If you rewind 10 years, the best computer performance was found in desktops and laptops were not bought unless someone had the need for portability. The technology in laptops was not up to the same level or quality as desktops and they were also more expensive.
Desktop computers were king; they could be very powerful and affordable. Many were equipped with huge hard drives and could run all kinds of games and programs. Recently though, there has been a power shift, for the better or worse? I may not hold the answer, but lets explore and compare the modern day desktop and laptop.
Why would you buy a Desktop?
In today’s day and age desktop computers are typically bought for two reasons. The first reason is because of sheer power. Desktop computers can be fully customized to have lightning fast processors and some can have up to 16 GB of memory. The other reason is because of the built in feel. A lot of people like their computer to be hidden away so it looks nice. When you have a desktop you can hide away the computer and expose only the monitor, mouse, and keyboard.
Why would you buy a laptop?
Laptops have one advantage over desktop computers, which is portability. A laptop can go anywhere and doesn’t need any cords to do so. Laptops don’t truly lack in anything that a desktop has either, which is what I conclude to be the sole feature of why laptops are becoming increasingly popular and becoming a major factor in the computer market. A laptop can have a seventeen inch HD display, as well as a quad core processor. At the same time it can run on battery power, unlike a desktop.
Let’s compare products with similar features?
The Dell Inspiron 620 is a good computer for everyday computing and performing most tasks anyone would throw at it. It is $380 from Dell’s website and is considered there higher end home computer. The Dell Inspiron 14R laptop has almost identical specs as the 620, but costs $500. If you add in the keyboard, mouse, and monitor you would need to but for the 620, they cost about the same. The only difference between these two products is that the 620 cannot go anywhere and must be plugged in. Where the 14R can be taken anywhere you want and run on a battery.
What about the higher end computers?
When you break into the high end of laptops and desktops things can be a little bit different. The Dell Aurora 6 desktop gaming computer is a 6 core, 15 GB RAM, 2 Terabyte hard drive beast of a computer. It comes in at a bold $2000 on Dell’s website, not including a monitor, mouse, or keyboard. The Laptop counterpart of this is the M18x, also by Dell. This has about the same specs except for it can only handle a modest 8 GB of memory. This does have a monster 18.4 four inch display.
So is a desktop still a justifiable purchase?
It is debatable, but I would still say that a desktop computer is worth purchasing for people who work from home or need a very powerful computer for business, gaming, or other programs. If you work from home a dual monitor setup would be very beneficial, as well as the option to customize your RAM and hard drive without a space constraint. If you need a super powerful computer there isn’t a reason to get a laptop, because a laptop isn’t always going to have optimal ventilation. Also, if your computer is extremely powerful, you will not be able to use the capabilities of a battery effectively.
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