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Do You Really Need a Laptop?

Desktop vs Laptop: Which Should You Choose for Your Next Computer? 

Laptops seem to have overtaken desktops as the computers of choice for many of us, but there are still plenty of reasons to choose a desktop computer rather than one you can fold shut and put in a bag. 

As computing habits and hardware have evolve, the decision may not be as cut and dry as it once was. 

Here are some of the considerations to weigh the next time you’re shopping for a new computer: 



When purchasing a new computer, the first question to ask yourself is: Does my computer need to be portable? 

Laptops are very portable due to their compact size. They were designed to be taken from place to place, carried in a backpack or laptop case, and are great for on-the-go use. 

Desktops, on the other hand, are larger in size and have a separate monitor (unless you purchase an all-in-one model). They are designed to be used in a single location and not moved around much, if at all. 


Screen Size



The overall screen size of your computer is also an important decision when purchasing a new computer. 

Since portability is a big feature of laptops, smaller screen sizes are necessary and screen sizes typically range from 10″ to 17″. However, a laptop can still be connected to an external display and support any size of monitor, screen, or projector. 

Desktop monitors can be 19″ or larger. It is even possible to hook up a desktop to a TV, so screen sizes could be as large as a TV. This provides for great flexibility on what the desktop is used for and in what environment.


Repairs and Upgrades



Laptops and desktops are built very differently from one another which can make the repair or upgrade process more difficult on a laptop versus a desktop. 

On a laptop, memory and hard drives are about the only components that can be upgraded. The remaining components are either built-in and not removable or the laptop is not designed to work with an upgraded version of a component. A need to upgrade anything other than the hard drive and memory usually requires a new laptop. These built-in components also make it more difficult to replace parts during a repair. 

With a desktop, are easily removable, making it easier to upgrade and since desktop cases are usually much bigger they’re easier to work in when doing any upgrading.



Your computer’s processor is directly related to overall performance.

Laptop processors are less powerful than those found in desktop computers. Depending on the specific tasks you will need you computer for, a laptop processor just may not be enough. 

Desktop processors are a little bit larger in size which means that they can be more powerful than laptop processors. New, advanced processors on the market are typically available in desktop computers first.


In Conclusion

In the end, the final decision depends on what your needs are. 

While the above considerations may make it look as though desktop computers are the best overall option, if portability is a big need of yours, the laptop is the best option. There are some limitations to consider, but they are not overly significant for most users.

However, if you want the most bang for your buck and portability is not necessary, a desktop is likely the best choice. Desktops are optimal choices for graphic intensive gaming, use of CAD applications, and for those who prefer to have the option of upgrading more easily. They are also perfectly fine for the basic computer user who just needs e-mail and Internet access.


Source: Computer Hope

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