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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No.
by Phloptical on Wed 7th Apr 2010 00:17 UTC
Phloptical
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2006-10-10

A desktop will always crush a laptop/notebook of similar specs. Everything in a notebook is designed for power savings, and that means clocking things down, slower busses, etc.

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RE: No.
by darknexus on Wed 7th Apr 2010 00:22 in reply to "No."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Not all. There are workstation laptops, for lack of a better term, that are designed to essentially be mobile desktops. They typically way about 8 lbs, have super high-powered components and a lot of fans to cool them off, and only run for about an hour and a half on battery. They're also pretty expensive, and not the laptop most people are going to buy. Those who need them will buy them. Laptops, therefore, are not always less powerful than desktops, just usually.

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RE[2]: No.
by Phloptical on Thu 8th Apr 2010 00:41 in reply to "RE: No."
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

We've got a couple of those where I work for our CAD engineers. Lenovo W500 and W700, to be exact.

Yes, they are mobile, and yes they are quite powerful, I would still take our desktop CAD quad core workstations over either of those laptops any day of the week, and twice on Sunday. The W500 is doable, and a nice system, but the W700 is ridiculous. It weighs in at just under 10 pounds. Has a full size keyboard, with keypad. Has 2 hard drives for RAID capability. Can get a 2nd processor. I can't see how you claim "mobile" when lenovo recommends your laptop carrying case should have wheels for safety. The AC adapter alone weighs about 3 pounds.

I defy anyone to pull that thing out on a plane without seriously pissing off the person next to you, and then burning your lap due to the heat. Luckily for them, the battery lasts less than an hour, so the discomfort will end quickly.

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RE: No.
by neticspace on Wed 7th Apr 2010 00:49 in reply to "No."
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2009-06-09

There's also the "desktop replacement" category of laptops. Strangely few desktop replacements do not have any battery.

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RE[2]: No.
by righard on Wed 7th Apr 2010 08:24 in reply to "RE: No."
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

That because there not laptops but portable desktops, or are people putting those things on there lap?

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RE: No.
by izomiac on Wed 7th Apr 2010 00:50 in reply to "No."
izomiac Member since:
2006-07-26

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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RE: No.
by Oliver on Thu 8th Apr 2010 09:29 in reply to "No."
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

GreenIT doesn't stop anymore in front of the so-called desktop. We see more and more aspects of the mobile world on the desktop. And who cares about some gamers using PSUs of 1000W or more just to play their newest game? The world is changing ...

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