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#16 vetneufuse

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 14:03

remember people..... netbooks where killing desktops a few years ago...... NET BOOKS!




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Posted 12 July 2013 - 14:06

bring back netbooks,and the numbers go back to normal. oops



#18 Fahim S.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 14:08

Netbooks, tablets whatever.

What's killing the desktop is cheap, accessible and convenient portable computing.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 14:14

Netbooks, tablets whatever.

What's killing the desktop is cheap, accessible and convenient portable computing.

x2  There was a time where a laptop was 2-3x the amount of a desktop...now they are about the same price.  Now introduce powerful tablets for just above the price of a desktop, people will go for the more powerful tablets over a desktop. 

 

Easy of portability and powerful enough to do whatever you need will take over.  ipads and things of that nature will be a fad that will go away once people have full application support in the same device for the same price or a bit more. 



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 14:36

x2  There was a time where a laptop was 2-3x the amount of a desktop...now they are about the same price.  Now introduce powerful tablets for just above the price of a desktop, people will go for the more powerful tablets over a desktop. 

 

Easy of portability and powerful enough to do whatever you need will take over.  ipads and things of that nature will be a fad that will go away once people have full application support in the same device for the same price or a bit more. 

 

Not just 2-3x more expensive, but had poor and small screens, awful battery lives that you would be lucky to see reach hours, weighed a lot (10kg upwards for some).



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 14:48

The desktop computer might not be going away for the majority of people who use them as a Tool for productivity or PC gamers who'll mostly be building their own anyway, but for every person you see who on facebook, or instagram or any of the other social networks and are using a Smart Phone, the chances are they're no longer using a PC for it. These are the family computers that were selling like hot cakes because back before the iPhone and handsets that followed it, there wasn't real mobile internet to be had and it was the only way they could 'play' on the new internet toy.

 

Now, rather then a family get a PC from Dell for their kids to do the home work on, they'll think twice about it, adults that are older then 30ish and aren't already into computers will opt for a smart phone for their Facebook hits. Younger kids in their early teens don't know why they need a computer anymore. They have fast consoles, and internet on the tablets or phones and a computer to them is now a tool to write out their essay at school... and that's how it is now.

 

The majority of people alive don't need nor want a desktop computer. It's a sad fact and the numbers show it. The desktop computer in 10 years time will still be around, but it's slowly starting to fade away, even if the population has to deal with poor apps and games as a result they don't know or care that its the way its going because they simply don't know the difference now... 



#22 Mr Nom Nom's

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 14:52

Le Sigh, reduced sales doesn't mean that they're becoming extinct; if a family that used to have 3 computers replaced their setup with a single desktop and two tablets is the industry better off or worse off? the size of the market is shrinking but that also means that there is greater opportunities for alternative devices and more importantly there are still people buying desktops. In around 2-5 years you'll probably see the shrinkage stop and maybe a small increase as those in developing nations demand more sophisticated devices than just going on the web using their mobile.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 14:54

I got a smart phone. I greatly prefer working on a MUCH larger screen.

 

The market became saturated. Nothing more. It's just like the automobile market. Look at how many used cars you see just sitting there!



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 14:57

I only ever use a Desktop at work or if I am trying to fix my parents 12 year old desktop (which I hope they will get rid of soon!).

For my personal time it is either my laptop, my tablet or my phone.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 15:04

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.

 

I have a Laptop, but I have it setup like a desktop on my couch. It's setup with the lid closed with 2 monitors a mouse and a keyboard hooked up to it.. It feels far more productive. My other system is a 4 monitor desktop system that I use daily. I have an iPad, Nexus 7, and Acer w500 Windows Tablet.

 

In order of use

 

iPad - Rarely

Nexus - Even More Rarely

Windows Tablet - Hardly Ever.

 

I do have a 2nd laptop, it lives behind my 4 monitors on my desk down stairs with the lid closed. It's accessed by my desktop and my couch computer via Remote Desktop, and servers as my quickbooks computer. I do the monthly updates but other than that, the computer is NEVER on the internet.

 

Once you go dual screens it's almost impossible to use anything else. Using a single screen then feels almost claustrophobic.

 

Out of the house for email and facebook I basically just use my Samsung s3.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 15:11

Just as with vehicles there's a form factor for practically everyone's preference of computing now.

 

No one form to rule them all and in the darkness bind them.

 

Everyone is different. It's what makes the world an interesting place to live.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 15:22

Keep dreaming, Desktop is here to stay for a LONG time coming.  Maybe for the avg consumer that has fancy cellphones or limited tablets that can care less about the capabilities that a desktop would bring.  But enterprise business and power users will be using desktops for a long time.

 

So yes, desktops are dying for the average consumer becuase you don't need them anymore to browse on the internet and consumer media/social.



#28 mduren2445

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 15:29

unit they can figure a way to upgrade laptops, tablets more easily than buying a new one, desktops are here to stay.  Software demands will keep desktops around.  Lets say you want do auto cad.  It is easier and cheaper to upgrade a desktop to meet your needs than to upgrade a laptop or tablet.  



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 19:54

As laptops gain more power, that's an obvious better choice for a lot of people. They typically provide more than enough power for most people's computing needs now, plus they have the ability to go wherever you want. So laptops will slowly take over from desktops for sure, but desktops aren't going anywhere anytime soon either. Plus a lot of people who don't really care about computers much are going phone only and calling it good enough, I know a bunch of people like that. I'd say they've reached their peak and are on the way down though.

 

Also, computers have reached a point where even your cheap computers now are good enough and will be for a while. For a long time a year or two old computer was too old to run the latest and greatest OSes and software, but now performance has increased enough to cause people not to need to upgrade as frequently, causing sales to go down.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 20:07

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.

 

+1 I work at an office store and see this everyday.