In an interview with The Verge, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tang talked about the so called “post-PC era.”
“It’s been a long time since anyone’s been passionate about a PC. HP’s doing a horrible job with it. Dell’s doing a horrible job with it. They just don’t want to do anything with the PC anymore. Look, HP tried to get rid of their PC division and Dell said ‘we’re not a PC company anymore, we’re now an enterprise company.'”;
He also talked about why Razer has been successful
“It makes absolutely no business sense. It’s a thin margin business. But for us, we’re building products that we want ourselves. And the fact that when we launch a product, for a company as small as ours, and we get so much attention as we did for the Blade two years ago — and we’re still getting attention — it’s not a matter of extending our brand. It’s just us building products people really, really want.” People nowadays still want phones and tablets, but they still want PCs too. What consumers don’t want, however, are the sorts of computers HP, Dell, and other major players are putting out are putting out. Our focus has always been to build great products. We don’t have a great profit margin, I’ll be candid about it. But is it fucking cool? Yeah, it is.”
I think Razer is really one of the few OEMs trying to push the envelope with PCs. And ultimately their CEO is 100% correct. HP and Dell really have nobody to blame but themselves for their declining fates. For years the bloated their PCs with crapware and focused on pumping out profit instead of premium products. Instead of innovating they just took Microsoft’s OS and slapped it on to the cheapest box they could. I really hope that Microsoft w/ their Surface, along with good OEMs Razer and Lenovo kill off Dell, HP, Asus and Acer.
Read the full story over at The Verge, full of the usual anti-Microsoft bias, but in between it there is an interesting read.