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
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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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Very few actually have a need for that hardware.

Edited 2010-04-07 16:48 UTC

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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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