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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.
  • Cheaper
    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.
  • Peripherals
    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

  • Portable
    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.