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3 Reasons Why Laptops are Preferable to Desktops

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Laptops are very popular today, and for a variety reasons. These reasons designate the considerations as to what one should look for when buying a laptop. These are pretty much no-brainers, but they are so important. Still, the insight gained will allow buyers to make specific, more informed decisions when looking for just the right laptop for an individual’s particular desires and needs.

First, the most obvious reason to buy laptops is that they are preferable to desktop computers due to their size and construction. Laptops, by design, are smaller and more compact, so they easily portable. To make the deal even better, their hard-drives hold just as much space and memory as desktops, perhaps even more, now that current technology is creating the ‘better functional’ in miniscule form

The thing about the laptop in regards to its size and shape is that these allow the busy college student or professional to do their work while out-and-about, say, while eating lunch or relaxing at a coffee shop. With the laptop, computer users no longer need to have to rush to get home or back to the dorm in order to “get to work,” since they bring their work along with them. Laptops where intended to facilitate this necessity.

The second reason for choosing laptops over desktops is that they can be found cheaper than the latter. Some quality laptops can actually be found under $1,000.00 at the right places and at the right time. Discounts and sales are available all the time, especially on the Internet.

For the student with tight fund (and, truly, there are many of them), this definitely makes a difference. Even students with well-to-do parents should save money wherever possible (just ask mom and dad—they will agree), especially with computer systems, which is the modern-day college student’s greatest expense after tuition and course fees. Computer system, whether they are laptops or desktops, even beat out rent.

A third reason the laptops are preferable over desktops is that they can run on a long-lasting battery and do not necessarily require a wire hookup to access the Internet. Laptops doe come with an accessory wire than can plug into any outlet found, depending on the particular surrounds, but the battery allows for that contingency, should no outlet be available; and likewise, if the battery should go dead, the wire can serves as a backup. If no outlet is accessible under these circumstances . . . one should make sure that the battery is always charged up to make sure that nightmare never happens. The point: Having a battery is an option not typically available with desktop computers, so it makes laptops more convenient and user-friendly by design.

Regardless of the student’s personal needs or of the particular major or program, laptops are always preferable for the above reasons. Before long, laptops will likely give way to pocket computers . . . Oh wait—they already are! Still, laptops are among the most popular innovations for college students throughout the world, and, despite new forms of technology that are constantly emerging, they will always be around.


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avdspm almost 7 years ago avdspm


Aside from performance (hard drive in the laptop just isn't going to be as fast as the desktop models) there is one major reason why I can't go back to laptop for home use. When my laptop's screen went bad, replacing the LCD panel was almost as expensive as buying a new computer. If companies would charge less for replacement lcd panels, that would help me change my mind.

Bob about 7 years ago Bob


@Andy.C 1.: A desktop cannot have as much harddrive space as it wishes, you know just as well as I do that a laptop and desktop both have a limit. A laptop is more inclined to reach this limit since the main source for more HDD space is through external drives connected by USB, and it's simply not practical to break it open to replace with other parts. Of course with new progress being made in these areas both types of computers will have increased storage in the future. 2.: Desktops tend to be cheaper than laptops yeah, what *did* change however is that *relatively* laptops became a lot cheaper than desktops. Meaning that the price difference between laptops from a year ago and now is waaay bigger than that of desktops. Good laptops are becoming cheaper every year. 3.: Battery is a plus because it allows you to temporarily use the laptop when no power is available. Duh. 4. (Overheating): I've never had that problem with any ''current'' laptop I've handled. Sure there are a few with this problem but the majority simply does not have it. And even if you do get bothered by it you're not forced to hold it on your lap, and there's laptop coolers that function as a lap-desk as well. 5. (bigger screen): false, most laptops feature either a HDMI or VGA port (or both). This allows you to simply attach them to the screen. The added USB allows for the same keyboard and mouse to be used as the one you use for your desktop. The only difference is the size of the desktop vs the laptop. 6. (Portable argument laughable): Even if you do not leave the house, having a laptop instead of a desktop can be nice if you're one of those people that like to chill on the couch with family while browsing or chatting a bit, and then move to the desk or the toilet or somewhere else. Whereas the desktop pretty much keeps you confined to one place. (Even within the house) I do agree that many people who have one don't *really* need one that badly. (Hell even people studying computer stuff at university don't really need one either), but I think it has grown into a sort of subtle fashion statement.

Jason S. about 7 years ago Jason S.


Andy C, with all respect I wan't to say that you are somewhat wrong. Having a desktop in a home is fine but you should alwasys chose a laptop over a desktop ( when looking for one is you have 2 desktops)because it has many thing over a desktop. You are right about this artical being misleading in certain parts and anyone reading this should also check out other websites.

AndyC over 7 years ago AndyC


Pretty poor argument i think. 1, a desktop can have as much hard drive space as it wishes. and not only that you can add and add to your hearts content where as with a lap top what you buy is what your stuck with. 2, What planet are you from that laptops are cheaper than desktops? You can buy a faster, smoother, higher spec desktop for pretty much half the price of a laptop. Hell you can even custom build a good desktop for about £400. 3, how can having a battery be a plus for laptops? good ones last about 5 hours if your not running apps and when you actually start using the battery life almost halfs. Also most people use there laptops on desks at home (why?) and i really cant think of many people who actually put them on there laps, they overheat quickly so unless you want a laptop shaped mark on your legs then be my guest. Desktops are more powerful, have better graphic's capabilities, can store more memory, can be constantly (and cheaply) upgraded to suit the demands of new games and apps (again laptops are stuck), you can have a bigger screen with a desktop and not only that but you arent confined to a desk anymore thanks to wirless optic mouses and keyboards. you can lay in bed with your keyboard and mouse playing on a 62" screen or watching movies. its the total package. laptops have a long way to go before they even come close to desktops. Laptops are just a craze, only students (i had one at uni) and business men/women need them. all other people do is sit at a desk and view social networking sites? they dont even leave there houses so the portibal argument fo 70% of laptop owners is laughable.

Jason almost 8 years ago Jason


I agree, laptops are easier to use. However, gaming is preferrable for me. For some reason, I find a mouse to be harder to use than a trackpad.