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    The PC may be dying, but tablet growth is slowing as ...


    And there we were thinking the tablet uprising might replace the clunky traditional desktop.

    While the chances of a PC market resurgence are slim, latest IDC figures released Wednesday suggest the tablet market may not be as healthy as first thought.

    Preliminary figures suggest worldwide tablet shipments grew to 76.9 million units during the fourth calendar quarter of 2014, representing a 62 percent growth quarter-over-quarter and 28 percent growth year-over-year.

    Compared that to the growth figures released this time a year ago — 87.1 percent from 2012 — and it's clear that's a significant slowing of the overall market.

    Read more at: The PC may be dying, but tablet growth is slowing as consumer saturation sets in | ZDNet
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    The PC could never die.


    because tablet dont have the ability to do resource intensive task.
    compiling,programing,game dev, photoshoping,video conversion, dj music/mixing recording.
    audiophiles arent going to listen to music on tablets with there $300 headphones.
    lan gaming is freaking big.

    but tablets are good for traveling,commuting, basically any place that a laptop couldn't go or don't have a room for.

    I use mine to listen to casual music and some web browsing, set my dvr. but when I really want to jam, I go to my desktop.

    but another problem is more and more people going to the webs to build there own desktops or paying a friend to do it for them. which in turn is effecting hp, dell and other oems sells.

    and then operating system piracy doesnt help sales and numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dskiller View Post
    The PC could never die.


    because tablet dont have the ability to do resource intensive task.
    compiling,programing,game dev, photoshoping,video conversion, dj music/mixing recording.
    audiophiles arent going to listen to music on tablets with there $300 headphones.
    lan gaming is freaking big.

    but tablets are good for traveling,commuting, basically any place that a laptop couldn't go or don't have a room for.

    I use mine to listen to casual music and some web browsing, set my dvr. but when I really want to jam, I go to my desktop.

    but another problem is more and more people going to the webs to build there own desktops or paying a friend to do it for them. which in turn is effecting hp, dell and other oems sells.

    and then operating system piracy doesnt help sales and numbers.
    Hi there
    Listening to FLAC (uncompressed) music on smart phones with 300 USD (or more -- Bose noise cancelling phones for example) is perfectly good these days -- with 64 GB micro SD cards you can store a lot of music on a phone and the quality of the DAC's (Digital to Analog converters) in high end smart phones beats most sound cards on computers or tablets anyway.

    While the whole experience isn't say as great as listening at home to high quality music on sophisticated high end music gear with Studio reference speakers it's more than good enough for 99.999% of the time even for the most critical of audiophiles.

    Tablets for me were never an option -- there's really NOTHING a tablet can't do that a smart phone can't either -- and a smart phone is a lot more useful. Phones like Samsung S4/S5 have decent screen sizes without looking ridiculous like those "phablets" and are perfectly good for music or even video when travelling.

    Laptops won't go away -- it's just that there are alternatives these days which make far better sense in a lot of situations.

    Laptop / desktop computers still are KING for CREATIVE stuff (like your "Jam" sessions). Tablets are for consumption - which can easily be done with a decent smart phone these days.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    The PC will die the day tablets are offered with two 32"monitors to do actual work.
    For actual users tablets complement a stationary PC.
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    Well, people are finding out that tablets are not so easy for doing real work.

    But the idea of running a tablet like a desktop is not so far fetched. I will attach my 10" Asus Transformer to a 19" flatscreen TV that I have sitting in the basement and run it with a bluetooth mouse and bluetooth keyboard. And I have a 32GB MicroSD card for data plus a 60GB external SSD to offload more data and for the images.

    I wish though that the charger would not block the micro USB port - a seperate charging port would be welcome. But fortunately the battery life is more than 10 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post

    Hi there
    Listening to FLAC (uncompressed) music on smart phones with 300 USD (or more -- Bose noise cancelling phones for example) is perfectly good these days -- with 64 GB micro SD cards you can store a lot of music on a phone and the quality of the DAC's (Digital to Analog converters) in high end smart phones beats most sound cards on computers or tablets anyway.
    haha no way I would even begin to contemplate plugging in my AKG K701 headphones into any smart phone or similar. Putting the volume on ten for one of those would literally be like putting the volume at .2-.3 of 10 from my amp.

    The headphones are designed for studio use at 62 ohms, which is on the low side, but they still need to be driven by massive power (for headphones) to sound well (for me, a progressive metal/hard rock dude.)

    I would never contemplate switching out my spec machine + Motu Traveler + 1970s Power Amp home studio for any mobile device.

    There's a time and place for everything I suppose. I don't doubt that smart phones sound well with like a $40 pair of headphones or something.
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    No, people aren't realizing you can't use a tablet for work.

    It's more like, people aren't upgrading 500+ dollar tablets every year just because. People don't upgrade their desktops every year nor buy a new one every year. People don't buy a new laptop every year as if they have the money to throw around.

    These sales figures and expectations by analysts are so stupid. "Windows tablets aren't selling because they aren't ipads! android tablets aren't selling because they aren't ipads and can't do things that Windows can! ipads aren't selling because they can't be used for work!" Do they REALLY think people have the money to throw at new hardware every year for poops and giggles? I just built a new system for gaming and mining and a lots of system intensive tasks, I'm not going to freaking spend upwards of $1,200 again next year just because DDR4 RAM will be out. No, that's idiotic.

    If it works and works fine, people will keep it as long as they want until it breaks, gets too lethargic to use, or what have you. It's not because they're not wow'd so much at features, or design, or functions; they get wow'd at the price. "Five hundred for an ipad? I'd rather buy a laptop."
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    Five hundred for an ipad? I'd rather buy a laptop
    Absolutely right. All these mobiles are overpriced considering what you can do with them. And the Windows tablets have the added disadvantage that they are neither fish nor fowl. For real desktop work they are not really convenient and as mobiles they have insufficient functions and programs (e.g. no GPS). A $200 Nexus 7 can do more. I know because I have both.
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    Computers,(pc's) have reached a point where:

    a: Most people already have at least one(we have 3), and
    b: The powers of most pc's today mean that they simply do not need to be replaced all that often, for the average.

    This does NOT translate into a dying market. I'm sorry, but the idea that pc's are dying is utter nonsense.... in my ever so humble opinion, of course...
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Five hundred for an ipad? I'd rather buy a laptop
    Absolutely right. All these mobiles are overpriced considering what you can do with them. And the Windows tablets have the added disadvantage that they are neither fish nor fowl. For real desktop work they are not really convenient and as mobiles they have insufficient functions and programs (e.g. no GPS). A $200 Nexus 7 can do more. I know because I have both.
    The reason I guess why 8 inch Windows tablets are becoming really popular at the moment is that 300 dollar price threshold. It's a FULL blooded Intel based system and a fully capable PC. It's that one thing that makes or breaks the deal. The Surface Pro for example, that's pretty pricy. A Dell Venue Pro for 300 for two inches smaller and even with a keyboard? About $350 on sale at the moment. A two in one laptop-tablet? Roughly 6-700 dollars.

    To me, if you add external peripherals such as external GPS and hot swap hard drive enclosures along with the mouse, keyboard and monitor(s), hook that up to a tablet PC and you have a device that can act as three form factors: desktop (to an extent), laptop (if with added keyboard) and of course tablet.
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