There is an impressive progression of technologies in this age. However, some critics claim that PCs are dinosaurs, laptops and desktops have become sexier, faster and smarter.
For every blue screen of death, there are heaps of technological improvements driving the PCs into the virtual reality era, 4K video and 5G connectivity. Here are the top 6 technologies and PC trends for the 2017 year.
1- The VR PCs on your head
VR devices will come in many new shapes and sizes; some will act, essentially, as PCs that fit your head.
Dell, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, and HP will launch headphones with mixed realities, which will allow users to interact with 3D objects that appear as superimposed floating images on a real background.
In addition, the devices will provide a new level of interaction between humans and computers, making it more fun than ever to create 3D objects, play games, watch movements and have interactive Skype calls.
2- Storage prices will rise
SSD prices are rising because of the shortage, and that could cause an impact on the prices of laptops, 2-in-1 computers, and storage.
For example, the Dell XPS 13 with Intel’s Kaby Lake chips and a 512GB SSD is not available at this time.
Other laptops with 512GB SSDs have incredibly high prices. Most PC manufacturers are offering 128GB or 256GB SSD on the default computers.
3- Talk to your PC
The dispute between Apple’s voice-activated assistants -Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s assistant and Cortana from Amazon-could become more interesting next year.
Users will be able to say Cortana commands allowed for Windows 10 PCs from a greater distance, thanks to “Far-Field Voice Recognition” technology in which Intel and Microsoft are working.
4- AMD increases chip battle with Intel
A healthy rivalry will bring good news for PC users, and some will decide to move from Intel to AMD.
According to AMD, Ryzen is 40% faster than the current PC chips; which, in writing, is impressive. The chips will first appear on gaming computers, and then on conventional laptops and desktops.
5- ARM-based Windows laptops, again
The first attempt by ARM computers, which were run on Windows RT, was an absolute disaster and left many users skeptical of the idea.
However, Microsoft has not given up, especially now that the 5G is starting to come true and cell connectivity in PCs becomes essential.
6- Pretty screens, 4K and HDR technologies
Laptops like the Lenovo XPS 13 and Yoga 910 have very nice displays; a feature that can be included in more laptops next year.
In addition, 4K displays and HDR (high-dynamic range) technology will make games and movies look stunning.
HDR results in more vivid images; and the TVs, cameras, and monitors that support this technology are now available. Netflix is also betting on HDR.
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