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No way will PC's die and be replaced by tablets

  1. #11


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Wyonna, it is going that way. Desktops are rarely being used by those of us that need a mobile platform for school and work. So what you are telling us, is that you are going to haul a desktop, keyboard, mouse and large sized monitor, when you have to go somewhere. I think not.

    I can get a decent laptop that could run circles around your desktop. If I wanted to spend that kind of cash. And the best thing is, that it would blow your desktop out of the water in how much faster it would run processes.
    Hi there
    I don't disagree with what you say about laptops -- BUT :

    If you need say 12 HDD's and 64GB RAM then your laptop is not going to be "very portable". -

    The Brits have a decent saying here -- "Horses for Courses" - although for anything even remotely to do with Horses I'd try IRELAND !!!! - especially for racing.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #12


    Sadly, I hardly ever touch my desktop anymore. Almost everything is done from my laptop, and then my smartphone.

    Gaming in one place where I would still need to be on a desktop, but I haven't turned on my gaming PC in over a year. Very little time for gaming, and when I have time I use my xbox360.
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Wyonna, it is going that way. Desktops are rarely being used by those of us that need a mobile platform for school and work. So what you are telling us, is that you are going to haul a desktop, keyboard, mouse and large sized monitor, when you have to go somewhere. I think not.
    No, Broe! I said:
    With that said, since I'm visiting a friend this week, the laptop is ideal for traveling and I can function fairly well with it. Still, if I have my 'druthers, I'm much happier on my desktop when I'm at home.
    Nowhere did I say I'd lug my desktop anywhewre.

    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    I can get a decent laptop that could run circles around your desktop. If I wanted to spend that kind of cash. And the best thing is, that it would blow your desktop out of the water in how much faster it would run processes.
    I've long since passed the stage of "my daddy can beat up your daddy" and as I said in my post, I'm well aware that laptops are as efficient as desktops. Since I own several desktops (for beta testing), two laptops and two tablets, I guess you could say I'm well qualified to figure out which computer is best, whether I'm at home or traveling.

    BTW, when I bought this laptop, it ran rings around the primary desktop I was using; however, my HP now runs rings around it!
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  4. #14


    At work, I have an office chair,a desk, and a laptop. 14" screen on laptop running 1600x900 and a secondary 27" display running 2560x1440. I type on the laptop keyboard and use a wired Microsoft trackball explorer mouse. . I don't need a zillion hard drives as I have servers to store my files. Makes it easy to move my computer to a conference room and take it home as I'm on call 24x7.

    But I also have two desktops that I use for running vm labs. They are on a kvm, and share a wired keyboard and wired mouse. These work better as I can run multiple hard drive spindles for better I/O.
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  5. #15


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    I
    can get a decent laptop that could run circles around your desktop
    That I would like to see - and of course for the same price as my desktop (including monitor).
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  6. #16


    Pittsburgh
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    Laptop vs Desktop Price Performance for $300-$500


    Why you may want a desktop instead of a laptop | PCWorld from September 2013 states whether you are spending $300 or $3000 one gets more with the desktop. For the $300-$500 end of the scale, this may not be correct.

    A laptop with AMD A6, 4GB (upgradeable to 16GB), 15 inch touch screen, 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet port, SD reader, internal speakers, microphone jack, headphone jack, keyboard, camera, microphone, integral 4 hour battery backup was bought for $380, after waiting for a great discount.

    A similarly equipped (19.5 inch monitor) desktop rounds out at $493 without a 4 hour battery backup. The plus side on the desktop is upgradeability and replaceable parts.

    For the $300-$500 range, the laptop is better for price and features. These laptops do not run circles around the desktop, but the laptop stays ahead. A laptop uses its case as a frame for the keyboard, places the peripherals on the motherboard, which eliminates expensive connectors and cables. Laptops sales are greater than desktops, so manufacturing improvements from large scale favors the laptop. Laptops are cheaper to ship than separate monitors, keyboards, and system units. BYOT (Bring your own technology) to middle school, high school, college and work continues to play in the laptops favor.

    For systems priced above $500, I suspect the desktop performs better. But, I would need to collect some real data to prove this. So, the desktop is staying around for power users.

    Oops, the original thread is about tablets replacing PC's. Then, the tablet needs to be big enough to type on and see information on the screen.
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  7. #17


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Tablets my not replace desktops for all of us but desktops are quickly becoming a niche market while tablets are becoming mainstream.

    My employer provides me with a laptop which is great for portability. I also have 2 docking stations, 1 at home and another in my office. At both locations I have external monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers so there is little difference to me whether I am on a laptop or desktop. On top of that, the bulk of my work is done by remotely logging in to distant servers.

    I could see that it would be within the realm of possibility that my work laptop could be replaced by a tablet or even a smartphone with external peripherals such as external monitor, keyboard, etc... and I could still perform the work I do today.
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  8. #18


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    JHough, you do realize that PC World is Microsoft Propaganda. Ballmer started that one. I do not even bother reading PC World anymore. It is Microsoft this, Microsoft that.

    The manufacturers know what is keeping their bottom line afloat at this point. It is mobile devices (Tablets, Transformers, Laptops). Government for the mass majority are still using desktops. But that is because they do not want Laptops in places like Call Centers. You will find a few sitting in various departments that use them, due to they are always on the go, and need the device with them.
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  9. #19


    I don't know about rest of the world right now but around here, give me any amount of money and I will put together a desktop more powerful than a laptop for same amount, any time. Just the fact of greater possibility of upgrading a desktop is an asset a laptop can not have. Relatively poor BIOS in laptops (to be fair, in some ready made desktops too) that gives little or no chance to overclock makes a desktop a winner in this contest. Laptops are also by their nature made to consume less power and that has to lower their performance. It's almost impossible to start with a cheap laptop and than slowly upgrade later part by part as you can with a desktop.
    Lets take an AMD am3+ MB, there's a tens of processors you cam put in there, from a lowly 2 core to a powerhouse with 8 cores. Just can't see a laptop with a processor of 220Wats, battery would blow up unless a size of battery for an 18 wheeler. For a processor like that you need water cooling which would be rather difficult to implement in a laptop.
    A 17" laptop is not that much lighter than a carefully crafted desktop either.
    So, lets put all that in a right perspective, laptop is a portable device and everything has to be made with that in mind, the moment when that is lost by overpowering it, so it's heavy and battery does not last any appreciable time makes it just a small desktop and than it looses it's main asset.
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  10. #20


    CountMike, all valid points. But most will trade loss of overclocking capability if they can travel easily with their laptop. I like being able to move the laptop around the house, and take outside and sit on the porch.

    I'm not much of an upgrader, I just end up replacing the whole thing. Then I give the old one to my kids or somebody in need.
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