Is the Desktop PC Dead?


The desktop PC used to be so impressive.  I remember the days when processors were speeding up and the memories matched the internet flow via analog modems.  People spent about $2000 to get a desktop replacing the slower machines and Internet was taking off very fast.  The desktop used to beat laptops mostly because the upgrading possible.  The passage of time made the memory and processors fall behind and laptops had little remedy for this problem but desktop could add memory chips and even change the processor to live on for another year.  The happy days ended as the prices of laptops began to drop quickly.  The life of a computer became shorter and shorter and Internet lines faster and cheaper.  The laptop beat desktop when mobile became the norm.  The generation Y 18 to 24 plug into the net every waking moment and movement is necessary.  The rise of mobile brought new technology and applications.  The laptop fell behind but caught on quickly by beating the handhelds and the cellphones.  Today laptop is the king and even threatens the new (old) invention-The Netbook.  The laptop wins in every category against its competition and proves evolution determines the future survivors.  The weight has gone down.  The screen has got bigger and better.  The processor speed beats them all.  The memory and storage are impressive.  The connectivity is ridiculous.  I can list every single category and the laptop has beaten all devices and not only the desktop.  Is the Desktop PC dead?  I would say not.  The PC exists as  a form in the personal and business universes.  It maybe gone and dead for some of us and for sometime but the future may bring it back with new capabilities to make its place again.

from Lifehacker by Azadeh Ensha

Desktop sales fell by 23 percent last year across the computer industry. In the U.S., 80 percent of sales went to notebooks. Gizmodo declares the desktop dead, but we're wondering if you see a future for non-mobile systems.

Photo by coda.

Our gadget-focused sibling argues that a laptop can now do everything a desktop can do, only more simply, wirelessly, and with a negligible price difference. While they concede that graphics and hard drive performance, for the most part, are generally less costly across desktops, these differences are becoming less pronounced, so much so that "in virtually any scenario, a laptop is the sensible buy." We're going out on a limb and assuming that they're factoring laptop-to-bigger-monitor hook-ups in their world view.

Given how rewarding a built-from-scratch PC can be, we're curious to hear how our own—perhaps less shiny/new-obsessed—readers feel about the desktop computer. Can any application keep it a viable market force? What would it take for you to consider one over a laptop? Share your declarations, prognostications, and/or eulogies in the comments.


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