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A comparison of the personal and laptop computers

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Below is a chart that compares the two types of computers, providing pros and cons for each to help you make a more informed purchasing decision. Topic Laptop Cost There is a wide variety of component options available for desktops, allowing for a large range of prices, but the starting point is relatively cheap. Laptops can have a fairly wide variety of component options, but they are more limited than desktops. To get a more powerful laptop higher speed, better graphics, more storage space, etc.

Portability Desktops are large in size and have a separate monitor. While it's possible to take a desktop from place to place, it's cumbersome and not the choice for portability. They are designed to be used in a single location and not moved around much, if at all. Laptops are very portable due to their compact size. They were designed to be taken from place to place, carried in a backpack or laptop carrying case.

Desktop computer vs. Laptop computer

They are great for on-the-go use. Processor Desktop processors are a little bit larger in size, but this also means the desktop processors can be more powerful than laptop processors.

New, advanced processors on the market are typically available in desktop computers first. Laptop processors have nearly caught up to desktop processors, but are still limited when compared to desktop processors.

Gaming laptops can have an equal performance, but have a much higher price.

Should I buy a laptop or desktop?

Ease of assembly Setting up a desktop takes a bit of extra work to hook everything up, start it up, and begin to use. It also requires more space to set up. While it's not difficult to connect everything together, it is still more cumbersome than a laptop. Laptops are built to be easy to use, requiring little time to get running.

Take it out of the box, plug it in and press the power button. Within minutes, the laptop is ready to use. Keyboard Desktops can make use of full size keyboards, including a number pad. There are really no limitations. Smaller laptops with the 14" and 15" screens typically have smaller keyboards and don't feature a number pad on the right side.

Larger laptops with 17" screens do have larger keyboards and may include a number pad, but the laptops are bulkier and heavier. Screen size Desktop monitors can be 19" or larger. It is even possible to hook up a desktop to a TV, so screen sizes could be as large as a TV. This provides for great flexibility on what the desktop is used for and in what environment. Since portability is a big feature of laptops, smaller screen sizes are necessary and screen sizes typically range from 10" to 17".

However, a laptop can still be connected to an external display and support any size of monitor, screen, or projector.

Power Usage Desktop computers typically use more power than a laptop.

The Best Laptops of 2018

They have to power a higher wattage power supply, multiple components inside the computer, and a monitor. If the power fluctuates or goes out, including brown outs, any documents being worked on and not saved can be lost. Laptop computers use less power than a desktop computer. Smaller components means less power is needed to make them work.

Laptops also have a battery, so power fluctuations and outages will not cost any unsaved work to be lost. The battery kicks in immediately when power fluctuates or goes out.

  1. Each of these wafer-thin systems represents a new vision for ultraportable computing. Your classic desktop computer, including monitor and keyboard, weighs about 25 pounds.
  2. The first is the convertible-hybrid, which transforms from a laptop to tablet and back again by rotating all the way around on the display's hinge.
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  4. They are great for on-the-go use. However, a laptop can still be connected to an external display and support any size of monitor, screen, or projector.
  5. What is the Difference Between a Laptop and a Notebook? Our rule of thumb is that if the warranty costs more than 15 percent of the laptop's purchase price, you're better off spending the money on backup drives or services that minimize downtime.

Upgrading Most components in a desktop are easily removable, making it easier to upgrade and since desktop cases are usually much bigger they're easier to work in when doing any upgrading. Memory and hard drive are about the only components that can be upgraded in a laptop. The remaining components are either built-in and not removable or the laptop is not designed to work with an upgraded version of a component. A need to upgrade anything other than the hard drive and memory usually requires a new laptop.

Laptops and Notebooks - What is the Difference?

Physical space is limited in a laptop, which can limit the graphics capabilities. Power is also limited which doesn't allow for video cards needing those higher amounts of wattage to run.

  • They were designed to be taken from place to place, carried in a backpack or laptop carrying case;
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  • However, if the laptop will simply act as a desktop with very occasional need for portability, a desktop is also an excellent choice and far less expensive;
  • At this time we could also see that mobile computing manufacturers would drop term laptop completely from their product lineup in favor of the term notebook.

Repair Repairing a desktop computer is much easier since most of the hardware can be easily purchased off the shelf of any local computer retail store. For most users opening a laptop to repair a part can be difficult and finding a replacement part often requires calling the computer manufacturer or ordering from another online site. In the end, the final decision depends on what your needs are. While the above chart may make it look as though Desktop computers are the best overall option, if portability is a big need of yours, the laptop is the best option.

There are some limitations to consider, but they are not overly significant for most users.

However, if you want the most bang for your buck and portability is not necessary, a desktop is likely the best choice especially if price is important. Desktops are optimal choices for graphic intensive gaming, use of CAD applications, and for those who prefer to have the option of upgrading more easily. However, they are also perfectly fine for the basic computer user who just needs e-mail and Internet access.