Laptops v Desktop PCs

There are both pros and cons for investing in either a laptop or a desktop computer. The final decision will ultimately depend on your requirements and personal circumstances however.

There are different aspects to take into consideration when it comes to finalising a purchase where some criteria may be more important to you than others. As a way to help you out with the decision, this guide lists some simple comparisons between the two computer formats.


Of course, comparing the prices of different laptops and desktop models is subject to the computer in question. However, on the whole, desktops are less expensive to purchase for the average user. Because of their reduced size, laptops require smaller and more intricate components which tend to be more costly to assemble. In addition, to acquire a laptop with the same capabilities as a desktop model, i.e. higher speed, better graphics and more storage space, then this will set you back much more in equivalent terms.


The main advantage and selling point of a laptop computer are its lightweight nature and portability. The average laptop weighs between 2kg and 3.5kg. They can be used almost anywhere, depending a suitable power point is nearby, and can be carried around in backpacks easily enough. This makes them the preferred choice of many commuters who wish to catch up with tasks on their daily trips to and from work. Desktops on the other hand are much more difficult to relocate and are used in one fixed position.


Because of their enlarged size, desktop computers have increased capacity for more powerful processors inside their system. This also provides a better airflow and heat dissipation, thus increasing overall performance and speed. Desktops can cope with strenuous pressure and multiple processes more efficiently than their laptop counterparts, which incidentally can be prone to overheating over time. Some top of the range portable computers are catching up in terms of their processors, although these can be on the expensive side.


The concept of ergonomics is one of the most important deliberations for the general PC user. In simple terms, this is how easy the computer is to use. Although a laptop is relatively easy to set up, it can be challenging to operate to use depending on its position. For example, some users don’t take to the built-in touchpad for the mouse. In contrast, the desktop allows for more conventional use; its display is at eye level and operating it allows for proper positioning of the back and arms.

Overall Performance

In general terms, the desktop computer has the capacity for increased RAM memory, processor speed and hard drive. Their screen will be larger also in most cases. Despite these advantages, the majority of people tend to go for laptops due to their portability and general ease of use. They can be used on public transport as well as in front of the television at home. In addition, laptops can be upgraded to fulfil the capability of desktop models in line with personal requirements.

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