They continue to lose ground against tablets and notebooks, but still gain by price, screen size and better processing.
They are being sold less and less and in the last years have presented a little technological evolution; true. In addition, they have been overshadowed by the boom of their close relatives, All-In-One, notebooks, netbooks (now in retreat), tablets and smartphones.
However, traditional desktop computers have not disappeared and remain an option in many cases. The reasons why PCs with the classic CPU are still chosen are several, Next met ten.
Although the price gap between desktops and laptops has shrunk a great deal, Néstor Russaz of the Cetia Institute and Gaston Finkelstein of Gigabyte agree that comparable processing capacities and screen sizes mean that desktop computers remain cheaper.
2. Possibility to customize.
On this point, Russaz points out that when Dell sold through its site for Argentina, the possibility of customizing a notebook was quite broad. However, even in that case, notebooks did not match the possibilities offered by PCs to be custom-built, choosing type, brand and model of cabinet, power supply, motherboard, memory, disk, processor, display and accessories.
3. Play to high level.
Finkelstein explains: “There are notebooks that give a good gaming experience, but a true gamer needs a high-end video card, which in turn requires a powerful power supply, and that is on a PC.” A recent study by Mindshare Argentina points out that in the country “the PC stands out as the platform chosen to play, followed by cell phones and consoles.”
4. Large screen.
The connoisseurs agree that among portable machines the usual are screens up to 17 “(so the concept of portable computer) and there are those who need bigger monitors. Finkelstein says that those who take games seriously use 22 “to 26” screens, which are not possible on portable computers (unless an external display is added).
5. Processing capacity.
Who edits images or works in design, for example, will find that desktop processors have higher performance than similar models for mobile devices, says Finkelstein.
6. Possibilities to update.
“If you do not allow too much time, traditional desktop machines can support up to two update instances, where the hard disk, memory, and video card might be involved.” Russaz says. Desktops also support changing the cabinet, display, power supply and, very quickly, the keyboard, mouse and other peripherals.
7. Maintenance and service costs.
The sources consulted by Next agree that desktop computer repairs are usually simpler, faster, and less expensive than mobile computers. One of the reasons? Spare parts for desktop PCs are more easily achieved. On the other hand, crucial components such as notebook batteries – of limited life – are sometimes difficult to find.
8. Operation without pause.
Russaz says that although it depends on the quality of its components, PCs generally respond better to continuous operation or very long hours of use. “In these situations many laptops usually fail the video chip, which is less the case on desktop computers,” says Russaz.
9. Connect you with everything.
Finkelstein explains that motherboards on desktop computers can bring up to 16 USB ports, far more than what laptops offer. They also give more alternatives in cases where multiple screens need to be connected.
Whoever will use the computer always or almost always at your desk, you will probably prefer the greater ergonomics of a mouse and a large keyboard and a generously sized screen. “We used the notebook for all the advantages it gives us in mobility, but the sizes and speed of a PC remain irreplaceable,” says Finkelstein.