It's the death of desktops.
As desktops get replaced by laptops or the occasional iMac-style all-in-one, it's desktops that are on the way out.
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For the past four years (at least), our staff have had the option of desktop or laptop. We're still over 90% desktops, and the proportion of laptops doesn't seem to be rising any more.
All laptops are a compromise of various sorts between power consumption, processing power, heat, size, weight, battery life, ergonomics etc. For a large proportion of users, the benefits of decent size screen, keyboard and mouse outweigh the single benefit of portability that you get with a laptop.
i think if staff are given the choice of a laptop without all the toys, like large screen, keyboard, mouse and stand of course they will choose a desktop.
Our company provides all the extras to prevent health and safety issues and greater than 90% of staff choose laptops.
Of course we can and do work from home according to our schedule and our personal needs.
A toy tablet would not cut the mustard for so many reasons.
But it doesn't allow me to virus scan external hard disks, download essential programs to a USB stick, or run a full range of techie software. It can't burn isos to CDs. Nor can it run without iTunes on a main computer.
So I still occasionally use my UMPC laptop. For the forseeable future!
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