Llano is an interesting inception. After reading all the initial reviews it sounded like Llano as a concept was great but primarily suited for the mobile market. There is certainly some truth to this argument but I still don’t buy it. The mobile market has been supposed to kill the desktop for the last almost 10 years and arguably, it is where the biggest growth is but let’s face it, when it comes to doing some real work, I still prefer my old-fashioned tower with plenty of horse power and where I don’t have to worry about getting blisters on my lap if the darn thing overheats.
Seriously, the entry-level desktop market is a coveted market segment that is subject of the bloodiest fights between Intel and AMD. No less than 90% of all desktop systems are sold into this market segment and yes, there is the corporate user who is not supposed to use the PC for anything but Microsoft Office but there is also the non-corporate user who is simply not using any application that the PC does not support. Which includes some of the moderate load gaming applications as a prime example. In other words, if it looks ugly then what’s the point?
If it runs slow, what’s the point – er … If it runs slow and looks ugly, what’s the pointest? Yep, we avoid temptation. Here is the segment where Llano fits right in. You can actually play Dirt2 or HawkX without being embarrassed by your computer in front of the casual visitor who only wanted to show you something cool...
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