Desktop or floortop?

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  1. Xapplimatic macrumors 6502

    Xapplimatic

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    An all in one (like an iMac) has to sit on the desk, so it's called a desktop.

    A portable (not to be confused with a luggable) notebook can rest on your lap (unless it gets too hot!) so its generally called a laptop.

    A mainframe is probably called that because it sits in a framed metal housing that doesn't move (like an A-frame or a picture frame.. it just sits there..)

    A 'tower' type "desktop" however is frequently too ugly to dare to put 'desktop' driving many users to hide the unsightly beasts under the desk on the floor..

    I suspect that for lack of a better word, towers were allowed to be grouped in with non-towers (horizontal desktop units). They are not however filling the same roles. The difference becomes more sharp when you compare and contrast towers with the so-called "mini-PCs".

    What would a more appropriate class type name be for a 'tower' type computer?

    • Carpetweight
    • Comfooter
    • Floortop
    • Footwarmer
    • Scaremouse
    • Subdesktop
    • Toestubber
    • _________ ?
     
  2. Finiksa macrumors 6502a

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    Uh? Tower works fine for me.

    Besides mine sits on my desk. Towers are beautiful don't hide them away sucking up carpet!
     
  3. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I always had my tower PCs on my desk. Carpets are terrible with dust and static electricity and I wouldn't feel comfortable having a powerful piece of computing hardware sitting on my floor under my desk as if it were no better than my trash can.
     
  4. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    If its a PC then obviously its name will be


    Electric room heater.
     
  5. sonofslim macrumors 6502a

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    if you've ever taken apart a unit that's been on the floor for any length of time, you'll know that they might as well be called Dust Traps or Cat-Hair Filtration Units.
     
  6. cpjakes macrumors 6502

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    That's actually why I leave my PC on all the time, to keep the temperature up and the humidity down a little...

    Well, that and instant access to games. :p
     
  7. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    Beige box PC towers are ugly

    Blue and White G3, graphite/ quicksilver G4 and G5 towers are master piece work of arts - i am proud to have mine sit on my desk.
     
  8. Xapplimatic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ya, I absolutely think the biege TowerMacs were the ugliest ever made, but I didn't like the super plasticky looking blue and whites anymore either.. far too lego/duplo looking for my tastes.. The silver/grey g4s were a major improvement.. The G5 was a shock, but I've come to like it just because its so industrial/tought looking.. looks like the Terminator of computing.. It's the SUV of computing, a real LAN destroyer!.. lol
     
  9. jefhatfield Retired

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    overall, i have seen mac desktop towers, G3s and G4s, on the floor but not as much as i have seen pcs on the floor which is almost always where i see it

    i don't think that there is a huge issue with carpet and lint causing any problems with a computer but i think that having a tower on the floor or on the desk is most determined by preference and by available desktop space for a tower

    no matter how small my deskspace, i like to keep the sucker on the desk because for me, it's easier to put in floppies, zips, and cd/dvds...but i know as many people who would say that it being on the floor makes it easier to pop in disks
     
  10. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    Keeping your PC on the floor does offer one good advantage, though--a heated footrest. :)
     
  11. Xapplimatic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    tower on the floor as a heated foot rest...

    I think I did say that in the original post. It was the cathair sucker that got me rollilng! I've never been so abusive as to stick a computer on a fury surface, so I haven't had the pleasure? of removing such oddities...
     

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