We are entering the end of an age. The days of the personal computer are almost over, as ViewSonic claimed as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations.
ViewSonic’s European MD Mark Lufkin prophesised that the “PC will disappear” as part of his run-down of the company’s upcoming exploits. In its place, smartphones, tablets and “zero-client” displays such as the company’s latest Android-powered VSD220 smart display will rule.
We might put this down to a case of a company simply doing-down a sector in order to big-up its products, but as a prime maker of PC monitors, the dwindling sales numbers of the PC world are something ViewSonic needs to worry about.
Mark Lufkin – an unlikely harbinger of doom?
Lufkin also says that Windows 8 PCs – presumably before they disappear with a puff of smoke – will be partnered with larger screens than ever before. Citing an unnamed source within Microsoft, Lufkin said that while the average PC user at present pairs it with a 19-22in screen, the average Windows 8 PC will be used with a 27in display. That’s getting on for TV-size.
There are a number of reasons why this isn’t an entirely mad prediction. As the numbers of people using desktop PCs decline further, the remaining stragglers are more likely to be “power users”, and the price of monitors has come down significantly in recent years. IPS-screen monitors are now available for little over £100, and plenty of 27in models sell for under £200.
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