What Should I buy - a Desktop PC or Laptop PC ?

Buying a Laptop or A Desktop

is a very Important Decision that we have to make whenever we need to buy a PC. The Most Important Point that differentiates The TWO Is If You Need to move around with Your PC or It will be Kept at One Place most of the time.

If you will need or use The PC while travelling or wherever you go, then you have no choice but a Laptop. However, if the laptop will simply act as a desktop with very occasional need for portability, a desktop is The BEST choice and far less expensive.

Laptops have a great advantage in terms of their portability. If you carry a laptop with you, your applications and documents are always immediately available. With a wireless card, your laptop can also access the Internet while on the go, so you have more places to do research, check your email, and be more productive.

Desktops offer other advantages. Although laptop prices have come down and performance has increased, most desktops offer a better price-to-performance ratio. Desktops also still hold some ergonomic advantages over laptops.

Your decision should be based primarily on how you plan to use your computer and the size of your computing budget. Here are some factors to consider:

One downside of portability is ergonomics. The laptop's miniature size can make its use less comfortable and physically taxing. The desktop computer's design has evolved to ease the comfort of users. Its display is at eye level, and the keyboard allows for proper positioning of your back, arms, and wrists. These are important concerns, especially when you use your computer for long periods of time.

You can improve laptop ergonomics by building a more comfortable "home base" into which you can dock your laptop when you return to your desk. A home base can include such things as a standard keyboard, a mouse, an external display, etc.

PC desktops are approximately 1/2 the price of a comparable laptop. Although overall prices have declined, price gaps still exist largely because of the higher cost of laptop displays and the added cost of miniaturized technology. Since laptops are portable, they are more prone to accidents and abuse than desktops. And due to their size, laptops require smaller, more intricate components and more tedious labor resulting in more costly upgrades and repairs.

A laptop's small size and portability make it vulnerable to theft. Unless you can lock or secure your laptop, you should take it with you wherever you go. Security devices like cable locks and fingerprint readers are available for laptops to deter thieves.

Desktops provide less expensive, more comfortable, powerful performance to meet your computing needs from a fixed location. Laptops provide performance to meet your computing needs from virtually anywhere. Laptops cost roughly one-third more, and for additional comfort you will pay more yet for extra "home base" components. But if you want to take advantage of the portability and increased productivity offered by laptops, then the extra expense may be worth it. If portability and the extended access it provides is not important, then a desktop may make more sense.

The choice is yours. Evaluate and review your computing needs and decide what's best for you.

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