News Bits: Dell Launches Idea Storm Site, Boxed Vista Sales Lag, Apple Sub-Notebook Coming

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Dell Launches IdeaStorm site for users to submit product suggestions

Dell has launched a Digg.com style site in which users can submit product ideas and suggestions to Dell, and then others can vote on those suggestions. The site is called Dell Idea Storm. Which ever suggestions are the most popular, Dell will consider as an idea they integrate into their product line.

Dell also unveiled StudioDell, a video sharing site focused on Dell issues. The site contains both company video and submissions from users. Comments are allowed on IdeaStorm but not on StudioDell.

Kudos to Dell for allowing more feedback from the public, it’ll be interesting to see how it works out.

Dell IdeaStorm Site

Studio Dell Site

Vista notebook shipments to take off in Q2

Since Microsoft is forcing branded manufacturers to upgrade all of their consumer notebooks to the new Vista operating system by March, the shipments of Vista-supporting notebooks will take off in Q2. Vista-supporting notebooks will represent over half of consumer notebooks shipped in Q2.

While notebook sales picked up significantly in Q1, only a small portion of shipments were Vista-supporting models. First-tier notebook makers such as Dell and HP will pick up Microsoft’s marketing strategy, but white-brand and business notebooks are not likely to agressively adopt Vista.

Read More (DigiTimes)

Boxed sales of Vista down significantly compared to XP

According to stats from NPD, the number of copies of Windows Vista purchased during the first week of sales was 59 percent lower compared to the first-week sales of Windows XP. Revenue was also down.

While sales of boxed copies were rather weak, PC sales jumped 67 percent during launch week compared to a year earlier. Although sales of Vista were not as strong as XP, the weekly sales of the new OS were five times higher than sales of Windows one year ago.

Vista’s average selling price was $207, representing a 65 percent increase in price compared to XP’s average selling price in its first week.

Read More (CNet News)

Apple expected to re-enter sub-notebook market

It has been almost ten years since Apple had an entry in the sub-notebook class. The last sub-notebook Apple introduced was the PowerBook 2400 – it did not even last a year.

Jobs is expected to launch a small MacBook to re-enter the sub-notebook market with. It promises to be a modern day PowerBook 2400, with a lot more to bring to the table.

Read More (Apple Insider)

HP not supporting dv2000t/V3000T notebooks with Vista audio drivers

HP quietly updated the motherboards of its dv2000t and V3000T consumer notebooks at Vista’s release. They changed the audio devices from the Conexant "Waikiki" HD Audio to a newer version. Users with systems that were not pre-loaded with Windows Vista will not receive audio drivers for their systems.

The dv2000t and V3000T were sold as "Windows Vista Capable," however without working audio drivers, they are not. Users of these notebooks are being told to use the audio driver from Windows XP, although the driver causes system slowdowns and lockups when used under Vista. In addition, it only works under Vista 32-bit.

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