Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fujitsu Lifebook 2013

It's the Voltes V of mobile information technology: a tablet, a cell phone/mp3 player , digital camera, which, when their powers combine, turn into a laptop/notebook. This is still in the concept/design stage, but it could very much become reality very soon.

Photo (obviously) from 9gag

While this is all cutesy and high-tech, my biggest gripe is that all of this seems a bit forced. Case in point: the laptop would not have a keyboard. Instead, it will have the tablet plug in and sync with the main laptop body, with typing done on the screen of the tablet which will convert into your standard QWERTY keyboard. This poses a big problem for touch typists, who will definitely find it difficult to type without palpable keys.

I appreciate how companies are continually pushing the boundaries of technology, but a lot of these initial groundbreaking releases are often based merely on novelty. These are signs of things to come, I guess. They offer a glimpse of what future technology will offer, rather than provide decent functionality. As with the first generation Macbook Air which only feature was being thin, the Fujitsu Lifebook 2013 will probably just be a precursor to more more well-rounded hardware in the future. 

The problem with all-in-one devices is that they are jacks of all trades and masters of none. Packing too many features in a device while trying to minimize size and weight always leads to some compromised specs. I'm sure this will be the case with the Fujitsu Lifebook 2013, but it will nevertheless attract numerous "social techies." This is a term I invented just now, to describe the iPad, iPhone, Facebook and Twitter crowd which focuses on "porma" and style rather than functionality and price, as opposed to the actual "geeks" (and I use this term nicely and with respect) who require higher technical specifications when shopping for their computers and other devices.

In the end, I'm not really excited for this new gadget megazord, but I'm sure all the cool kids will be asking their yayas to fall in line for it.

Daniel Luis Convocar
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