Intel Quietly Launches PC.com

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Without as much as a single press release, Intel launched a new web site last week which, according to the site was developed…

“to provide you with valuable resources on computers and the amazing things you can do with them.”

They go on to tell visitors that you’ll only find Intel-based computers here, and if you don’t like that, go somewhere else!

“Throughout the site, you’ll find informative articles, news, and more. When you arrive in the “Shop” section, you’ll only find Intel® processor-based computers. If you’re interested in computers without Intel inside, we recommend you use a search engine like Google or Yahoo! to provide you with alternative online shopping options”

One has to wonder if this is a response to Dell starting to use AMD processors in some of their offerings.  But so far, it looks as though it’s a bit of an understatement.  I do realize that its a beta site, but my first attempt to use the “PC Matchmaker” which guided me to a notebook for less than $1,000.00, displayed a Lenovo R61 .  But when I clicked the “Buy Now” link I was greated with this:

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Of course they have a disclaimer that the information is “provided by a third-party compiler” (C-Net), but since the first one didn’t work I clicked the arrow to go to the second choice, also a Lenovo, which gave the same error page.  So I clicked to the third one, an HP Compaq Business Notebook 6710b, which surprisingly gave me the same Lenovo error page.  Oops.

Now I’m all for having a nice, simple place that just focuses on the PC and nothing else.  I have some confidence that they will fix the bugs, and since Intel is behind the site, they have little incentive to clutter it up with other peripherals, gadgets or other items unless the affiliate fees are too enticing for them, in which case, PC.com will just be another version of C-Net with a Red Plastic Skin.  Lets hope they are smarter than that.

Check it out at http://www.pc.com

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