02/07/2013, 11:31 PM
I realize the pc market is in decline, but I still think it is an important part of my tech life. Sure I get most of my data and info via my smartphone (so much so that the tablet is just a luxury, not a must have for me but I understand it's usefulness, particularly the ipad). However if I want to get any real work done, not just consume info, such as make a PowerPoint presentation, word processing, photo editing, video editing, databases, making music play lists, etc I still turn to the pc.
The notion that we are in a post pc world is a little misrepresented. I think people need the pc less than before because of mobile devices, But still need a pc for real work.
I think manufacturers are making mistakes in making budget pcs and mass marketing them expecting to make a profit. If I am reserving my pc for some of the things I mentioned above you don't want a budget laptop that can't handle photo or video editing, for example. This is where hp and dell are having some of their problems. Apple still makes overpriced computers but they don't flood the pc market with cheap crap that can't handle basic pc tasks (disclaimer: I have never owned a Mac and don't ever plan too, I am satisfied with the windows envt and dell is my preferred pc company, i just have always paid for their premium devices). The net book era introduced the notion of purchasing computers on the cheap, and these big pc companies fell into that hole, focusing too much time on cheap components and crap hardware and very little innovation just to make computers affordable.
Dell, HP and any other company that wants to maintain a presence in the pc market needs to realize that people don't need pcs as much, won't be buying them as frequently, so they might as well put on premium products and charge accordingly.
My two cents.
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