Is Higher Resolution The Only Hope For The Legacy PC Industry?

“The only hope for the PC industry is 4K, but 4K or UHD panels are still prohibitively expensive and it will take a few years before we see affordable 4K monitors in the 23- to 26-inch range.

Pricing is not the only problem, though. More resolution means more GPU muscle, which translates into more heat and less battery life. There is almost no 4K content yet, either.

Although websites might look a bit better on 4K, most sites simply don’t use high res graphics and until they start using high quality images the difference won’t be anything to write home about. We will get there eventually.”
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Nope. Higher resolutions can happen with ARM, x86/amd64, and GNU/Linux or Android/Linux. The salvation of the PC industry is */Linux. That’s the only way to reduce costs enough to improve price/performance for consumers. Businesses certainly don’t need 4K except for multimedia production and gaming. It’s beyond negligible return on investment for general use.

People will buy a second and third PC for their homes but only at a very low price, something impossible with Wintel. The world is demanding */Linux on ARM. Give the world what they want, OEMs and retailers. Stop being M$’s slaves.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Is Higher Resolution The Only Hope For The Legacy PC Industry?

  1. bw wrote, “So how does Apple prosper so well?”

    Apple sells to people who have too much money… The billions who now can afford IT can afford only small cheap computers not products from Apple. At one point Jobs stated he could not build a tablet for $500. The world is selling a lot of Android/Linux tablets for less than $200.

    There are enough rich people in the world to fund Apple’s adventures. There aren’t enough rich people to support Wintel in the manner to which they have become accustomed. It’s that simple. The elephant has out-grown the room and is a nuisance. China is about the only region still swigging Wintel but they are buying a lot more small cheap computers than Wintel.

    In the latest report, Apple stated they sold 4 million MacOS PCs and 83 million smart thingies. Apple’s MacOS PCs aren’t doing spectacularly well in the market. IDC shows them 10% of the US market in #3 spot but they trail ASUS and perhaps some “others” globally simply because they don’t sell what the world wants when it comes to legacy PCs.

  2. bw says:

    “People will buy a second and third PC for their homes but only at a very low price, something impossible with Wintel. The world is demanding */Linux on ARM. Give the world what they want, OEMs and retailers. Stop being M$’s slaves.”

    So how does Apple prosper so well? People don’t really want to be seen as urbane and sophisticated winners who appreciate the finer things in life. The minimalist approach has never paid any dividends in business. Go big or stay home.

    Retailers are generally pretty astute when it comes to meeting people’s wants. If the retailers are not doing it your way, you should start to consider that your way may not be correct.

    Also, if you keep up with the slave talk, people are going to start thinking that you are a bit harsh and over the top. Better just to rail against their propensity to not save money as effectively as yourself. They don’t really like being called slaves or even called foolish. Try something milder, like “unaware”, and work to educate them more proactively.

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