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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Where did workstations go exactly?
by 3kirt on Tue 6th Apr 2010 22:16 UTC
3kirt
Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm pretty sure people all over the world continue to use high end computers at work to do coding, CAD, etc. Maybe vendors stopped calling these computers "workstations", but I don't think they went anywhere.

I have a laptop and use it when i'm away from the house, but if I have the option I use my desktop. I like my Das Keyboard, MX revolution, and 23" monitor thank you very much. You'll pry my desktop from my cold, dead hands.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Yea but you can plug those devices into a notebook.

I used to switch between desktop and notebook but I got sick of maintaining two workspaces.

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tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

Yea but you can plug those devices into a notebook.

I used to switch between desktop and notebook but I got sick of maintaining two workspaces.


Really? You've got Workstation class Xeon or Opteron CPUs in your laptop? You've got Quadro or Tesla GPGPUs from Nvidia, or ATi FirePro/FireGL or AMD Firestream GPGPUs inside your laptop?

You've got 2 or 4 socket motherboards for your laptop?

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3kirt Member since:
2005-07-06

I want different things from a laptop and a desktop. My laptop is a 13" acer timeline that has great battery life and is light and thin so it isn't a hassle to carry around with me.

While I like my laptop, it is inferior in terms of performance to my 3 year old desktop. I wouldn't want to buy a laptop that could replace my desktop because it would suffer from all the problems that plague systems that try to cram powerful components in a tiny space.(heat, noise, weight, etc)

I don't think it makes sense to buy a loud, heavy, overheating, but powerful laptop that's going to cost many times more than an equivalent desktop that runs quiet and cool. Especially if the laptop never leaves the desk, which I've found is the case with many people that buy "desktop replacements".

But I suppose laptops just look sexier in the store..

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