Weekend Open Forum: Desktops doomed to irrelevancy?

By Jos ยท 164 replies
Mar 5, 2010
  1. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    I would never give up a desktop. I use my desktop at home and I use my netbook when i'm out, and use my smartphone for when i'm in the car or at the store and need a map or need to check the grocery list.

    But would I ever replace a desktop or would I never ever buy one again? No. And do you really think businesses are going to buy smartphones and laptops for their business to replace their outdated desktops? Hell no.
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Toyota Prius averages about 48 mph a gallon, and just to drive home my point VW Polo Bluemotion would do something like 74 mph a gallon on diesel (no hybrid stuff). It was just an objective observation nothing more. On the more subjective note, its one ugly looking beast. Regards.
  3. jjbeard926

    jjbeard926 TS Rookie Posts: 69

    That's a truly unusual statistic but a good point. There are better options out there than hybrids, so point taken.

    Did you mean to say MPH/gallon or did you mean miles/gallon? Because the highest rated miles/gallon diesel I'm finding is rated at 34 (new that is, I'm not looking at older models). I'm not able to find any information on mph/gallon on any site.

    Anyway, I find all of this interesting, not trying to be confrontational just looking for info I find cool. Thanks for clearing up what you meant though.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    Paranoia Has Begun to Set In......

    Google won't send armed thugs to take away our desktops,...um, er,.....will they...?
  5. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12


    They'll just post a candid photo. You and your love (the desktop), in a compromising position.
  6. jjbeard926

    jjbeard926 TS Rookie Posts: 69

    Now THAT's funny! It's funny because it's true! LOL
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    Ouch, remind me to never buy a monitor with a web cam.
  8. jotaprimero

    jotaprimero TS Rookie

    The mobile and portable computers are filling a need for portability. But Desktops are there for continuity and stability. In fifteen years....perhaps!
  9. jordierocks94

    jordierocks94 TS Rookie

    I see the expansion of computer users who, like me, have both a desktop and a laptop far into the future. Portability at home and outside the home will remain, I believe, key, while the work-horse, durability of the desktop will IMHO keep it around for years to come. Just like T.V. did not replace radio, and home movie watching hasn't supplanted the movie theater experience yet -- there is enough of a market for all providers to share. That's my $ .02 worth.
  10. chillitwo

    chillitwo TS Rookie

    as long as we have homes with a desk ,the desktop will live.
    it will transform but never die.
  11. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    A butterfly will come out of the cocoon.:)
  12. Until mobile devices get an input method that replaces a full keyboard and a way to display as much information as my Dual Monitor desktop then I do not think so.

    I love the Itouch but I only use it for occasional surfing and would not want to have to type a lot on it.

    Also with a laptop you do not have great ergonomics and will easily end up with injuries if using 8 hours a day, day in and day out!
  13. clrabbit:

    "day a mobile device can do what I do on a desktop,
    is the day I need a more powerful desktop"

    answer :)

    Exactly how will they get us to carry around a printer? They can't.

    So eventually after you used you 'mobile' to write your resume, you end up at your desk
    next to your printer.

    While your there to print-out your resume:

    You connect your 19 inch screen to your 'mobile' (to see it life size, before you waste paper)
    You see a spacing mistake,
    So you plug in your 'keyboard' to the 'mobile' (to edit quicker)

    While your printing out your resume.

    Your dad comes around, very curious.
    Whats wrong dad ? You ask.

    "When did you buy a new desk-top?"
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    I agree with you guest completely.

    However, I thought it was this thread that had been doomed to irrelevancy, or had died of old age.

    The thread is dead, long live the desktop....!
  15. h2kproduction

    h2kproduction TS Rookie

    In my country, desktops are still used widely.
    Because the price of those mobile computers are a little too high, only a small number of out population can buy them (it's the problem of poor countries). In addition, mobile PC aren't durable as desktops, so I don't think desktops will be replaced soon.
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