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Is the Desktop Computer Dying?

A video blog asking if the consumer desktop is dying and if desktop setups will only be used for business and specific design, media and misc work. Will Tablets, smartphones and notebooks take over? Will Tablets cannibalize Notebook sales? The best video response will win an iPod Shuffle. Closing date for video response entries is Sunday 27th of June 2010.


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    1. TheWonkydonkey
      January 17, 2011 at 4:36 am

      I don’t think the desktop will die (at least not for a long time to come). I think the market will change though. I see them only really being used in the work place and exclusively by gamers at home. I fit into the later category. I have a laptop and TBH it is my main computer and I love it, however, I wouldn’t be without my faster, more powerful and frankly more fun desktop at home. 🙂

    2. jopeon
      January 17, 2011 at 4:52 am

      desktop’s are like television ..on their way out, most people watch shows on the net now and laptops are sold 70% more than desktop’s but the laptop’s new rival is the tablet pc these days

    3. tinkred9
      January 17, 2011 at 5:17 am

      I’m kinda starting to want a desktop, they run a little bit faster, and games run better on them

    4. Rifalltoo
      January 17, 2011 at 6:07 am

      Consumer Desktops are going out the window. Nowadays, people only talk about laptops. The only towers that are ever actually talked about nowadays is gaming towers and business towers. People like portability despite added stability from having a stationary tower.

      I’ll always believe in towers since portable devices are for more personal uses, and desktops should stay for families and business use.

    5. bmw2go11
      January 17, 2011 at 6:31 am

      desktops will never die, ever.
      and if they would die (for some reason) they would quickly re-gain a spot on the throne through tv’s mostly because they are more than capable of recording 3 or more channels simultaneously.

    6. weegregrfc
      January 17, 2011 at 7:02 am

      tablets are just too i dont know its harder and it takes more time to do simple tasks like reading emails and surfing the web. And nowadays you can get a laptop thats just as light and around the same price as most tablets

    7. florianwicher
      January 17, 2011 at 7:56 am

      no it is not… it is cheap, it´s got more performance, it´s very capable and people start to use it eg with a television and that stuff…

    8. nathanlixkin
      January 17, 2011 at 8:31 am

      you cant watch a 4k video in laptop and Tablets
      doing video editing is a pain in laptop because the screen it way too small to put everything.laptop processor and gpu is no power enough to do high end gaming.
      battery rans out very fast if you gaming in laptop.
      you can do high number of overclocking in laptop and Tablets

    9. satanspy
      January 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

      laptops and tablets wont run crysis… and thats why the desktop wont die.

    10. jdoramaking
      January 17, 2011 at 10:18 am

      @jdoramaking 2) People’s future will change..often for the bad. Today, everything is Windows. In the future, tablets will have their own OS’s and they will be dumbed down. As a result, people are less likely to find out that they’re good in IT, windows products such as excel, etc. Most people will use tablets for basic things, such as browse and email. Windows give people an option to put anything on their computer and learn. If you have something like the ipad, you can only do so much.

    11. jdoramaking
      January 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

      1) The tablet will be something people can carry around, as well as just set up on their desk next to their mouse and keyboard. The mouse and keyboard will never go away! The desktop/tower will go away for most homes.

    12. party141994
      January 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

      i think desktops still have their place- they are the best for gaming- they are upgradable- and some people want to see a lot of space being taken up by a computer just for the sake of it

    13. Degarem
      January 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

      I replaced a scarelo t computer with a macbook. Now i know i don´t need a laptop. Next time i gonna buy an imac.

    14. cairbre1977
      January 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

      I think you are on the money Dave. I use my desktop for gaming and thats about it while I use my MBP or iPad for surfing the net email and now of course some gaming with the arrival if Steam.

      For people like my parents who want to book tea times for golf online or do their banking and check their emails in many ways a tablet will do all they need. That said they are still a desktop they bought years ago but they are the WWII generation who dont spend money frivolously unlike our generation .

    15. Isengardtom
      January 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

      interesting video as usual Dave.

      As for me, I think tablets might replace the need for notebooks and even more so netbooks rather than for desktops.
      Why? Because as you said, a lot of average consumers don’t need more functionality than what’s on the iPad now. They may go for a desktop (generally more powerful at a lower price)for the content creation + an iPad or other tablet for the content consumption/mobility
      (off course I’m talking for consumer purpose only, not business use)

    16. maw88ify
      January 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      I would say NO they are not Dying because when I work I want to use my 27 inch screen, and I don’t see them making a screen that big for a laptop… But I’m a 3D Artist …

    17. id15yes1
      January 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      iPad 4 ? I’d buy Apple netbook for $599 instead of a tablet. Although for quick media viewing tablets r the best–just an opinion.

    18. thebsdguy
      January 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      @sdeary1 doesn’t mean desktop computers will be gone from the market

    19. fieryelf
      January 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      You can’t upgrade a tablet, you can’t upgrade a laptop, but you can upgrade your desktop.

    20. mannypeligroso
      January 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      I think tablets will eventually replace the desktop and possibly even laptops.Most people just web surf so the iPad would be ideal.But the iPad can do alot more than just web surf.It can easily compete with the desktop/labtop.I mean it can do video editing, gaming, word processing and so much more.Who say’s you need a USB.You easily sync stuff over the air via apps like dropbox.There are so many apps now for the iPad that enable you to do alot more.It makes the desktop/labtop look obsolete.

    21. CookieMonzta1995
      January 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Quantum computers #FTW

    22. john1966elliott
      January 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      Future, It will be SuperComputer 64 Bit or 128 Bit and rise to 6 Ghz CPU in 10 cores, 100 Gigs DDR5 or DDR6 Rams, 2 Tb SSD hard drive, Supervideo card maybe 3D.

    23. PoliticalHell
      January 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      @npfalcon30 Well I was exaggerating, but let’s face it, the Macbook doesn’t have what it takes for anything more than some simple softcore gaming and maybe a quick family or youtube video. Granted you can pay up and get a respectable portable device, but still… hard drive space, processor power (rendering etc.), video card (gaming etc.) are all horrible in comparison to desktops.

    24. sdeary1
      January 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      @ShepperdOneill its not ridiculous to say there dying, statistically there market share is dwindling and getting smaller every year

    25. ShepperdOneill
      January 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      I dont see how desktops are dying. Thats a ridiculous argument, just like applesoldier claiming that PC gaming is dying, but now since Steam has come to Mac, gaming is suddenly revolutionary and will be around for a long time.

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