What are IT pros buying? Desktops and laptops, that's what

The desktop PC is dead, and IT pros are either replacing them with laptops or dumping the PC entirely for smartphones and tablets, right? Wrong.

Here are two charts that might change the way that you think about the evolving PC landscape.

The common wisdom is that the desktop PC is dead, and IT pros are either replacing them with laptops or dumping the PC entirely for smartphones and tablets. But a survey carried out by SHI of 306 full-time IT professionals who work in a company with 20 or more employees and have at least a major influence on IT decision-making suggests this is wrong.

Of the 99 percent of IT pros plan to replace at least one computer over the coming year, 82 percent will replace existing desktops or laptops with another desktop or laptop.

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Also, laptops aren't causing the extinction of the desktop. Some 45 percent of IT professionals plan to replace a desktop with a desktop, while only 12 percent plan to replace a desktop with a laptop.

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Three more takeaways from the survey:

  • Tablets aren't killing the PC, with only 9 percent of IT professionals planning to replace a desktop or laptop with a tablet.
  • Only 7 percent plan to provide employees with a tablet in addition to a desktop or laptop do so in 2015.
  • Only 1 percent of IT professionals said they'd be replacing a desktop or laptop with a Chromebook during 2015.

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