Laptop or desktop: Which is better?

The 1st ever laptop was launched in 1982. Computers were introduced in the 1940s but the earlier systems didn’t have a GUI or a fancy user interface. 39 years later i.e. in 1979, the first PC with GUI was introduced. Even though the desktops and laptops launched in the 1990s were not powerful, they were expensive. For example, in 1995, the price of a laptop with a 400 to 800 MB storage drive was in excess of $1000. The $200/$300 laptops/desktops you can buy today are several times faster than the several thousand dollar desktops launched in the 1970s. They also have more storage and 2GB to 4GB RAM. How different are today’s desktops from laptops? Which device among the two is good for business or students? Is there any advantage of using a desktop instead of a laptop? We’ve answered these three and many more questions in the below paragraphs:

Laptops vs desktops


Desktops are not heavy but they’re bulky. Moving it from one place to another will be time-consuming. For example, you will have to connect the monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc to the CPU and then you will have to plug in the CPU’s cord in the power socket and press the power button. Laptops are small in size and lighter than desktops. You can thus carry a laptop anywhere you want. To use the laptop, all you have to do is press its power button.


You must connect the CPU to the UPS instead of plugging the CPU power cord in the socket connected to the direct power line. If you don’t use a UPS, you may lose unsaved work if there’s a power failure at your place. For example, if you’re working on a presentation on a desktop that isn’t connected to a UPS and if there’s a power failure, you may lose the unsaved work on the presentation. Laptops ship with a battery. Once you charge the battery for half an hour, you can use a laptop for an hour (or more).


The biggest and only advantage of desktops over laptops is that you can change/upgrade its every part. For example, you can replace the motherboard, change the processor, GPU, upgrade the HDD or connect additional HDDs to the motherboard, etc. Desktop users can also change their keyboards, speakers, monitors, etc. Many laptop manufacturers allow their users to upgrade their laptop’s RAM or storage hardware only. Thus, if you want to use a newer processor or a 4K screen, you’ll have to buy another laptop or exchange the older laptop with a newer one.


The price of the desktops and laptops depends on the underlying hardware. For example, a desktop/notebook with a Core i9 processor will be expensive compared to a desktop having a core i3/i5 processor.


Laptops are compact. They are available for purchase in various sizes. For example, you can buy an 11.6, 13, 15.6, or 17-inch laptop. Desktops are bulky. You’ll have to purchase a table to place your desktop.


Gaming laptops are very expensive. Although laptops have a cooling fan, they’ll heat up if you use a heavy application such as an IDE. You will have to buy a laptop cooling pad to keep the laptop’s temperature at a normal level. As desktop CPUs have a lot of void space, you can install more fans to make sure that the CPU remains cool when you’re playing a game.

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