Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.167.46.29

Forum Moderators: incrediBILL & lawman

Message Too Old, No Replies

With current technology, 2014, can we do without a desktop computer?

     
11:55 am on Mar 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

Administrator from GB 

WebmasterWorld Administrator engine is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 9, 2000
posts:22313
votes: 239


Whether it be a Microsoft-based OS, a Mac, Linux, or whatever, is it possible to do business without the power of a desktop PC?

I'm not entirely convinced.

The iPad, for example, is great for web browsing, ordering online, etc. The smartphone can do that, toO.
Cloud-based services mean our photos and files are backed up automatically, as long as you're "on-the-grid." It's all so easy.

Here's where things start to go wrong. Banking and accounting, printed copies of materials, spreadsheets, programming, word processing, etc.

I know, it's possible to do many of these things on a tablet computer, to a certain extent, but, really, can we get rid of our desktop just yet?
12:50 pm on Mar 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

Moderator from GB 

WebmasterWorld Administrator 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Apr 30, 2008
posts:2509
votes: 141


Oh, I can blind type on a normal keyboard. I find it painfully slow on a tablet. Even when an external keyboard is added to a tablet - not good as it is not big enough for blind typing.

So the tablet for me - for fun, light browsing, etc - yes.

Any work that required typing - not really. Even searching is slow on a tablet because of typing so for a more serious research PC is better.
1:43 pm on Mar 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

Preferred Member

5+ Year Member

joined:Nov 16, 2010
posts:533
votes: 0


Having used a laptop, a netbook, large phones for accessing the web and work for a while, I had cause to boot up my desk top which being the least modern pc, I had relegated to certain test duties.

Alas, it feels faster, smoother and is easier to use in most ways than the newer mobile devices.

So folks, please keep buying desktops, you know you like them
2:48 pm on Mar 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

Moderator This Forum

WebmasterWorld Administrator lawman is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 28, 2001
posts:3519
votes: 28


I have my desktop for programs that require a lot of horsepower to run such as video editing.
2:56 pm on Mar 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:July 12, 2000
posts:322
votes: 4


I'm still getting email with: "pls excuse typos sent from my Rphone"
3:53 pm on Mar 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:July 25, 2005
posts:989
votes: 1


i think you make a false distinction. it's not about desktop vs tablet, it's keyboard vs touchscreen.

i live without a desktop machine since many years and never looked back. instead i've got a 12 inch subnotebook, as it was called back then. a device between a - at that time not yet available - netbook and a notebook. it's perfect for professional tasks everywhere - best used on a couch ;)

the whole issue really is about a quality standalone keyboard on the one hand and an unresponsive virtual touch keyboard on the other. to me, all those gadgets without a separate haptic keyboard where you mess around with your fingers on a screen is nothing more than a marketing gag for consumers only.

of course, smartphones are necessary concerning size and portability. but at least when it comes to tablets, a productive use case is barely given.
9:40 pm on Mar 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lame_wolf is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Dec 30, 2006
posts:3224
votes: 9


I'll die before I give up my desktop.
9:48 pm on Mar 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member piatkow is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Apr 5, 2006
posts:3284
votes: 12


Maybe its because I learned to touch type but I really can't get on with a touch screen and I keep hitting the wrontg top row keys on a laptop. For business use I need a screen that I can use without eyestrain and a full sized keyboard. I am not bothered about the box that links the two as long as it is fast and runs all the programmes I need.

At the moment that still means using a Windows PC or laptop although my ancient Asus ee (bought on a whim when proper laptops were a lot more expensive than now in real terms) can handle the basic word processing and email with external keyboard and screen.