Every once in a while so-called analysts proclaim the death of a company or device and while the dice they throw are sometimes right about that, they are more often than not wrong. The latest prediction is that the PC is dead and that is almost entirely based on a drop in 4th quarter 2012 shipments and the rise of tablets.
Tablets are the latest trend and they are doing extremely well right now, selling like hotcakes so to say. The majority of tablets are great for certain activities, like browsing the Internet, watching video, listening to music, messaging and other activities that require little to no input from the user. Playing Angry Birds on a Kindle Fire is fun and even movies are great to watch if you do not have a larger screen in reach at that time.
But when it comes to work, tablets fail more often than not. Not only can't you create new applications or games for tablets on tablets, a lot of regular work related activities are not possible either or at least not enjoyable.
Most tablets come without keyboard which makes typing longer blog posts or articles an unpleasant experience. Some tablets like Microsoft's Surface RT have optional keyboards attached to them and while that's raising the level considerable, writing is still limited because of the smaller keyboard and screen you work with.
Writing is on the other hand a basic activity. What about video rendering, designing web pages or coding the next blockbuster app? While you may find an app here and there that makes available the functionality, the limited screen size and processing power make this all but an enjoyable experience.
Casual games work well on tablet devices but most gamers prefer either a gaming system like the Wii, Xbox 360 or Sony PS3, or if they want the best and latest, a PC. Why a PC? Because it is the most versatile gaming machine out there. Can you play real-time strategy games on a console? Not really because of the fiddly controls. There are certain types of games that do not work on consoles, and yes, shooters are among them at least if you want to play fair and square and without auto aim.
Why are PC sales dropping then? It is actually pretty easy to answer. Modern PCs last a long time. Back in the days of the first Pentium systems you got a serious speed boost upgrading your system from a Pentium to say a Pentium II, and the same was true for video cards which made big jumps a that time, RAM and even hard drives. PCs today can be used for years even if you are a gamer, and if you do not game or use other taxing programs on your PC, you can very well use a five or even ten year old PC for most activities without issues.
The performance gain of upgrading a two year old PC may still be noticeable but it is not a prerequisite for playing the latest games or working on the PC, and it seems that a lot of people have realized that. So, instead of upgrading the PC the money is saved or spend elsewhere.What's your take on this?Advertisement
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