Today we’re going to talk about the differences between desktop computers and laptop computers. And a question to keep in mind while we’re going through these two different points is what kind of computer user are you?
Are you a home user? Are you a more professional user? Is mobility important to you or does it not matter so much? So just keep that in mind as we go through these different points. We’ll start here with laptops.
So as I said, the advantage of having a laptop is its portability. You’re able to take your data with you anywhere you go. If there’s wireless Internet available, you can access the Internet. They’re very lightweight and compact, but this is also a disadvantage.
Their portability and their compactness force all the components of the computer to be closer together. So overheating is usually a problem. Also, when you’re moving your computer around, you could bump it or drop it and this could damage the screen, which is a common laptop issue.
Some more disadvantages, they’re expensive. If you wanted to buy an equivalent desktop computer with equivalent processing power, it’s going to be a lot more expensive than the desktop would be. It also because of their uniqueness from laptop to laptop, they’re not as easy to fix, which means repair costs are going to be a lot more expensive.
They’re also not as customizable in the sense of taking out parts and putting in ones that you want. Some typical problem you’ll encounter is, as I said, with heat. This usually damages the central processing unit.
If overheating is a problem and when that happens, it’s typically not worth fixing it. Because the amount you have to spend to buy a new processor would be an investment towards a new computer. And after a couple of years, the technology kind of it makes it worthwhile to invest in something new rather than trying to fix something that’s old.
Also, the processing power, as I said, because everything’s so compact they don’t have as much storage, they don’t have as much processing power, and things like that. But if you want something that’s just quick and easy to take and light then laptops are for you.
But now over to desktops, their advantage is their price-to-performance ratio is a lot higher so you’re paying less for more performance. Another advantage is they’re able to be customized easily. Design and hardware are very flexible because you have a lot of different producers of parts and you can buy different parts and they’re still compatible to work together.
It also gives you more freedom. If you like playing video games you can invest in a graphics card but if you don’t play as many video games but you want more storage you can invest in good Ram and hard drive and things like that which is nice for users that like to play around with computer building and things like that.
Another advantage to desktop computers is their ergonomics which is a term that describes their efficiency, comfort, and safety to the user. With computers, you have your monitor and your keyboard usually a good distance to where you’re comfortable and your wrists aren’t sitting awkwardly.
But with laptops, you’re usually crunched up close and they’re not really conducive to long-term computer hours using your computer. So that’s something to keep in mind. If you’re usually at your computer for long periods of time, you’re going to want something that doesn’t that isn’t detrimental to your health or anything like that.
So some disadvantages of a desktop computer. They were also expensive. Computers in general are just expensive but say they’re worth the investment with what you get for desktop computers versus laptops, they’re also not portable and they take up space.
Again, this is something that you can exchange for having something that will last you for a bit longer. A typical computer can last as long as five years with as little as one part replacement. Typically the power supply or the hard drive.
And those are easily fixed and they’re worth fixing as opposed to the laptop. But your laptop will typically last about two to five years also, depending on how you care for it and if you get repairs or things like that.
So these are all just different things to keep in mind as you’re thinking about what kind of computer you want to buy and things like that. We’re going to have some more videos in the series talking about what your different options are and pricing and things like that.