New «Always-On» Mini PC

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  1. srobert macrumors 68020

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    What do you guys think of this computer.

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    It seems to stand halfway between a laptop and a PDA.

    I like the "secondary display and control unit" idea. It's on the back of the display. I could easily see a mini ipod like display and wheel embeded on the back of a powerbook screen.

    Ok, it's windows, but for once I see cool features and ideas and not only useless gadgets and gizmos.
     
  2. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Cool idea for those that Windoz.

    Even I would consider one from Apple. An iBook Mini. Of course we would have to hear how at $100 or so dollars less then the iBook Apple is nuts.
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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  4. Stelliform macrumors 68000

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    What a cool idea! Oh wait, my 1Ghz TiBook does the same thing. ;)

    I have to say the instant on ability of the Powerbook is one of the reasons that I switched. It saves me tons in time that I used to spend waiting on my PC laptops coming out of sleep. . .

    It is cute, but I can't see this getting very far. The keyboard looks like a pain to use.
     
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  6. srobert thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The keyboard do look like it's a pain to use. And yup, a powerbook is far better. But this thing is quite small and light. I'm not saying it's a killer product. I don<t even think that it's a full fledged computer. I'm just pointing out that there are some good ideas in that concept.

    Hmmm... wonder if we could use this on a powerbook. Remember that I'm no John Ive or ergonomics expert. If you have a better idea, feel free to ask me for my original photoshop art.


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  7. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Good start. though to fit the size of the Vulcan computer the iPod screen and "wheel" need to a bit larger.

    Though you hit on something I was going to suggest. An iBook/Ipod mini type of solution....

    But that would require a 40 or 60GB HDD IMHO.
     
  8. srobert thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hehe, I know. But I was vizualizing a full size powerbook/ibook with the screen and wheel.
     
  9. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Sorry abit of a newbie here... forgot....
     
  10. srobert thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Post removed (not thread!): It was no longer pertinent.
     
  11. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    ????!!!

    Now I am totally lost here....

    OIC now.... keep in mind some of us operate on only 5 to 6 hours sleep....
     
  12. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Seems like an interesting idea, but the fact is most things like this have failed; they're either too much of a pain to use as a laptop (keyboard not comfortable, screen too small, etc) or too bulky to carry around like a PDA.

    Even PDAs are a dying breed, being replaced by smartphones and the like, with laptops picking up the higher end.
     
  13. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Maybe given the right combination of features, this idea might just fly today.
     
  14. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    while usually very critical of Mac concepts, this one i like, the screen and wheel on the exterior. Of course Apple would make it look a little classier, but good job overall... This could be a key component of an enterprise division, a subportable laptop that could say, run a presentation while closed, using the exterior controls; connect wirelessly to the company's network... and eliminate the need for a PDA *and* larger laptop... if it was priced right, they'd have something. Of course, big business markets have always been a trouble penetration spot for Apple, with of course the Newton and newton assistant dock thingie... but who knows... kids could carry their schoolwork around as a music player, having their homework at arms reach all night... it has a wide variety of uses in special markets, but none really for the average consumer. Still, if they did it right, the business and education market could more than sustain such a product.

    but, product described above is already on the market, and is compatable with PCs... something Apple would struggle with...

    paul
     

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