Should you buy a new laptop this year? As we venture deeper into the age of mobile domination, that question becomes more and more difficult to answer. And in 2015, the answer just might be “no.” Here are four reasons laptops will become obsolete this year.
1) The Surface Pro 3
Microsoft’s foray into the tablet market began in June 2012, when the company announced the first Surface—a tablet with a twist, a detachable keyboard that made typing that much easier. Fast-forward two-and-a-half years, and the Surface 3 has added USB ports to go along with a processor rivaling that of many laptops. It’s tough not to choose the more mobile device.
2) The New iPad
Even with all the buzz surrounding the new Surface 3, reviews suggest that it can’t quite keep up with the industry leader—the iPad. Its laptop-like features give it a distinct advantage, but that looks to be changing in 2015. The newest iPad is rumored to add a detachable keyboard along with a 12.2 screen (and possibly even a 12.9 model in development), which would make it a serious threat for laptops. If you’re in the market for a new mobile computer, keep an eye out for this one.
3) The Rise of Mobile Work Apps
Any argument for a laptop over a tablet usually revolves around three things: the larger screen, the keyboard, and the better programs. The Surface 3, and potentially the new iPad, are taking care of the first two, while the third is already changing. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Apple facsimiles are not available for mobile devices, allowing users to create presentations and spreadsheets alike without using functionality.
4) Increased Recommerce Efforts
Finally, the fourth reason laptops are becoming obsolete is near and dear to our hearts: recommerce efforts across the United States are increasing rapidly. As trade-in programs and the availability of refurbished devices continue to gain popularity, tablets are gaining a distinct advantage in that old devices can easily be traded in for monetary savings. If you’re looking for more information on how to rev-up your own recommerce program, don’t hesitate to contact us!