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Tablets will never replace Desktop computing

  1. #11


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    Paradigms are changing, this is for sure...

    This reminded me of a tablet, the Dell Latitude 10. It's an enterprise oriented tablet. It wouldn't had sparked my interest if it weren't for the dock it has.

    What's interesting about it is that the dock allows for two monitors, high resolution and a separate keyboard and mouse. THIS, is what the change might shift into, a pure and true All In One device. Unfortunately, it has an Atom processor which is blasphemy to do real work with. But, if the tablet had an i5 processor and a dedicated graphics chip (wouldn't mind the additional bulk) along with a rich I/O docking base to allow for multiple monitors and more USB support, well then! A scenario could emerge that at a work place, you could bring your tablet PC, dock it down and do some real work with it as you would with a desktop with multiple monitors. Have a presentation to do, prop it up Surface style and connect it to the projector and use PowerPoint 2013 for a successful presentation. Ride home on the bus or train, pop on the keyboard dock and use it like a laptop. Get home, you might have that I/O dock with multiple monitors there for work you might have to do. When you want to read a book or browse content or Xbox SmartGlass with your 360, you can keep the tablet close to you.

    That is such amazing potential for the tablet PC, I'd love to see this happen more. I won't do it myself as I'm building a new desktop tower, but gee, this something so cool. As time goes on, more processer power and graphics power will definitely propel that. Instead of an i5, maybe go the i7.

    But I do agree, the desktop PC won't ever go away, as there are people that demand hardcore performance. I think of AutoCADers, Photoshoppers, gamers, and just general ridiculous processing needs.

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  2. #12


    Like I said, never say never. When they work out the heat problem of electronics, you'll be playing all sorts of games on mobile devices. Those tiny little electrons are the problem. Let's look into bio, shall we?
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    But I do agree, the desktop PC won't ever go away, as there are people that demand hardcore performance. I think of AutoCADers, Photoshoppers, gamers, and just general ridiculous processing needs.
    Who says that will require a physical desktop in five years? If a server can harness a high-powered GPU array to do all the video processing for a thin client or if all the number crunching can be done in a private or public cloud, is a physical desktop still necessary?
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  4. #14


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    who says that tablets are replacing desktops? how about blending the best of both worlds?

    I'd totally like a mix of touch and KBM. An example I can think of is Photoshop. I use Photoshop quite often. And one of the things I have to do a lot is zoom in and out of the photo. Why use the zoom tool when I can pinch to zoom in and out with my finger? Zooming with the KBM is a chore. hit "z". then click click click. then "alt". then click click click. the best KBM zoom is the mouse (hold the mouse button and roll left and right (I actually use a trackball)). but why do I have to get out of my brush tool just to zoom? I want to be brushing with my right hand and then using my left hand to occasionally zoom the screen.


    Same thing for a web browser. Right now, if you go on a website, its font size might be too small. Sure, you can set the font size on web sites individually. Or use a global setting. But that's cumbersome. And there are keyboard commands to change the font size. But sometimes you mean to zoom one website and you accidentally globally change it so the next site has an enormous font. No wonder there are add-ons for Firefox and Chrome on adjusting text size. Why not pinch to zoom?


    One of the reasons I got a TabletPC way back when was I wanted to be able to sketch on the go. But Windows was so clunky. So even though there were some gems (like the handwriting recognition and the ability to recognize pressure points), dealing with the Windows part was a chore.


    of course, touch wouldn't be for everything. that's why my phone still has a physical keyboard.
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    Totally agree.

    The size of the desktop pc has been the same since it was invented. The only change we can expect is how powerful desktops will become when so many new micro components can be stuffed with the same casing dimensions. Tablets have only evolved from the now obsolete palm pilots and the purpose will be more or less be the same... as Personal Digital Assistant.
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  6. #16


    Unfortunately, the title of this thread contains two extreme ly vague items: "tablets" and "desktop computing" -- so, everyone reading it will have a different perspective.

