Several years ago, not many owned a laptop or a computer at home. It was a luxury that many can still afford to live without. Yet as the years go by and as technology progresses, most of us begin to realize that these technological contraptions are already a necessity that everyone needs to have at home. While smartphones give us access to the web and offer more flexibility, the enduring capability and multitasking properties offered by either a laptop or a desktop computer outshines the more handy and flashy smartphones and tablets.
Now, if I were to ask you, will you go for a laptop or a desktop computer? It may be a tricky question for some but you eventually have to choose over time. What you buy depends on your computing needs. While a laptop is undoubtedly a crowd favorite because of the comfort and convenience it offers, it does have its disadvantages. The same can be said about desktop computers. Choosing which one to buy all boils down to what you need.
You may never buy another laptop.
Ten years ago, laptop sales overtook desktop PC sales to become the dominant hardware platform for computing. Now smartphones are about to do to laptops what laptops did to desktops.
Apple has run out of good laptop ideas
For the past decade, Apple has led and dominated the laptop market with design and innovation. The company has been moving toward better quality, so-called “Retina” screens. Apple’s keyboard designs and unibody aluminum construction have been heavily imitated. The company used to dazzle the industry by sweating the small stuff, like the MagSafe power connector and lights that shine through aluminum.
It’s not just that Apple innovated. It’s that its laptop innovations evolved their products toward elegance and usability. And that’s over.
After years without a significant new laptop design, their latest release, last year’s MacBook Pro, landed with a thud. The laptop was seriously underpowered — called by some a MacBook Air at a MacBook Pro price. The company ditched its incredibly popular MagSafe power connector in favor of USB C power.
Apple is a company that defines innovation. They continually come up with breakthrough products and technological solutions that are just plain genius that it is a wonder why others have not thought about it before. But over the years, their computer line appeared to be on hiatus with little to no updates. But while challenges can’t be avoided, the future still looks promising for both computers and laptops as more consumers have increasing and advanced computing needs.
The past couple of years have been a whirlwind of technology hype.
We have been told about multi-screen culture, mobile workforces and global collaboration.
‘Work and play’ is no longer where you go, but where you take it with you.
This has changed what we expect from technology and one result was the slow decline of conventional computer systems.
In 2016 alone, the PC market contracted by more than 6 percent.
Consumers are clearly demanding laptops that complement their lifestyles and they are not settling for anything less, said Chris Buchanan, director of Client Solutions at Dell EMC:
“Habits have changed. Users know what they want from their machines. Once those boxes were ticked, sales of laptops started to go down since you can sweat them for quite a number of years.
“For a while everyone blamed smartphones and tablets for the decline. But technology companies were no longer giving consumers what they wanted.”
The laptop can still be the cornerstone of our technology-powered lifestyles, but only if it meets the expectations of modern users.
Whether you create content, watch movies or do research, laptops have to evolve without leaving any of their greatest characteristics behind.
The world is continually evolving but one thing remains for sure, technology will be a big part of everyone’s lives from now on and in the years to come. It might be a bit hard to keep up with all the changes and advancements because of financial limitations, but investing in a durable and superior desktop computer or laptop can make a big difference in your life. They may come with a hefty price but every penny you pay for it is worth it.
Now, whether you purchase a laptop or desktop is irrelevant. Assess your computing needs and answer that question yourself. Are you constantly mobile and need something handy you can easily bring with you? Do you require more extensive computing features for your work or a pet project perhaps? These are just some of the things you need to ask yourself if you ever face the dilemma of choosing between the two.