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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nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

Once notebooks came out with dual core cpus the desktop was in trouble.

My typical workload this month consists of 2-3 instances of Visual Studio, an instance of VirtualBox running Windows and a few open utilities and my Core 2 Duo notebook handles everything just fine.

Desktops won't go away but they reached their peak years ago.

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strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

Agreed.

But then again, the machine you work with is probably not some "gadget" the article was after.

The difference between a "PC desktop" and a "PC laptop" is not that clear. The other is portable, yes, but at the end of the day it is just a conventional PC.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Yea well my response was more towards the other comments here.

I actually found the article's premise to be absurd. People do not want to edit photos or spreadsheets inside iPhones or iPads. Tablet computers will be purchased as secondary devices. They'd have to get to ~200 dollars to even have widespread adoption. Most people would still be willing to pay a little more for a netbook with a keyboard.

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fatjoe Member since:
2010-01-12

Just a dumb question:

how much did you pay for your laptop and how many desktops with equal or better performance can you get for that?

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Doesn't matter because I need a notebook for mobility and since my current notebook has ample performance there is no point in me keeping multiple workspaces.

Desktops are good if you need a quad core but it's a very tiny percentage of the population that can actually make use of one. Gamers and modelers mostly.

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