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CES 2012 - Is it a PC Apocalypse?

posted Jan 30, 2012, 11:31 PM by Darryl Giors
Reports from this year's Consumer Electronic's Show confirm that the PC is losing favor to portable devices such as cell phones, tablets and e-readers.  PCs were present, primarily in the form of Ultrabooks, an Intel spec for notebook PCs focusing on thin and light without sacrificing performance or battery life.

All told the hottest PCs of late are portable, thin, light and have great battery life.  Even though many of the new Ultrabooks featured screens up to 15" in size, some are as small as 11".  The trend is to get closer to the characteristics of tablet devices which offer screens of 10.1" and smaller, are usually thinner and lighter than a notebook PC and have battery life that often last hours longer.

The question remains: Is the PC era coming to an end?  My opinion is that PC computers will remain a vital part of businesses and the tool of choice for productive individuals.  However, portable devices are eating up the mainstream consumer market.  They are at heart consumption devices for watching video, browsing the web, reading books, playing games, checking email and doing some social networking.  The mainstream consumer will write some emails, share some photos and videos, post to Twitter and Facebook.  Portable devices work well for the occasional bout of typing required for those activities.  However, when it comes to serious creative work and multitasking the PC is a more fitting solution because of a physical full-size keyboard and the ability to multitask well.

Post a comment and let me know what you think the future holds for PCs.