With all technology going mobile, tech geeks around the world are wondering whether desktop PCs have a future and if so, how they will be able to compete with smartphones, laptops and tablets. Will the desktop PC look as preposterous in 50 years as we perceive the first ENIAC computer today, or will it still be around and have a huge following?
When you think about it, everything in the tech world is getting smaller and smaller every day. Smartphones, tablets and laptops are getting thinner and thinner and their developers are figuring out brand new ways to make their parts smaller and fit them into ever-so-tiny spaces. On the other hand, there are the proud owners of colossal desktop PC towers who enjoy the grandeur of the machine. With the exception of the monitors, which are getting thinner, the PC is not really reducing in size.
Many attribute the continued success of desktop PCs to their content creation capabilities. After all, you can’t exactly write a whole article, or design a flier on your tablet or smartphone. Well, maybe you can do something, but it will take much more time than on a conventional computer. But laptops can be used for that too, can’t they? You can connect a giant monitor, a classic keyboard and a mouse to a laptop and use it for the exact same things as a desktop PC.
With these things in mind, an obvious question arises – why is the desktop PC still going? Perhaps the bulkiness actually appeals to some people. As they even make movable houses these days, an anchored, big desktop PC gives as a sense of stability and durability. Or maybe it’s some sort of nostalgia – an attempt to keep at least something from our past still in our lives. Ask any old-school gamer for the reason why they have a desktop PC and you will be flooded with a river of precious memories. A desktop PC also looks kind of serious which maybe the reason why businesses still hang on – is there anything serious and business-like about a thin laptop which you can just pick up and take anywhere you like?
It would seem that desktop PCs do have a future, even though it may seem unlikely to some. In all the years since the computer has existed, the hardware parts (CPUs, motherboards, hard drives, video cards, etc.) have evolved a lot, but some bigger changes are bound to be made soon for the desktop PC to keep its fans. Touch-oriented systems have already proven not to be very efficient for desktop computing, though some would bet that is the future. A more likely scenario would involve some kind of intuitive operating system which could help users be more efficient or anticipate their following actions. It’s already being developed for smartphones with their voice assistants (which are rumoured to be able to do much more very soon), so why not have it for desktop PCs as well?
Having survived for so many years, desktop PCs are likely to survive for many more to come. We can’t be sure of how they will look like in 10, 20, or 30 years, but they will be there – that’s for sure.