Over the last couple of months there have been numerous rumblings in the media about the imminent death of the PC. That lovely box that usually sits underneath your desk, sips electricity and minds its own business while you use it to get stuff done.
You see there has been a dramatic fall in PC sales over the last couple of years and not even the arrival of Windows 8 has halted the slide (that is a whole different topic in itself). On the other hand tablet and smartphone sales have gone through the roof prompting the media to declare ‘that the end of the PC has arrived’. I have another take on the situation which I will share with you.
Consumers don’t need a PC anymore (I bet that shocked you!!) and the reason is that most consumers are now mobile. These days consumers tend to want to access their data on the move. People historically bought home PC’s to surf the internet, play games, watch videos and maybe do some word processing on. All these tasks, and more, can now be accomplished using either a smartphone or a tablet and this makes the PC obselete in the home, hence the downward spiral when it comes to sales.
It is not all doom and gloom for the PC though as it has one major ace up its sleeve – business users. If you work in an office chances are you will be doing most of your work on a PC. In a business environment the PC has the advantages of:
1. Bigger screen size
2. Mouse and keyboard
3. A lot of processing power for your money
4. A ‘proper’ operating system which allows you to run your software (eg Microsoft Word etc)
PC’s are designed for doing productive work on unlike a tablet. You can type (with a keyboard) and move around the screen (using the mouse) much easier than on a tablet or smartphone. Yes you could use a laptop but if you sit a desk all day what is the point when a PC will offer much more performance for the same money?
Tablets are fantastic at consuming data but not so good at producing it whereas the PC is fantastic at both.
But critics will still point to the dwindling sales. Consumers are switching to tablets and smartphones while businesses are still purchasing PC’s (along with laptops) and it is this which is driving down sales. Sales will reach a point where they will drop no further as businesses still need PC’s. The landscape is definitely changing but don’t write off the PC just yet.
Do you agree or am I talking rubbish? Please let me know!!
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