re: Don't Give Up On The PC
I completely agree regarding transparency. I recently received a marketing brochure from a PC OEM. They were advertising a "slick looking" tablet running Win8. Even after skimming the brochure cover to cover, I could not determine whether the tablet was running Win8 RT or Win8 Pro, let alone what processor or how much free storage was available. They might have provided it via their web site but I tossed the brochure in the trash. I just felt like they were hiding something stinky and was very different than what they used to provide (complete specs, HDD size, processor, speed, RAM, ports, etc).
I disagree that this isn't partially Intel's fault. They have long gamed the system with a dizzying array of processors that makes it difficult for the consumer to determine exactly what they are getting (2nd gen, 3rd gen, core, not-core, hyperthreading, virtual capabilities, graphics speed...) Unless you go to Intel's site and compare spec for spec and actually have an idea of how an i-3, i-5 and i-7 differ and knowledge of Intel's fab generations, it's impossible for the average consumer to know whether a $499 laptop is better or worse than a $549 laptop. Casual tech people think the $549 is better but when you realize the $499 has a core I-5 and the 549 has a core i-3 with a bigger hard drive and more RAM, buying the best model takes on the smell of a cigar-smoking, Stetsoned, huge gold class-ringed, Mr. T starter-set gold chained, Tom Selleck chested used car salesman!