Desktop vs Laptop – Which is better?

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A desktop computer and a laptop computer are two very different beasts.

A desktop is designed to be powerful, large enough to take advantage of high-resolution monitors (and often with enough room to upgrade components such as the CPU, RAM , and hard drive ), and installed in one place; laptops, on the other hand, are much smaller, lighter (usually), but sacrifice processing power and features for portability.

Many people have come to the question of what they should buy, a desktop or a laptop. In this article I will address various aspects of both options and explain how each can be beneficial for you.

Desktop

A desktop is great because it has more functionality with higher performance than laptops. The size of the computer allows easy upgrading and access to almost all components which can give users flexibility in their builds (especially good if they ever want to upgrade). The only issue with these computers is that you might not be able to carry them around as much as laptops even though some still manage with big cases like this one . A nice small fact about desktops is that they don’t need any extra software like antivirus programs like laptops do (unless someone gives it to you for free).

Also read: 10+ Useful Tips and Tricks for Using Your Desktop Computer

Portability

Desktop computers are typically stationary devices that sit on top of a desk or table and do not offer much in terms of portability. Although some people may be tempted to take it with them when they travel, this is usually discouraged as the risk of damaging it or losing it is greater than if you left it at home. Despite this, desktop computers generally outperform laptops; they have more storage space (the number of hard drives as well as solid state ones), can hold more RAM (random-access memory) and CPUs (central processing units). Also, because desktop cases offer more room for better cooling systems, they generally run faster and more stable without getting too hot.

Upgrade options

Desktop PCs are built to last, giving them better upgrade options than most laptops . Laptop processors are not designed for heavy usage; they struggle to do more than run simple programs like spreadsheets and word processors. As such, when choosing between these two types of computers, it’s important to consider your needs. If you use your computer only occasionally at home and need something powerful, go for a desktop PC; if you travel frequently and want something convenient but less powerful, go with a laptop/notebook instead.

Speed and performance

Desktop PCs used to be preferred over laptops because they were generall superior in speed and performance due to easy upgradability. However, with the explosion in popularity of portable electronics, laptop technology is catching up to desktops quickly . Laptop processors are becoming more powerful and laptops are being created with high resolution screens that make them suitable for use as a desktop PC replacement.

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Laptop

A laptop is great because its compact, portable, and has long battery life. Some laptops can even be used as tablets which makes them very versatile devices. They are especially good for people who want to use the computer for casual things like checking email or watching videos on sites like YouTube . The only issue with these computers is that they typically have less functionality compared to desktops which means your options are usually limited to what the laptop offers already (though some models try to change this such as teh MSI GS30 Shadow ) and performance will probably be lower than a desktop of similar specs.

Screen size

Laptops, on the other hand, are portable and offer more screen space than a smartphone or tablet. Although there are larger laptops available these days, their screens can’t hold a candle to monitors when it comes to high resolution graphics. However, most people use laptops for browsing the internet and doing work online so this isn’t necessarily a problem. When considering speed and storage size, laptops function just like desktops: they’re got less of both than an equivalently priced desktop would have.

Resolution

Generally speaking, laptops will have low resolution screens compared to regular computers that have been around longer. Because they’re more compact than desktop PCs/laptops , their parts aren’t always as powerful or efficient either. However, if what you need is something portable rather than high-powered, a laptop or notebook (notebook is the term for laptops in North America) might be what you’re looking for.

Portability

Of course, what’s best for one person may not be best for another. Some people prefer portability over power while others want lots of space but don’t want something too bulky to carry with them necessary (in class or meetings, for example).

Cost

If you prefer making the most of your money over all else, laptops are often cheaper than their equivalent desktop counterparts. If you need lots of processing power and memory, however, it may be worth investing in a decent computer that’ll last you several years instead of buying-and-replacing every year or two.

Laptops have become increasingly common as prices have fallen. Portable notebooks have been a staple of the IT market for a long time, but their capabilities have improved significantly in recent years. Desktop computers still have a few advantages over laptops , giving them better upgrade options than most . Laptop processors are not designed for heavy usage; they struggle to do more than run simple programs like spreadsheets and word processors. As such, when choosing between these two types of computers, it’s important to consider your needs. If you use your computer only occasionally at home and need something powerful, go for a desktop PC; if you travel frequently and want something convenient but less powerful, go with a laptop/notebook instead.

Downsides of a laptop

Since so many people are finding that laptops are powerful enough to use as an everyday computer, this is cutting into the sales of desktops. This does not mean that everyone should use a laptop for their main computer though, because they do have some downsides compared to desktops :

  • The batteries powering laptops often die or need replacement within one to two years. Desktops don’t have this problem .
  • Laptops are usually much more expensive than desktops , especially if you’re looking at high end models like gaming computers.
  • There’s no way to upgrade your laptop once you’ve purchased it , whereas with most desktop models, there’s always something that can be done to improve them even months after you buy them (like adding RAM or a bigger hard drive).

Conclusion

Ultimately, both laptop and desktop computers have their advantages depending on what the user wants to do with them. Just remember to do some research before buying! And if you’re looking for something mobile but still want to take advantage of high resolution screens, look into getting an external monitor or drawing tablet. You might find it’s just what your mobile lifestyle needs.

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I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...