Had Engadget taken about 5 minutes to go through and try to configure the baseline XPS One in a similar configuration as the PRODUCT RED version, they would have discovered several things:
- The baseline comes with Home Premium, which cannot be upgraded to Ultimate (at least, not through Dell).
- The baseline version comes with Works and not Office.
- If you click through on the baseline model, you'd see a page asking for your service plan. Note the fine print, which puts the product well on par with the PRODUCT RED version:
With the difference in price between Office and Works, plus the difference between Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate, plus the $200 off, it's actually a BETTER value than the base model.
So next time, Engadget, before you go shooting your mouths off about something, why don't you take a page from the people you guys try so hard not to emulate, and check your facts before you hit the "Publish" button. it might go a long way to building your credibility.
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