Is the Desktop Computer going the way of the dodo?

It’s been hotly
debated for years, do desktop PC’s have a place now or in the future? Or is it
time they joined floppy disks and electric typewriters in the technology
graveyard? The Internet is full of discussions around the idea that the desktop
computer is doomed.

So we thought we’d give you a few of the key points from
either camp. What you take from either can be helpful in your future IT
business decision making. Particularly when it comes to replacement hardware
considerations.

Points from the “Soon they will die” camp.

These people believe it’s just a matter of time before the
humble desktop is rendered obsolete. They state it can be replaced by other
devices such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops. Here’s a few of their points
in support of their theories:

  • Desktops
    lack portability.
    Mobile devices provide greater amounts of flexible access
    to emails, apps, and the Internet. Whenever and wherever a user may desire,
    with comfort and ease. You can’t carry a desktop in your pocket in quite the
    same way.
  • Desktops
    require more space.
    It’s true that the size of desktops and their
    monitors have gotten smaller over the years, but they still take up more
    real-estate than mobile devices.
  • Mobile
    device capabilities and power keep increasing.
    Thanks to the rapid
    advances in compact technology, the boost in CPU performance and memory
    capacity, mobile devices are becoming increasingly more capable and
    powerful. Industry experts
    suggest that some of the premium smartphones or tablets with their multicore
    processors, large amounts of RAM, and powerful graphics hardware, could
    quite easily match it with mid-range desktops.
  • Desktop
    sales are on the decline.
    According to Statista
    157 million desktops were shipped worldwide for the year 2010. By 2017
    that number had dropped by around 35% to 97.8 million.

What the “Desktops are here to stay” camp believe.

These people are not convinced that a desktop apocalypse
looms near, for several reasons:

  • Desktops
    are easier to customise.
    Desktops can be fitted with numerous sets of
    ports. USB, SIM, serial, HDMI, USB-C, Network, and Memory card readers for
    example. Users can quickly and easily add a myriad of chosen peripherals. Very
    few mobile devices offer the ability to create or access expandable
    storage.
  • Many
    businesses still use desktops.
    According to a 2018
    Spiceworks study
    , 68% of businesses use desktops as their
    primary computing device, compared to 1 percent using tablets.
  • Desktops
    outlast mobile solutions.
    The average life expectancy of a desktop is 4.5
    years
    , compared to 2.5
    years
    for smartphones. But a Spiceworks survey found that some
    businesses use both desktop and mobile for longer in real life. 70% use a
    desktop for 5 years or more. 24% for 7 years or more. With smartphones,
    42% use them for two years or less. 41% use them for three to four years.
  • Mobiles
    can’t run all of the apps.
    Not all apps are created equal. Some can
    only be run on high-performance machines. Desktops will always maintain their
    high-performance edge because battery power doesn’t cut it when stacked up
    against electricity. Additionally many business apps are easier to use on
    desktops, thanks to larger screens or external keyboards.

The Last Word.

No matter what you believe, that desktops are dead or that
they’re going to outlast religion, the decision is more easily made when
considering a few simple factors. Does your IT future require high performance,
mobility, flexibility, or brute strength? Or perhaps you’re after a combination
of each? Knowing what you want and how you want it to happen is your mitigating
factor in finding the computing device that best meets the needs of your
business. And if you’re still unsure, call us for help and we’ll assist you in
future proofing your PC fleet.

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