yes 100% agree on the mobile thing, and I think that haswells actually are a great improvement for mobile devices, just looking at power consumption and therefore heat, alone. also the IGPUs have seen a huge improvement with haswell afaik, so for mobile devices and HTPCs that is great news.
unfortunately, mobile is not the future. there will always be desktops. mobile devices are great, but if I need a computer at work lets say, and my job doesn't involve a lot of meetings or presentations where I need my computer to show clients stuff or w/e... im not going to work on a bleeping laptops for bleeps sake. and if im not taking the thing home with me, it would probably be most convenient, and the best performance, if it were in a roomy box, with good airflow, and easy access for replacement of components. something like... a desktop computer case.
you know whats great? monitors that aren't attached to a 6 lb keyboard.
you know whats awesome? when u put a laptop... on ur lap... and then it overheats cause all the air grills are blocked?
you know whats highly convenient? when people who own laptops don't have mice. I love borrowing their computers to look something up, and then using that touchpad thing for the mouse. man those things are accurate. I think im going to switch to a touchpad for my FPS games.
I find 14" monitors sexy, and more than large enough for all my purposes. I like how the viewing angle is about 5 degrees, it helps when I want to show people something on my laptop. I like when people with bad breath move their faces uncomfortably close to mine.
I switched to sarcasm somewhere back there, and I have now lost interest. I hope someone reads this.
The thing is - most users are not technically sophisticated. I've seen plenty of users that block vents or don't clean their computers and the dust that gets in. Right now though, tablets and smart phones are all the rage. And they're getting thinner - the Ultrabook/Macbook Air craze. Also, on desktops, those All In Ones are becoming popular.
And most touchpads just suck. There's no sugar coating it. The Apple ones are decent and usually the gaming computers include some better than average ones. But they'll never replace a mouse.
It's pretty obvious that mobile is not going to entirely replace a desktop. Try trying a serious document on your tablet or smartphone versus on a desktop. But for many applications, it's reached the point of "good enough".
Let me show you what a smartphone can do though:
It's "good enough" that it threatens Intel and it's high margins. It's not that they'll replace the desktop, it's that there will be fewer desktop sales. Edited by CrazyElf - 6/2/13 at 2:05am