Laptops Vs Desktops - What Everyone Should Know


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OK so the question has been set :

Laptops vs Desktops. I'm not here to sell you either so i have no vested interest. If your interested in this question then read on as i've listed the basic pro's and cons with a little opinion at the bottom.

The basic pro's and cons : Laptop Pros ( 3 ) 1 - Portable 2 - Relatively cheap when compared completely ( include the screen , keyboard etc ) 3 - Built in battery - ( ever had a power cut and lost some work ? )

Laptop Cons ( 5 ) 1 - Small screen 2 - Uncomfortable for long periods of work without desktop keyboard and screen ( suddenly not so portable ) 3 - Can be expensive / impossible to repair 4 - Laptop hard disks are a major bottleneck : Laptop hard disk are much slower and do not work well when filled up with data. 5 - Laptop processors at the same Ghz ( measure of speed on chips ) do not perform the same ( 30% more in favor of the desktop ).

Desktop Pros ( 5 ) 1 - Powerful 2 - Easy to upgrade 3 - Easy to repair 4 - Desktops last longer ( they don't break as easily as laptops ) 5 - If you need lots of Power the desktops are significantly cheaper.

Desktop Cons ( 2) 1- Not portable ( try carrying one of these to work and back everyday ). 2 - No built in battery ( external batteries called UPS can be purchased as an extra).

Final Point Score :

Desktop Pros / Cons: 5 / 2 Laptop Pros / Cons :: 3 / 5

Conclusion : Desktops win convincingly ! If your planning to buy a computer and your planning to leave it on a dedicated table then you should definitely buy a desktop. Its cheaper more powerful , easy to upgrade etc.

If you really need to move with your computer then you have no choice but to go with a laptop. ( Do ask if you really need to move with it - not the old fantasy of " I'm going to work in the garden with my laptop - its just not going to happen ; glare on screen when its sunny and sparks from your laptop when it rains, bad wifi connecting , battery running out , etc).

Example : 3Ghz desktop chip vs a 3Ghz laptop chip the laptop chip is approximately 30% slower ( this is due to a number of factors - heat , voltage and general punching power - ghz are about speed but just because a boxer punches 3000 times doesn't make him a powerful boxer as a boxer who weighs twice as much can punch 2000 times and produce more power than the boxer who punches faster - Speed X Weight = Power

Rob Barrett

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