for some people the convenience is worth the higher price and lower power, but for others (either because they want more power, or because they don't want to pay as much), it's not worth it.
all the people predicting the end of the desktop (either in favour of tablets or in favour of laptops) are forgetting this
the big thing that's causing sales of desktop machines to slump is that the systems are remaining 'good enough' that they aren't being forced to upgrade to keep running, and the weak economy means that they have other things to do with their money.
It's not that there are far fewer desktops in use (although some businesses have switched a lot of people to laptops), it's that they aren't being replaced as frequently, so the sales per year is lower
any market is going to have a slowdown when the market gets saturated, and that's what's happened here.
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