In a modern world, which is becoming faster paced each and every day, we find ourselves always on the move. One second rushing from meeting to meeting, to then trying to get to and respond to those important emails or even meeting that deadline for a piece of work. You name it, we all have to do it.
Perhaps this is why in recent times there’s been a growing trend of people trading in their PC for the more mobile and ‘trendier’ generation of smartphones and tablets. The ease of use and mobility factors have undeniably taken both the business, education and personal worlds by storm. In fact, many experts claim that this mobile evolution could well be the ‘death of the desktop’, with there being no room for chunkier, less personal desktops in our current society.
All of this seems to elude to the fact that our choice in device is primarily based on our lifestyle. Different lifestyles or working/learning environments may require you to use a device on the go or out in the field carrying out your research whilst also keeping up communication with the office. You may even need the use of a powerful stationary device that lets you focus on more power intensive tasks such as graphic design, CAD or data analysis – particularly from an educational perspective. Meanwhile, many people seem increasingly content in using a tablet for many of their simpler day to day tasks – be it work or personal.
This starts pointing towards the need for desktops to catch up with the requirements of a mobile-led society, but is this actually the case? Desktops are traditionally more powerful devices that can complete tasks that no other device can match, so that may not be a wise thing to change. Are companies going to start compromising on quality just so they can have a mobile device? I don’t think so. Alongside this, is it only a matter of time until the bubble that tablets have been comfortably sitting in bursts, and we’re all left wondering what would have happened if we’d only just invested more in other hardware platforms?
Well, it appears it already has. Sales of tablets have been rapidly decreasing year on year, with the predicted figures for 2017 dropping closer to those of laptops and desktops, which appear to have stabilised.
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But why is this the case?
It’s no secret that tablets can provide on the go functionalities that are a perfect balance between a desktop, laptop and mobile phone. They’re small enough for people to carry around easily, whilst having more computing power than most mobile devices of the time. In the last few years however, with smartphone devices becoming larger and more powerful, the fact is that people can carry out all the tasks they need to, on the go on their smartphone, leaving no need for a tablet.
So, has the fact that people seem to be losing interest in the tablet effectively saved desktops from extinction? Well, it’s not quite that simple. Due to smartphones getting larger and more powerful, they are an equally worthy competitor. But the desktop is actually being kept afloat due to its much vaster capabilities and simple practicality.
Even with the latest innovations, it’s no secret that these mobile devices are still falling a long way short of the technological standards that desktop PC’s are setting. If you’re spending the same amount of money, it’s a fact that you’ll most likely get more for your money in terms of power and capabilities out of a desktop PC, than a tablet, smartphone or laptop.
But what about their big clunky appearance? The desktop has an answer for you here too. Whilst getting more powerful, they’ve also been busy getting more refined in terms of shape and size. If this still isn’t enough, you can even now buy PC’s that are merely 4” x 4” and that even fit neatly onto the back of a monitor. There’s nothing clunky about that! Imagine an IT suite in your school that’s simple, tidy and neat and not a sea of blocks and wires; or an office where you actually have desk space to store files instead of piling things up on that tower unit or workstation!
It’s clear to me that in order for people to actively want to buy a desktop, it must offer something that a smartphone or tablet doesn’t. Running high requirement software, such as CAD in schools, colleges and Universities, ease of use for quick and easy communication for networking, as well as the fact they are vastly more customisable are all big factors. So why you would want to invest in a desktop over a more mobile option?
If you think about what we’ve just mentioned about software – desktops are already getting it right. We’re seeing regular updates to the incredibly refreshing Windows 10, with the incoming creators update providing a breath of fresh air to desktop users in creative roles. Perhaps another good indication of this is the brand new Optane memory from Intel® – which is the first update to hardware memory in 25 years!
Whilst the top end of the latter, namely the i9 processor, may not be an immediate requirement for all of us at the moment, what they do highlight is how powerful the future of computing can and will be. Whilst smartphones may indeed be advancing, so is the technological world, with more ‘futuristic’ and power hungry developments being made every day. And more often than not, you’ll find that a desktop PC fits the requirements you’ll need for that far better than any mobile device!
And what neat and tidy packaged box can we put all the required components to run our future I hear you ask? Well of course it’s the beloved desktops.
With new components and software being released each year, it really is hard to argue that not enough is being done to give desktops every fighting chance. Be it customising and streamlining your desktops for simple and focused use within a school environment, to packing in as much computing power as possible to effectively carry out that ambitious design project – the desktop can do it.
Perhaps then, rather than trying to evolve into something they’re not, desktops should remain the strong, powerful and rugged behemoths that we know and love. Keeping ahead of the curve, providing us with all of the traditional things we love about the static machine, as well as facilitating innovative advancements that will no doubt, be revolutionary.
So, are desktops set to become extinct? With notable advancement and changes to this tech, some of which we’ve highlighted – I’d say this won’t be anytime soon. In fact, I’d go as far to say that I think they’ll most likely evolve even more. But that’s just my opinion…watch this space!