History and features of desktop pc

desktop pc

A desktop pc is a personal computer that has all of its parts contained within the case, or case for short. It comes with a monitor and peripherals like a keyboard and mouse which you can plug directly into the central unit. Desktop PCs are commonly called “stationary” computers because they sit on your desk at home or in an office and they don’t move. In this article, we will briefly explain the history of the desktop pc and examine some of its special features.

The history of desktop pc

In 1981, IBM invented the personal computer that came with a monitor and a keyboard. This machine soon became known as “IBM 5150” or simply “PC”. At that time, IBM was the only company that sold these new computers. The desktop PC soon became very popular and it prompted other companies to develop their own versions of this machine. These were known as “IBM clones” because they copied IBM’s designs.

The first desktops (IBM 5150)

A laptop computer sitting on top of a desk

Other large hardware manufacturers like Dell, HP, and Gateway began selling their own lines of desktop PCs. From the mid-1990s, more companies started selling computers that were smaller than IBM’s machines. This type of computer was called a “laptop” because it came with a battery that allowed it to be mobile like a notebook book. The laptop-style of computer quickly overtook the desktop pc in terms of sales. This is because it was much cheaper, more mobile and you could take it to your friend’s house if you wanted to show him something on your computer.

The history of laptops

In the early 2000s, another style of computer arrived which we call “netbook”. These small mobile computers were very popular due to their portability. However, people discovered that they could also use them as desktop computers by plugging them into an external monitor, mouse, and keyboard.

The history of netbooks

Today most people have laptops but there are still thousands of people using desktop PCs. Desktop PCs are especially popular in schools because they are cheaper than laptops and they can handle more users.

Features of desktop pc

There are many special features that you will find only on a desktop PC. One is its size. Desktop PCs may be small but they usually have bigger hard drives than laptops or netbooks. This is because there’s no need to make room for the extra battery inside the machine. Desktop PCs can also support bigger and more powerful cooling fans than laptops, so they don’t overheat as easily.

Desktop PC’s usually come with more RAM (memory) than a laptop or netbook too. They can also run on faster processors and graphics cards because there is no need to conserve battery power like on a laptop or netbook.

Another cool feature of a desktop pc is its upgradability. Desktop PCs can be upgraded to meet almost any user’s need, from playing the latest games to editing videos and photos. If you buy a laptop there are many things that you cannot upgrade yourself such as the screen size and memory.

Even though desktop PCs are the biggest and most powerful personal computers, they can still be used with a TV. This is because desktop PCs come with high-definition video outputs that allow users to enjoy movies and games on their big-screen TVs. Desktop PC’s also come with many different connectivity options such as USBs and Firewire which allow external devices like cameras and mp3 players to be connected.


For these reasons and more, desktop PCs are still popular today despite the threat from laptops and netbooks. Desktop PCs can do just about anything that a laptop does except for being mobile. So if you want to take your computer around with you then go buy a laptop or switch to a netbook. But if you want a computer to stay in one place, use multiple devices, and have lots of storage space then consider buying yourself a desktop PC.

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