Laptop – pros and cons
Laptops are widespread, and the fierce competition between major manufacturers has led to an extremely wide variety of models aimed at specific activities. But what are the main pros that would tip the scales when choosing against a desktop computer – a durable laptop battery, a compact charger or something else?
Pros: mobility and versatility
The biggest plus of laptops is their mobility. You can always put them in your backpack and change where you use them from. You can bring your laptop to lectures, to work, and watch a movie on it at night, laying on the couch at home. Of course, laptops are an absolutely indispensable accessory for all jobs that happen on the go and involve regular travel. What’s more, newer models often come with a laptop battery that will comfortably last a full working day before you need to plug it into a laptop charger. But even if you don’t travel very often, and you work from home, it’s still useful to have a laptop because you can go into the other room when your kids are chasing each other in the living room or you just need more quiet to conduct an important meeting online.
As well as being mobile, notebooks are far more versatile than desktop computers. If you travel frequently or work from more than one location, you can simply carry the computer with you. If you need a larger screen, you simply plug in an additional monitor. And so on and so forth.
Cons: Small screen, weaker hardware
On the other side of the scale come the cons. The smaller screen comes first here. Unlike before when standard monitors were between 15 and 20 inches, today’s mainstream screens are 24 inches and up. Mainstream laptops, on the other hand, have screen sizes between 13 and 15.6 inches. The gap is getting wider, and when your work involves spreadsheets or video, screen size matters. I’m not even opening a word about gaming, where a large and quality screen is a must for a quality experience.
The truth is that there are laptop models that are “pumped up” with powerful and fast hardware, but this comes at an extremely high price. All the low and mid-range price models are generally inferior in performance to desktop machines that can be purchased at a similar price. So, if your job requires hardware with very high performance, your best bet is to go for a desktop computer.
Desktop computer – pros
Pros: strong hardware, large screen, convenience
- The biggest plus of desktop computers is their significantly easier upgradeability and more powerful hardware.
- The large screen is also not to be overlooked. In reality, however, this plus has less and less weight lately, because users are increasingly solving the problem by connecting a large screen to their notebooks.
- Convenience. If you spend long hours in front of your computer, a desktop machine gives you a good opportunity to organize your entire workspace to be as comfortable as possible. A quality chair, a desk, a raised screen – everything needs to fit. On the other hand, frequent use of laptops in a variety of locations often leads to neck pain from awkward posture.