It's a common occurrence in fashion for old trends to make a comeback after regular intervals, but the same cannot be said for technology. It's unimaginable for the techies of 2014 to start listening to the famous '90s jams on their Walkmans or go back to watching movies on VCRs.
There is now an exception to this unwritten rule as news has come out that desktop computers are making a comeback – in a big and unexpected way.
It is common knowledge that the contemporary era is that of tablets, laptops, phablets and smartphones. Full-sized, nonportable computers have long been relegated to the has-beens of the computing industry, but they're not as extinct as the gen pop thinks.
Some of the world's leading computer manufacturers, including Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo, are reporting a boost in their PC sales, and expect the hike to continue for the next 12-18 months.
While the said boost owes almost everything to U.S. and Japanese businesses upgrading of their aging fleet of computers, there also exists a large faction of tech junkies who still prefer desktop computers.
Here are a few reasons why our bulky desktop computers still kick their portable rivals' combined butts:
Where Real Work Gets Done
The general consensus among IT professionals, graphic designers and writers is that PCs are where the real work gets done. This is why businesses invest in PCs rather than buying laptops and touch-screen tablets.
As one Redditor put it:
"PCs. For when you actually need to get work done."
Standard Keyboard V Touchscreens
Full-sized Standard Keyboards native to desktop PCs still remain the fastest and the most efficient tool of inputting data into a computer. Touchscreens look cooler, but they are an obstacle in the way of feeding the computer.
Due to it being a relatively primitive technology, the cost associated with desktop PCs is a lot lower than notebooks and tablets. A high-end PC can be bought much cheaper than a laptop of the same specs.
Since desktop PCs are assembled piece by piece, their life is longer. Faulty components can be replaced with newer ones to ensure smooth running. The same is not possible with the new-age computing devices.
Similarly, improving the speed and processing efficiency of a desktop computer is also quite simple. To achieve the same on tablets and other handhelds is a lot more difficult.
Hence, no matter what doom-mongers want us to believe, the fact remains that desktop PCs are going nowhere for now. Yes, it has lost a considerable bit of its media consumption share, but when it comes to creating things, it still remains the preferred choice of professionals.