Which is better: Laptop or Desktop?

Which do you think is more better? Ok, let’s weigh things here. There are some pros and cons for each. Let’s discuss it one-by-one. 😛

Laptop » Pros

  • Portability is usually the first feature mentioned in any comparison of laptops versus desktop PCs. A laptop can be used in many places — not only at home and at the office, but also during commuting and flights, in coffee shops, in lecture halls and libraries, at clients’ location or at a meeting room, etc.
  • When it comes to size, laptops are smaller than desktops. This is beneficial when space is at a premium, for example in small apartments and student dorms. When not in use, a laptop can be closed and put away.
  • Laptops have low power consumption. It’s several times more power-efficient than desktops. A typical laptop uses 20-90 W, compared to 100-800 W for desktops.
  • Laptops are often quieter than desktops, due both to the components and to less heat production leading to use of fewer and slower cooling fans.
  • A charged laptop can run several hours in case of a power outage and is not affected by short power interruptions and brownouts.
  • Laptops are designed to be portable, laptops have everything integrated in to the chassis. In other words, all-in-one.
  • Laptops compared to low-end desktops, it include features such as a Wi-Fi card, and Express Card slot, and a memory card reader.

Laptop » Cons

  • While the performance of mainstream desktops and laptops is comparable, laptops are significantly more expensive than desktop computers at the same or even lower performance level.
  • Upgradeability of laptops is very limited compared to desktops, which are thoroughly standardized. In general, hard drives and memory can be upgraded easily. Optical drives and internal expansion cards may be upgraded if they follow an industry standard, but all other internal components, including the CPU, motherboard and graphics, are not intended to be upgradeable.
  • Because of their small and flat keyboard and trackpad pointing devices, prolonged use of laptops can cause repetitive strain injury.
  • Due to their portability, laptops are subject to more wear and physical damage than desktops. Components such as screen hinges, latches, power jacks and power cords deteriorate gradually due to ordinary use. A liquid spill onto the keyboard, a rather minor mishap with a desktop system, can damage the internals of a laptop and result in a costly repair.
  • When it comes to security laptops are prized targets for theft. The cost of the stolen business or personal data and of the resulting problems can be many times the value of the stolen laptop itself. Therefore, both physical protection of laptops and the safeguarding of data contained on them are of the highest importance.

Desktop » Pros

  • Desktops have the advantage over laptops that the spare parts and extensions tend to be standardized, resulting in lower prices and greater availability.
  • In desktop computers, power consumption is not as critical as in laptop computers because the desktop is powered from the wall socket.
  • Desktop computers provides more space for heat to escape.
  • It’s easier for a desktop computer to have a bigger memory and to hold more RAM than a laptop computer simply because there is more space available for the storage.
  • The space in a desktop computer will often allow the user to choose almost unlimited accessories and options that a laptop computer just may not have the space to hold.
  • When you’re looking for mega performance features in a reasonably priced package, the desktop PC could be the right solution for you.

Desktop » Cons

  • Desktop PCs take up space — the CPU and the cords attached to it.
  • Desktop computers less expensive than laptops.
  • You need to pay more for the monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.
  • A desktop isn’t very portable.
  • It’s very complicated with many cords to have to deal with.

These are only few and there are a lot more! Just ask Mr. Google. LOL. 😛


1 Comment

  1. Pinay Mommy

    December 7, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Inspired mag sulat si Mommy ah! 😉

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