Having a computer is becoming more of a necessity today. Many jobs allow for working from home, and the curriculum for many schools, including both Universities and High Schools, can easily be augmented by the use of a personal computer. Not to mention the incredible availability of entertainment that a computer provides.
Recently, with so many technological advances in computing, it has become difficult to make a decision. With so many different computers available, from hand held devices to small netbooks, buying a computer can be a confusing process. If you want to buy one, but haven’t decided on a laptop or a desktop, then this article is for you. In this you’ll learn a few basic pros and cons of both laptops and desktops, so you’ll have a much easier buying decision.
The main advantages of getting a desktop is that you can get a much more powerful machine. You aren’t limited to space, nor do you require a battery. Hard drives are generally larger, and there are more slots for memory, so you can upgrade a desktop machine quite a bit. Also with desktops, you can get a much larger screen, since you don’t have to worry about stuffing it into your purse or briefcase.
One of the biggest drawbacks to a desktop is that it sits right there on your desk, and nowhere else. It’s pretty tough to take it with you, as you have all kinds of cords and cables connecting everything together. If you ever need to do some work away from home, at a hotel for example, then you won’t be able to use your desktop.
The biggest selling point of a laptop, of course, is portability. You can pretty much take it with you wherever you go. Many places today offer wireless Internet, so you can hook up pretty much anywhere. And if you need to use your battery, you should have at least three hours of working time, based on what you are using your machine for.
A limitation of using a laptop is that you can be limited in size, both of the keyboard and the screen. If you are only working on one document at a time, this usually isn’t a big deal. But if you need to have several windows open, or are working on several projects at once, this can be a limitation. Also, if you ever need to upgrade your machine, you may be limited by internal space as well.
So depending on where and when you’ll need to use your computer, you can choose which one is appropriate. If you only imagine yourself doing work at home, then a desktop is the best choice. If you need to do work in several different locations, then a laptop is the way to go. Of course, if you can afford it, getting both is always an option.