September 18, 2003

Forced Power Cord Evolution

Category: Design

Laptops: I've generally been a big fan of Dell computers, but having just purchased my third Dell laptop, I can help but be infuriated by a small detail. Dell's insistence on changing the shape of the AC power cord with every new model is just plain rude. There's no reason other than a sneaky profit motive for Dell not to keep the same AC power cord year after year. Laptops may evolve but power cords don't.

Posted by Nick at September 18, 2003 09:37 AM | TrackBack

Comments:

damn that sucks, I was pleasantly surprised when the cords of my two dells purchased 2 years apart matched up, but I guess it can't last... Hoping Apple comes out with a hi res laptop by my next purchase anyway.

There is a larger stupidity here too, the fact that electronics manufacturers can't come up with a broad standard for portable power cords in general. Love to be able to use someone's Sony cord in a pinch, not to mention charge my cell phone off my laptop cord.

Posted by: Abe on September 18, 2003 04:33 PM

Not to mention that if there was a genuine standard, it would be possible to buy a new one for 50 cents, rather than whatever heinous amount of money the manufacturer chooses to charge.

Posted by: Michael Jennings on September 24, 2003 02:50 PM

The company I work for has had to change the power cords for the new products so that they meet new regulations for power cords used in medical environments (ie. a computer used in a doctors office.)

We sure don't WANT to change all our inventory and product codes. It's the regulations.

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