Every time I get to the point where I need a new computer, or even think about buying one I always come to this one major fork in the road. Should I buy a desktop computer or a laptop computer? For many people it may not seem like a very big question to ask but for someone with the kind of lifestyle that I have it is actually quite important. For example I travel a lot, here in Panama you are only given visas for three months at a time and when your time is up you must leave the country for a minimum of two days before returning to Panama. That means that if I own a desktop computer which I use every day, I must leave it behind for the amount of time that I am traveling.
So when it comes to travel a laptop of course is much more convenient to have. However I have found that desktop computers are generally more stable machines; and for a gamer like myself they also tend to run games much better. However as I mentioned you can’t just haul them across the border whenever you like. Laptops are also very nice for a writer like myself. It allows you to write anywhere you go, and it allows you to get away from the desk and go outside and write. Staring at a computer screen all day every day in the same room can be rather stifling. So to have a laptop to take outside and write out a few articles in the fresh air is great.
Now what is definitely something very important to mention about desktops, which puts them on top for many people is upgrading. A laptop computer is more complex and difficult to build than a desktop. It is also much harder to upgrade a laptop computer than it is a desktop. Now this is probably more relevant to gamers who know how quickly technology changes. You can buy the best computer on the market and within a month there will be a better one out there and new games that the computer you have can’t even handle. Basically it is just nice to know that even though your computer will be out of date soon that you can buy new parts and have a whole new computer for a much lesser price.
Which brings us to the final point. The price of laptop computers are much higher than that of desktops. This of course being a major factor for many people. You can buy a very nice desktop computer for less than a thousand dollars. A laptop computer of the same caliber however will often times be at least a couple hundred dollars more. I recently went computer shopping and often found laptops that easily cost $500 more than a desktop and were still not as fast and with less hard drive space.
So when it comes to my opinion, I think that a potential buyer should generally stick with a desktop. Unless of course they travel often in which case a laptop is necessary. Everyone has their own opinion on this matter. Some may defend their laptops with passion and others their desktops. To finish I will say that if one has the finances and and the need, they can just buy both and have the best of the two worlds! To those of us who don’t have those kinds of finances, choose wisely. Look at your lifestyle and see what would be the best for you. Then go and purchase the perfect computer for you and enjoy it!