Windows 8 Hybrid Laptops Will Be Scarce Through The Holidays
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:04 AM
I just bought a Dell XPS-12 for January delivery. I didn't think once about buying an iPad instead because I am replacing a laptop, not buying a toy to watch Netflix and send Instagrams. I need to run Microsoft office, and VPN into my corporate network. And I also want a touch screen and apps. I can only get that from a Windows 8 machine. So I will wait for my XPS-12, and I expect a lot of other folks will do that also.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:19 AM
I have an iPad and an Android tablet. I just bought a Microsoft Surface RT last month, and I love it. The iPad and Android are great consumption devices, but the Surface (and I'm guessing other Windows 8 products, especially the hybrid type) is a true productivity and consumption device. I may take my iPad off the shelf for the occasional game that isn't available on Windows 8, but other than that, I've passed it along to my kids for watching movies.
I can see why the hybrids sales are outstripping supply. For the first time there is a device that is designed for both consumption and productivity. I just wish it hadn't taken so long for Microsoft to get it.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:30 AM
iPads are expenive toys. Real professionals need a PC.... for MS Office, VPN, no compromise web browsing, a decent keyboard, etc.
The reason hybrids are in high demand is because consumers CAN compromise on how they consume media (true, for this purpose an iPad is better than a Windows 8 hybrid). But they CAN NOT compromise on their work.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:40 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:22 PM
Please do not accuse me of being an Apple fan boy. The last time I used a Mac was 1984, I believe. DIe-hard Windows user, just calling it as I see it.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:00 PM
why? because you can still get 500 super productive laptops.
Remember the selling point of these devices is not productivity...its touch.
So when people can get cheaper touch devices like the ipad and nexus 10 which are also more portable and when people can get cheaper productive devices obviously sales of the 1000 dollar machines wont be as good as the above mentioned devices.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:09 AM
If demand is tepid, how successful can the form factor ultimately be? You're stating as fact that there's little demand, so why should manufacturers flood the channel with hardware that you're claiming they won't be able to sell?
"An HP spokesperson told PCWorld the company was “experiencing an imbalance between supply and demand in the U.S.” for the Envy x2."
I think you're suggesting that I interpret this vague statement to mean that demand is outstripping supply. So there is demand? You're painting a confusing picture here.
"When asked about reasons for the XPS 12 delays, Dell wouldn't comment, saying only it is “encouraged by the strong interest in the XPS 12.” "
Really? I thought it was established as fact that demand is "tepid."
"The computer maker also says anyone wanting to give an XPS 12 for the holidays can purchase the convertible laptop and download a gift card that lets the recipient know a new PC is coming."
Gee, thanks Dell! Just what I always wanted for Christmas, an IOU!
". . . component suppliers in China and Taiwan . . . were hesitant to ramp up component supplies. “The sentiment around Windows 8 was overwhelmingly negative . . . ”
So it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.
What I don't think you touch on here is the pricing issue. Windows 8 hardware is consistently being significantly overpriced. I walk into BestBuy and look at tablets, and what I see is I can pick up an ASUS Transformer running Android for $399, while the ASUS VivoTab RT will run me $599. When I see that, I feel like there's some gouging going on, and I decide I'm going to wait for pricing to become more reasonable.
If Microsoft was serious about making immediate noise in the tablet market, you'd see the Surface at $349-$399 or even less, with the keyboard included, not $499 plus another hundred bucks for the keyboard. I think they decided to bow to the pressure and grossly overprice the hardware like the OEMs are doing. Whatever Microsoft's strategy in this market is right now, it's not particularly aggressive.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:43 AM
I loved all of it but this was the best part for me.