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Are you in the market for your first computer? Not sure if you should set up a little table in the corner and hook up a desktop or go with a laptop you can take anywhere? Never owned either so not sure which you’d actually prefer? Fortunately, there are companies that present you with the opportunity to rent laptop models and other gadgets, giving you the opportunity to explore your options. Here are the aspects to consider before you commit to a specific type.
Possibly the most important question you need to answer is: what are you going to use the computer for? The intended use will determine the required specs and this in turn will determine if you need a laptop or a desktop.
Laptops are very portable and were designed for carrying around. While this is perfect for work, it may not be suitable for applications like extensive gaming. The average laptop has limited physical space available which might hinder game graphics. Laptops also don’t allow for additional graphics cards whereas desktops can run with multiple graphics cards. For a slightly higher price than your average laptop, you could indulge in one of the various gaming laptops available that have the necessary features for your favourite plays.
When it comes to future upgrades, it’s important to remember that just about all components in a desktop are easily replaceable. Upgrading is therefore a lot easier than for a laptop where only the hard drive and memory card can be upgraded. It’s also a lot easier to add parts to a desktop box as the space is bigger and easier to work with. Laptops also have fewer data ports.
In general, desktops use more power than laptops that operate with smaller components, thereby using less power. Because laptops have a battery, fluctuations in power supply won’t cause unsaved work to be lost.
The majority of desktop repairs can be done with hardware parts available at most computer stores. Laptop parts need to be ordered from computer suppliers, manufacturers, or online sellers. In most cases, it’s easier to purchase a whole new laptop.
Because the main focus of a laptop is its portability, the screens only range from 10” to 17” with desktop monitors being able to accommodate 19” and bigger. However, you can connect both desktop and laptop to an external display that supports various size monitors or screens.
Compared to a desktop, a laptop is small in dimensions and that makes its keyboard different from that of a desktop. Additionally, the keyboard of a laptop is attached to the main body, therefore accessing the keys on a laptop is easier and typing can be faster.
The choice of deciding between a desktop PC and a laptop can only be made when you have conducted proper research and based your decision on not only your budget but also your requirements. Now that you have all these points to consider when deciding between a desktop and a laptop, which one will you be choosing?