Desktop vs Laptop
So you’ve decided to buy a new computer. Hooray! One of the things you need to consider when getting a new computer is its form factor, and there are two options: Do you get a laptop or a desktop? To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of advantages and disadvantages for each:
Advantages of a Desktop
- Better value
Desktops give you more value for your money. For the price of a new laptop, you can get a desktop with a faster processor, bigger monitor and larger hard drive.
- Unlimited configurations
Whether you choose to assemble your own desktop or buy a packaged one, the number of possible configurations is practically unlimited.
Desktops are generally cheaper than laptops, whether you purchase one or have it repaired.
- Easier to upgrade
It's so easy to open a desktop and change or add its components. A laptop, on the other hand, usually requires you to hire a professional technician with the proper tools.
- Better keyboard
It's also easier to use desktop keyboards than laptop keyboards. Desktop keyboards have separate numeric keys, generally better-spaced keys, and don't need the Function key.
- No charging necessary
If you have a desktop, you won't have to deal with batteries and charging cords, or manage your machine's remaining power by lowering the brightness.
- Lower chance of being stolen
People don't lug desktops around, so unless thieves break in your home or office, there's a lower chance of your desktop being stolen.
- More rugged
Desktops are generally more rugged and can withstand rougher handling than laptops.
Disadvantages of a Desktop
- Not mobile
You can't go anywhere with your desktop. It's big, it's heavy and it can't function unless it's plugged in.
- Power usage
The trade-off for faster CPU speeds is more power usage. Unfortunately, desktops consume considerably more electricity than laptops.
Unlike laptops, which are already individually complete because of its integrated parts, desktops still require separate peripherals so that they can function. For instance, after assembling your CPU, it still needs a keyboard and monitor for you to use it.
Advantages of a Laptop
You can bring your laptop pretty much anywhere. By far, this is the laptop's biggest advantage.
- Easy access to information
Your laptop allows you access to information--whether it's in your hard drive or over the internet--even while on the go.
- Saves space
Obviously, laptops occupy less space than desktops.
- Consumes less power
You'll save on electricity if you use a laptop, compared to a desktop.
- Runs on batteries
No electricity? No problem. You can continue using any laptop even on power outages, as long as you recharged your batteries.
Disadvantages of a Laptop
- Hard to repair/modify/upgrade
Frankly, it's difficult to maintain a laptop. Unless you’re a professional technician, there's a good chance you won't be able to repair/modify/upgrade a laptop by yourself.
- More expensive
You spend more for a new laptop than an equivalent desktop. Even repairs and parts cost more.
- Vulnerability of data
Since laptops are portable, the data they carry are at risk from actual theft or even unsecured wireless networks.
- Smaller parts
And because laptops are portable, everything has to be more compact. Screens, keyboards and mice are smaller, making them a pain to use.