Is the desktop dying? yes, at least for 95 percent of people.

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So I have seen some posts on this site about whether or not the desktop is dying and such. Some say yes others say no. Here is how I see it.

In America at least where I live 95 percent of people that use computers could care less whether they are using a desktop, laptop,  tablet, or smartphone. They all do the same thing open up an internet browser so they can check Facebook, twitter, or YouTube.

No one I know need’s 1TB of hard drive space or 8GB’s of ram etc. Some of my friends are hesitant to use the cloud but they also prefer blu-rays to streaming.  I use the cloud and have used like 1 GB of my free 15Gb’s available on Google drive.

Even me who loves this geek stuff and codes and such, I can code on my chrome book just fine.  I don’t need a 4000 dollar mac pro desktop to code.

This being said there will be exceptions though. Some people hence the 5 percent will need desktops but with the way the cloud is going they can use DAAS or SAAS. Some business’s will need desktops also but your bread and butter the people that use computers the most, the consumer is moving to tablets and smartphones.

As a final note I have a friend that owns a pawn shop. I tried to sell my vista computer to him and he said “I know you if they sold I would give you 5 dollars more than the average person cause your my friend but no one wants desktops anymore” So I ended up recycling that computer.



Jaime is a computer geek who learns by tinkering with technology. Currently he is a computer repair tech specializing in geriatric clients.

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  1. Cabhan July 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    To say the desktop is dying implies that it will reach a point where it will no longer exist. It’s getting smaller, but I don’t see it ever going away.

    Gaming is a huge industry for the desktop. While many gamers play on their laptops, most are still on desktops. And that industry is still growing. You just can’t beat playing on a minimum 24 inch screen and on a power line that gives uninterrupted time.

  2. Michael Chase July 21, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Good write-up. I am one of the ones who say it is not dying. I think of it in terms of ovens and microwaves. They both cook food but are suited for different purposes. Along with that…any PC gamer worth their salt is still running a custom built PC.

    I do see your point, however. Most of my friends and relatives could care less about a desktop PC as well.

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