Will the Desktop PC Disappear?

Finally, the great debate, with so many questions swirling within its midst.  From the business to the home, desktop PC’s have for many years been the staple and most affordable option in the computing world.  Even when laptops came out, they were bulky, inconvenient, and failed often.  It seemed as if nothing could ever touch the powerful desktop computer.  Then the mobile phone industry took off, and gave birth to tablet computing.  Because tablets were so convenient, laptop manufacturers were forced to adopt some of those better technologies into their computers, and voila!  You have now, what is the most common style home PC in America.  The modern laptop, with standard specifications, affordability, great battery life, and mega lightweight convenience, it has become a staple in the home, office, and even in many schools.  It seems desktops were left behind to trudge quietly away in the basements of government buildings, and fight long bloody battles in the mists of Avalon for our gamer community.

Are laptops really better?

If you’ve ever bought a laptop with a budget, then you’ve also discovered another unfortunate thing: what happens when you want more from it?  The answer, is nothing.  Nothing happens.  Sure you can upgrade some parts, but nothing to change the functionality at it’s very core.  With a desktop computer, you can truly grow your device to your needs over time.  Processors can be upgraded, RAM can be added, hard drives can be replaced and added, power supplies can be upgraded or replaced after a power surge, and there’s still much more room for expansion cards, like Video cards for better graphic capabilities.  That is truly the magic of the desktop computer, and something all other computing devices lack greatly.  I bought a computer with pretty basic specs, and as a year went by, added stuff and beefed the computer up.  Now it’s a formidable gaming PC, which is something I can’t say for my laptop.

Durability is more than drop tested.

Desktop computers are considerably more durable than all other computing devices.  And no, they are not generally military drop tested.  I’m speaking more on the longevity of parts.  Everything is built better for desktops: bigger parts, more insulation, better ventilation.  When it comes to the electronic world, often times, assuming no physical damage or electric shock, computer parts will inevitably fail due to wear and tear and heat.  With the better insulation, better air flow, and larger surface area of parts, these computers are known to be the longest lasting of the options.  Also, if a part does fail, like a graphics chip, network port, or the power supply, the only action needed is to replace or add on to your device.  No need to buy a whole new computer every time something goes wrong.

I’ve only got eyes for customize.

We hear the term “Millennial” way too often, and it’s caught on so well, we forget what we really mean by that.  Often used to describe a younger, more “hip” member of society, we forget that they are about 40% of consumers today.  Studies indicate that when deciding to purchase something, Millennials will consider these 2 things over all else: “What are the reviews saying?”, and “How is it specific to my needs?”.  Reviews are something that controlled by both the quality of the build itself, and the interaction the consumer had while purchasing.  But when speaking toward the Idea of specific needs, or the “snowflake purchaser” as I like to say, Desktop computers may yet make a huge comeback.  Regardless of needs, desktop PCs can be ordered with different styles, be mounted behind screens, or placed on racks or under desks.  They can be built to order, or bought pre-made and modified at a later time.  You can use one for office work, media streaming, photo and video editing, 3D printing and design, or just as a home PC.  They’re much more affordable than their laptop counterparts, and can be modified or changed anytime you desire.  These are truly a millennial’s dream in the home.  Soon, I can see this market making a comeback.