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A quick Windows 8 Desktop discussion...

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    A quick Windows 8 Desktop discussion...


    I just thought of this, the desktop form factor WON'T be gone. In fact, it's being reinvented into the All In One PC. These systems are literally plopped onto a desktop of your desk, much like what the first desktops were like. And some PC manufacturers are releasing some details about their AIOs and I must say, they look pretty cool.

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    HPs been doing that for a /long/ time, they even have some decent high end AIO workstations as opposed to cheapie email/web devices. Some even have(had) touch screens with custom software to make a lot of W7 tasks more touch friendly. And of course so has Apple. So it's not just now being reinvented, it's been there for several years.
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    The problem with AIO is that they are more expensive than the traditional desktop tower/monitor and when something breaks it is not as easy to replace that component. From my experience the AIO is not nearly as good a value as the good old stand by of separate tower and monitor.


    As for the touch screen.....if you are trying to get actual productive work done, YOU CANNOT USE TOUCH, ONLY A PROPER KEY BOARD AND MOUSE WILL SUFFICE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    HPs been doing that for a /long/ time, they even have some decent high end AIO workstations as opposed to cheapie email/web devices. Some even have(had) touch screens with custom software to make a lot of W7 tasks more touch friendly. And of course so has Apple. So it's not just now being reinvented, it's been there for several years.
    True, but I'm speaking in a general tense of being reinvented. Also, how many AIOs have you seen adverted that past few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
    The problem with AIO is that they are more expensive than the traditional desktop tower/monitor and when something breaks it is not as easy to replace that component. From my experience the AIO is not nearly as good a value as the good old stand by of separate tower and monitor.


    As for the touch screen.....if you are trying to get actual productive work done, YOU CANNOT USE TOUCH, ONLY A PROPER KEY BOARD AND MOUSE WILL SUFFICE.
    Which they have. Touch is just another input that you can use when you feel like using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
    The problem with AIO is that they are more expensive than the traditional desktop tower/monitor and when something breaks it is not as easy to replace that component. From my experience the AIO is not nearly as good a value as the good old stand by of separate tower and monitor.


    As for the touch screen.....if you are trying to get actual productive work done, YOU CANNOT USE TOUCH, ONLY A PROPER KEY BOARD AND MOUSE WILL SUFFICE.
    Which they have. Touch is just another input that you can use when you feel like using.

    I'm speaking specifically about productive tasks and not finger painting, or clicking some application icon.

    The touch screen greatly increases costs and when you consider the return you get on this purchase is it not a good value. AND if it breaks after warranty you basically have to trash the whole unit.

    Touch screens are a virtual waste for people engaged in most productive tasks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    HPs been doing that for a /long/ time, they even have some decent high end AIO workstations as opposed to cheapie email/web devices. Some even have(had) touch screens with custom software to make a lot of W7 tasks more touch friendly
    Quote Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
    The problem with AIO is that they are more expensive than the traditional desktop tower/monitor and when something breaks it is not as easy to replace that component. From my experience the AIO is not nearly as good a value as the good old stand by of separate tower and monitor.
    I made the same point(s) last week (or the week before) when Coke Robot mentioned AIOs.
    They are ridiculously overpriced for what you get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Which they have. Touch is just another input that you can use when you feel like using.
    That's fine, as long as the operating system matches the most commonly used input method which on a desktop PC will almost always be a keyboard and mouse.
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    I think some of you guys are taking this to the far, impractical extreme. The argument that if something breaks, it's difficult to replace. Well, the same argument goes for laptops, they're expensive and have parts that can break. From my experience though, the only main things that can go wrong are broken screens, damaged charge ports, and damaged hard drives.

    Since the AIO PC isn't mobile, there really isn't anything that can go wrong other than a damaged screen, as what could happen with any monitor. Besides, repairing a laptop isn't difficult if you know what you're doing. And even then, many will end up going to best buy or somewhere related to get a desktop repaired. (Yes, I do realize there are some that don't and do it themselves, if I didn't know that, I wouldn't had said that.) Laptops are pricey, with a real decent one, or an ultrabook, running at 1,000 dollars. Some do go for that, since usually at that price range chances are that it's packing an i7 processor and decent graphics.

    Also, you'd need to punch the screen of an AIO to cause serious damage to it. Touch screens aren't fragile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssbtech View Post
    That's fine, as long as the operating system matches the most commonly used input method which on a desktop PC will almost always be a keyboard and mouse.

    Blasphemy!!!!

    You're standing in the way of "The Future"!


    .......and honestly if "The Future" has things making as little sense and logic as touch screens in a productive work environment like the desktop, I hope A LOT of people stand in it's way..
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