The Dell spokesperson also alleged that the NSW decision had appeared to gloss over environmental issues although a green focus was becoming increasingly important.
People might think that the NSW government had missed that opportunity to lead by example on the environment, he said.
Optima chairman, Cornel Ung, downplayed the fact that his company had missed out because it did not rely much on government notebook deals.
"We're mainly in the education market. So the impact will not be so great," he said. "It's not that significant." Pioneer Computers operations manager, Jeff Li, said he was disappointed but he wouldn't lose any sleep over the announcement.
"It's for cheapie notebooks - there's no margin," Li said. "But we were surprised we were not there. We believed we had the best one and the best price." HP and Acer had not responded to requests for comment at the time of press.