Where Desktops Remain
Work and Play – Where Desktops Stay
We hear so often about how the world has gone mobile. And this true in many regards. Smartphones have become the choice device for most people to connect with the world. Smartphones are pretty incredible. They can serve so many functions and allow us to do most or all of our online business on the go. But what about tradition desktops? Have they been made irrelevant as so many predicted years ago? The simple answer is no.
While the popularity of desktops has certainly declined, the need for them has not entirely gone away. There are two groups who still offer desktops a safe haven: gamers and professionals These are both groups that take advantage of the additional power and storage that desktops have to offer.
In the professional space, a desktop offers the comforts of a full desk setup. An office chair, dual screen monitors, a keyboard and mouse. Large screens reduce eye-strain compared to a phone or tablet as well. Many powerful applications are not yet ready for mobile. The fact is that they take too much power for a mobile device to run effectively. Adobe Creative Suite, is one example. While Adobe has made apps for iPads and smartphones, they still are not as capable as what a desktop with a dedicated GPU can provide. Other more niche business software, such as system management programs just simply are not designed with mobile in mind.
For gamers, the desktop PC offers a premium gaming experience. Mobile games and PC games may be getting more similar, but they are still far apart in many ways. PC games offer more elaborate graphics, worlds, and gameplay. They have the ability to be more complex because they don’t have to worry about power or space efficiency like mobile games do. PC gamers also enjoy variety. They can choose to play with a controller or a keyboard and mouse. They can choose what graphics card they want to put into their desktop, which processor, how much RAM. These are specs that can be changed at any time.
With professionals and gamers being the two main groups still keeping desktops in demand, computer companies have responded. There is no longer a push for the average home family desktop computer. Desktops are now built, marketed, and targeted towards businesses and gamers. Asus, for example, has primarily been focusing on its Republic of Gamers (ROG) line for the last few years and finding major success in that pursuit. Dell also has a gaming division called Alienware, but most of their focus has stayed on the business side of the market, catering to companies who need workstations.
Will desktops continue to stay relevant over the next few years? It looks to be that way. So long as there are intensive tasks and programs that the general public uses frequently, anyway. Apps will continue to be made more efficient, but as new technologies start taking off, there is likely to continue to be demand for machines that can handle more than the average mobile device. It’s very likely that we will see this in the realms of VR and AI in coming years.