Apparently, desktops are in decline. At least the sales of them are, anyway.
Although, as someone who uses a desktop on a day-to-day basis, I can safely say I still think they’re ace. Yes, laptops, tablets and smartphones may offer the portability that a desktop can never compete with, but there’s still more than enough room for the old dinosaur to compete amongst its smaller bite-size siblings.
Will desktops survive the course of time and still be around in five, 10, 15 or 20 years time? I’d say so. And here are seven reasons why that ought to be the case.
1) Bigger is (sometimes) better
As technology advances, we seem to have an inherent responsibility to make every smaller and more compact. In some cases, smaller is indeed better. Just take the mobile phone, for instance. Nobody wants a return to the days of the brick telephone. But when it comes to PCs, desktops with their overbearing monitors are just fine. We can see everything that little bit clearer and more precisely making our work that little bit easier.
2) Durability and power
Because of their large processors, desktops are typically much more powerful than their smaller competitors – meaning that they can store larger amounts of data, run more smoothly, last longer and require less computer repair. Oh, and they don’t overheat like laptops.
3) Cheap as (not quite) chips
According to my extensive research (and not merely assumption), desktop computers are considerably cheaper than Laptops. And, considering the point I just made about durability, that’s actually a really good thing. Why? Because you’ll replace desktops less often and therefore save money. Which we all like doing, don’t we?
4) Greater practicality and productivity
There’s just something so much more convenient about a desktop computer when it comes to practicality – especially in the workplace. When it comes to knuckling down and getting some work done, desktop PCs really outshine the competition. Take typing, for example. A desktop’s articulated keyboard and separate monitor is the ideal setup to create some genuine top notch pieces of copy (just like this post, right?!). On the other hand, a laptop’s keys are often too close together and the screen in front doesn’t quite project like it should. Equally, tablets and smartphones just aren’t conducive to typing with their touch-screens in comparison to a regular keyboard.
5) A lack of hassle
Ok, so desktops aren’t portable. But sometimes that’s a positive. Think about it, when it comes to laptops and tablets, their battery life doesn’t last forever – far from it. You’re never too far away from requiring another power boost – and that can get quite annoying. With desktops, you know where you are, in station, one position, end of.
6) You can plug-in loads of other stuff
Like your peripherals? Then desktops are for you. I’m talking keyboards, mice, headsets, speakers and printers. Laptops and tablets can only offer a small amount of ports for interaction with peripherals while the possibilities with a desktop are more expansive.
If you’re into your high-spec video games then a desktop is always likely to outperform other devices in its category. Again, because the specs and processing power are so much greater, the capability of what the desktop can transmit excels ahead of anything else – apart from an actual video game console, of course.
This blog post- looking at the reasons why desktops are still so fundamental to home users and businesses – has been written by Matthew Wood. As you can imagine, Matthew does indeed prefer the productivity advantages of working with a desktop.