Do You Think the PC Is Dead?

Do you think the PC is dead? Or at least do you think it is dying, choking, and on its last breath? Mobile systems seems to be more preferred at times, but does that mean that the world of computing is evolving and that soon the PC will be passé?

There are a multitude of reasons why the PC seems as if it could be dying. But overall it comes down to convenience. We all have our smartphones in our pockets or in our purses or plugged in next to us at all times. If you want to check something out on a web browser or check your social media, it’s so much more accessible than going over to your PC to do the same. It’s just as easy to use a tablet, and they’re easier to carry around than even a laptop.

Even Apple CEO Tim Cook recently asked why anyone would buy a PC anymore. But he apparently doesn’t believe that one-hundred percent, as his company is still making desktop and laptop computers. Yet they’re also putting a lot of stock in their new iPad Pro.

But does this mean we should sound the death knell? Is the time coming soon where the PC will be no more? Will we eventually move into an all-mobile device world?

Do you think the PC is dead?

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Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. PCs, like mainframes, will never die because new uses will be continue to be found for them. PCs have become niche devices in a similar manner to mainframes.

    1. Mentioning MainFrames, to day they have hardly any similarity to the past, really no wonder.
      PC’s (Windows) are old looking back to its beginning, from it starts. The PC infrastructure is not good enough, all these boring failures, malfunctions related to the structure of it, mentioning “drivers”, for example. Comparing with Macworld, it is huge difference in relayability.

  2. They will never die. It’s the outside link to the world. When one doesn’t get out in the public much, can depend on the PC to get all the news and information one can get.

    1. That’s kind of the point, though. You can do all that with a mobile. So is it virtually dead if everything you feel you need, such as news and information, is available on a mobile device?

      1. I still use a desktop PC simply because I can play around with it – add cards, change configurations, increase drive size… plus, it has a full-size keyboard and a large monitor so it’s a much better way to do serious work. My wife picks up her tablet for casual browsing, finding maps or whatever, but when she’s writing, working a spredsheet or making lost-dog posters and such, she prefers a PC – in her case, a laptop. We both have practical reasons for liking and using the larger gadgets. I don’t see that changing.

  3. The PC is not dying, waning, choking on it’s last breath or any other semblance of death. Its just simply put in a secondary category. Yes there are a lot of people buying mobile technology, at an alarming reat, but there is still a PC market, PC buyers, and PC manufacturers. The online gaming community?…doesn’t do their gaming on a laptop that has limited cooling, and a small plastice quick-to-overheat casing. It’s done on big spec towers, where there’s liquid cooling and multiple fan locations, and tons of storage both internally and externally. To those who think the PC market is dead, its becaue they don’t have or see a need for PC’s anymore, but those who have knowledge of server OS’es, Linux, file storage etc, know that an “old” PC is an excellent “Something Else” that we wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise…..(ever seen the costs of a full-fledged Windows server?)…..Long Live The PC.

  4. The speed of the personal computer is still miles beyond anything that a tablet can muster. Its also better if you can’t trust your personal information being in the cloud, but rather what you own and control.

  5. If you want or require a physical keyboard and/or a display bigger than your hand, you need a PC.

    What’s happening is that people who weren’t using their PC’s for anything beyond social media and occasional browsing have moved to phone and tablets.

  6. I agree the PC will be around for a while. Yes there are some importan niche uses, including analytical programs that run best on Windows. Businesses and Government will be using MS for some time as many are unwilling or unable to move from the Windows paradigm.

  7. I agree with Joncr. There are those of us who use the full computing power of a PC. It was always a tool, not a toy.
    We will continue to use a computer. Specifically you have more power over your PC to choose what it does. Mobile devices are not so configurable.
    Those people who only need email, games, and social media choose the much cheaper tablets, and especially phones. It is easy to justify a smart phone as you must have a phone anyway.
    The big data companies support and promote this. They want users who have no technical capacity, only buying power.

    I compare this to the dark ages of Europe, where only the clergy could read. This gave absolute power over the people.
    So I choose a PC over being pimped out by Google and FB.

    1. Just a note on this. I use a tablet for everything, and it’s not just for email, games, and social media. I do all my work on it. I prefer it.

  8. Years ago at InterOp the slogan was something about “your desktop is your window to the network”. As more computing resources move to the “cloud” a tablet could become “your window”. I’ll probably continue to have a computer that I own and am responsible for, but I may use a tablet to access it. :)

  9. The desktop PC is not dying. Laptops were supposed to kill it off and they haven’t. If you are old enough, the desktop PC was supposed to kill of the mainframe. Didn’t happen.

    What has happened is there is more is a lot choice in the market place for consumers. Before, PCs had the market to itself. Now it competes with laptops, tablets and smart phones. So its market share is a lot less but it still exists.

    Some consumers will only ever want a smart phone. It does all they need. Similarly for tablets. Some consumers will want two different platforms, Etc.

    They will all exist alongside each other for ever fighting for market share. More choice and hopefully better prices for consumers.

  10. What makes a PC dead is not the actual computer *which many last 5 to 7 years* but software.

    The real reason XP is still used by 25 percent of the market is it’s wide range of software available that is not Assasian’s Creed.

    Software allows useful things to be done and XP was pretty stable that way with little tweaking done provided your PC isn’t total crap then NO OS is really any good.

    Everything now is going to digital rent instead of own where you pay monthly/yearly without getting to keep it.

    We for a short period experienced it in the early 2000s with Pass Along music where if your computer fails you don’t get to keep a SINGLE song as they all become DRM’d and many of the songs were old hard to find music from folk era.

    People hated DRM then and most certainly hate it now with FEWER choices then ever before.

  11. What also made XP great was most programmers grew up in the 70s era and are unfortunately now retired or don’t care anymore.

    Today’s youth are just consumers not creators so don’t know diddly squat about actual programing.

    A lot of emulators to run older software/programs have stalled as a result with only minor tweaks since the Windows XP which instructions are for Windows XP users in mind on windows releases.

    There is no more love in it.

    That’s a HUGE problem with open source but we are opening another can of worms here.

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