Size Ma ers?

HWM (Singapore) - - ED'S NOTE - Zachary Chan Ed­i­tor

I have a keen in­ter­est in the evo­lu­tion of per­sonal com­put­ing. We lit­er­ally have su­per com­put­ers at the palm of our hands in the form of our smart­phones. And they’re get­ting larger by the gen­er­a­tion. Think about it. We don’t even use the term ‘ph­ablet’ any­more, be­cause even en­try de­vices to­day are ph­ablets in size. Just like a Star­bucks bev­er­age, your small­est op­tion is al­ready a ‘Tall’.

On the ip side, for PCs, ev­ery con­ceiv­able de­vel­op­ment for nearly the past decade has been minia­tur­iza­tion. Think of In­tel’s ini­tia­tives like the Net­book, NUC and Com­pute Stick. The only prob­lem is that these are low pow­ered de­vices. High per­for­mance, gam­ing-grade PCs have tra­di­tion­ally re­sisted at­tempts at slim­ming down. Like mus­cle cars, they pride them­selves at be­ing loud, bulky gas-guz­zlers.

But that mind­set has been chang­ing. Per­for­mance is no longer val­ued at the ex­pense of all else. The race is on to be the slimmest and light­est. Aes­thet­ics have also be­come a key de­sign con­sid­er­a­tion—though we’d prob­a­bly all go blind in an­other year of RGB light­ing on ev­ery­thing.

In all of this, we’ve been at the thresh­old of con­ver­gence be­tween mo­bile and PC for a few years now. We’ve seen smart­phone docks and desk­top modes by mo­bile mak­ers, and con­vert­ible lap­tops with tablet modes by PC mak­ers. It’s clearly not a lim­i­ta­tion of per­for­mance, or the lack of, but each camp hasn’t been able to breach into the other’s territory...yet.

What ex­actly am I ram­bling on about?

I ea­gerly await the per­fect form fac­tor of the ‘One’ de­vice to be found, be­cause I’m quite tired of hav­ing to carry around and charge so many things ev­ery day.

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