I’m sure all of us have a little nugget in our head that tells us whether we think a laptop is better or a desktop is better, but have any of us considered the pros and cons between them? I’m going to do just that. I’m going to look at some of the differences between laptops and desktops and list out their pros and cons.
Spoiler alert, there are some obvious differences between the two, but the answer really depends on what’s important to you. There are benefits to both kinds of computers, it’s up to you to determine which of these benefits are the most important.
Disclosure: I am a computer enthusiast. While my main objective is to offer knowledge and assistance, my site contains links to produces. I will receive compensation when a purchase is made through these links. My opinions are my own. If I recommend an item it is because I genuinely believe the item is worth the cost.
Let’s say you have a computer. Doesn’t matter if you imagine it as a desktop or a laptop. If the Hard drive goes out then it’s not going to be terrible difficult to replace the hard drive in either type.
But what if it’s some thing different that fails? Like the graphics card or the CPU. Maybe you just purchased new software and it isn’t working we on your computer.
If you have a laptop than your stuck with buying a new computer. You could look into getting it repaired, but you’ll need to get a technician to do it and chances are you’ll end up spending enough that you should have just bought a new one. This is a major downside of a laptop.
A desktop is a different story. There are far less customized components in a desktop, and nothing is soldered in. If your video card dies, or isn’t cutting it anymore, then you can replace that card instead of a whole new computer. Things don’t even have to die. You can slowly replace old parts until you have but a second computer.
I’m sure we’ve all experienced the power going out while we are in the middle of doing something on your computer. Sometimes it can be at the most inconvenient of times.
With a laptop it’s not a big deal. You might have to keep going in the dark, but at least you can keep going. Unless you need the internet. Than your going to bed a tethering plan.
On a desktop, it just means your done and you might as well just go to bed. Unless you have invested in a uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and a battery bank. If you have do this, then you might as well go completely off the power grid, because you’re almost there.
The battery on the laptop makes the laptop possible. This is the biggest benefits of having a laptop. You can take it anywhere and use it. This is also why many people only use a phone or a tablet as their computer. The freedom of mobility is awesome.
A few years back I was on an extended business trip. One of the other guys on the trip decided to bring his desktop to the hotel. If we hadn’t been there for an extended period of time then it would have been more have than it was worth. As it was, he had to spend two or three trips just bringing his computer into the hotel.
Luckily, he was able to drive there. Could you imagine trying to fly with a desktop? It would take up one bag. If someone tries this, please send me a picture from the terminal.
It doesn’t matter what kind of computer you have, or what filters there are in your computer, there will be dust. You might be thinking, “so what, I’ll clean the my computer.” It is really easy to clean the outside, but it’s the inside that matters the most.
This is really easy to do on a desktop. You see the dust easier and taking the side panel off is a piece of cake. In a laptop things are secured a little differently. It is very difficult to open it up and clean the dust out.
A few months ago, we thought we were going to have to replace my wife’s computer. She could use it for 15 or 20 minutes before it would over heat and shut down.
I decided to try replacing the fan before we bought a new one. I figured an $8 fan was cheaper than a computer.
What would’ve taken 5 minutes on a desktop, took almost 2 hours on a laptop, and voided any warranty that I had left (this laptop was already 3 years old so it probably didn’t have a warrenty left). Even if you had a technician do this kind of thing. They’ll charge more for the laptop because it’s harder and takes more time.
Another cooling upgrade you can have is liquid cooling. Instead of fans blowing air, you have a pump that delivers cold liquid to all of the heat generating components.
This eliminates the dust problem, but it’s not something a laptop can do. Liquids takes space and adds weight to the computer. Both of these go against what a laptop is tring to do.
There are reasons for both kind of computer. Which is best is something that can be determined by your personal preferences.
To summarize, the pros and cons of each are listed below.
- Components can be upgraded or replaced
- No limit for the number of things that you can put in it.
- More efficient cooling can be achieved
- Higher level of performance can be achieved
- They aren’t mobile
- They can be heavy
- They can only be used with a stable power source
- Usable in a power outage
- Limited cooling abilities
- Difficult to service
- No upgrading
- Performance limited.
Whatever you are looking for in a computer, there is something that meets your needs. I’m always happy to help someone find a computer that will meet their needs. Leave me a comment with the kind of things that are important for you and I’ll help you find a computer you’ll be happy with.