Sunday, January 16, 2011
Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM
"It was fun while it lasted, but as of 2011 the era of the desktop computer is officially over. At least that's the overriding message of last week's gadget and gear extravaganza in Las Vegas known as the Consumer Electronics Show: The PC is dead."
Every year someone claims the end of the PC is nigh, the PC is dead. I like to think that it's role is changing, rather than dying. At CES this year there was huge amounts of news about new tablets and mobile devices, but not very much about PC's. I don't agree that the death of the PC is nigh as per this article by Fox News. Tablets and netbooks are very much the mobile device of choice these days for the average consumer, while the laptop is still the mobile device of corporates. At home tablets and netbooks are brilliant for in the living room to quickly surf the internet, look things up, but for gaming, or more prolonged surfing and document creation, I think people will still use a PC. The ease of use of the keyboard and mouse cannot be overlooked. I mainly use my android tablet in the living room to look things up I see on TV, or just to check emails or facebook. If I'm looking for a holiday, for example, that will require lots of sites open on different tabs, then I will use the PC, same with writing a document, or editting photo's. It's just easier for me, and I can't see that changing anytime soon. What do you think? Is the PC dying out?