Are Desktop Computers Obsolete?

Desktop computers have been king for decades and were the only choice for people who wanted a high level of storage, powerful processing, and enhanced capabilities. Laptops were reserved for people who simply needed portability without a high level of usability. Recent advances in technology have changed the game, however, and most people now own a laptop or tablet. After all, these days most phones can perform many of the functions that used to be the sole domain of the desktop. So, does this mean the desktop is truly dead?


There is no doubt that laptops are much more portable than desktops. People are now able to take their work and gaming almost anywhere that has a wi-fi connection. In addition, many people are ditching computers altogether and simply doing their browsing, social networking, and emailing via smart phone. These combined factors are causing many people to ditch the idea of a fixed desktop system altogether.

In addition, laptops of today feature multiple gigabytes of memory, have gigantic hard drives, and feature multi-core processors. Those at the high end also feature superb graphic processor chips and other features that offer a high level of capability. For those who don’t enjoy the smaller display of a laptop, most also have docking stations that will allow users to connect the laptop to a full sized screen and other desired peripherals, offering the feel of a desktop when at home and the portability of a laptop everywhere else. As the price of these super powerful laptops keeps dropping, more people will undoubtedly turn to this as their computer format of choice.


While you may be thinking that it is truly time to sound the death knoll for desktop computers, the truth is that desktops still have a few tricks up their sleeves. First of all, desktops have slots, allowing users to add multiple graphics cards, RAID controllers, extra USB ports, and firewire cards simply by opening the tower and plugging in the new card. In addition, it is much easier to increase memory and hard drive storage as well as to make other upgrades. Finally, desktops are still much cheaper than laptops for the same level of functionality and cost much less to repair when there is a problem. All of these factors combined make desktops the preferred type of computer for many hardcore gamers, those who have tighter budgets, and people who don’t really have a driving need for portability. Since so many computing tasks can be carried out over a smart phone, many people use this format for portability while they still use a desktop computer at home.

While it is definitely true that phones, tablets, and laptops are taking the place of desktops for many people, there are others who still need the power and flexibility of a desktop system. Although the technology being used in laptops is advancing at an astounding rate, laptops still haven’t completely caught up with desktops in many respects. As long as desktops are easily expandable and provide a more budget friendly option, there will be people who use them. So, even though desktops may seem to be on the way out, it’s still a little too early to count them out completely.

Greg Schnider is a freelance writer for He helps students learn how to become a nurse by getting them into the best online programs for their situation.