If you are in the market for a new computer, but cannot quite make up your mind whether to get a laptop or desktop PC, you need to first of all sit down and make a list of the jobs your laptop or desktop will have to do, who is going to use it and where, and, of course, whether you require portability. While top performance has been generally associated with desktops and portability with laptops, recent years have seen the development of top performing laptops, making your choice just that bit harder. But it’s not just laptops that have grown in the scope of use, the humble workhorse that is the desktop has been making its way into our living areas and has become a popular choice for those who love live streaming, watching downloaded movies and for the many thousands of gamers.
The Obvious and Not So Obvious Differences Between Laptops and Desktops
- Laptops are Portable, Desktops Are Not: That’s pretty obvious, but will also throw up the question of whether you require portability or not.
- Laptops are Less Powerful: Mostly true, however, do you really need a top performing device? Laptops today are nearly as powerful and certainly sufficiently so for most commonly performed tasks.
- Screen Size: Graphic designers, architects and professionals in similar areas have given preference to the larger screens of desktops. Though laptops are available with a 17 inch screen, the portability factor will always limit a laptop’s screen size.
- Laptops can Feature Touch Screen Technology: Some dual devices can be used as either tablets or laptops, adding an entirely new dimension. This option is popular with those who are on the move and like to play and engage on social media and do the occasional bit of work too!
- Desktops Screens Can Function as Wall-mounted Wireless Home Movie Screens: Some people purchase a 27 inch desktop screen, mount it to the wall and thanks to its wireless capabilities, this screen becomes an elegant home tv and gaming paradise, while also retaining the more commonly used desktop features. This is an all-in-one choice and is likely to emerge as a popular choice for families.
The above list will help you to realize, just how important it is to determine and define the use of your new computer. Ultimately, whether you buy a laptop or a pc depends on whom, where and what purpose it is going to be used for.
In offices right across the world, you will mostly find powerful desktops, often linked together on sophisticated business platforms and laptops only come into the picture for those members of staff working on the move and are essentially auxiliary tools. Salespeople can record orders on laptops and send them straight through to the order processing department back at base, often without even the touch of a button. Business people who travel for work, process tasks on laptops and keep in touch with the day-to-day running of their company. Generally, however, desktops are the backbone of any company’s computer system, simply because of their power and capabilities. Large companies in particular require top performing systems and while laptops are catching up with PCs when it comes to specs, high performance laptops are far more expensive because of the increased cost of producing small components.
If you are buying a family computer that is going to be stationary, you should opt for a PC and are likely to get an extended lifespan out of it. Laptops are more delicate, suffer a lot of wear and tear on the move and unless portability is a must, desktops are the better option. Aforementioned 3 in 1s are becoming increasingly popular as long as you are in a position to combine work and play on one device without starting World War III.
If you just need a computer for yourself and are likely to use it for a mixture of jobs, portability and performance requirements will determine your choice. Unless you are running extremely sophisticated programs, the capabilities of a high performing laptop will suffice and you will only need to decide whether you prefer portability or can live without it. Laptops have grown in popularity, because they take up little space and are indeed light and portable.
From all of this you can see, that it is the use that will make up your mind. Choose the purpose and then select the appropriate device!