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Why the desktop PC is far from dead

  1. #31


    Posts : 148
    Windows 8.1 Update 1


    A desktop is just much more economical than a laptop. Or to use the renown saying: with a desktop you get more bang for a buck. If portability is important or at least an advantage the laptop wins. But in those cases where portability does not matter (fixed office work places, fixed home offices...) or where you need as much computing power as possible for the lowest possible price (engineering, architecture, graphics, compiling complex programs, scientific calculations...) the desktop is clearly the better choice.

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  2. #32


    Posts : 94
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by altae View Post
    A desktop is just much more economical than a laptop. Or to use the renown saying: with a desktop you get more bang for a buck. If portability is important or at least an advantage the laptop wins. But in those cases where portability does not matter (fixed office work places, fixed home offices...) or where you need as much computing power as possible for the lowest possible price (engineering, architecture, graphics, compiling complex programs, scientific calculations...) the desktop is clearly the better choice.
    Not really. They tend to use more electricity. Over the lifespan of the PC, I would say laptops and desktops cost the same. It's a matter of whether you value portability over increased computing power.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I find that it is all about subjectivity as we each have different needs. For my current sitch I have a desktop, a chromebook, and a W7 laptop. Each has their own role in my day-to-day activities and they work out well in their respective tasks. I could never envision myself lugging around a gaming laptop to my classes and errands which is where the chromebook (with its decent battery life and small footprint) comes in handy. My laptop is a Thinkpad X220T tablet convertible which functions as my virtual scratchpad for quantitative and conceptual scribbles that eventually get stored in MS OneNote. My desktop is one that I built last summer and works well enough for some light gaming that I do. I think I did okay in respect to being cost-effective. I love my desktop!
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  4. #34


    Pittsburgh
    Posts : 103
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by altae View Post
    A desktop is just much more economical than a laptop. Or to use the renown saying: with a desktop you get more bang for a buck. If portability is important or at least an advantage the laptop wins. But in those cases where portability does not matter (fixed office work places, fixed home offices...) or where you need as much computing power as possible for the lowest possible price (engineering, architecture, graphics, compiling complex programs, scientific calculations...) the desktop is clearly the better choice.
    The laptop I bought for $380 Is hard for a desktop to beat at the same price. It runs Condor a soaring (sailplane) simulator, which is my most intensive must have application.

    Last year, when I looked, the $600+ desktops were much better performers than the laptops. This performance gap increases with price increases.
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  5. #35


    I have always had a Desktop and each one I have ever used has done everything I ever wanted it to do. With my current lifestyle I don't see a need to be mobile as far as computers go. and as long as there is a purpose for a desktop in todays world no matter how popular laptops and other devices come the Desktop will always be there.
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  6. #36


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    Just try running a decent Professional Stock trading system with a minimum of 4 Monitors from a laptop (if it's even possible). Try running applications from TWO or more different Networks (two NIC cards) etc.

    The people who write about the demise of the desktop probably are only thinking about people who do a bit of email on their phones or spend 90% of everyday "Twatting" on Twitter or on "Farcebook" or some other system.

    The desktop was never intended to be a mobile device - but some (a lot) of serious applications are still done on desktops.

    I suppose it's the same sort of journalists who say nobody uses a pen and paper any more -- also obviously untrue.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. #37


    My desktop pc is custom made, online, where the 'builder' checks components in a virtual world for compatibility. When I was building mine it came up a couple of times and said no don't put this in, and eventually I built an Intel7i quad core pc for £804 with (see my specs) and it will never be replaced by a miniature version of whatever comes out tomorrow. When and if I do ever need a new one, I wiull go back to the same company and build a new one.

    However what does annoy me is the lack of pc software in supermarkets and such.
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  8. #38


    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    My desktop pc is custom made, online, where the 'builder' checks components in a virtual world for compatibility. When I was building mine it came up a couple of times and said no don't put this in, and eventually I built an Intel7i quad core pc for £804 with (see my specs) and it will never be replaced by a miniature version of whatever comes out tomorrow. When and if I do ever need a new one, I wiull go back to the same company and build a new one.

    However what does annoy me is the lack of pc software in supermarkets and such.
    I just keep on changing components, I believe I still have at least few screws from first 386 computer I built.
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