Laptop or Desktop Computer?
With laptops now outselling desktops, are we likely to see the end of desktop PCs or is there still room for both in the market? In this article, we explore the advantages and disadvantages of both types of machines.
Why are people choosing laptops?
It goes without saying that the absolute key to laptops is their portability. Whether you are on the beach, in an aeroplane or a uni student in lectures – laptops are the answer. They are, however, restricted to battery power when on the move.
Laptop computers take up less room on a desk or table and can be put away when not in use. Laptops can also be moved from room to room with ease.
Laptop computers have a single cord to contend with, rather than the multiple cords associated with desktop computer use.
If you are only needing a machine to check emails, surf the net, write papers and play limited games, laptops are an obvious choice.
Why are people using desktops?
Desktop computers have more power. Desktop computers have more transistors = more heat = faster performance – however, laptops are increasingly becoming more powerful.
Desktops will generally have higher specifications than desktop PCs, although the gap is closing. A typical desktop will have more RAM and a larger hard drive than a similarly priced desktop laptop, and it will also have a more powerful graphics adapter. The CPU, which makes a big difference in computer performance, is often the same between a laptop and a PC.
Desktop computers are generally less expensive for similar specifications and are better overall value for money.
PCs are easier and less expensive to upgrade. There is more space for new PCI cards and IDE disks.
Affordable Computer Repairs and Service – Laptop vs Desktop Computer
Desktop computers are more user-friendly by having a large more comfortable keyboard and being easier to use the mouse. It should be noted that an aftermarket large, comfortable mouse and mouse pad are also possible with a laptop. However, then you are also starting to have a number of cables to deal with and losing the portability of the laptop.
Desktop computers have larger monitors and thus more user-friendly.
PCs are generally easier and less expensive to repair – sometimes without even having to open the case.
Desktop computers have a much lower risk of theft, which means less chance of losing your data and photos, and having to pay to replace your laptop.
PCs are more rugged than laptops.
Desktops are the obvious choice for gamers who need the greater speed and larger screen, although there are laptops that you can play games on they do not tend to be as powerful.
Desktop PC also allows you to store more music files.
With more than 6 out of 10 Australians now having a laptop, it is likely that this argument is somewhat redundant with most homes having both PCs and laptops and getting the best of both worlds.