HP's UK PC boss: We're going nowhere
TouchPad's on fire since we cancelled it!
HP's UK Personal Systems Group head Paul Hunter has sent round an open letter urging calm on recent news that the ink giant is rethinking its PC strategy.
This was widely reported as "HP gets out of PCs" – not hugely surprising given IBM's similar strategy.
But Hunter said: "Let me be absolutely clear in saying that at no stage has HP said it is quitting the PC business. Three options are being investigated, and whether the company is spun off, sold or kept in the HP portfolio, the team in the UK remains committed to creating and supporting great products and services."
He stressed it was business as usual for HP in the UK.
Or fairly normal at least in a week when HP cancelled the Touchpad and immediately saw demand for the slabs go crazy.
Hunter said: "The sheer scale of interest in the discounted products took us a little by surprise. We are now working on ensuring everyone that owns a webOS device has a positive experience." ®
"The sheer scale of interest in the discounted products took us a little by surprise"
Hardly surprising. If tablets sold for less than what a decent spec full-size laptop sells for, then of course they'll sell like hot cakes! Even considered one myself at that price, and I'm a tablet nay-sayer!
Same with netbooks. They were popular when they were cheap and cheerful small Linux notebooks. Once they were specced up to run Windows 7, with a price-tag of a full laptop, they stopped being as popular. Industry insiders figured that noone wanted netbooks anymore.
To the contrary, people want cheap tech.
"Same with netbooks. They were popular when they were cheap and cheerful small Linux notebooks. Once they were specced up to run Windows 7, with a price-tag of a full laptop, they stopped being as popular. Industry insiders figured that noone wanted netbooks anymore.
To the contrary, people want cheap tech."
Sorry, your point was so good, I just wanted to quote it again.
Took them by surprise?
What planet are they on? When was the last time good kit at a cheap price didn't sell?
Most tards here have been saying tablets are too expensive for what they do. And this fire sale has proven it.
Funny - to spec up a similar Apple machine to my PC would cost 50% more (e.g. closer to 3 grand than 2) - and my choice of games would be seriously limited and, let's be realistic here, if you're spending 2 grand on a PC you're going to be gaming on it (and/or making or modding games perhaps and using 3d apps like Maya).
And the really daft thing is, if you're NOT going to play games on it then a <£500 PC will probably do you - in which case you're looking at maybe a 100% markup (or more) to get a Mac.
The ONLY point I can see in Macs is as an expensive niche device for people who want to use Logic Studio - I don't even think they're very pretty, the case designs look like something Lian-Li were doing about a decade ago and the OSX UI is well, grey - but for some reason Macolytes seem to equate the "PC" with Windows 95 in a biege box from 15 years ago.
Enjoy your lunch Mr. Troll.
No Shit Sherlock.......
"The sheer scale of interest in the discounted products took us a little by surprise."
DUH, slash the price of a half decent tablet and people will buy them well who'd a thunk it?