Pjotr wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:02 pm
Note that the brand name is fundamentally just a sticker. The big OEM's all buy their parts from just a few big manufacturers. All they do is fitting those parts together.
Pjotr wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:00 am
As said: all big OEM's are essentially assembly shops. They buy their chipsets and other components from just a few big manufacturers (mostly based in South-East Asia), assemble them, scatter some branding marks (stamps on the motherboard, BIOS adjustments, casing stickers) and Bob's your uncle.
I have already addressed this and, as I said, you are very mistaken.
They don't "scatter some branding marks". They design a product which is their design and their product. The fact that in this product they incorporate some industry standard components is irrelevant. It is their design.
When a car manufacturer designs a car they will use standard parts like tires, alternators, light-bulbs, etc and they will design things like the gearbox in cooperation with a gear-box manufacturer who will then manufacture the gearbox. The fact that a Ford model incorporates industry standard parts and other components made by other manufacturers does not mean Ford is "just an assembly shop which scatters some branding marks on their cars". Unless the phrase is completely meaningless.
By the same token, when Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, etc. design a computer they may incorporate industry standard parts but it is their design for wich they are responsible, not the manufacturers of the components. They will have a proprietary motherboard manufactured by a mobo manufacturer (duh!) but it is their responsibility.
You are buying an ACER (Dell, HP, whatever) computer which is guaranteed to work by that manufacturer who cannot say "if you have a problem with the PSU you can take it up with the PSU manufacturer". Just like when you buy a FORD automobile and it turns out to be crap you would sue Ford and not the manufacturer of the transmission that failed so badly.
We have to be careful with generalizing though. A manufacturer can go for the low end of the market and build cheap products all the time but it may also be that you just got a lemon or that a certain model line has certain problems not present in the others.
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