    I had a "tablet" at work for years -- and it DID replace the company-provided desktop PC. Why? Because it did everything the desktop PC did and more. Not only was it portable, but being one of the earlier tablets that used a stylus, I was able to replace my Day Timer with it, take it to meetings with me, and use it to hand-write notes. Lasted 5 years, upgrading from XP to Vista to Win7 -- getting better every time.

    But, that was an entirely different device than today's tablets -- which are largely multimedia toys. Some are now coming out with the ability to serve double-duty as a portable desktop PC, so in those cases, they are likely to replace desktops.

    Will tablet computing ever totally replace desktop computing -- for me, the answer is NO. Why? Because (1) I like using an actual keyboard to type -- touch screens just don't cut it for me, (2) I like having a lot of display real estate in a large monitor -- have a hard time seeing 1080 on a small tablet screen, and (3) I just get tired touching and dragging using my fingers for hours on end, prefer using a mouse to do this. From asking around, I find most other folks feel much the same way.
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  7. #17


    The answer to this question really depends on the individual. A few months ago, my home got burglarized. They took my i7 desktop and monitor plus a few other expensive electronic items. So, I started working with just my hp envy x2 tablet/laptop hybrid. Being a lazy person that I am, I haven't yet replaced my desktop. So, for the last 3 months I've been working with just my hybrid device. Took it with me everywhere I go. And having been forced into using just this device for work, I've found that I've gotten used to it. It does everything I need. Probably why I haven't found the incentive to buy or build another desktop.

    In the office, when we have to run some major computations, we could always use the company desktops. I work for an engineering firm. Other than that, the various computation programs that we use run just fine on my hybrid.

    So, I guess my answer would be yes for the most part. Because I've been forced to just work with my hybrid, I've been able to get comfortable with it and use it for everything.

    In fact, I'm typing this post really really fast with the envy x2 right now.

    What has really amazed me is now that I've been forced to use this device rather than my i7 desktop, I've had to use microstation and autocad a few times to view some files while at home. It works, amazingly enough. I didn't expect it to when I first got it. But if I have to do some heavy editing, I'd have to do it while in the office. This thing isn't powerful enough for me to do heavy editing with these power hungry software.
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  8. #18


    Sorry to hear of your misfortune, goodintentions. That must be quite a sinking feeling of violation!

    I hope all went well with your insurance company. As a builder I deal with them from time to time. Mostly fire jobs. I know how they can be. Low prorating is their game. Sometimes worse than the perpetrators themselves.

    Anywho, I hope all is well. Thanks for your story.
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  9. #19


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    My idea of desktop computing is having a physical mouse and a keyboard. So yeah, I agree. I don't think I will ever get used to typing on a touchsscreen.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Sorry to hear of your misfortune, goodintentions. That must be quite a sinking feeling of violation!

    I hope all went well with your insurance company. As a builder I deal with them from time to time. Mostly fire jobs. I know how they can be. Low prorating is their game. Sometimes worse than the perpetrators themselves.

    Anywho, I hope all is well. Thanks for your story.
    Well, to be honest I honestly thought burglary was out of fashion these days. You don't hear about it too often. Actually, my case would make it the first I know personally. So, yeah, I came home one day and followed my usual routine. Got some stuff out and ate dinner. Then went to my home office and was puzzled when I noticed my computer set was missing. Looked over to the left for my back up drives and they were gone also.

    They left the ipad and a couple other tablets in the bedroom and other places of the house, so I'm guessing they just came in and went out really quickly, grabbing the most obvious things in the office. Who knows.

    Yeah, I've cleared it with the insurance. Thank god I kept a backup drive elsewhere. Personally, I don't think there was any question of whether it was insurance fraud or not. My claim was relatively low. I would imagine insurance fraudsters aim for the big bucks.

    May I ask what you deal with insurance for being a builder? Like lost equipments and stuff?
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