Laptop Vs. Desktop: The Pros and Cons
Are you planning to buy a computer, but aren’t sure whether to get a laptop or a desktop? Both options come with pros and cons, so we’ve created a quick list to help you with your decision.
Also if you’re undecided between Apple Mac or PC read our article Mac vs PC in 2019 – which is best?
- Portability – Laptops are compact and portable and can therefore be easily taken with you wherever you go.
- Great for travel/commuting – Laptops are the perfect choice if you travel around for work or spend a lot of time commuting.
- Connectivity – Laptops allow you to connect while you’re on the go, ideal for accessing the Internet for work or entertainment.
- Battery powered – As laptops run on a battery, they don’t always need to be plugged in, increasing their portability.
- Space – Laptops take up far less space in comparison to desktops.
- Size – Some people may find laptops more difficult to use than desktops because they often have a smaller screen, use smaller mice (trackpads) and keyboards. You can, of course, buy a separate keyboard, mouse and monitor for the laptop but this detracts from the portability aspect.
- Cost – Repairing a laptop can be more costly. Some laptop components can be harder to source and therefore repair costs could add up.
- Damage – Laptops are more prone to being dropped or damaged as they’re not anchored to one particular location.
- Theft – As laptops are moved around from one location to another they are more at risk of being stolen. By ensuring that you have the relevant insurance in place and checking your data is securely backed up and encrypted, this will help give you better peace of mind.
- Great for gamers – You can get powerful processors and graphics for desktop computers making them the perfect choice for gaming.
- Cost – The components of a desktop are often cheaper than a laptop, however if you’re purchasing a high specification for gaming it will be more costly.
- Security – Desktops are bulky and are far less likely to be stolen.
- Stationary – Desktops are setup in one spot and are not practical for transporting so if you’re looking for a computer for on the go use, investing in a laptop would be the best option.
- Space – Desktops require a lot of space and a dedicated desk area. Although space may not be an issue for some, others prefer a more compact device which can be closed and put away when not in use.
If you’re in search for a desktop this Lenovo All-in-one computer may be suited to your requirements:
If you’re swaying towards a laptop this HP Envy laptop has a great specification overall:
Laptops and desktops both have their advantages, so it’s entirely dependent on what you’re looking for. If you need a compact, portable computer, then a laptop is for you. If you prefer a stationary computer opt for the desktop. We hope this helps with your decision making!