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HP Getting Out of the PC, Laptop, and Tablet Businesses

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I like my HP laptop. For about $1500 I have a 17" system that's more powerful than a 17" MacBook Pro, with similar aesthetics. It also includes some nice features like a slot loading Blu-ray player. I was planning to buy another HP Envy for my wife since she always wants to borrow mine. Now, that doesn't seem like a good plan. Laptops frequently require vendor specific drivers. If you want to play games, losing support for video card driver updates is a serious problem. I don't want to end up with hardware that I can't use because I can't get newer drivers.

Apparently HP is getting out of the tablet business as well. This move actually drives me away from their laptops more. Dropping the WebOS platform from under their new tablet means there won't be any 3rd party development for the platform. They've basically killed it before it had a chance to start. It's also a cruel move to pull on the customers who did buy their tablet. Showing such a lack of regard for the consumer doesn't make me feel confident buying a product I'll rely on them to support. That includes laptops, tablets, and phones.

Desktop PCs I'm not so worried about given that the drivers are pretty generic. I normally wipe the desktop systems clean and install the generic drivers anyway. As long as they honor the hardware warranties, I don't expect to have any trouble with their desktop systems.

I've found myself buying a lot of HP hardware lately. The horsepower you could get from an HP desktop or laptop in the $1100 to $1500 range has been impressive in the last couple years. I hope to find out they've changed their minds about the desktop and laptops. Unfortunately, this reduces my confidence buying their products. I may have to shift to a MacBook Pro or Alienware laptop for my next system. On the other hand, I'll be looking for good sales on their hardware. It might be worth taking a risk if they discount their systems to clear inventory.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2011 16:03  


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