Over the past few years, many bloggers have mentioned how desktop computing is a dying style and that mobile technology is the wave of the future. Although mobile technology has made a great impact on the world and desktop sales have been lulling due to this, desktop computing in general may never be as obsolete as those bloggers may assume.
Functionality – While mobile devices can cover a great deal of functionality in terms of efficiency for personal and business use, the desktop computer system still provides superior control across virtually every aspect of computing. If a hard drive malfunctions, it’s not major surgery to replace the device – aside from reinstalling software. Mobile devices don’t experience such luxuries as a failed NAND drive will render the item useless and quite costly to repair – if it can be.
Gaming – Game console systems and the processing power of mobile devices are inspiring to say the least. However, none of those devices have the easiness of upgrades or the raw power of a properly developed gaming PC. A single video card can perform exceptionally well for years, and then can be upgraded in a matter of minutes for additional power. The graphical and sound qualities of mobile and console devices are permanent designs. Although you can hook these devices up to external systems to improve the quality, the actual processing ability of the sound is still governed by the design of the device. On a PC, you can simply install a better sound card.
Raw Storage – Although Cloud storage is a useful development, mobile units and consoles don’t have the capacities that a desktop computer can handle. The use of the Cloud requires an Internet connection and file transfers are subjected to the network bandwidth of your location. An installed allotment of six terabytes on a PC gives near instant access to any data saved on those drives whether there is Internet access or not.
Disposable Parts – Mobile devices and consoles can only be upgraded so far, if at all. If at any point your desktop PC needs an upgrade to add more power, it can take you a few minutes to install hardware components. Everything from available memory to the processing unit of the device can be upgraded. The same cannot be said for other devices. Sure, you can install a 64GB SDXC expansion card into your tablet to upgrade the storage space of the unit. For the same price, you can drop an extra 500GB drive into your PC. Unfortunately, you’re not able to upgrade that tablet’s CPU if it’s too slow for you.
Display – While you can use adapters and apps to connect your mobile devices and consoles to large screen LCDs, the desktop PC is already connected. A 10-inch tablet is nice to use and perhaps watch videos on. However, many PC users relish in 22-inch widescreen and larger displays that are already available. In fact, some of these units are touchscreen-capable themselves. This is nothing to say for the abilities of multi-monitor support without extensive computer knowledge, apps, or adapters.
I’m not saying that mobile devices don’t have a place in the world. These units have increased the efficiency of millions of personal and business users, but to say that the desktop is obsolete is a statement from someone who hasn’t viewed the larger picture. The desktop PC is more than just a computer system to make spreadsheets on. It is a way of life for millions of people and the fact that sales are dipping across the various developers could only denote that more people are simply upgrading their own units instead of buying new and disposable computer systems.
Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.