Summary: Once a cornerstone of computing, today's tower PC is unattractive to most mainstream users. Does it make sense to buy a desktop computer?
Does it make sense to buy a desktop computer?
This morning, I took a look at my desktop computer tower, which has been standing untouched on the desk for almost a year. It made me think: Does it still make sense to buy a desktop computer?
As avid gamers, you need a fast processor and occasionally upgrade your graphics card to suit your personal habits.
Needless to say, times are changing.Many stop playing too many games, in part because priorities have changed.As a blogger, I am very satisfied with the minimum requirements.Give me a web browser and word processor, I am very happy.
Sales of laptops pushed desktop computers to the background for the first time in 2008. This is the beginning of the end of the desktop advantage. What did this change do? It's simple: the price of a laptop has dropped to almost the level of a desktop computer. In addition, performance differences are always lower, so the problem is getting less and less.
For example, you can now buy a quad-core laptop with a 17-inch screen and a 500 GB hard drive for less than $400. (Really, that's just a quote from yesterday's mischief.) If there is no monitor, a similar device tower is about $300. The price/performance ratio is higher than ever.
For users who always need maximum performance and many upgrade options (gamers, video editors, etc.), the desktop computer remains the best choice. Do you need more RAM? Normally, you can install additional modules without having to replace them. More memory? Insert a second hard disk in one of the open shafts of the tower. Faster graphics card? A five-minute upgrade.
And these are just the internal expansion options. Most desktop computers have six USB ports, while most laptops are only half that number.
So it will ultimately matter what your claims are. I'm assuming that the latest sales - comparing desktop computers to laptops - reflect that most people do not need much more than what an entry-level or mainstream laptop can offer. And not to forget: laptops are portable. Desktop computers usually only conditionally.
In fact, it's this combination of portability and minimal computational power requirements that will likely lead tablets to replace laptops over the coming years. So come back in early 2020, when I'll probably ask, "Does it still make sense to buy a laptop?"