Confused and frustrated not knowing which one to buy? A cheap desktop or a high-value laptop? Well, let me offer you my thoughts on the differences between a laptop and a desktop PC.
My goal is to make it easy for you to make the right choice and purchase a PC that you can be proud of.
There are many different factors that need to be considered in regards to your purchase.
Let’s take a closer look at this:
Portability – It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that buying a laptop will give you greater mobility. The laptop is very portable. Perhaps a better question to ask is … where do you plan to use this computer? Will you be home based or would you need to take it away from home? Would it be an advantage to be able to take it away from home? Personally I always choose a laptop. Why? Because it gives me more flexibility in the work environment and it is nice to work in the garden in the summer! So for portability, laptop is preferable.
You may not be concerned about where your computer will be located. If that’s the case and you’re happy sitting at the same desk in the same room, the desktop computer is the option for you.
Hardware Capability – There used to be a big difference in hardware capabilities between a desktop and a laptop. A few years ago, if you wanted a powerful PC, you never considered a laptop. These days, technology gets more powerful and smaller, so there really isn’t much of a difference. The only difference is the size of the hard drive. For me, this doesn’t really sell a desktop PC as laptops typically have more than enough disk space to meet my needs.
Desktop PCs are ideal for heavy processing activities. If you are passionate about music, video, photography, or gaming, you may want to take advantage of the increased storage capacity of your desktop PC.
The other big advantage of desktop computers is that you have a lot of scope for upgrading components.
You can add an external storage drive to a laptop, but it compromises its portability.
Processing capabilities – If you are a hardcore gamer, a desktop computer is the only real answer. Many games place a huge burden on a PC’s processing capabilities. With a desktop computer, you can always upgrade your graphics card, something you can’t do with a laptop.
So if you can’t live without your games and want to be able to play them effortlessly for years to come, I suggest a desktop PC with a supporting graphics card installed. As companies aim to push software to its limits, they are putting more demands on the hardware to support it. Technology gets smaller and even more powerful.
cost – Laptops usually cost more than desktop computers with equivalent specifications. Laptops come with other external peripherals, such as the built-in monitor mouse and keyboard.
OK, let’s summarize:
Laptops are great for portability and traveling. So if portability is important, you really have no choice but to go for a laptop.
If you don’t mind working on your PC in one place, ask yourself if you’re likely to play games. If gaming is something you are likely to do, then a desktop PC is the option for you.