ARE DESKTOPS ON THE ROAD TO EXTINCTION?
The advent of the computer age wiped out the typewriter. Blogs and newsfeeds are threatening the continued existence of the print medium. Are laptops, tablets and smartphones about to send desktops into the history dump with the dinosaurs?
Certain desktops still tend to have the highest configurations which is an advantage against the proliferation of trending towards portability.
THE DESKTOPS’ EXISTENTIAL CRISIS
Come in Desktop – your time is up? Picture courtesy of the Computer History Museum
So why is an institutional behemoth like the desktop seen to be under threat?
- They have to be installed in a fixed designated location. There is some state of the art all-in-one models that are somewhat portable, but mainly they do not lend themselves to mobility. This is a drawback for consumers with long commutes and working from the same PC at home and work.
- Space can be an issue. Offices are becoming smaller if one has access to one at all. Consumers are demanding more power in more compact forms.
- Nick, a provider of IT support says “There are wires, keyboards, mice and other components with which to deal. There usually isn’t a touch screen activated, a feature that most PC consumers are used to having. And the “desk” part of the desktop needs continual dusting and clearing”.
ARE THESE PERCEIVED DESKTOP DRAWBACKS TOLLING THE DEATH KNELL?
An emphatic no is the answer.
- Laptops are more expensive than desktops. They have less computing power given price vs range of specs.
- Laptops have problems that desktops do not. The built-in speakers are inferior. It stands to reason they are more prone to theft. And they are less efficient.
- Desktops can be customized in ways that laptops and other portable devices cannot.
- One cannot keep working on a smaller device all day. Desktops are ergonomically designed to be used for long periods of time. Something this writer can attest to whole heartedly.
- In the corporate world, desktops are a standard way of advertising stability. Would you take a bank using laptops seriously?
- Professions such as video editing, writing, multimedia, designing and other creative graphic jobs demand desktops.
- Some desktop screens are used instead of televisions.
The word on the street is that desktops are here to stay and will continue evolving alongside their smaller brethren for many decades to come.