As time goes on, any technological development will be refined and re-refined until it is automatic and can be operated by a trained monkey – and then it will be honed some more. As easy as we now find it to operate a personal computer, there was a time when it required a great deal of messing around to get it initially set up, and in many cases every time you turned it on.
These days, you can take delivery of a personal computer one moment and be doing whatever you feel like with it ten minutes later. Many of the newer models do not even require much connecting, coming as many of them do with an integrated hard-drive and modem, so that you can switch everything on with the touch of a single button.
This appeals to users who would previously have found computers difficult to “get into”, as operating instructions have a tendency to resort to tech-speak at very short notice. However, it is something that may put off the more tech-literate users, as this level of usability comes at the expense of choice – you have no say in the software package that comes with the computer.
A “PC in a Box” may well be just the thing for a first-time buyer, but if you are more computer literate it will often be cheaper and more beneficial to put the system together yourself, even to the point of buying components from different sources to get things just right for your needs. This is something that is quickly learned as time goes on.