At Computex, PC industry still fishing for ideas

At Computex, PC industry still fishing for ideas

Summary: Two-in-one devices, hybrids, Intel juggling Android and Windows are the common themes at Computex. Sounds like a replay of the PC industry's last two years.

TOPICS: Hardware, Dell, Lenovo, PCs

Dell, Asus and Hewlett-Packard are busy launching new systems ahead of Computex and Intel is touting its latest greatest chips. The PC industry is also trying to bridge work and play and create hybrid devices that'll land customers.

Asus Transformer Book T300 is thin. Is that enough? Credit: Aloysius Low

Sound familiar? You bet it does. These launches could have been at CES. Or Computex last year. Or any conference or show in between. To wit:

  • Dell launched Venue Android tablets and followed up with an Inspiron 2-in-1 devices that resemble Lenovo's Yoga, says Dan Ackerman at CNET. Hybrid hinges are in. Ackerman said:

If that sounds familiar, it's because the same basic design idea started with Lenovo's popular Yoga series (also available in an 11-inch model), and was later adopted by HP, Toshiba, and others, including an oddball flat-keyboard variant in the Dell XPS 11. Like the Yoga and its ilk, the Inspiron 11 is best seen as a good full-time laptop and decent part-time tablet.

In the end, the PC industry still looks like it's fishing for ideas. Microsoft's Surface 3 seems to have good positioning, realizes what it's aiming for (the MacBook Air) and a unique spin on the 2-in-1 device. The big question is how big this 2-in-1 market will really be.

Topics: Hardware, Dell, Lenovo, PCs

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  • Sounds like a replay on the PC industry for over a decade.

    We've been seeing these hybrids, and transformer type TabletPCs since 2001 when Gates first introduced Windows XP Tablet PC edition. We've seen slates/tablet PCs/Origami, UMPCs, and the multitude of laptops with convertible touch screens in the market. All based on the flawed idea that general PC users want their productivity laptop to be their consumption tablet 'device', an all in one and running Windows.
  • 81.6 PPI is not ultra sharp

    The new Dell Ultrasharp monitor has a 27" 1920x1080 16:9 IPS screen. 81.6 pixel per inch is not exactly ultra sharp. It's an HDTV without a TV tuner, not a computer monitor. It costs $420 with a discount. In comparison, Newegg's best rated 27" IPS monitor, HP Pavilion 27xi, costs $300.
  • Omitted from this article

    is coverage of Dell's Ubuntu/Win8 Inspiron hybrids:

    "The Linux-based Ubuntu OS is finding its way into tablets with Dell’s latest Inspiron hybrids, which can function as tablets and laptops.

    The PC maker is offering Ubuntu as an OS option alongside Windows 8 on its new hybrids, the Inspiron 11 3000, which has an 11.6-inch screen, and Inspiron 13 7000, which has a 13-inch screen."