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Jul032012

The End of Upgrading and Repair

A lot has been written about Apple’s latest MacBook Pro with Retinal not being easy repaired or upgraded, but the fact that other manufactures have made the same move has not been brought into the light.  While Apple is a larger target that the fact that there is a movement toward users wanting more out of their laptops in overall performance is pushing this movement.  The average end user wants a longer lasting battery and a faster overall system, while reducing the system's weight and size for portability. This means that manufacturers need to find ways to reduce the weight and size, while still providing the performance increases that today’s users are wanting.  Microsoft announced it’s own new “tablet”  Microsoft Surface on the June 18th.  Surface looks like a tablet, but from reading spec’s and reviews of the new device it is closer to being a Windows 8 Ultrabook designed by Microsoft.  The form factor leads itself to not being user serviceable.  Asus and HP have also started creating portable systems that are following this trend.  It is now rather apparent that computer manufacturers are moving in the direction of the automobile industry and creating systems that will need to built to order with the user knowing that they will be replacing that system  down the road.  In most cases the manufacturers are giving you the ability to add more RAM, hard drive (including SSD), and upgrade from the base CPU.

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