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#1 Tk1917



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:42

Desktop PC sales continue to slump according to research by both Gartner and IDC; this year sales of the once popular format for computing have fallen by over 10% even though, in some areas, the fall is not quite as dramatic as analysts expected. If this trend continues the desktop computer could be on the verge of extinction as mobile computing devices, particularly tablets, continue to free computer users from the limitations of a desk.


#2 Nick H.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:44

I don't think I've used a desktop for several years now (well, with the exception of fixing them). For me it's always been about getting a laptop. Perhaps less powerful than a desktop, but I can carry it around with me. That and my smartphone, I'm set.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:54

A big reduction in "marketshare", sure, tablets and phones are absurdly convenient.  But extinction?  Nah, there's way too much that they can't do, plus there's some tasks I just wouldn't want to do on a mobile device.  Even Windows 8, I've been using Windows on a tablet since XP.. convenient, but still never a full replacement for a desktop. I prefer to think of my tablets as a mobile extension of my desktop, not a replacement.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:56

Boulderdash -- there will still be home desktop computers in 20 years.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:58

Windows 8 is further driving the typical desktop into extinction.
I realize that fact is not well received here at neowin however I encourage anyone who doubts the validity of that claim to simply spend an hour in the pc dept of your local best buy or microcenter and witness this in person, it's all too obvious.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 13:11

The desktop isn't going extinct. I use desktops everyday, and prefer them for certain needs. Computers are just coming in different form factors just like cars do. Because we have trucks and sport cars doesn't mean that no one buys sedans anymore.


Since I have a nice large monitor I bought I have no interest in replacing it with a touch screen. I have found personally I'm more productive with a mouse and keyboard than when I have attempted some of the same functions on a touch screen. They're great for portable devices like phones and tablets but fail for some, like me, on certain industry production needs. The desktop is still a primary work horse.


I can still just get parts and upgrade a desktop, not so much with tablets or phones. This is what the industry has always wanted. Being able to force new hardware sales instead of part upgrades. I don't know about others but I hate the idea of buying a car that I can't get to the engine on and can't get ANY parts for.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 13:15

lets see you run corporate america for one hour without desktops... epic disaster...  I can't believe this topic has surfaced (no pun intended) yet again... *Sigh* lol

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 13:17

Not this crap again.

The "desktop" is not going anywhere.

#9 Dashel



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 13:26

So desks are going extinct?


I guess we can thank the economy that has left millions with crappy jobs and little pay.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 13:38

The verge of extinction? Lol. Desktops purchased in the last few years are more than capable of running most if not all software with ease. There is less incentive to upgrade as the benefits are minimal to the costs involved. 

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 13:39

Windows 8 is further driving the typical desktop into extinction.
I realize that fact is not well received here at neowin however I encourage anyone who doubts the validity of that claim to simply spend an hour in the pc dept of your local best buy or microcenter and witness this in person, it's all too obvious.

Bollocks. Complete and utter bollocks.


If the sales person is doing their job correctly people are walking out with something that works for them. If the sales person isn't, then the consumer ought be going elsewhere.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 13:47

No I am afraid you are mistaken... just because there are less sales does not mean extinct...

faulty logic.


People buy desktops and  keep them for longer than a year... upgrade them... 

unlike the little hand held devices that are replaced because their functionality is limited.


One should before announcing extinction ...look at the sale of parts that people buy to upgrade them.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 13:52

Those sales always come from manufacturers, i.e. Dell, Hp, Lenovo... etc. I just upgraded myself to desktop, no thanks to any of those manufacturers, the price they ask for their products is ridiculous, I can very well assemble a very powerful machine, that I will end using together with my laptop. The beauty of having a powerhouse that can make use of a portable device.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 13:58

lets see.... a desktop which is way more powerful then what most people use it for and gets upgraded oh say every 3-5yrs? or a smart phone / tablet which people have this strange urge to upgrade every time the newest one comes out every year...... yeah and these "analysts" wonder why desktop sales aren't moving much and tablet/smartphones sales go up and up?.... common...

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 14:01

I knew I'd only get a few posts down before I saw the obligatory 'Desktops are dying because of Windows 8' comment.


Sorry... just not true.  The only people that want to dedicate an area of their home to a computer are people who work at them for several hours a day or geeks- both exist in very limited numbers.


For everyone else, a tablet, laptop or mobile phone suffice to meet all their computing needs.


* typing this at my desktop, but only because my wife took the laptop out with her otherwise I'd be lounging on the sofa in the living room with that *