I wonder where all those high-end video cards I can't buy are going...
... into laptops?
The do-everything-from-home revolution – work, study and play – led to a record 90.3 million personal computers being shipped into the channel in the fourth quarter of last year, up a whopping 25.4 per cent compared to the pre-pandemic final quarter of 2019. This is represents the third sequential quarter of sales growth since …
I don't think so. The pandemic has just given them a booster shot.
Then again, that depends on the definition of a PC. I'm old school ; to me, a PC is a large box - not too noisy - connected to two very large screens, with a keyboard and wireless mouse on a desk, along with a comfortable chair to sit in and enjoy the power. A PC is the most powerful computer there is, because it has the best heat evacuation ability, so its components can be ramped up.
Yet, the article cites Lenovo. AFAIK, Lenovo makes laptops, not PCs. Okay, the laptop is the modern computer, so in that respect, yes, PCs are here to stay - but nobody has ever said the contrary. Laptops are indeed here to stay, and some models desperately try to replicate the power of an actual PC.
Wouldn't want one of those on my lap, though.
So yes, laptops are the future of computing for Joe Public. True PCs, however, will remain the future of those who need the power that a tower can provide and do not need the mobility that a laptop ensures.
And if you need more than two screens, there is no laptop that can suit you.
Quote: "And if you need more than two screens, there is no laptop that can suit you."
Lots of Laptops support two externals these days, laptops generally have either a dedicated HDMI or DisplayPort, then newer models also have a USB-C which can usually drive another display either directly (i.e. a USB-C to DisplayPort cable), or via a Hub, giving you two externals, plus the built in, so three in total.
My ageing Lenovo ThinkPad T520, which is approximately 8 years old will happily drive two external monitors (1x DisplayPort and 1x VGA) as well as the internal screen using the Intel graphics built into a 2nd Gen it (sandy bridge).
With a docking station I think I could drive 3 or perhaps even 4 externals although I'd have to try it to be sure.
Personally I find even dual screens too much since monitors went wide-screen so I just stick to one at a decent resolution but I get it that multi screen is what most folks prefer.
My point being that it's not just 'laptops these days' which can do it
Indeed, just a week ago I upgraded my mom's circa 2012 PC (which was a low end model running a "Celeron" P4) with an additional 8GB of RAM and SSD, and installed Windows 10 to replace the no longer secure Windows 7.
The thing has plenty of years left in it, I hope it isn't true but it may live longer than she will.
I've just bucked the trend (having sworn I'd never buy a desktop machine again) and have bought myself and old HP z-series machine with an 8 core Xeon and 64GB Ram as an upgrade from my T520 laptop with an i5 and 16gb.
Both machines are around 8 years old and I'm only just starting out with this latest one.
I'm frequently exhausting the 16 GB max ram in my old laptop and I tried upgrading the CPU to an i7 but despite decent thermal paste and a clean fan it's hitting nearly 100°c core temp when busy and getting throttled for safety.
Everything made since this generation of Lenovo T and W laptops (T420, 520 etc) has switched to using horrible chiclet keyboards and weird trackpads so I'm not interested in those.
Now I'm working mainly from home I might as well run off a box without the thermal constraints of a small form factor and just take the old laptop out when I need portability.
4 years? I cry bullshit. Even with Windows you can go much longer these days so the old possible grounds for claiming 4 years is that the manufacturer might not officially supply parts much beyond that. I'm sure for some corporate clients they'll prefer to have full onsite service but I'm happy with scouring eBay when necessary
Yep. It's near enough impossible to find a good low end laptop at the moment.
I'm looking for one for my son to do his school work, because the one he's using is from 2007 and the screen is only attached to the other half by its ribbon cable.
But anything worth buying is out of stock pretty much everywhere.
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