Which is better - Desktop or Laptop?

10 years ago, the choice between a desktop PC and laptop was fairly well defined. If you want a powerful machine, choose a desktop PC. If you want mobility, choose a laptop. With the advances in technology, the choice is becoming less clear. Laptops can now meet almost all needs, from the casual user who needs to be able to video chat and use basic word processing software, to the power user who needs the latest and fastest available equipment.

By no means is the desktop dead, it is just a case that the advantages that laptops bring generally mean that PCs are only required for very specific purposes, such as for high power gaming and business machines.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Laptops

  • They are portable, so you can take them anywhere.
  • They are battery powered, so you can use them even when power is not available.
  • They take up less space than a desktop, and can be packed away if desk space is needed.
  • They are much easier to steal, so they cannot be left unattended where there is a risk of theft.
  • They are generally more expensive than a desktop, for the same level of power and functionality.
  • Upgrading a laptop is often not feasible.
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Desktops

  • Desktop computers have more power and more features for a similar price.
  • Desktop computers are easier and less expensive to upgrade.
  • With a desktop, you get a wide choice in deciding what screen size, mouse and keyboard you would like.
  • They are bulky and come with a lot more cabling than a laptop.
  • They generally consume more power than laptops, and even with a UPS, they need constant mains power to use them continuously.
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See our glossary page for a list of terms and definitions that you may encounter when you decide to acquire a new laptop or desktop. The list is by no means exhaustive, and we will update it from time to time.