everything does not work and it's all your fault. Well how the fuck can an IT person predict that changing a PSU will lead to other problems if the system won't even turn on in the first place?!


RE: BAD Combination
By Etern205 on 4/11/2009 6:44:26 PM , Rating: 2
Why does my comment start out with a 1 rating?
Did DT change their rating system?


RE: BAD Combination
By SavagePotato on 4/11/2009 8:51:52 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, this reminds me of a situation a year or two ago where I was at this place and I was about to move their company file to a small samba server and put the latest simply accounting on their systems.

I ask the lady there, when was the last backup done? She is like oh just at the end of last month. So I'm thinking okay that's not that bad. So I'm like okay, do you have it handy, she walks out of the room and comes back with a Rolodex of like 70 floppy disks and says here it is...

I stood there kind of in disbelief for a moment (this was like 2007). Fortunately their "backup" wasn't needed and the server had offsite backup from there on, because yes their "backup" was corrupted on the second disk. (I checked just for my own amusement.)

This same lady called about a year later saying she couldn't access the company file, when I looked at it it went from 70 meg's down to 1.5 and was useless, I don't know what the heck she did, nor did I care, but it was sure a damn good thing they had the offsite backup then.


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