Looking to buy a computer?

Are you looking to buy a computer, but not sure if you want a desktop or a laptop?  Sometimes knowing the disadvantages and advantages of having either a laptop or a desktop can help tremendously in the decision. Knowledge before the purchase is always a good thing!

Deciding on what to buy

Pros of a desktop:
1. More bang for the buck. If you like to play games, or are a gamer, then a desktop will be the best option. You can get better graphics, better monitors, faster processors, etc. Everything is bigger on a desktop so there is plenty of room to put in some nice features without sending up the cost.
2. Cost less. A desktop will usually cost you less money for the same or (almost always) better components. Although you can sometimes find a new low cost laptop sometimes where the owner wants to sell at any cost, for multiple reasons.
3. Easier to use. Let's face it, with a desktop you can purchase a nice keyboard, mouse, desk, etc. built for comfort. A laptop isn't always comfortable to use, especially if you are in the middle of traveling. (by car, bus, plane or ferry)
4. Easy to upgrade. A desktop is much easier to remove or add components to than a laptop.
5. Easy to keep track of. In other words, someone has to break in to get it.
6. More memory and hard drive space. The memory capacity and hard drive space are usually much greater (and cheaper) than for a laptop.

Cons of a desktop:

1. Stuck in one place. When you use a desktop you have to sit down in the same place to use it. No mobility. There are companies that have whole divisions devoted to moving equipment around because of this fact. When it comes to cons of a desktop mobility is the biggest and about the only one. All other complaints can usually be fixed, or ungraded to be tolerated.

Pros of a Laptop:
1. Mobile. You can go anywhere you want to and still have access to a computer. Great for presentations for work. This is the greatest benefit of a laptop.
2. network connect-ability on the run.
With a laptop you can connect with a wireless network on the move.
3. Useful for presentations, or demonstrations. Easy to lug around.
4. Runs on a battery so can be used even when the power is out.

Cons of a Laptop:
1. Maintenance is difficult. You usually have to hire a professional if something breaks or goes wrong. Since the parts for a laptop need to be smaller this also makes them more expensive.
2. Repairs cost more. Since repairs need a professional they usually cost more,
for the service as well as for the parts.
3. Everything is smaller. Meaning if you want to use a full size keyboard you have to plug in an extra keyboard, which means you have to carry around a bulky keyboard.
Same for a monitor or other external devices.
4. More expensive than a comparable desktop.
5. Easy for someone else to pick up and carry off without your knowledge.

Knowing some of these pros and cons it is a lot easier to decide what is best for you. If you absolutely need a computer that you can take with you wherever you go then a laptop will be the best choice. If you just want a good computer that you can access in one location all the time,
play games, etc. then a desktop is the best choice.

Just looking at price will not give you the best choice. If mobility is necessary then you may have to select a less powerful laptop (less memory, disk space and
 CPU power)
so you can get it for a lower price.

If mobility is not an issue then a desktop will definitely give you more bang for the buck. Analyze your needs and wants before you buy, so you will get the best computer for your needs.

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