I’ve invited Walmart to spam my inbox with stuff they’re selling. Usually it’s fairly routine stuff“With an 8.5-hour battery life, the Hisense Chromebook keeps you going all day. The Hisense Chromebook features a textured lid for keeping a sure grip and a metal palm-rest to add structure and comfort while typing. Chromebooks are automatically kept up to date, so you’ll always have the latest virus protection, along with the latest features like Voice Search. Best of all, your Chromebook won’t slow down over time.
See Hisense Chromebook (11.6" Quad-Core Processor).” but, today, a link brought me to an 11.6″ Chromebook with decent specs for a young/small person who wants mobility and a keyboard and a screen much larger than a smartphone… for $149 USD.
That’s a game-changer, pocket-change, available to anyone on this continent, and it’s not pitifully weak, either. 2.5gHz quad-core ARMed CPU can certainly browse the web, probably as fast as the best smartphone and with all the ease of a notebook. Personally, I don’t like notebooks. Their keyboards crimp my style, but hundreds of millions are OK with that. 2gB RAM is marginal the way browsers work these days, but there are few websites that one could not visit properly with that. You just can’t have 32 huge pages open. Lots of folks have e-mail and FB open all day and not much more. This works for them. For those who need more, this is expandable to 16gB RAM! I’m tempted. I could shove Beast’s storage into a NAS or shift it into the server room and have more space on my desk, a lot more.
Such products can permanently crimp M$’s style, making M$ unable to interest the next generation who could well be the mainstream IT-buyer in a few short years. This is the end of monopoly pricing for IT for consumers. They’ve had it with paying what the market would bear with Wintel. They are used to getting whatever they want with smart thingies. Now, they can get the “new” legacy PC for little more than the price of the hardware, assembly and shipping. It’s a fitting development for 2015, The Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop. Expect such products to sell out and to be replenished as sales of “legacy” PCs slump. I visited Walmart today and did not notice any interest at all in legacy PCs. $149 will arouse a lot of interest even if it’s only a second, third or fourth PC in a home to avoid having to carry them around to the kitchen, bathroom, workshop, basement, laundry, bedroom, living-room. With such gadgets, an ordinary homeowner can have a PC in every room with less trouble than That Other OS and all its malware, slowing down ( Walmart even pumps that button…). Yes, the retailers are turning to bite the hand that beat them for decades.
I’m not the only one who thinks this development is significant:
See also PCWorld
See also, TechCrunch