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Black Friday Looks Bright For Hybrid PCs
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anon4847084484
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anon4847084484,
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12/7/2013 | 10:04:06 AM
Re: contend
That's why I say, just get a Tablet and normal PC. There are so many great Tablets and if you read the right reviews at places like http://tabletreviewer.org you will end up witha  pretty cool device.
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11/28/2013 | 7:25:36 AM
contend
"Last year, there were a lot of people saddled with 3- to 5-year-old PCs, but many of them decide to wait out the Windows 8 mess. So now there are a lot of people out there saddled with 4- to 6-year-old PCs! The time is right for them to replace, I think. "

I think people are still hesitant about the Win 8 situation, i dont see that changing much with 8.1
mak63
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11/26/2013 | 5:44:50 PM
not yet for me
Yes, hybrids or the 2-in-1 (catchy?) are very appealing to replace an old laptop, and why not as a new tablet? Nonetheless, I am not ready to ditch my main computer for it. Even when she dies (probably soon), I will get another box, where I can customize (build) it to fit my needs.

Would I buy a hybrid instead of a laptop as a second device, if I've got the extra bucks this Black Friday or on Cyber Monday?
In a heart bit!
MFeibus
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11/26/2013 | 3:58:53 PM
Re: Hybrid ahead of its time
Well said, Shane. As you point out, no one is going to trash their tablet investment to buy a new Windows 2-in-1. If they're replacing an old PC, though, the 2-in-1's are compelling systems.

Last year, there were a lot of people saddled with 3- to 5-year-old PCs, but many of them decide to wait out the Windows 8 mess. So now there are a lot of people out there saddled with 4- to 6-year-old PCs! The time is right for them to replace, I think. 

 

 
MFeibus
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11/26/2013 | 3:47:24 PM
Re: Hybrid PC Vs. iPad
Laurie, I think there are more people looking to get a PC to do double-duty than the other way around. When the iPad first came out, there were a lot of proclamations calling for the death of the PC. Now, the iPad did deliver a few good body blows.

The vast majority of folks still want PCs. Those with tablets don't do as much on their PCs as they used to. So they've waited longer to replace their PCs than they would have had the iPad not appeared.

But they still don't want to be without a PC. And if they can get it to be their tablet too, so much the better. That's the allure of the 2-in-1's. At least, that's how I see it. :-)
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11/26/2013 | 2:51:49 PM
Don't forget users upgrading from older Windows XP PCs
Some people might be finally upgrading from older PCs running Windows XP. Now that many companies such as Dell are offering newer PCs with Windows 7 instead of the blighted Windows 8, maybe more people will bite and finally upgrade, knowing that Windows XP will be "going away" next April. The aad thing to me is that many of these older, still serviceable PCs will end up in landfills while they could still easily run say Linux in the form of Ubuntu and be used by many disadvantaged kids and familiies here in the US or abroad if only they would be made available to them.
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11/26/2013 | 1:19:26 PM
Which is right for you
It will be interesting to see how black friday sales pan out for tablets vs hybrid PCs.  The ease of having a compact built PC is very appealing, but also black friday shoppers are shopping for personal use and I feel that many will stick to what they know either a tablet or a laptop not a hybrid.  Which one is right for you?  Having a 5 year old laptop and a work laptop, I will be going teh tablet route.
Lorna Garey
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11/26/2013 | 11:08:37 AM
Re: Hybrid PC Vs. iPad
It's not just the cost of Apple devices, it's also how it does business -- extreme lock in, lack of open standards for both hardware and software (what's wrong with MP3?), and taking the concept of planned obsolescence to rather obscene heights.

How many connectors are in landfills because the company refuses to go with mini USB, as just a small example? Is a slight boost in performance worth the cost to customers and the environment?

For some users, like graphic artists, the app ecosystem makes a Mac a better choice. And at one point there may have been a security advantage, but I also think that is over, or ending soon, and Mac/iOS users are left with a false sense of safety. Unix is not intrinsically more secure than any other OS.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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11/26/2013 | 10:55:40 AM
Re: Hybrid PC Vs. iPad
I've seen this as well - people who refuse to buy Apple because they think they're being taken advantage of. However, I don't think that population has a large effect on sales (Or does it?). 
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11/26/2013 | 10:24:23 AM
Re: Hybrid PC Vs. iPad
I'd imagine some of it is moral. A lot of people just don't like the way Apple does business. Offering an alternative that's comparable is always going to sell reasonably well. 
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