Should You Buy A Laptop Or A Desktop Computer?

If you are shopping for a new computer, then you have to consider many things when deciding between a laptop or a desktop. Where will you be using your computer? Will it be at home or in your office? Offices tend to prefer desktop computers because they do not want the computers to be moved in the first place. You will also need to know what your budget is before you can decide to buy a laptop or a desktop. There is usually a big price difference between laptop and desktop computers.

As you are looking around for a computer, you want to know some of the main differences between laptops and desktops. The purpose of this article is to highlight the main differences between laptops and desktops. The rest of this article will cover those differences so you are prepared with the knowledge you need when making your decision.

– Desktop computers typically cost much less money than laptop computers. Laptops tend to cost more money than desktops because they are so compact and portable. What you are really paying for here is the convenience. For close to half the price of a laptop, you could get a comparable desktop. If you’re on a tight budget, this will probably be an important factor for you.

– Laptops can be much more difficult to repair and upgrade. Desktop computers, for the most part, are “plug and play.” You just open the desktop up, pop out what isn’t working, and replace it with a new part. I’ve done a lot of upgrades and replacements on my desktop; it’s always very easy. With laptops it’s not always this easy. Many laptops need to be serviced by a professional for repairs and upgrades.

– Desktop computers are far less likely to be stolen, simply due to the fact that they are harder move. Laptops are designed to be light weight and portable, which makes them super easy to steal. In other words, I’m not worried about anyone running off with my huge DELL that I don’t even want to move. This may sound kind of silly and obvious, but it is a very real point to be made. A lot of college kids have their laptops stolen right on campus by someone who just runs by and grabs it.

– Desktop computers have better ventilation, so they are less likely to overheat.

If you need your computer for travel, then obviously a laptop is the way to go. Other than that, though, there are really no benefits to having a laptop over a desktop computer. If anything, it’s other way around. Laptops are small, convenient, and can be taken anywhere… and that’s what you’re paying for when you get one. As far as specs, performance, and maintenance, desktops always give you more for your buck.

Is A Laptop Computer Better Than A Desktop?

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!

Desktop vs. Laptop: Which is Better?

I own both a laptop and a desktop computer, so I think I can provide an equal arguement for both subjects.

I’ve owned the desktop far longer than the laptop, but I’ve managed to note many pros and cons for both. Here they are.

Desktop

Don’t get me wrong, desktops are a very good choice if you want to buy a computer, but consider this before you fork over you’re money. They are more expandable than laptops, but they have a rather large footprint by comparison. You might have to buy two whole new pieces of furniture to acomidate thier size.

A desk and a chair(more money). Eventhough they are bigger, this makes them a lot easier to take apart and fix or upgrade. But bigger often means louder. Most desktops have a large and rather loud cooling fan. The size also means more clutter in the form of dust, wires, and sometimes, even bugs.

A desktop means a tower(the computer itself), and the screen being powered by two seperate plugs(more energy use). An upside to the size is the fact that desktops usually have more ports(USB, Firewire, etc.).

And worst of all, if you don’t have some sort alternate powersource in the case of a power outage, anything you would have been doing at the time would be rudely interupted. You would’nt have a chance to save you’re work and it would be lost.

Laptop

As my personal choice, I think laptops are the way to go. Most people think laptops are more expensive, believe me, thier not. My sister’s desktop cost in upwards of a thousand dollars, and it’s a nice computer. However my laptop only ran me about six hundred, and spec wise, is better in every way. It has a better graphics card, a bigger harddrive(by almost 60 gigs), and a better processor(hers being a celeron D, and mine being a AMD 64 Athlon X2 duel core).

Laptops are obviously more portable. On a downside, laptops are a lot harder to service and usually have to be fixed by a professional costing you more money. They are not as loud as desktops, but tend to overheat far more frquently mostly due to someone puting them on a blanket or a carpet, blocking the air vents. But as long as you don’t do any of that stuff, laptops are pretty safe.

When it all comes down to it, just take a look at the specs and decide to get a desktop or a laptop.

I’ve briefly outlined the pros and cons of both. Use them to make you’re decision.

Desktop Pros

  • Expandability
  • Easier to physicly repair
  • More customizable(physiacly)
  • Often safer overheating wise
  • Often more connections(USB, Firewre, etc.)

Desktop Cons

  • Bigger/Takes up more space
  • Often louder
  • Unportability
  • A lot of wires/Clutter/Dust trap
  • Power outage = computer shutdown

Laptop Pros

  • Portability
  • Battery Power(power outage won’t matter for a few hours
  • Small/small footprint
  • Often more quiet
  • No wires(only power and peripherals if any)

Laptop Cons

  • Can be unsafe overheating wise
  • Harder to repair physicly
  • Not as much room to expand or upgrade hardware
  • Often fewer conncetions(USB, Firewire, etc.)