Originally Posted by Amorph
That wasn't my question.
My question was: Is there a compelling reason to have a desktop machine of any description
if a laptop is powerful enough to do what you need, given the advantages that laptops offer? The observation behind the question is that laptops are now powerful enough to do what people want their computers to do at an affordable price.
Therefore, it doesn't matter whether a desktop is two or three or four times faster unless the manufacturer can give the customer a concrete and appealing justification for all that speed: a concrete use, something desirable that the laptop can't do. I'm not seeing that. Certainly there aren't enough games to justify Mac desktop purchases. So, given that most people seem to consider laptop performance good enough to use as a primary machine, how would you sell them a desktop? What would your pitch be?
Performance was only a relevant metric while laptops were too slow and too starved for storage capacity to be primary machines. Even if the iMac offers pro-level performance, what would that do other than cannibalize sales of the Mac Pro?
My pitch, succinctly would be: user experience...
I can't stand using a laptop and I have a 17" MBP with 4GB Mem and a 2.5GHz processor. I'm getting rid to go back to an iMac (in the absence of an affordable Powermac/Mac Pro). Here's 5 reasons why...
It never leaves the house.
The 1920x1200 resolution is just too small on a 17" screen. I love that beautiful 24" display on the iMac and miss it dearly
I like a full size keyboard - why be restricted to using function keys and the like when I'm sat in an office?
It looks like it is in surgery constantly as there are so many devices connected to it (printer, FW800 drive, Mouse, Keyboard, iPhone cable, Network cable, power cable etc). If I want to move it to another room I have to unplug about 8 cables!
It's too expensive.
I like a nice big screen. I like an aesthetically pleasing desktop with the cables hidden around the back to give me more desk space (the MBP actually has a larger footprint than the iMac in my mind). A desktop computer is like the Rolls Royce of cars, why have cotton when you can have silk? I don't understand the obsession with laptops - bring on the next prosumer Mac...