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    Are Desktop PC's obsolete?

    Have Desktop PC's had their day?
    See loads of laptop deals but hardly any for desktops..

    Do you have a laptop - or desktop?

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    I have 2 pcs and a laptop. I use my main pc about 90% of the time as I just don't like a netbook/laptop

    But my daughter use her netbook all the time and has a pc aswell, I say why not go on the desktop pc, but she always say im ok dad, I like sitting here
    Edited by: "philmitchell" 17th Nov 2011

    In my world, it's laptops that've had their day. Desktops and laptops are both fine platforms, and the advantages of desktops are numerous, what with their lower costs, greater flexibility, expansion and upgrade options and the like, whereas laptops really only have one advantage, and that's their portability. Problem is, they're not especially portable. Even the smallest and lightest laptops require conscious effort to lug round with you, whether it be in a rucksack or carry case or whatever. Phones meanwhile are constantly getting more powerful, growing bigger screens, getting better battery life, and amassing suites of apps that are more than enough for any day to day need. Plus, they're connected to the internet wherever you go, and require zero effort to carry.

    So, yeah. I totally envision a future, at least as far as my tech life goes, where I'll have one fully-featured desktop PC for when I'm home, and one high-end smartphone for when I'm not at home, or at home but on the sofa or in bed. 'Tis the best of both worlds, isn't it?

    Original Poster

    I'm the same.. I use my Desktop at home and the phone for browsing on the go.
    There used to be some really good deals for desktops posted but in the last 12 months it's been swamped with laptops... and not good laptops - just cheap slow laptops.

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    philmitchell

    I have 2 pcs and a laptop. I use my main pc about 90% of the time as I … I have 2 pcs and a laptop. I use my main pc about 90% of the time as I just don't like a netbook/laptop But my daughter use her netbook all the time and has a pc aswell, I say why not go on the desktop pc, but she always say im ok dad, I like sitting here



    its so you cant see what shes doing

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    dxx

    In my world, it's laptops that've had their day. Desktops and laptops are … In my world, it's laptops that've had their day. Desktops and laptops are both fine platforms, and the advantages of desktops are numerous, what with their lower costs, greater flexibility, expansion and upgrade options and the like, whereas laptops really only have one advantage, and that's their portability. Problem is, they're not especially portable. Even the smallest and lightest laptops require conscious effort to lug round with you, whether it be in a rucksack or carry case or whatever. Phones meanwhile are constantly getting more powerful, growing bigger screens, getting better battery life, and amassing suites of apps that are more than enough for any day to day need. Plus, they're connected to the internet wherever you go, and require zero effort to carry. So, yeah. I totally envision a future, at least as far as my tech life goes, where I'll have one fully-featured desktop PC for when I'm home, and one high-end smartphone for when I'm not at home, or at home but on the sofa or in bed. 'Tis the best of both worlds, isn't it?



    It's weird but that whole argument runs contrary to what I see happening.

    Desktops will become a niche product for power users whilst laptops will continue to sell more and more. Laptops will become more and more powerful, even though they already fulfil most people's everyday needs. Even if smartphones and tablets become more prevalent and useful, the home pc will probably still be a laptop. You talk about the laptop requiring a 'conscious effort to lug around', but most people already carry a bag of some sort. They also take up less space in the home which will become an issue going forward.

    I have a desktop, notebook, tablet and iphone, all have there uses just depends on which room im in when at home and what im doing and obviously outdoors

    FilthAndFurry

    It's weird but that whole argument runs contrary to what I see … It's weird but that whole argument runs contrary to what I see happening.Desktops will become a niche product for power users whilst laptops will continue to sell more and more. Laptops will become more and more powerful, even though they already fulfil most people's everyday needs. Even if smartphones and tablets become more prevalent and useful, the home pc will probably still be a laptop. You talk about the laptop requiring a 'conscious effort to lug around', but most people already carry a bag of some sort. They also take up less space in the home which will become an issue going forward.


    I'm with F&F on this. Got 5 desktops running as servers which I never get anywhere near if I can help it, just use VNC. Laptops are more compact/convenient and using remote control they can harness the power of better machines without having to put up with the irritating noise.

    I hardly ever use my laptop. The only time it got used was when I was away from home for a few weeks. I much prefer sitting at my desk when using the internet than on the sofa and balancing my laptop on my knees.

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    Desktops are on their way in the home environment. I don't know a single "casual" pc user with a desktop.

    dcx_badass

    Both, not obsolete and won't be due to laptops been so much slower.



    I am not sure this is true. Top spec laptops now are very quick. I have middle of the range laptops and they are really fast.

    Desktops are generally more expensive than laptops nowadays. The only thing I can see them having more than a laptop is the disk space storage size, which for me isn't a problem as I tend to delete most of my stuff as I wouldn't want to be caught with them on me disk drive.

    IMO i think that desktops are Phasing out a little bit. It's down to the individual picking the right tool for the right job. Desktops are handy for work, it's not really practical to work long term on a laptop. But I feel the laptop is also becoming impractical for general browsing or casual gaming, as they are not always that portable in today's environment whe we are used to having the info and technology at our fingers at all times.

    I can't see desktops disappearing soon, purely for the work aspect.
    The portability argument for laptops is poor because of tablets.

    I have one hub desktop, a 27" iMac which I cannot see me getting rid of any time soon. I use it to work, stream and sync to our other devices.
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