Is the Era of Desktop Computers At Its End?

With the growing popularity of tablets, smart phones, and other gadgets that folks to easily access their email from anywhere they wish, a lot of people are once again beginning to ask that old question: Is the age of the desktop computer finally coming to and end? While you will find a divided crowd on the issue, in my opinion the answer is still a resounding no!

When the laptop was introduced people were sure that would be the end of the desktop and it turned out to not be the case at all, and as some time goes by I believe that the desktop will still prove to be of value to a fairly large crowd of computer users. The truth is, when it comes to endurance, data storage capacity, and just over all performance the PC is still the King. They remain the easiest of all computers for upgrading components, and in the office place they can still be found under virtually every desk in the office quietly fulfilling their purpose with ease and longevity.

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That is not to say that laptops and tablets do not have their place or that, for certain users are much more convenient, only that there is a place for all of these devices in our increasingly digital world. Below are some examples of benefits each system can provide their users

  • Desktops are good for faster performance, endurance, future upgrades rather than replacement, data storage, superior ability to withstand wear and tear, as well as some repairs, a wide range of software compatibility
  • Laptops are good for portability, convenience, innate wireless capability, data storage, decent performance, a wide range of software compatibility.
  • Tablets/Smart Phones are good for superior space-saving potential, portability.

This is just a basic overview of the three types of machines and what their strengths are as far as using them to meet your needs and as always there is a wide range of factors and preferences that will determine with machine type will best suit your needs. If you are unsure what machine is right for you ask your local PC Geeks technician in Allen or Frisco and we will be glad to help!

Is Storing Data Offsite Good Practice?

Everyone now knows that it is essential to have some sort of backup plan for making sure your data is safe and sound. Often in our blogs we talk about the importance of having that external drive to make sure you are backing up your data. You would be surprised how many times we talk to clients who have gone out and gotten that external device but never actually used it! Some times it is just that they are intimidated to set up the backup themselves, and sometimes it’s just laziness, but one thing is for sure it is a mistake you only ever make once. Another thing to consider, is, what happens when your data backup drive is damaged or destroyed along with your computer?

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What we do not often talk about, is the other option that is growing in popularity out there and that is offsite or online data storage. Carbonite may be the most well-known of these options. Personally, while I agree that online data backups are better than no backup at all, Carbonite does have some advantages over traditional external drive storage.

  • If your external or computer are destroyed, your data is still safe and secure
  • The price is generally affordable
  • Once set to automatic, you can be as lazy or scared of working on your backup as you want!

With many folks that I talk to, especially those that own their own business or run it out of their house, I recommend both external drive and Carbonite for their back up. The theory behind this is that on the external drive you always have your data close at hand for easy access, and if something horrible like a house fire occurs, you have Carbonite protecting your data offsite. That is a very wise combination to have when you are dealing with data that you simply cannot afford to lose.

We know that dealing with personal data storage can be kind of intimidating at first so if you need advice or help setting that up please call your local PC Geeks technician in Allen or Frisco so we can advise you on your best options or even do it for you! We also service surrounding areas such as McKinney, Little Elm, Plano, Lucas, Fairview, and many more.