Happy New Year! So with 2015 here what can we expect to change in the tech world this year? What will be hot? What will not? What changes will we see? what new gadgets will we want? and what technologies will flood eBay as people try to get rid of them? Here are my predictions for 2015 in tech.
What will be big this year?
- Compact PCs – These compact powerhouses have really impressive stats made even more impressive by their small size. The Compact PC is ideal for attaching to your TV to give it functionality far exceeding smart TVs or the streaming sticks (such as Roku, Fire TV Stick, or Chromecast). Many of them will even mount to the back of your TV (such as the one we here at Computer Pro carry). The fact that they have a price-tag to match their small size will be the final thing to propel these tiny beasts into the spotlight.
- Wearables – This goes right alongside the compact PCs because everyone who loves tech loves how it keeps getting smaller and more functional. Part of that is integrating more features into smaller packages. That is why our phones do so much. Well this year will see a big push towards wearables, which are designed to be like a smaller version of your smart-phone, but built into something you wear, like a watch, a ring, or a pair of glasses. While these will likely not be everywhere by December, their presence will increase exponentially as the year progresses.
- SSD – SSDs or Solid State Drives are amazing, seriously, they are fantastic. You can read our write up of them here. We love them; and this year will see prices continue to fall. You can already get a decent sized one for under a hundred dollars and even the giant ones like the 1TB (1,000GB) continue to decrease in price. Their incredible speed and ever dropping price will make SSDs a must-have this year.
So what will fall out of favor this year?
- All-in-ones – This may be the last year for the beloved AIOs. While they do a fine job, the compact PCs just out-perform them. This combined with their lack of portability will mean that they will likely begin their steady decline this year.
- Tablets – This one I am on the fence about. While our phones are powerful enough that we no longer need their big brother version, also known as the Android and Apple tablets; the Windows tablets on the other hand, are essentially full computers but with extra portability, could very well continue to grow. They don’t take up much room and are powerful enough for nearly all tasks, and the fact that they run full Windows makes them a real contender. So tablets with a Full version of Windows – in, all other tablets – out.
These are just some of the exciting changes coming to the tech industry this year, and that is obviously not counting all the things that we don’t even know about yet.