Is This The End Of The PC As We Know It?

Mark Freire

9th September 2015

Acer’s new Revo Build PC could be bad news for all IT enthusiasts.

The basic design of the desktop PC is now over 30 years old. Every single year processors and specifications improve, but the basic concept has remained unchanged – an empty box full of individual boards and components held together by slots and screws. Whereas a tablet or laptop limits users to just changing a battery (if you are lucky), the desktop has always been easy to customise and upgrade by anyone with a little knowledge and a tiny screwdriver.

That is until now. Last week, Acer released a brand new desktop which could change everything. The Revo Build is based on individual modules which stack together into a single unit. As well as forming a single PC, individual modules can also work independently. The hard drive block for example is also a portable drive, and the audio block doubles up as a independent music player.

But could this simple concept really change the desktop PC for good?

It’s very possible. A modular system offers a number of advantages for both manufacturers and customers.

Easy upgrading.

Upgrading a modular system would simply mean swapping in a higher grade block. The old block can then form part of another system.

No IT support needed.

Business customers would no longer need to rely on IT support to solve many PC issues. Instead they can simply swap in a replacement module and send the old module off for repair.

Waste management.

Old PC components cause businesses a headache when it comes to storage and disposable. Modules are both easier to store and potentially simpler to send off for recycling.

Yet for PC enthusiasts and those working in IT Support, a new modular PC system could change everything. When car manufacturers started to ‘seal in’ engine parts it was the beginning of the end for amateur car repairers and independent mechanics. It was no longer possible to repair and customise their own vehicles and any fault usually involved a trip back to the dealership. Likewise for many in the IT industry, a new modular desktop system could remove the joy of building, repairing and customising desktop PCs. Rather than relying on IT experts to open up computers and repair the fault, businesses could simply throw away broken modules or rely on the manufacturer to repair them.

For those of us with fond memories of building and repairing our own PCs, the modular PC really could be the beginning of the end of an era. Love IT?

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