The personal computer industry is poised to sell tens of millions of small, energy-efficient Internet-centric devices. Curiously, some of the biggest companies in the business consider this bad news.
In a tale of sales success breeding resentment, computer companies are wary of the new breed of computers because their low price could threaten PC makersí already thin profit margins
The demand for secondary computers is on the rise and I certainly don't see it slowing down any time soon. Altough we've started seeing this already, we might be in for more competition amongst mini-notebook makers to develope something smaller and more energy and cost efficient than ever before. The article says that the demand for a mini-notebook like this might be up in the millions by 2012, which I believe is more than possible. It has already begun.
Industry analysts say that the emergence of this new class of low-cost, cloud-centric machines could threaten titans like Microsoft and Intel, or even H.P. and Dell, because the giants have built their companies on the notion that consumers want more power and functions built into their next computer.
While this may have been true when these companies first started producing the Personal Computer, technology has advanced significantly since then, and I'm going to have to agree somewhat in that power isn't what consumers are primarily looking at anymore -- at least your average one.
Looking for a replacement PC recently it was striking that laptops were giving a higher spec for much the same money as a tower system. With the added advantage that the whole family can watch the BBC iPlayer in the living room rather than gathering uncomfortably around my desk.
I have found that I am forced back to Windows by the need to connect peripherals. My little Asus mini notebook won't install drivers for my printer or mobile modem although it connects to wi-fi beautifully and boots from cold in a fraction of the time.