After we show you the differences between them,
your choice should be clear
Computers have evolved over the years and while
they have increased in power, they have shrunk in size. The EDVAC computer that John Von
Neumann developed to hasten the end of World War II took up a full room
and held a tiny fraction of the memory of current computers.
Laptops today approach the desktop computers in
power and speed but since they are designed to be lightweight,
portable, reasonably sized and thrifty in power consumption,
compromises need to be made. If you need to take your computing power
and data from place to place, laptop computers do the trick.
Since they need to be light and are intended to be
moved, they tend to be somewhat fragile and extra
care is necessary to avoid a damaging drop.
Their lower power CPUs are not as
powerful, in general, as the desktop counterparts.
Miniaturization leads to lower capacity
disk storage, lower memory capacity, shrunken screen real estate and
cramped and unusual keyboard layouts and inventive but inconvenient
mouse substitute schemes. Less internal room makes them harder
Providing full computer system functionality in a
small package requires using higher priced components
since they have to deliver close to full capability in a smaller
footprint and these components require more manufacturing resources.
Overall laptops tend to be more expensive for the same functionality
than their desktop counterparts.
In short, if you need to bring your computer with
you from place to place or have a high need to conserve space then you
should consider a laptop. Otherwise, for optimum power, utility, and
financial savings get a desktop.
This being said, you should know that if you are
going to keep a laptop at a certain site for a sustained period,
docking stations are available that allow the desktop to connect to a
full fledged monitor, keyboard and mouse as well as other peripherals.
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