Desktop or Laptop Computers: Which is Right For You?

Do you need the power of a desktop, or the mobility of a laptop?

desktop pcWhen the time comes to purchase a new computer, there are quite a few choices to be made. The first, and arguably most important, however, is whether a desktop or laptop computer will better suit your needs. As this is a highly personal choice, I will do my best to detail the important attributes of both of your choices so that making the decision will be easier for you.

DESKTOP COMPUTERS

Available from entry-level to cutting-edge in terms of performance and features. Typically offer superior performance, much larger screens, and superior audio reproduction. It cannot typically be operated away from a wall outlet.

PROS:

- Typically provide superior performance and more features than laptop computers – Easy and inexpensive to upgrade, nearly every component can be replaced with a superior part – Repairs are easy and inexpensive, and can be performed by a novice with the proper information and parts – Difficult to damage (for example, a liquid spill on the keyboard or mouse will only damage that component, and usually do no harm to the rest of the machine. By comparison, a liquid spill on a laptop computer can destroy the entire computer.) – Unlikely to be stolen or lost. – Usually significantly less expensive than notebook computers.

CONS:

- Use up more space compared to a laptop computer – Cannot be used away from a wall outlet – Somewhat inconvenient to move from place to place – Consume more electricity than laptop computers

LAPTOP COMPUTERS

msiSmaller machines that operate from a battery or a wall outlet. They are available from entry-level to high-end. Typically offer less performance and features than a desktop computer, but use much less space, power, and are easier to transport from place to place.

PROS:

- Can be taken anywhere – Offer most of the features and performance of a desktop computer – Typically provide 2-5 hours of battery life on a single charge – Consume less electricity when plugged in – Offer connection to wireless networks

CONS:

- Usually lack performance and features of desktop computers – Extremely limited upgrade capacity – Built-in speakers are usually weak (can be supplemented with headphones or earbuds) – Repairs usually require replacing a large percentage of the machine, making them very costly to fix – Easier to damage than a desktop computer (most notably, a liquid spill will typically only damage a desktop computer’s keyboard. A spill into the keyboard of a laptop can destroy the entire machine.) – Easy to lose or steal compared to a desktop computer

For most people, a laptop computer is the simplest and most appropriate choice. However, due to the higher cost, it is important to assess exactly what you will use the machine for, and how often you realistically expect to travel with it. I hope that this has helped make the decision clearer for you!

This was a Guest Post by Brenda, Marketing Coordinator from Brisbane, Australia. She is representing a company specialized in laptop rental, computer and projector hire for business trainings and meetings.

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