Price: The Only Feature That Matters
Chris Lanier reviews what it's going to take to get Vista MCE to be a fully mainstream HTPC for most consumers, and surprise, it's Price that's the important thing. He has a nice breakdown of some good price ranges for different system purposes.
We need a few different price points as Vista gets here.
- $800-$900 – Cable Ready PCs. These PCs need to include OCUR-enabled BIOS’,
HDMI-HDCP video cards, 1GB of RAM, and at least 250GB of storage. They will not ship with Digital Cable Tuners
(OCUR), but will allow users to purchase them online at a later point and
connect them via external or internal USB.
- $1000-$1400 – These PCs need to include
everything from above with the addition of a single Digital Cable Tuner. A second Digital Cable Tuner should be able
to be purchased online. They should also
include at least 350GB of storage.
$1500 and up – These PCs need to include
everything from above with an additional Digital Cable Tuner (total of
two). They should also include 2GB+ of
RAM, 500GB+ of storage, and HD DVD or Blu-ray drive.
I see little reason that these price points can not be met
within the next month or two. Just to
make sure, I did a few customizations of standard shipping Dell and HP PCs
today. Here is what I came up with.
Read the rest here.