In 2018 there is much talk of the good old desktop computer being dead, with the advent of more and more powerful tablets and mobile phones with screens as big as a small television on which people are spending more and more time browsing the internet it is a fair assumption, heck even google are editing their ranking algorithm to look at how websites display on mobile before desktop, a sure fire way of reading where things are headed in the future or are they? There are lots of things that you can do on a PC that you struggle with even on a laptop never mind a tablet or mobile phone which are great for simple browsing, making the odd note or ordering a takeaway on, on a Friday night but being small and being productive do not necessarily go together when you want to get some proper work done.
Another pointer was Microsofts horrible incarnation of Windows 8 and the awful tiles menu system an operating system that was built for tablets first, it bombed obviously and Microsoft soon threw it on the scrap heap and rushed out the much better and far more user-friendly windows 10.
Here are 10 reasons why the Desktop computer is not dead
- Cheap to Maintain
For years people have been upgrading their desktop computers when new and better hardware has become available. What do you do with your smartphone or tablet when you need to add more memory, upgrade the processor or graphics chip? You don’t because you can’t you simply scrap it and buy a new one. What a waste.
- More Powerful
Mobile devices have come forward in leaps and bounds, but they’ll never be the fastest computing powerhouses. Desktop computers will always be more powerful than mobile devices. In spite of this fact, people are often misled by specifications: for example, a quad-core CPU in a smartphone doesn’t even come close to a quad-core CPU in a desktop computer in terms of performance.
- Scalable and Versatile
You cannot upgrade a smartphone or a tablet computer other than by adding a memory card for additional storage. Desktops, on the other hand, present the benefit of being easily upgraded, making them cheaper for both home and business users alike. You can add more storage, a faster processor, a new monitor and much more at relatively little cost.
- Build Your Own
Most people don’t have any interest in building their own computers, but every sphere of technology still has its niche markets, and there will always be people who like to assemble their own desktop computers from scratch. Whether they want to build the ultimate gaming powerhouse or a machine for optimised productivity, desktop users have all of the options at their disposal.
- Superior Input Options
Have you ever heard of anyone writing a dissertation or a novel using a virtual keyboard on a tablet or smartphone? While mobile docking stations may become more popular in the future, anyone who requires a computer for productivity-related tasks, such as graphic design, typing or web design, absolutely needs a keyboard and mouse. Currently, desktops and laptops are the only way.
- Larger Displays
Similarly to the lack on input options, the displays of mobile devices are hardly suitable for extensive productivity applications or home entertainment: you’re not going to want to watch a movie with the family on a 4″ mobile phone screen. People aren’t always on the move, and larger displays will always be superior for productivity, gaming, home entertainment and just about everything else.
- Better for Gamers
Being potentially the most powerful among computers, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that desktop computers can offer the best gaming experience. However, their increased versatility also offers a substantial bonus, and many games are extensively added to and modified by their fan bases.
- Real Multitasking
One of the most controversial things about Windows 8 was that only two of the new mobile-style apps could only be displayed at the same time. A major step backwards in the eyes of desktop users, multitasking took a significant hit. With the larger displays, keyboard and mouse input and greater processing power, a desktop computer also wins at multitasking and the resultant increase in productivity.
Another niche area of computing, but an extremely important one among certain professionals, virtualization refers to emulating a different platform. For example, one might run a virtual Linux- or Macintosh-based computer within Windows for the sake of software testing or running software designed for the guest platform. Virtualization is, currently at least, only possible with desktops and laptops.
- More Storage Space
Although storage capacities are rapidly increasing across the board, any film or music lover will have trouble fitting their entire multimedia collections onto the on-board memory of a smartphone or tablet or on a memory card. For such collections, a good old-fashioned desktop or laptop hard disk remains the only practical solution until online storage and blazing Internet speeds become a widespread reality.