Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 22:23 UTC
Apple Marco Arment: "After two years, the Mac Pro was 'updated' today, sort of: now we can choose slightly faster two-year-old CPUs at the top end, and the other two-year-old CPU options are cheaper now. That's about it. No Xeon E5 CPUs, no USB 3, no Thunderbolt. They're even shipping the same two-year-old graphics cards. Same motherboard, slightly different CPU options from 2010. That's it. The message is clear: Apple doesn't give a shit about the Mac Pro." Paint, red, scout, girl.
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Desktops?
by fretinator on Tue 12th Jun 2012 17:05 UTC
fretinator
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2005-07-06

I am a computer enthusiast, my house runs Windows, Mac, Linux and BSD. I have purchased about 6-8 laptops over the last five years. I have not purchased a desktop. I probably never will again. It's all laptops for content creation, and tablet/phone for consumption. I realize there is a VERY small percentage of people who require monstrous desktops with 64-256GB of ram. I really wouldn't expect any consumer-oriented company to put a whole lot of R&D into the desktops. This is where the niche companies come in.

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RE: Desktops?
by bassbeast on Tue 12th Jun 2012 18:49 in reply to "Desktops?"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Uhhh...why? you LIKE being stuck with a speed limited MOBILE CPU, less memory, slower HDDs, less ability to upgrade (if you can at all) and generally paying more for less?

Because THAT is the laptop in a nutshell. it will ALWAYS be slower than the desktop, ALWAYS cost more money for less speed, and will ALWAYS be optimized for battery life above all. if you are not constantly out and about it simply makes no sense to purposely hamstring yourself like that, not when that $450 desktop i just put together for my oldest boy could drink the milkshake of a $1500 laptop while making it cry. The performance difference between mobile parts and desktop parts isn't even funny anymore, its like putting your HS football team against the Denver broncos and expecting them to survive for more than 5 minutes, it just doesn't make sense.

I can see having a laptop or netbook for when you need mobile computing, heck i have a netbook myself because its so handy to have a computer that can go anywhere, weighs practically nothing, and gets over 6 hours on a charge even when playing 720p video. But I'd be the first to admit that the netbook with its low power dual core and 5400RPM HDD simply can't hold a candle to my hexacore, its not in the same ballpark, its not even the same sport. so i just don't get why you'd want to cripple yourself other than some sort of unfounded snobbery when it comes to laptops.

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RE[2]: Desktops?
by fretinator on Tue 12th Jun 2012 19:36 in reply to "RE: Desktops?"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I just don't need a desktop AND a laptop. I don't buy Apple laptops, so for about $500 I can get a good dual-core laptop with 4-8gb of Ram. I use to use desktops as media servers, but a $50 Roku box does that now. YMMV

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RE: Desktops?
by laffer1 on Tue 12th Jun 2012 22:40 in reply to "Desktops?"
laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

For me, the Mac Pro is necessary for IO. No laptop is going to ship with 4 drive bays. Not everyone can role with a laptop.

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RE[2]: Desktops?
by fretinator on Tue 12th Jun 2012 23:00 in reply to "RE: Desktops?"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I definitely agree, but in terms of market, I think those like you that need a desktop for daily use are a shrinking target.

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