Is the Desktop PC Dead?

There was a time when if you said you had a “PC”, everyone knew you had a Desktop computer – it might have been in a Tower case or a Small Form Factor case, but the underlying technology was largely the same either way.  So much has changed and the laptop and tablet rule.  Sales for laptops outstrip their desktop equivalents hugely.  Even more so for tablet sales, which actually sell more than both Desktop and Laptop combined.

So why is the Desktop no longer popular and how come they’ve not disappeared completely? There are the obvious reasons… laptops and tablets are a great deal more convenient.  They are no longer really expensive and specifications can easily handle the tasks most would throw at them.  Conversely, a Desktop PC in largely a static tool, meaning it doesn’t fit into the way many people utilise their technology.  Whereas a laptop or tablet has become something viewed as aspirational and fashionable, the humble desktop is seen as old fashioned, cumbersome and generally just a bit boring.  It’s not an entirely unfair assessment… but it’s not entirely fair either.

As is always the case with technology, things change and though the Desktop may not be first choice tool for the majority, there is still a sizable market out there.  Businesses still heavily use the desktop, as it gives a more powerful specification for the money spent, if the intended usage suits it.  Likewise, PC Gamers still utilise the Desktop PC.  Nothing beats it for upgradability, which can be key if you are to keep your gaming rig up to standard, for the latest releases.

Then there is the new generation of Desktop PC – the All-in-One device.  No longer is there a monitor and separate desktop tower.  Everything is built into the screen, which often supports touch and is coupled with a wireless keyboard and mouse, for those times a more traditional input method is necessary.  Touchscreen models work well with modern versions of Windows (8 / 8.1 & 10) and they are usually pretty compact devices, even when the screen is large.  Indeed, thanks to design innovations by Sony, Apple, HP etc, they even have that aspirational factor too, as they actually look good!

So, how do you choose what’s right for you?  For the most part, this is a decision you will reach quite easily, as the two major defining factors in your choice will be cost and convenience.  However, if you’re looking for value for money, a desktop offers a lot more ‘bang for your buck’.  A cheaper laptop could struggle with editing video or large photographs, whereas a modestly priced Desktop will likely make short work of it.  Work out what you want to get from your computer before deciding what to buy and if you need help establishing what’s best for you, be sure to get in contact with Ridea Technology!

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