Is the PC dead?
In this Investor Beat: Research firm IDC reports that global shipments of personal computers declined 14% in the first quarter. What does this mean for investors? Also, some stocks making big moves today.
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The speed and quality of PC are much better and can last 5 years or more.
1. No interfaces/ports for a printer
2. Insufficient internal memory, and inadequate office apps to do much real work.
3. Screen size either too small or, with larger screen, it's rather awkward and a little too heavy.
Forget 2 and 3, and maybe 1, also, if I'm traveling. A tablet is what I need to travel with--along with a mini keyboard.
Do I never buy another PC? Maybe not, until I can get 1 and 2 above with a usable screen size into a 1 pound package (battery included)--along with a foldable, or rollable, keyboard that weighs almost nothing. While we're at it--let's make the screen a rollable one, too, 11" x 8.5". Let's make the internal storage a 128GB SSD and have a USB port/s (at least 2) that takes another 128GB flashdrive (or more).
The motherboard and memory, with case, could be the size of a deck of cards, and weigh a half to 3/4 pound with battery lasting 10 hours. That's a system/s I'd buy to replace my PC's and laptop and tablet--and maybe my Kindle, too. About $500 for the package--no more than $750. If you build it, they, and I, will buy it!. Who cares if it runs Win7 or Win8 or Ubuntu, so long as I can have Libre Office or Open Office!?!
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