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Old 04-07-2016, 09:03 PM   #1
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Do You Still Have A 'Desktop' PC/Mac @ Home ?

If so, do you plan to buy another one when that one goes kaput ?
If not, do you ever plan to purchase one ?

I'll be honest, I'm trying to get my arms around the home desktop market.
I own Intel stock, & the slowdown in this segment has held it back for the last 4 or 5 years.

My personal opinion is that the home desktop market will never reach the old levels of success. Many people, & the vast majority of younger people, are using their phones and/or tablets it seems.

I'll always want/prefer a desktop at home.
I have a 20 inch iMac that I bought new in May 2008.
Can't remember the name of the original operating system, upgraded to snow leopard, then mountain lion, & last week to OS X El Capitan.

Definitely slower on start up, but other than that it works great.

The only other upgrade was the memory. Upped it from 2 to 6 GB.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:09 PM   #2
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Yup, a PC with a 27" monitor. Me thinks I need a 31", I like a big picture.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:16 PM   #3
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Yes, I still have my Linux desktop, running on an ancient Pentium processor. It works just fine, why would I want to change it?
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:21 PM   #4
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We probably have not had a desktop for 10 years or perhaps more. For what we use our PCs for laptops are much more useful. I got used to traveling with a laptop when I was workign and will never go back to a desktop.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:24 PM   #5
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My wife and I both have desktop computers and I still have one for w*rk for a couple more months. I really don't care for laptops and don't think I want to use a tablet for everything. When I use my iPad I keep wishing that it had a mouse for some things.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:32 PM   #6
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nope several laptops but no desktops
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:37 PM   #7
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Yes and if my desktop (Win 10) goes kaput, I'll definitely get another...but I buy used, not new.
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Husband and I rely on laptops/phones, but I prefer a desktop for a few tasks, i.e. taxes.



Our current desktop (I am the only one who ever touches it) is an emachine. Remember those? There was a time I would not have considered one, but got one for $200 from a local computer dealer/repair place. With the few things I use it for, $200, spread over 4-5 years, is a bargain. It is on its fourth year now and working great. Of course, not much is required of it.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:45 PM   #9
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I ditched the laptop and desktop about same time I ditched my landline 5 years ago... My iPad and Chromebook are all I need. Next purchase will be that big ipad pro... Will waste all of the unique uses and will be buying it only for the big screen.


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Old 04-07-2016, 09:49 PM   #10
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I have an iMac and MacBook. But I could see surviving on only a MacBook if I had a big monitor.


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Yep. Been sitting on the desk 10 years without using. Since we're moving, I'm disassembling it tomorrow.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:54 PM   #12
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Had only laptops for over 10 years, then Apple came out with a wowzer hi-res "retina 5K" 27 inch display with a built-in iMac, and we had to get it for our photo and video editing. DH is on it all the time.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:56 PM   #13
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I use a laptop as my desktop.

The 17" screen is fine for me, but really only because the release of Linux that I use (Xubuntu) provides super easy to use and effective 'virtual desktops'. I generally keep 6 desktops open, each with their own grouping of stuff on them, and switch between them as I work. So an individual screen is not so cluttered.

But if I did want/need a bigger monitor, I can use an external one, and have the added area of the laptop as well.

And on rare occasions, I do just sleep the laptop, and take it with me, and all my apps and windows are open just like I left them, and I can get right to work away from home.

And, when I do upgrade, an older laptop is a very convenient second computer to have on hand. I use them as dedicated music players, and I had one tied up for weeks doing some video conversions and editing. Set it up on a table and let it do its thing w/o tying up your main daily computer.

It's just so much easier to do that with a small laptop, than to move and set up a desktop and monitor. Plus, you get built in UPS with the battery.

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Yep, two desktops custom built by me, one 6 years old running a quad core processor, 4 GB RAM and Win 10. DW's is running Win 7. Both have nice 23" monitors. I keep them clean and fast.

I have a Chromebook for portable use, DW has and IPad.

Three laptops are paperweights in the closet.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:27 PM   #15
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I have a desktop and will probably have one as long as they make them.... I do not take my computer with me anywhere, so why get a laptop that does not do as much.... I do have a small tablet, but only play games and do some web surfing....

DW has an Ipad and a laptop... but laptop just sits on her desk... she uses her phone at times and when we are not at home...

DS has a desktop... he is doing CAD and needed the speed and extra memory and large monitor... uses his phone for everything else...

DD has a laptop, but probably does not use it much... DW insisted we get it for some reason... waste of money IMO.... she also has a small tablet that she uses to text etc.
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Use a laptop as my desk computer. I did get a larger 21 inch desktop type screen, but still use the laptop for the keyboard and a mouse rather than the finger pad on laptop.
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No desktops. I have MacBook laptop vintage 2008. Wife runs home photography business with newer MacBook Pro laptop.


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I gave my desktop away a few years ago and never bought another. I have a laptop.

I suspect that laptops will be nearly extinct in just a few years as well. However, I love mine and don't intend to give up using a laptop any time soon.
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Had only laptops for over 10 years, then Apple came out with a wowzer hi-res "retina 5K" 27 inch display with a built-in iMac, and we had to get it for our photo and video editing. DH is on it all the time.
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