Okay, I'm going to answer this question "do you really need a desktop" in a very succinct way. NO! Just be advised that the definitive word I'm using upon which to base my opinion is "need." And you might just be interested to know that I'm writing this post on my desktop.
Recently, when I was looking to purchase a new laptop, I made what I thought to be a brief foray over to the desktop section of a local retail chain. While I prefer to purchase via the Internet so I can be confident of the best price, I do like to check computers out in person. Most of the desktops were thinner, faster, high definition, and so on....you know the drill. But this was not really a whole lot of change from my last purchase. I was planning on continuing to use my current desktop. It was simply time to get another computer because one would no longer suffice as my business is just about all online using a computer.
My Desktop Surprise
Straight out, I was very surprised at what I saw among the desktop section. Yes, it had been years since I even remotely looked at a desktop computer. We had one primarily for education that our children shared and played games on. But as they grew older and schools more progressive about technology, each required their on. So, we got them each laptops not a desktop. The family desktop just gathered dust and got old and obsolete. Nobody used it.
But the screen alone in some of the all-in-one's I saw were huge compared to the laptop I owned. And the high definition was pretty awesome on the large screen. The evolution of the desktop seemed more geared to entertainment than just basic computer needs. Touchscreen was yet another feature that I thought an interesting addition to the desktop.
A buddy of mine owns a successful Internet business. I get tickled every time a see his office setup. On his big workstation of a desk he's got six, yes 6, laptops. No desktop. These laptops are positioned in a semi-circle where he can see them all and either access their built in keyboard or use a remote. It's quite interesting to watch him at work. I might be telling on my age a bit, but a few of the screens are so far away from his chair and are so small that when I look at them I can barely make out the detailed print. But it works for him. That takes me to one of the things that I love about the desktop. I can be positioned a ways off and see things very clearly on the big screen.
Long story short, I bought an all-in-one desktop! And I love it. I thoroughly enjoy leaning back in my super comfortable Eames chair with the remote keypad and mouse in my lap and working with my legs propped up on my desktop a few feet away.
Random Desktop Thoughts
Whether or not you decide to get a desktop likely depends a great deal on your budget. I don't plan to get into the Apple versus PC debate here. I like them both and think there's a place for both. However, generally speaking, if your budget is a primary issue then you're going to want to go the PC route. Apple products typically sell for a bit more than comparable PC's.
Another thing to think about is how much you use a computer at home. If you're on the computer at the office all the time and loath the idea of coming home and using a computer, then I'd probably opt for something multifunctional like a laptop, notebook, or tablet depending upon what you actually use it for. Regardless, each of these last three options can travel with you. A desktop does not travel (except during a move and then very carefully).
Medical issues are another positive reason for considering a large screen high-def desktop. Eye problems such as glaucoma can be a challenge for computer users. Brightness and clarity are great on smaller screens nowadays, but tend to deplete battery life really quickly. Having a desktop plugged into an electrical outlet tackles this issue.
Technology is advancing rapidly and it would not surprise me to see fewer and fewer pure desktop options as we travel down the road of the future. Think Apple TV and you'll begin to get an idea of where we're likely to be headed. Yes, it's a computer but not like what we've been accustomed to. And voice activated and controlled is just one piece to all of that. It ought to be interesting and fun.
Setting Up Dual Monitors On One Desktop PC
If you want a great resource that includes a brief history, plenty of additional links for further study, and even a basic understanding of how it works, then check out Wikipedia's article when you click on the link to their site desktop.
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