Are Desktop PCs Heading The Way Of The Dodo Bird?

Last Saturday evening I was at a social gathering when I was asked about buying a new desktop computer. My first reaction was why a desktop? Years ago there was a huge difference between the power and performance difference between a desktop and laptop computer. But those days are long gone. Todays laptops are equal to power and performance of the desktop.

So when I spotted this article about the laptop vs desktop debate and why laptops are making desktops obsolete, I thought I would share this with you. In the article it states the following:

“On both price and performance, laptops are so competitive now it’s surprising they weren’t able to catch up with desktops even earlier,” said iSuppli analyst Peter Lin.

“The ability to surf the Internet wirelessly at public places, the need to be able to take your office out with you when you travel, and an increasing range of notebook computers have all led to lower desktop sales.”

Laptops posted a milestone in the third quarter of 2008, passing desktop PC sales for the first time, according to research group iSuppli.

With an entry level price of $300 for some basic models, laptops should bolster their position in 2009. They are forecast to take up about 55 percent of all computer shipments, according to data tracking firm IDC.

Many companies eagerly awaiting the era of the laptop are in Taiwan, maker of about 80 percent of the world’s laptop PCs. They include the world’s top two contract manufacturers, Quanta and Compal Electronics, and two of the most aggressive laptop brands, Acer and Asustek.

So my question to you is this. If you are in the market for a new computer, will you be choosing a laptop or desktop system and why? Share your thoughts with us.

Comments welcome. 


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  1. Jeff says:

    I game a lot, and many laptops can’t pack the punch for gaming that a desktop can and still keep the form factor.

    The best gaming laptops usually require a 17″ chassis and get VERY hot while running. Many cutting edge games won’t even play at high quality on them, so the desktop is a mainstay.

    Also, my lifestyle doesn’t fit laptop well. I use a 22 inch monitor at home, and have a nice sound system on it. I don’t go out of the house much but to get to work or the store, and I have a smart phone with internet access when I am waiting on something. I am too much “on the go” when I am out to stop and use the net most of the time, otherwise I lounge at home.

    I do like having a laptop to visit friends though, and in that category I would chose a macbook.

  2. Ron Schenone says:

    Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for sharing your opinion with us. I can see where in your situation a desktop would be best.
    Regards, Ron

  3. Bryan Price says:

    Well, my (currently broken) quadcore desktop is my preferred system with it’s 20 inch monitor, MS 4000 ergonomic keyboard and MS trackball (THE trackball to be used, too bad they don’t make them anymore!).

    Then there is my (currently broken x 2) laptop that I connect my keyboard and trackball to since my desktop is down, but I’m using that pretty much as my desktop anyways.

    When (if?) I get both working, I plan on using the laptop as a third monitor (I know they’ve got programs out there for that) and then syncing folders for the stuff that I want to have available on the laptop for a Panera/Starbucks run.

    I just don’t think laptops are powerful enough, nor will they ever manage to catch up with the power of desktop systems, at least until we can’t notice the difference.

    Now if I can have a powerful desktop machine with a big enough pipe down AND up, and a netbook that I can use for Internet access and connecting to the desktop via VNC/RDP (and I can deal with the keyboard and mouse), then you’ve got heaven that should last until they finally come up with my ultimate machine.

    A touch sensitive plastic sheet that serves as display, complete with processor and memory, made in whatever size you want that you can roll/fold up, charges by whatever means it can (wireless electricity, solar), and can back itself up completely by having another one tossed on it and the surface area serves as the data connection to backup petabytes in a few seconds. Or shorter.

    I can dream, can’t i?

  4. Bryan Price says:

    I’m on my wife’s desktop. And the part to fix one of my laptops is on it’s way. My desktop is in need of a motherboard that doesn’t keep shorting out the power supply. ASUS! I hate you! Grrrr…

  5. Brad says:

    I think they’ve spoken to soon on the demise of the desktop.
    It’s clearly a better form factor when working at a desk. I would hate having to use a laptop as my primary work computer for example. And there’s no beating my dual monitor setup at home with a 24″ primary.
    The real issue is the lack of innovation in deskop designs in general to reduce the annoyances (too many cords, too big, to hard to move, take too much desk/floorspace).
    I even think that college students, who traditionally buy laptops in massive quantities, could be better served by things like all in one units with only one or two plugs since a full keyboard and mouse is just tremendously easier to use, and there’s no disputing the advantage of a big high-res monitor.

  6. Ron Schenone says:

    Hello Bryan and Brad,
    Thanks for sharing your expertise with us. It is very much appreciated. I guess I’ll be keeping my gaming rig [desktop] for a few more years as well. :-)

  7. Doug says:

    I just purchased a laptop to replace my desktop. I’m keeping all my accessories, including my 19″ monitor because laptops can run dual monitors out of the box. The mobility is the key reason I went laptop. I can work anywhere in the house which means being in the same room as my family on these cold winter nights. Granted, most of my work is Office based, I do some graphics work and video work as well. I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner although I’d have to agree it was only recently that laptops really got a boost in processor power to get close to the desktop experience.

  8. Ron Schenone says:

    Hi Doug,
    Thanks for info.