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 darknexus on Wed 7th Apr 2010 00:22 UTC in reply to "No."
darknexus
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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."
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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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