HP Trolls Dell Over Buyout, Says it is "Eager" to Poach Dell's Customers
February 6, 2013 3:54 PM
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From glass house, HP stones Dell's "tough road" to privatization
In the wake of Dell, Inc. (
Michael Dell confirming
that the computer giant was going private, embattled rival Hewlett-Packard Comp. (
) was swift to blast the move.
In a press release HP
Dell has a very tough road ahead. The company faces an extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be good for its customers... [Dell's] ability to invest in new products and services will be extremely limited. Leveraged buyouts tend to leave existing customers and innovation at the curb.
The company also took aim at Dell's "significant debt load" and suggests that it is eager to execute "plans to take full advantage" to poach Dell customers "eager to explore alternatives."
The statement seems a bit comedic coming from HP, whose shares have fallen 66 percent in the past three years. HP has floundered in the mobile era, eventually
abandoning ship on smartphone efforts
fired or forced out two chief executives
in the past three years
, and its most recent executive, former eBay, Inc. (
) CEO Meg Whitman has cut the company's outlook three times already, since she took over in Sept. 2011.
The statements are not HP's first flamboyant comments in recent months. Since Ms. Whitman took over the company seems to be relishing its role as a melodramatic attention-seeker. Most recently it engaged
in a war
with former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch
, whom HP is alleging committed financial fraud.
Expect more groan worthy releases to land in months to come, as HP continues to lash about.
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RE: In opinion HP is the worst...
2/7/2013 1:37:57 AM
I'll take MSI. Mine's been ticking along nicely since 2010 without issues--and doing a bang-up job on 1080p gaming. My Sager (Clevo) bit the dust after less than 2 years. To be fair, it was the sh**ty Nvidia GPU that caused it (and causing me to foreswear any more Nvidia offerings)--but the point remains.
Even with the "cheap feel" of MSI's all-plastic construction, I can't beat the performance for the price. After M.I.R. I paid $1350 for an absolute top-of-the-line 15" laptop. Dell, HP, Apple, etc....won't let you touch that for less than $2,000.
RE: In opinion HP is the worst...
2/7/2013 2:41:51 AM
I was selling MSI laptops for a few years in small town of Romania, sometimes when we get good offers still sell. The thing about MSI laptops is that while having a cheap feel to them most of the problems were plastic related and not hardware, they tended to broke but while under warranty they were ALWAYS changed.
That motherboard that they pack in their laptops are incredible, out of 1000 pieces I've seen/sold maybe only 1 or 2 went dead with the chipset. Meanwhile, my colegue here who specialized in laptop repairs has on daily basis Acer, HP and Sony Vaio piled up for various problems.
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