Windows 8 to spawn a warranty nightmare

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):

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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.

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3 thoughts on “Windows 8 to spawn a warranty nightmare”

  1. I have tried Win8 in a VM, and think the Start Menu is horrendous, the combination of the faux-Aero and Metro styles, ghastly. It more or less makes Win8 unusable for me, and I’ll have to find ways to get Win7 licenses for my next PC builds or laptop buys, or else make sure I get one with a touchscreen.
    If it’s not a ThinkPad T or X series btw, it doesn’t really have the legendary reliability of the ThinkPad line. Otherwise, solid point there questioning the reliability of these convertibles.

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