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Why the desktop PC is far from dead

  1. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    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.
    True.
    But if you need to go out with it you are still mostly stuck with a smaller monitor.
    Not that one would take their desktop out.

    From reading the posts here, it seems the people using laptops have more problems than people using desktops in general.
    Just my observation. I could be wrong.

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    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.
    True.
    But if you need to go out with it you are still mostly stuck with a smaller monitor.
    Not that one would take their desktop out.

    From reading the posts here, it seems the people using laptops have more problems than people using desktops in general.
    Just my observation. I could be wrong.
    The smaller they are more compact they get and with that comes a lot of problems. Components are mostly smaller and have to work harder to achieve any kind of performance, with that comes more heat which because of smaller size is more difficult to dissipate. In addition, laptops and below are all made by brand manufacturers while desktops can be put together from parts from many sources. With poorer BIOS features and small number of interchangeable parts, they are more prone to problems and more difficult to troubleshoot and repair so it's no wander that they are more prone to problems.
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post

    I still wouldn't have wanted to drag a even a mid tower with me.
    LOL....nor would I....and the reason I'm responding on a laptop....there's place and space for everything it seems;O)
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  4. #24


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    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.
    True.
    But if you need to go out with it you are still mostly stuck with a smaller monitor.
    Not that one would take their desktop out.

    From reading the posts here, it seems the people using laptops have more problems than people using desktops in general.
    Just my observation. I could be wrong.
    That would be true to some extent. What we have to remember is we are in help forums so we see mostly problems and hardly ever see all the great units of either desktop or Notebook that never have an issues. As far as OS which we deal with here I don't find any differences between desktops and notebooks. the biggest problem with win 8 has been all us and everyone else learning UEFI I still don't understand it but have learned to work with it.
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  5. #25


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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    The smaller they are more compact they get and with that comes a lot of problems. Components are mostly smaller and have to work harder to achieve any kind of performance, with that comes more heat which because of smaller size is more difficult to dissipate. In addition, laptops and below are all made by brand manufacturers while desktops can be put together from parts from many sources. With poorer BIOS features and small number of interchangeable parts, they are more prone to problems and more difficult to troubleshoot and repair so it's no wander that they are more prone to problems.
    That depends on what kind of desktop we are talking about. If it is a quality machine bought from a qualified pc assembler or even self built I bet there are less problems than with most laptops. But if we are talking about crap desktops from dell, Mediamarkt, Saturn, Wallmart, Aldi... those are PC's from hell. They run as long as you don't touch anything. But if one feels like changing even the smallest thing, e.g. add another ram module, all hell can break loose. If I had the choice between such a desktop and a laptop from a renown manufacturer I'd gladly take the laptop
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  6. #26


    The Desktop Computer will be around 4 ever as there people still using them. I don't see how there is ever going to be a laptop or a mobile device that out does what a normal PC does anytime soon.
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  7. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic77 View Post
    The Desktop Computer will be around 4 ever as there people still using them. I don't see how there is ever going to be a laptop or a mobile device that out does what a normal PC does anytime soon.
    Portability. The specification of most laptops these days is more than adequate for Joe Average so there's no need to outdo a desktop.
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic77 View Post
    The Desktop Computer will be around 4 ever as there people still using them. I don't see how there is ever going to be a laptop or a mobile device that out does what a normal PC does anytime soon.
    Portability. The specification of most laptops these days is more than adequate for Joe Average so there's no need to outdo a desktop.
    Well I wouldn't call my 17" Gaming/desktop replacement notebook real portable I wouldn't want to pack it to school or even a office every day. How ever the way I work I go to a location set for a few days or weeks and then move on the next location. So My Gaming/Desktop Replacement works for me and many other people that work like I do. I'm sure I could get by on a much smaller 15" or even 12" notebook I chose not to because I do want the extra power and larger screen. Beside that I can do on my phone most of what a 12" notebook can do. No way am I carrying around a Desktop computer with related accessories. However when I'm home I use both Desktops and Notebooks I have no intention of not having desktops computer for a long time. Two of mine runs 24 -7 I don't think my notebook would last long under those conditions
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  9. #29


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    . Two of mine runs 24 -7 I don't think my notebook would last long under those conditions
    My last laptop lasted nearly 6 years leaving it on 95+% of the time until I spilt Coke on it and that killed it. I have read it argued that such devices last longer in always-on mode because the components experience much fewer thermal contraction and expansion cycles which eventually cause something to break.
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  10. #30


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Someone has to produce the content for all these content consumers. For the consumers a Laptop or Tablet may be fine. But I'm sure the producers prefer a real desktop. The market share for desktops will shrink. But I doubt it will disappear.
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