Thursday, November 01, 2007

Wal-Mart's "green" PC

Wal-Mart has added a $200 CPU to its line-up that it touts as being "green". Mainly, it's called green because it is designed for low power consumption. Sounds like a good thing, right?

There's a reason why it has a low power consumption... it's a low-powered PC.

I expect this to be off the shelves soon. The typical person that would buy their cheapest PC possible at a Wal-Mart isn't going to understand why it won't do a lot of things. It runs on a version of Linux, it only has 512mb of ram and a 1.5ghz processor. It can't even run World of Warcraft. Given their other estimations of the typical customers TechQ, I'm surprised they can't see the problems coming.

This PC might be good for the tech savvy person who wants a machine on the cheap to do a project with, or just wants it for limited applications and understands it's limitations. It won't be good for Joe-Bob Cheapskate thinking he's get a PC for his kids at a bargain.

I forsee many returns of this product. Many returns.


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Blogger KNH said...

I tagged you for a meme, if you're up for it!

12:13 PM  

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