What do people want now in PC terms
It's a difficult time for hardware vendors, just how do you plan for the next 2 years? What I do know is not everyone is like me and wants to tinker with their machines. They just want something that gets them on line with a minimum of fuss. And so they should.
For Business, it's a bit more difficult, but there is one trend that's emerging and that it's attractive on so many levels to virtualise the desktop so that employees could in theory access the corporate image from anything. For business, running PC's for employees is an expensive distraction. If users bring their own kit in and access securely then everyone's a winner.
For consumers, someone looking after the health of their device is a minimum requirement. Why would my Grand Ma want to take an afternoon to clean up the registry. People will pay for this service.
Something 'like' the Chromebook model (though not the Chromebook) is the answer ultimately. You buy a device, log in and your away with all your previous work, photo's, etc . Drop the device down the toilet by accident, no problem, go to a vending machine, get another out, log on and your away. Need to access proprietary apps for work, log on to virtual desk top, multiple Vendor licences for work related applications, that's my employers problem.
So in summary, something with the format flexibility of the Asus Transformer, because you just need a keyboard, a removable touch screen as it's a great way to interact, and sub £200 so it isn't the end of the world when you lose it as all your data is elsewhere. Perfect, but not if you are a vendor as there is little margin. The OS? Who cares, so long as it lets me access a well managed applications market.
The only problem, is that although cloud devices and virtual desktop are here, the infrastructure isn't. WIFI is patchy and painful when out and about and 3G is not much better.
My problems are, I need the combination of;
- I have to use a Lenovo T410 with Win7 and Win apps as that's what my employer needs/wants
- At home I love my Netbook with Ubuntu and long battery life, it's fast, lightish and it just works
- I love my 7" Android capacitive screened device for messing about with and couch surfing
- I have to use a desktop XP/Linux desktop to cope with high end Photo processing