Linked by kloty on Tue 6th Apr 2010 21:22 UTC
Editorial A few years ago I wrote on OSNews several articles (1,2) about workstations. After three years I had to stop, because there were no workstations left on the market, they became legacy and were not sold any more. Now with the rise of mobile devices with touchscreen and wireless network connectivity virtually everywhere, the question becomes valid, what will happen with the desktop computers, are they still needed, or will they follow the workstations on their way to computer museums?
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RE: No.
by izomiac on Wed 7th Apr 2010 00:50 UTC in reply to "No."
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If they've got the same specs then the laptop form factor will usually win. Laptops generally lag slightly in the specs for a given price range, but that gap isn't huge and it seems to be narrowing. Plus laptops are quite diverse. Some have insane portability and battery life, others are massive desktop replacements with really poor batter life.

Desktops will always be around for gamers, artists, and business people. For everyone else, the laptop has been show to be far preferable (look at sales after excluding those groups). Tablets and smaller devices will certainly cut into laptop sales, but I don't think full sized physical keyboards are going anywhere, and I doubt they'll be replaced by external keyboards either.

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