There has been a lot of talk lately as to whether the Desktop PC is dying or has in fact died. While on the surface, it appears that desktop PC’s are going the way of the dinosaur. Certainly PC makers have seen desktop and laptop sales fall drastically recently but there are plenty of industries that need the extra computing power and, in some cases, the multiple monitors the desktop PC affords.
Many of our customers have been asking if they could replace their desktop PC altogether with a Tablet device. Generally speaking, the answer is “not really”.
The tablet devices that we have right now are fantastic for simple needs such as viewing email and surfing the web. The flexibility that our iPad gives us in our day-to-day contacts with our customers is fantastic but they simply lack the power necessary to do complex CAD design, photo editing, accounting, engineering work, and even powerful, graphic intensive games. The software that these industries employ simply requires more memory and computing horsepower than the average tablet has available to date. Add to this, the iOS, which run the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch lack a filesystem and Android devices come in too many flavors for consumers to get comfortable with its functionality. Also, the iOS doesn’t support Flash, a major component for Flash based websites or even video playback on a lot of standard websites
As lovers of technology, we have enjoyed watching the last few years unfold. iPod’s, Smartphones, Tablets have all been fantastic additions. We love the innovation and cannot wait to see what is still to come. We love using tablets as a complementary device to our Desktop PC’s.
When we are out and about and simply need to access email or view a website, our mobile devices are the way to go, hands down. Consider your Desktop PC as your go to when back at home or the office and need to crunch some numbers or just want to relax and play “Call of Duty” or “World of Warcraft”, then the desktop is the way to go.
Mobile computing is certainly on the rise. No dispute there. But desktops and laptops still have a lot of life in them. At Code Blue Computing, our employees own several mobile devices ourselves including the iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, Nook’s, etc and we love just as much but recognize the limitations in each. Each one of us always goes to our desktops or laptops when we need to do the “heavy lifting”.
Consulting an IT firm when considering your next purchase is not a bad idea. Please feel free to give us a call with what your needs are and the the devices that you are considering. We would be happy to help you select the perfect device for your individual needs.
Code Blue Computing is a full service IT firm headquartered out of Broomfield, Colorado. They specialize in computer sales and service, virus removal, networking, and data backup and recovery. Their local service area includes: Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, and Broomfield.