Choosing Between a Laptop Or a Desktop Computer

These days, it’s not difficult to find someone who doesn’t even own a desktop computer. Laptop computers have become very popular. Many people own both a laptop and a desktop computer. However, if you’re trying to decide on getting a laptop computer or a desktop computer, I’ll point out some of the advantages and disadvantages of both laptops and desktops and then you can decide what one is right for you.

Laptops – The Advantages And Disadvantages

Laptop computers are nice to have. They do have their advantages.


You can take them anywhere. With free WI-FI everywhere you look these days (even the fast food chains are getting on the WI-FI wagon) you have no excuse for not being able to access the Internet if you have a laptop. Even if you don’t need to use the Internet, you can take you laptop to the park to write that paper.

Wireless Internet Connections

Laptops have built in wireless connections. If you have your laptop and there is an unsecured wireless hot spot near by, you have internet access.

Built In Stuff

Most all laptops these days have at least a built in microphone. Many have a built in microphone, a built in web cam, and a built in media card reader that reads every media card available. I’m sure they exist somewhere but I have never seen a built in web cam on a desktop computer.

However, like all things, there are disadvantages to owning a laptop computer as well.

They’re Crowded

Laptops are pretty powerful these days. Manufacturers need to cram as much stuff as possible inside these laptops to make them run well. If you’ve ever opened up a laptop you can see that there is barely any room for anything other than the parts in them. Air flow is poor inside laptops. As a result….

Laptops Have a Shorter Lifespan Than Desktop Computers

Heat kills computers. The more powerful a computer is, the more heat it will generate. Laptops actually often get too hot to set on your lap There is very little air flow inside a laptop. Over time, the parts wear down and wear out. Having a backup source like an external hard drive is a good idea for any type of computer but it is essential if you own a laptop.

Desktop Computers – The Advantages and Disadvantages

Desktops have their advantages.

More Powerful

Desktop computers are capable of being much more powerful than a laptop computer. One can place bigger and more powerful parts inside a desktop computer case than they can a laptop.

Cooler Operation

The inside of a desktop computer tower or case is much larger than the inside of a laptop. Air flow is almost non existent inside a laptop wile there’s is much more room for air to flow inside a desktop computer tower or case.

Desktops Are Cheaper To Have Fixed Many Times

Some repairs on a laptop like a hard drive replacement are pretty easy but many things on a laptop are buried deep inside the laptop making it difficult to get to and repair so it takes more time and more tedious work. Changing a video card on a desktop is a ten minute job and the only parts cost is a replacement video card. Most laptops have integrated video. Though it may be powerful, it’s part of the mother board so if the video goes bad in a laptop, the repair person needs to replace the mother board in most cases which will cost more and take a lot more time than a video card replacement in a desktop computer.

Desktops Are Easier To Upgrade

In a desktop computer, you can change or increase the memory, the hard drive, the video card, the sound card, the CPU and even the mother board. You can replace or increase the memory on a laptop and replace the hard drive but you likely wont’ be able to replace the video or sound parts in a laptop. If the integrated sound on a desktop goes bad for example, you can just add a sound card as long as you have a PCI port on your mother board that’s free. If the sound goes in your laptop, you need to replace the entire motherboard. A very expensive repair.

Disadvantages Of A Desktop

Desktop computers are not considered portable

Desktop computers usually don’t include things like a web cam and wireless lan.

It all depends on what’s important to you. However, if you plan to have a lot of precious things on your computer like home movies, photos, documents, etc, you may wish to put those things on a more secure desktop computer. If you still want a laptop though and can’t afford both a laptop and desktop, consider getting an external hard drive to store your precious files in case your laptop dies. Good luck.