HP Can't Get Out Of The Commodity Trap
By Dana Blankenhorn: Think of it as Moore's Law in action.HP (HPQ) is in a commodity product trap from which it can't escape. Talk of it being undervalued is thus premature.You can see the problem with its new product line.
- Intel-based Ultrabooks (no hard drive) priced starting at $749.
- AMD-based "Sleekbooks" at $150 less than that.
- New styling for the standard Pavilion laptops with prices starting at $549.
- A new printer-scanner, called the PhotoSmart, priced starting at $129.
These are commodity products, with commodity prices. They are not exciting. They are not new or different. They are not an ecosystem,Complete Story »