PC永远都不会过时


科技网站Android Authority撰稿人迈克·安德里奇(Mike Andrici)发表文章,反驳了“PC已死”的说法,称PC永远都不会过时。

以下为全文摘要

作为一名高科技博客作者以及Android用户,手机是我生命中的重要组成部分。智能手机和平板电脑已经在开始塑造我们的思维方式,人们使用它们来做各种各样的事情。尽管移动技术正在蓬勃发展,但是当很多科技博客宣称“PC已死”时,我还是觉得有些不可理喻。

移动设备大多是用来做“轻量级”的事情:比如浏览网页,消费内容。没有任何迹象表明PC现在已经过时。当然,PC行业遭受了重大打击,必须做出改变以适应新的形势,但是我认为PC将永远不会过时。

PC对于专业人士很重要

当你把一台PC和等同价位的平板电脑做比较时,它们在计算能力方面的差异表现得十分明显,现在,有越来越多的人需要更强大的能力:你能在平板电脑上渲染图形吗?你可以编辑视频吗?你可以编辑/制作出像样的音乐吗?你能玩图形密集型游戏吗?多少数据可以存储在你的移动设备上?举个例子,我的台式机目前存有2TB数据,虽然云计算是一个有趣的解决方案,但也有一些文件确实太大,无法立即上传和下载。

毫无疑问,平板电脑的处理能力将会提高,但PC的提升能力的速度还是比移动设备快很多,这主要涉及到了小型化的成本问题。此外,PC支持真正的实时多任务处理,对于很多职业人士来说,这是不可或缺的能力。

为什么我这么强调PC的专业能力?因为越来越多的人在PC上工作,这就是原因!所有公司都在努力降低成本,大多数雇员都将继续使用PC,原因有几个:用PC键盘输入更加舒适,而且你可以拥有24英寸显示器(你可以跟平板+键盘比较一下),而且价格也比较便宜。

PC性价比更高

据我所知,使用键盘配件可以把你的平板电脑变成上网本,但苹果iPad +键盘底座的价格跟一台性能更强大的PC差不多。键盘底座并没有给平板电脑增加新的功能,要想跟我正在使用的联想Thinkpad L530相提并论,它们还差得很远呢。

此外,当你需要更安心地做事时,你还是会去用台式PC, 因为它们可以在插上电源插头,不用担心耗尽电量。这种优势不会消失,所以我觉得以后的家庭会有一个静态数据中心,所有的数据都在PC上保存并且处理,并且传输给家里的其他设备,感觉就像无线路由器一样。

只要台式PC在家里和办公室还有一席之地,笔记本电脑就会提供类似体验的移动版本。此外,你可以看看新的超极本是多么地轻薄小巧。在我眼里,它们的体积虽然比平板电脑体积大一些,但是它们提供的额外性能和交叉兼容性是平板电脑无法比拟的。

PC可能会东山再起

但是,如果PC没有过时,为什么在过去的几年里PC的销售业绩不佳呢?我觉得,平板电脑的巨大销量给PC造成了打击,主要是因为大量用户都愿意购买一个新的(时尚的)设备,而不是升级换代台式机/笔记本电脑。但是,这并不意味着他们将停止使用PC。事实上,最近的一些报道称,PC行业将在2013年第二季度回暖。

由于PC领域的科技进步达到了前所未有的水平,很多人可能都会在未来三、四年内购买一台新的、功能极其强大的PC。

来源androidauthority

英文全文

As a tech blogger as well as an Android user, mobile is a big part of my life. Smartphones and tablets have irremediably shaped the way we think of, and the way we use technology to serve our various purposes. But although mobile is here to stay, I feel like too many tech bloggers advertise the death of the PC. To me, nothing could be farther from the truth!

As mobile devices are being mostly used to do light stuff such as browsing the web or consuming content, there is no sign that the PC is now obsolete. Sure, the PC industry took a major blow and will have to adapt to the new circumstances and trends before it fully recovers, but it is my opinion that the PC will never become obsolete.

Consumption vs. Production

For starters, when you compare a PC against an equally priced tablet, the difference in computing power is huge, and more and more people now need this extra power: can you render graphics on your tablet? Can you edit videos? Can you edit/produce music at a decent level? Can you play graphically intensive games? How much data can your mobile device store? To illustrate, my desktop currently holds 2TB of data, and while the cloud may be an interesting solution, there are some files that are just too large to be instantly uploaded and downloaded from the Internet.

As tablets will undoubtedly continue to carry more and more processing horsepower, modern PCs will still continue to be much faster than their mobile competitors, mainly due to the cost of miniaturization. In addition, the PC supports true, real-time multi-tasking, which is a must for a lot of professionals.

Why am I putting so much emphasis on the professional side of the PC? Because more and more people do their job on a PC, that’s why! And as all companies struggle to keep costs down, most employed people will continue to have a PC in front of them at work for a couple of reasons: first of all, it is much more comfortable to type on a keyboard and follow data on a 24 inch display (as compared to a tablet + keyboard combo), and it is also cheaper.

Are hybrids good enough?

I am aware that keyboard accessories can turn your tablet into a netbook, but the price of an Apple iPad + keyboard dock is exactly the price of a much more powerful PC opponent. The keyboard dock only extends a tablet’s functionality, but it is a long way before I consider that combination as a nemesis for my amazing Lenovo Thinkpad L530.

Additionally, it is my opinion that desktop PCs will continue to remain the “go-to” solution when you need as much performance as you can get, because they can suck out all the energy they want from a power plug. This advantage will never go away and might lead to the adoption of static data-centers in tomorrow’s homes, where all the data is held and processed on the PC, and just streamed to other devices around the house, in a way that could be very similar to a router allowing access to the Internet.

And for as long as desktop PCs will have a place at home or at the office, the laptop PC market will always be there to provide a mobile version of the same experience. In addition, just look at how compact these new Ultrabooks are. In my eyes, the extra power and cross compatibility that they offer is worth the ever tinier price to pay for their extra volume.

Obsolescence might just be a trend

But if the PC is not becoming obsolete, what’s going on with the poor PC sales for the past couple of years? My guess is that the huge amount of tablets sales bitten from that of PCs is largely due to the fact that plenty customers are willing to get a new (and trendy) device rather than update their desktop / laptop. But that does not mean they have or will stop using it. In fact, some recent reports already claim that the PC industry will rebound during the second quarter of 2013.

As tech advancements in the PC universe reach unprecedented levels, expect a lot of people to consider getting a new, extremely powerful PC in the next three to four years.

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