Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2012 20:10 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The news I've seen coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show this year isn't particularly breathtaking or awe-inspiring. Phones, tablets, faster, thinner, yes, yes, we've all been here before. There is one piece of news, however, that stands out from the crowd. The best-selling TV maker in the US, Vizio, is entering the PC market. Stunning designs for both laptop and all-in-one - and buried deep within the press release lies the creamy nougaty centre that makes me want to buy one even more: a Windows 7 install optimised by Microsoft, free of crapware.
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RE: No, thanks
by MacTO on Tue 10th Jan 2012 05:49 UTC in reply to "No, thanks"
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I prefer the baroque shape of a violin over the boring shape of a triangle.


The thing is, minimalism sells. I'm guessing that it sells because it is the least likely to offend the taste of consumers, even if it is also the least likely to be aestheically pleasing to most consumers. Think of it this way: there are people who thought that Barbie computers were cute and there are people who craft wooden cases for their computers. While both demographics would probably buy something with a minimalist design, the Barbie girl is unlikely to want the craftsman's delight (and vica versa).

I want connectors, even on laptops, I want to choose my keyboard, I want to move displays and set their height, I want to be able to change the hard disk.


If you want it, then buy a machine that fits those criteria. This computer is definitely meant for someone else. It is likely meant for someone who wants something that they can buy without fretting over details, and will plug their camera or iPod into the computer every few weeks. It isn't meant for people like you or me. They probably don't want what we want either. As long as the market can address the needs of different people, there is nothing wrong with that.

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