Moving closer to a full release, the new Cotton Candy from FXI Technologies has hit the pre-order market with a $199 (USD) price tag. Now slightly more polished and flashy than earlier incarnations, the Cotton Candy has all the right looks to be the next “must have” gadget, but only time will tell if it has what it takes to hold up in the market.
It’s not going to pack the power that you get from a standard desktop, nor even your everyday laptop. With a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and the ability to plug into a USB port for extra power, the Cotton Candy will work as a full computer with any HDMI display. Once registered, the Cotton Candy will run on your choice of either the Android 4.0 or Ubuntu operating systems, obviously giving you a choice, but also showing that this micro PC is perhaps more comparable to a smartphone or tablet than it is to a full-fledged PC. At the price of $199, it’s again direct competition for smartphones and tablets. As mentioned, only time will truly tell if this becomes the next big thing, but for sheer size and portability, this would certainly seem to have the edge on most other options.
Having said that, my own personal opinion is that this is likely to be a brief and fleeting glimpse of thumbdrive PCs, as smartphones and tablets continue to evolve, making the PC itself increasingly obsolete. I will never give up my desktop, and I’m a staunch believer in the power of genuine computer towers, but there can be no denying that the everyday user is being given more and more opportunity to move away from the PC and into the world of mobile gadgetry. I certainly love the gadget side of things, but even if I wind up like the typewriter enthusiasts of old, being one of the few who keeps a desktop tirelessly whirring along in the background long after the market shifts onto the next hot product, I will be happily tied to my desk chair. A bit away from the point, but essentially: most people are likely to ignore this particular option, in my opinion, since laptops and smartphones/tablets will likely maintain their market positions and this new option will likely fizzle out or bow down to the next great fad. I’m still interested to see it in action, despite all of this!
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