Listen, Microsoft. I’m one of the few people excited for Windows 8 to come out later this week. To be honest, the operating system looks like it was built for phones and tablets and only shoehorned onto a laptop, but it looks new/fresh/hip/what the kids are into, so until I’ve tried it on a PC, I’m happy to give you the benefit of the doubt.
That said, I’m a little concerned about the physical shells you’ve concocted to go with it. The Seattle Times technology blog describes
crazy new Windows 8 hybrids and convertibles PCs that flip, fold and slide into different shapes.
‘Crazy’ is not a word often associated with staid, conservative PC ‘design’, so let’s take a quick look at what you have in store (literally):
Photo samples taken from The Seattle Times technology blog
That is crazy. Way to be forward-thinking, Sony, Dell, and Toshiba.
Here’s the problem: I have a regular old Thinkpad from Lenovo (formerly IBM), considered one of the most reliable laptops available. That hasn’t stopped the left hinge from snapping twice in the span of two-and-a-half years of regular use, rendering the laptop effectively uncloseable.
And that’s just a regular open-and-shut up-and-down clamshell of a laptop.
I can’t imagine anything you just saw is an upgrade from the standpoint of structural integrity. These ‘crazy’ computers might look cool, but they also look like something else: a warranty nightmare. Or maybe just a clever new way to convince people to shell out for planned obsolescence.
Prove me wrong.