We read articles by well-informed techno-pundits prognosticate about the era of the personal computer on its way to the exit door, I tell pray that not in the next few years, please.
I have just acquired an HP pavilion dm4-3055dx notebook entertainment PC powered with 2nd generation Intel Core i5-2430M CPU at 2.4GHz. It has a Turbo boost technology that jacks-up the speed to 3.0GHz. The Windows 7 professional 64-bit machine has its operating system equipped with Intel HD 3000 for graphics controller.
The notebook features up to 1696MB maximum graphics memory. It also carries an 8GB DDR3 memory very much expandable to 16 maximum memory of RAM. The 640 GB serial ATA 5400rpm hard disk provides plenty of space storage for files, even as I have two dedicated removable hard disks for the purpose.
For network and internet connectivity, the HP system is equipped with the following: a 10/100/1000 gigabit Ethernet LAN, high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n), bluetooth stereo A2DP, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI output port, 1 VGA (15-pin), Headphone-out, 1 Microphone-in. It is also 4G WiMAX mobile broadband ready to access the internet using a cellular signal.
The unit has a LED-backlit high-definition display with BrightView technology at 1366 x 768 resolutions. Actually, the dimension is about 13.3×8.9×1.3 (1.0″ front) inches, weighs 4.3 lbs. I liked the Beats Audio internal speakers and its HP TrueVision high-definition webcam. For my CD-DVD writing task, its got a multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW; and 6-cell lithium-ion battery capable of powering in excess of five hours (7 hours according to the literature that came with the unit).
And last but not the least, I wake up the unit, retrieve my emails, log on to Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, etc., using my designated fingers only thru SimplePass with integrated fingerprint reader. The ease is just so likeable.
And what about the end of the PC?
One of the engineers who worked on the original pioneering IBM personal computer machine, Dr. Mark Dean, expressed that the “PCs are going the way of typewriters, vinyl records and vacuum tubes.” Even as he noted that “no single device has taken the PC’s place, instead it has been replaced by the socially-mediated innovation it has fostered.”
Maybe he was presumably referring to the very popular demand for mobile computing and crave generated for the Apple Ipad and similar gadget.
Sales of personal computers in the western countries may have suffered a considerable slowdown, but lift your focus to the east for some encouraging development. China’s consumers and businesses continue to generate more than encouraging upbeat on computer sales. While the west is shifting interest to some other mobile computing gadget, the east lagging behind are just arriving in droves for the PC.
The PC era is ending. Long live the PC.