So it’s 2012 and computers have been around for what feels like forever and every year they seem to get progressively smaller and slimmer, especially laptops. One thing that seems like it hasn’t changed in the past 10 years are desktops.
Desktops are so old school and still seem so huge and unnecessary. The monitors have gotten slimmer but the towers remain big, bulky and not really needed, unless u own a Mac desktop, in which case there is no tower. Every one now seems to own a laptop and realistically, that’s the only thing that should be manufactured.
The other day my friend told me he wanted to buy one of those 27 inch Mac desktops for his room and I told him he was crazy. First he thought he could get it in a 32 inch screen but when I told him the highest he could go was 27 inches he was a little discouraged. I told him forget the desktop, buy a base model MacBook for $1,000 and then go out and buy a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, an HDMI cable and a nice 32 inch (or bigger) LCD tv screen and use the TV as your desktop. You can buy a pretty nice 32 inch LCD TV for less then $500 and when your all set and done, you’ve spent around $1,700 and you got a big desktop screen (bigger then Mac can offer) for the equivalent price of the 27 inch iMac, which is $1,699. Then if you need to go somewhere and bring your computer with you, just unplug your computer from the TV and go, you don’t have to bring a big iMac, or if your a Microsoft person, a monitor and then a tower. I own a 50 inch Panasonic plasma TV and I plug my MacBook up to it and use my wireless mouse and keyboard and now have a 50 inch plasma screen at my disposable, which is way bigger then a tiny 21.5 inch or 27 inch screen.
If you don’t care about screen size and want the base model 21.5 inch iMac then maybe that idea isn’t for you because those go for $1,199, only $200 more then a base model macbook, but if your going to spend that kind of money why not shell out a few extra hundred and get a bigger screen, but hey that’s just me.
The only time I feel it’s necessary to own a desktop is in an office setting if your some sort of designer and need the power, speed and programs an iMac can support, but really you can add memory, speed, power and anything else you could need to your laptop, so it’s not like it’s impossible to do.
Desktops are so old school and unnecessary in five years they will be gone. My hopes are in five years you can just plug your laptop into a projector and project a huge screen on the wall, which actually is probably possible now anyways. So if your in the market for a new computer use your head, stay away from the desktop and go with the laptop, it’s just plain better.