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Why the desktop PC is far from dead

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by altae View Post
    I will never give up my desktop. There are just too many advantages. First every (decent) desktop PC comes with the flexibility to replace parts as you please. Don't like the monitor anymore, well just get a new one. Same applies for all peripherals like the keyboard etc. Second when it comes to computation power nothing compares to a desktop PC. And if the performance does not meet your expectations anymore it's also no problem to replace certain components like the graphics card with something more powerful. And last but not least the portability that is commonly associated with laptops does not really apply to my needs. If I had a laptop that does what I want it would probably run for half an hour on battery :-) Laptops are great for doing office work while in a train or if you have to change your working place on a regular basis. But that's just not what I need.
    Amen!

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  2. #12


    I'm currently on my Desktop PC, that I built in 2005, with top of the line parts for the time.
    Today, I can run any OS ever put out by MS, including Windows 10, and I have three internal hard drives, totaling 2.5 TB of storage, at speeds far in excess of any laptop drive. By their very nature, laptop drives always work at a disadvantage.

    I've done several repairs over the ten years, to my desktop that would have been impossible to any laptop.
    I have four laptops, that people gave me, when they blew out a HD or otherwise quit working. I refurbish them and put them back into limited service.

    For many years I built hundreds of top quality Desktop PC's but I quite doing that when I officially retired nine years ago. But for me, the Desktop computer is still the best buy for the buck. I can build a great Desktop PC for much less than some people spend on a Laptop.

    Cheers mates!
    TechnoMage
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  3. #13


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    I will always use a desktop computer.

    You can get a big monitor.
    With my eyes I need a big one.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    I'm currently on my Desktop PC, that I built in 2005, with top of the line parts for the time.
    Today, I can run any OS ever put out by MS, including Windows 10, and I have three internal hard drives, totaling 2.5 TB of storage, at speeds far in excess of any laptop drive. By their very nature, laptop drives always work at a disadvantage.

    I've done several repairs over the ten years, to my desktop that would have been impossible to any laptop.
    I have four laptops, that people gave me, when they blew out a HD or otherwise quit working. I refurbish them and put them back into limited service.

    For many years I built hundreds of top quality Desktop PC's but I quite doing that when I officially retired nine years ago. But for me, the Desktop computer is still the best buy for the buck. I can build a great Desktop PC for much less than some people spend on a Laptop.

    Cheers mates!
    TechnoMage
    I can agree I'll always have a desktop pc. however I use notebooks also my work carry's me all over the world and states so I always have a notebook. I get a new one every 3 years or so. Since SSD have become reasonable priced there really are no bottle necks in notebooks especially the kind I buy Gaming notebooks. And now were even putting in M.2 PCI 4 lane SSD man hard drives have more than caught up with CPU. my desk top is home built with P7P55-pro ASUS boards from the 2008 era I'm thinking of upgrading MB and CPU this year sometime. But I use Notebooks like desktop replacement. I set up on a job the go home or to another job never use the batteries always plugged in. But its portable and the business pays for the notebooks.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by LafnSu View Post
    If I could buy a laptop with a dvd player, and 32-64gb of ram and a decent cpu speed, at a decent price I'd ditch a desktop in a heartbeat. There are just some tasks with graphics, photos, video and cataloging that simply can't be done with today's limited capacity, and not many can afford 5k for a computer that at best gets 4-5 years of hard use. My new laptop is maxed out at 16gb ram, no dvd, lesser cpu speed than my 3-year old desktop, so it's use is limited to those times I'm on the road....and multi-tasking with graphics is just not able to be done. Think even though there are many who don't use a computer like I do, most of them don't own a laptop either but a tablet and/or phone....very different needs than traditional computer users. Speed, capacity and economics will always play a role in determining how fast the desktop dies, imho.
    Hmm have you looked into gaming notebooks Asus for me but there are others and they make great desktop replacement I think the G751 top of the line with M.2 512 SSD and 32 GB Ram are going for around 3,000
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LafnSu View Post
    If I could buy a laptop with a dvd player, and 32-64gb of ram and a decent cpu speed, at a decent price I'd ditch a desktop in a heartbeat.
    Hmm have you looked into gaming notebooks Asus for me but there are others and they make great desktop replacement I think the G751 top of the line with M.2 512 SSD and 32 GB Ram are going for around 3,000
    Exactly my point. Those specs in a desktop would be about 1100....big difference in price which would afford any software I might imagine needing. In addition, most gaming laptops are heavier than I am comfortable carrying. When I was looking the lightest gaming machine I found was 8 or 9 pounds and highest being 15.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by LafnSu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LafnSu View Post
    If I could buy a laptop with a dvd player, and 32-64gb of ram and a decent cpu speed, at a decent price I'd ditch a desktop in a heartbeat.
    Hmm have you looked into gaming notebooks Asus for me but there are others and they make great desktop replacement I think the G751 top of the line with M.2 512 SSD and 32 GB Ram are going for around 3,000
    Exactly my point. Those specs in a desktop would be about 1100....big difference in price which would afford any software I might imagine needing. In addition, most gaming laptops are heavier than I am comfortable carrying. When I was looking the lightest gaming machine I found was 8 or 9 pounds and highest being 15.
    Yep regular desktop replacement This is just me though there are probably only a few people that work as I do and it would be tough getting that tower on a plane with me LOL I think it the difference between working computer and playing computer when it comes to how much you want to spend. Most business people only use 15" notebooks where like I said I go on a project for a few days or weeks or like right now I've been on a 2 and half day project no way it was going to be anymore than 3 days that was back in October I've been on a DSV since last week of October with no end in sight. I still wouldn't have wanted to drag a even a mid tower with me.
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  8. #18


    Despite all the predictions, not even mainframes have disappeared, there's even more than ever and getting more powerful every day, why desktops would ? Every computing device from mainframe, supercomputer, down to smart watch have their own role to play with some of the functions interleaving but with their main functions in the first place.
    Comparing to portable computing devices, desktops have some most important advantages, computing power (some lows of physics don't let components to be made small enough ). Desktops are also very modular comparing to portables and portables smaller they are less and less customizable.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I will always use a desktop computer.

    You can get a big monitor.
    With my eyes I need a big one.
    +1 for that.
    If the present trend for smaller devices carries on > Laptop--phone-wristwatch> then they'll be offering a screen which fits on a ring on your finger, complete with magnifying glass of course.
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  10. #20


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


    Laptops, tablets & phones can all be attached to a large monitor (not sure about a watch) so that shouldn't stop anyone from giving up their desktop.

    I work all day on a laptop that has full-size keyboard, mouse and 24" monitor attached. For the most part, it's no different than if I was working on a desktop.
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