Interestingly, notebook computers appear to be currently taking a slight lead in sales over desktops. In addition, we're also seeing an increase of mobile phones that are able to access the Internet for users on the go.
This trend seems to be suggesting that people buying desktops tend to be gamers. Although the article doesn't get into this too much, desktop computers for gaming is on the decline. The reason being that many gamers are going for dedicated game consoles like current offerings of the X-Box or Playstations. In addition, games are being released more often for consoles than for PCs. This too may suggest a further decline in sales of desktop computers.
In my opinion, apart from computer gaming, I don't think we'll see the end of desktop PCs anytime in the near future. But we may find PCs will be more focused toward business and certain specialized uses.
As long as there are lonely desks looking for a home, there will be desktop computers. Otherwise, what would be the point of owning desks?
The great and wise Miss Vaggie has spoken. ;D
Seriously, not everybody wants a portable laptop. Desktops are good if you're at home. Games are fine, but for surfing at home a desktop is the prefered choice. IMHO!
P.S. I am posting this post on my desktop computer. ;D #et_hurl#
I agree that desktop computers are still very much available. However, apparently notebook computers have now exceeded in sales over desktops. It may be a passing trend, or it may be the beginning of an evolution toward more portable computers for people on the go. For example, Internet mobile (cell) phones seem to be on the increase as well. Manufacturers will provide more products to profitable markets and reduce or even discontinue products that are less profitable. That's reflected by the decrease in sales of PC software, and the increase in sales software for dedicated game machines. The point being that it could reach a point that PCs could eventually go the way of the dinosaur for home consumers. If PC manufacturers and PC software begin to focus primarily at the business market, then sales to home consumers would virtually go out the window.
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Desktops are too easily modifyable for them to become too unpopular. The big advantage they have over laptops is that if you want, say, a bigger graphics card then all you have to do is pop open the case, take the old one out, plug the new one in and then close up. That's it. With a laptop you have to send it to a specialist or at least someone who knows how to do it and get in. It's like lego.
I do have a small laptop, it's mainly to play old games on and to run small applications when I need some computing power out on the road.
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I agree with what your saying Mike. As I said in the OP I don't think we'll be seenig an end to them any time soon. What I do notice though is that there are less gaming programs available for the PC and software houses are making them available in larger numbers for dedicated game consoles, The reason being that dedicated game consoles have leaped in processing power that as as good or better than most PCs. In addition, sales of PCs have been lagging while dedicated game consoles, notebook computers, and other devices with Internet capabilities, have increased in sales.
While I also agree that desktops are more easily modified than laptops, how many people actually do that? From what I gather, it's often more convenient to just get a new PC because they aren't that expensive, and most people aren't savvy enough to tinker around with the insides of their PCs. In some cases, depending on how old a PC a person has, by the time you buy everything to upgrade and pay someone to do the installation, it may be cheaper in the long run just to get a new one with no muss, no fuss, and ready-to-go.
Currently a LOT of PCs are finding their way to landfills and disposal sites which has some environmental concerns. The main point is that it appears people are trashing or recycling their old PCs rather than modifying them.
While desktop PCs have some great advantages, the primary advantage in past sales have been mostly for incredibly sharp games. Now that gamers seem to be going more to dedicated consoles, sales of PCs are declining. And the reason for the upsurge is that game consoles are becoming superior to PCs in graphics and sound qualities. There are PCs that are specially designed with gamers in mind, but they've tended to be pretty expensive. Dedicated game consoles on the other hand are as good or better, and much cheaper.
Now, all that has been focused on games. But computers are used for more than just games. Yes, you're right that laptops are harder to modify and usually require going in to a repair shop for any repair or modification. Plus, whike they're fine for old games, you're not going to be able to easily upgrade cards for better graphics and sounds. Although laptops are far more impressive now than in the past, they aren't designed for games.
So that brings up the question, if sales of PCs and PC software are lagging, and sales for laptops, game consoles, handhelds, etc., are increasing, what's going on? The largest market share is from home consumers. It appears that the trend for home consumers is leaning away from desktops and more toward portable units. Desktops won't likely vanish entirely though. If anything they'll still have a market for corporations and businesses. However, corporate and large business computers are often designed as terminals attached to a mainframe.
It also seems to me that Microsoft has not only shot itself in the foot by scrapping the XP in favor of the over-hyped Vista OS, but may have caused more people to have less interest in buying PCs. Vista has gotten a lot of bad press.
PCs are indeed generally more easy to upgrade than laptops, etc. But that doesn't mean that upgrades by external add-ons and plug-ins won't be more commonly available for laptops, etc.
It wasn't all that long ago that home PCs (though very low processing power) like the Commodore-64 (extremely popular), Texas Instruments, and Timex-Sinclairs used televisions as a monitor. I wouldn't be surprised to see television sets supplied with remote keyboards and other gadgets become much more interactive, like a multi-purpose PC for the home.
So the question is what's the future of the desktop PC? Are people losing interest in it in favor of other things? Will it continue on long into the future? Or will it fall by the wayside like the 8-track audio player, beta video and dinosaurs, with computers evolving into other forms?
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