Desktop computer also known as personal computer which is generally confined to single location. Desktop computer generally comprise of a central processing unit (CPU), a monitor, a keyboard which are connected by special cables. The name Desktop is generally used as it could fit on a desk. Desktop computers come in variety of sizes that includes tiny PDAs to PC Towers.
Laptop computer or generally called as notebook computer is a battery powered personal computer which is generally smaller than a briefcase and light enough to sit on a person’s lap. A laptop can be seen as an integrated form of a desktop computer into a single small unit. It integrates most of the components used in Desktop computer including a display, mouse, keyboard and speakers.
Major Difference Between Desktop and Laptop Computer
- Due to the standardization of the components of a desktop computer it is cheaper and parts are easily available as compared to laptop.
- A laptop computer provides portability which is not in the case of desktop computers due its size.
- In Desktop Computer there is provision for adding number of accessories because of its size and more space available for storage which is not in the case of a Laptop computer.
- Laptops can be easily stolen as compared to the Desktop computers.
How to decide between a Desktop and a Laptop
You may be a new customer or existing customer who already used a desktop computer and now you are deciding what is good for you i.e. a laptop or a desktop. This question entirely revolves around the need and the kind of task you want to get out of your machine. Many people seem crazy about buying a laptop without keeping in mind the advantages and disadvantages of each type of PC.
The main benefit of a laptop is the portability its gives which is not there in case of a desktop computer. It allows you to take your PC to and from work; you can take it on vacation and anywhere else. But alongside comes a big drawback i.e. it can be stolen much easier than a desktop computer and you will not only lose your laptop but also the important data.
In present time you can find a notebook PC of any size from 5 inches to 20 inches which include different processor speed and different set of prices that means almost anyone can buy a laptop PC. But again the question arises that would it really make any difference in your type of work or you are buying just for sake of it. So think before buying a laptop and don’t put yourself in a stage where you would be telling yourself that you had purchased a desktop instead.