You can say what you want about Windows 8, but the new OS is forcing a change in the way we use computers. Because Microsoft is moving away from traditional desktops and laptops, hardware manufacturers need to find a way to help consumers transition. Sure, you will still be able to use Windows 8 with a keyboard and mouse. But it just doesn’t seem natural anymore thanks to the revamped Graphical User Interface.
What seems even more unnatural is reaching out and touching your computer screen.
Try it. Even if your computer is not a touchscreen, pretend you are reaching out and moving tiles or pinching or squeezing a window to make it expand or contract. Talk about ergonomically incorrect!
So what’s the answer? Something’s got to give. Below are a few ways computer manufacturer’s have responded to this awkward love affair between an Operation System that begs to be touched and computer hardware that has traditionally recoiled against human contact.
How Hardware Design Is Adapting To Windows 8
Dell XPS One 27″ All-In-One Desktop
The Dell XPS One comes in both 23″ and 27″ models.
At first glance, the XPS One looks very much like the popular Apple iMac with its huge display, silver base and glassy black bezel.
But the side view shows the elbow and wrist that allows the touch display to be contorted into virtually any angle.
XPS 12 Ultrabook
This hot tablet / laptop is the best of both worlds. The new convertible market will likely soon be flooded with various models that can be both a tablet and a laptop.
Ultrabooks are generally thinner and more powerful than typical laptops, so this design is perfect for those who want the portability of a tablet and the processing capability of a laptop.
Acer Aspire U
The Acer Aspire U is very similar to the All-In-One Dell is offering.
The 23″ screen seems to hover in midair with the glass bezel and a kickstand that allows you to adjust the display 30 degrees.
Microsoft Surface Tablet
If the Windows 8 Operating System wasn’t a big enough clue as to the direction Microsoft wants to move, they actually went out and created their own hardware to run it. The Surface tablet is very similar to the iPad.
One attractive difference is the optional snap on cover that acts as a keyboard. For some, the one thing the iPad lacked was functionality. Many people just could deal with not having a keyboard. Microsoft Surface could lure in those who want to try the new Windows 8 Operating System and those that have been waiting for a legitimate tablet competitor to Apple.
This new evolution (revolution?), this unholy alliance between hardware manufacturers and a software juggernaut, has changed the way we compute. For those of us that insist on digging in our heels and clutching our beloved desktops must come to terms with reality. Your computer no longer wants to be seen–it wants to be felt, stroked, pinched, fondled and caressed. So when you’re in the electronics store trying to decide what new computer to buy, reach out and feel the future of computing.