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The wise and venerable desktop

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Author: jbrace@heartlandtechnologies.com

used with permission by HP Technology at Work

When you think about the computing devices you’ll be using in the future, desktop PCs probably don’t come to mind. Sure, your very first computer was a desktop and they’ve been around forever, but surely the convenience and popularity of tablets, smartphones and notebooks are signalling the desktop’s demise.

Or are they?

Turns out desktop PCs aren’t going the way of the VCR just yet. Yes, smaller devices are more convenient and useful in many situations, but the desktop has its place, too. Instead of replacing desktops as primary computers, many are finding that the smaller, portable devices are more effective when they’re used to supplement a more powerful, stationary desktop. It seems that desktop PCs aren’t going anywhere—but their role is changing.

Share the workload

For employees who travel frequently, there’s no doubt that their tablets and smartphones get a lot more use than their desktops… if they even have desktops. But for those who find themselves needing to get some serious work done and are in the office at least some of the time, a powerful, more capable PC like an HP Z1 workstation can be crucial.

Now, thanks to the cloud, it’s easy to work on multiple devices no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Including a desktop in your arsenal of devices can be extremely advantageous for many reasons.

Powerful partner

When it comes to power, nothing beats a desktop PC. With bigger processors, an unlimited power source and effective cooling systems, PCs like the HP Compaq Elite 8300 can do more at higher speeds—period. While this kind of power may not be a priority for some people, it’s a huge necessity for anyone who works with demanding programs like Adobe InDesign or Photoshop. Even complex Microsoft Excel spreadsheets require the clout that only a desktop can provide.

Do more, view more

Another advantage of desktops is that you can use more peripherals at once. If you’re working on a tablet and need a mouse, keyboard, and your headphones—you might be out of luck. But most desktops have many USB ports and other connectivity options that aren’t even available on mobile devices. Plus, desktops also provide added screen real estate, which studies have shown make you more productive [1]. You can even further enhance your multitasking capabilities by connecting multiple monitors, giving you the ability to run several apps simultaneously.

The right price

While you actually get more of everything with a desktop PC compared to other devices (except mobility, of course), they are significantly cheaper. This applies to when you buy them new and when you need to make repairs. Because the components of tablets and notebooks are so small, they are more difficult to work with and cost more. Desktops can often run hundreds of dollars less than some of their notebook counterparts.

It’s true that a professional world without tablets, smartphones and notebooks would be difficult to navigate these days, but as long as desktops provide power and versatility at the right price, it looks like there will always be a place for them in almost every office.

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