When writing about Google’s Chromebook spectacular lack of success last month I said: “Nothing in the PC makers’ box of tricks works at the moment. Laptops and desktops are losing ground to tablets and smartphones on every front.”
So what are computer makers doing to correct matters?
Two fresh ideas emerged today.
At the Australian Financial Review Negar Salek and John Davidson report Intel is about to launch a next generation laptop with close to 24 hours battery life on a single charge. That’s going to help bring them close to tablet performance. It may not be enough to win customers from tablets, but it may bring forward upgrades from power users who travel with their laptops.
It is good to see some hardware innovation coming from Intel.
Meanwhile Engadget says HP’s redesigned business notebooks will sell in the US for prices starting at US$499. Going by past performance that means the computers will turn up on New Zealand shelves for around NZ$800 – a competitive price for a big brand business notebook.
For that price you wouldn’t see 24 hour battery life, nor will you get an SSD. However, a full Windows laptop for about the same price as an iPad will appeal to some customers – as always it depends on what you plan to do with the hardware.