Why are HP workstations more expensive than Dell

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by myminitrading, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. Same components but HP is $300.00 higher and they dont pay for shipping. I have 2 Dell workstations and was looking at an HP 6400.
  2. They're quieter, IMO.
  3. just21


  4. gnome


    Probably because HP just charges more for the same components.

    I've generally thought all along that Dells were better priced for equivalent models.
  5. vikana

    vikana Moderator

    my experience is that the HPs are significantly more reliable. I've bought about ~80 Dells and 80 HPs for my development group over the last 4 years. After 2 years all but 10 Dells are dead. We've only had to replace 1 HP.

    All systems were the typical mid-range ~ $1000 systems, so nothing fancy or super cheap.

    I'm no longer buying Dell.
  6. dchang0


    There are several factors:

    1) Dell buys its components in much larger volumes and uses its considerable market muscle to squeeze its suppliers for lower costs.

    2) HP tends to engineer/design their own computers to a greater extent than Dell, who tends to stick to standard components (whenever possible) and whose designs are frequently based on oft-used templates. This one helps reason #1, above, because Dell could buy much larger volumes of, say, a given video card if most of its desktop models include that card. HP might have much more product differentiation in their computer lines and may lose the volume pricing advantage there.

    3) Warranty and tech support differences, as well as the difference in quality of these. For instance, you would pay more for an HP if they have more US-based call centers than Dell or better-trained support personnel.

    4) Uniqueness. For instance, one of the reasons I like to buy Apple and IBM laptops is that they are somewhat rare. Everybody's got a Dell. HP's aren't exactly sexy, but they are a bit rarer than Dells. Some people are willing to pay a premium for, say, glowing red lights (Dell XPS laptops) all over their machines.