Top 10 Reasons why Desktop is Better than a Laptop

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We are in the 21st century which is also regarded as the Digital Era. We live in a world where our lives are completely intertwined with the development of technology.  Today’s scenario is such that a day without a computer is like a year without rain! Computers that were used only for computing purposes have now become the prime unit of the working world. Starting from the size a large room, the computers have evolved into smaller desktop PCs, laptops, notebooks and now, the tablets. The processor speed, size, memory capacity, everything has been developed with each of the generation of computers.

People go gaga when it comes to high end machines and gadgets which are slick and user friendly. But to what extent are they ready to compromise on their performance? Even though the computers are becoming more compact and stylish, the desktop PCs that are considered as bulky and huge are preferred more by most people than those ultra slim laptops. You may wonder why! Here is the list of reasons why a desktop PC is always better than a laptop.

10. Safe and Secure


10. Safe and Secure



The desktop PCs are bulky when compared to a laptop. Is this factor actually a blessing in disguise? Of course it is. Anybody can sneak your laptop inside a bag or hide it among the books and take it away smoothly without your knowledge. It is quite easy to steal them. Then, what about a Desktop computer? Obviously they cannot be stolen that effortlessly because they are bulky! So, desktop PCs are far more secure, and you need not worry about protecting the amount of money you invested from being deliberately stolen away!

9. Cost


9. Cost



Next is the cost factor. Who does not love gadgets that are latest in technology and best in quality available at a cheaper price?  Everybody wants to save money. But the thinner and cozier the gadget gets, the higher the price you pay! Laptop has a keyboard, monitor screen, processor, all the memory and hard disks and everything embedded into a single compact unit. This makes use of special and high end technology which eventually reflects in its price. If you already have a monitor or keyboard, you may buy a desktop computer with other peripherals and save a lot of money. This is not possible if you buy a laptop. You have to buy the complete set on the whole. Thus you can buy a Desktop PC in a relatively lesser cost than a laptop.

8. Rugged


8. Rugged



There’s a many a slip twixt the cup and the lip! the laptop may slip through fingers or bag and fall down, but what about a desktop? A laptop is more prone to breaking into pieces when dropped down. In general they are fragile and needs more cautiousness while handling them. If broken, the entire laptop has to be sent for repair. If any one of the components of the laptop is faulty, say, the keyboard is faulty, then you have to send the whole laptop for service. Sometimes due to a single component’s failure, you may even have to replace the entire product! Whereas in a desktop PC, only the faulty one, say, a keyboard or the mouse needs to be replaced. This reduces the repair expenses to a great extent.

7. Ethernet and Peripherals


7. Ethernet and Peripherals



We do not use a computer just for storing data. We all listen to music, play games, watch videos, use a web cam for video conferencing, do many more and what not! Do you think you can add a USB connected mouse, keyboard, a webcam, headset and a pen drive all at once to your laptop? Obviously not! But you can add tons of external peripherals to your desktop PC. Laptops in general have a couple of USB 2.0 ports and sometimes a high end laptop would have a USB 3.0. But a desktop comes with a minimum of four USB ports or even more. Some desktop PC’s come with multiple Ethernet ports which enhance the speed of your internet connectivity!

6. Power Supply





Every electronic product requires its fuel – ” the power supply”.Laptops run on batteries. If the battery runs out of charge, the laptop dies down as well. Moreover,the laptop batteries can be charged and discharged only up to a certain specified limited number of cycles depending on the manufacturer, after which the battery needs to be replaced with a new one. While a desktop PC makes use of a constant power supply as the power source instead of a battery. It is always connected to it. You may also use a UPS. So you don’t have to worry about your PC running out of power.

5. Large and Multiple display


5. Large and Multiple display


A desktop computer comes with a wide range of display screen sizes available at the market. A laptop too provides a maximum size of 17.3 inches, but it is in no way greater when compared to a 20 -24 inch desktop monitor display. Moreover, a laptop with 17.3 inch display will obviously look quite bulky that it would no longer look like a laptop. It would be like you are carrying your desktop PC in your hand all the way! Apart from this, a Desktop PC can add multiple display monitors depending on the number of graphic cards that your computer can support while your laptops don’t. You may also try the same on your laptop using a USB powered display, but it would never be as great as multiple displays on a desktop computer.

4. Gaming and Graphics


4. Gaming and Graphics


Most of the gadget crazy people love to play games and work with graphics related content and software on their systems. To have better effects, you need to attach something called the graphic cards on to your computer’s motherboard. The greater the number of graphic cards, the better is the quality of visual effects. Laptops cannot support more than one or two graphic cards; some may not even have a provision for adding them! In such cases playing a game on laptops will only remain a long lost dream. Whereas a desktop computer can be modified depending on your needs and add any number of graphic cards and enjoy the games and graphics with the best quality effects.

3. Performance


3. Performance - Cooling System


In general, any electronic device gets heated up due to the processes that take place inside their internal components. These need to be cooled either with the help of an air cooling or liquid cooling system to keep them from burning out. The laptop’s motherboard on which all of the components are mounted is enclosed in a smaller framework with lesser number of fans for cooling. This leads to over heating when a large number tasks or heavy load is applied to the processor. This limitation is overcome by the desktop computer’s larger framework and cooling system with more number of fans for air cooling. Some desktop PCs even make use of liquid cooling systems to keep their temperature down. This makes them more durable than a laptop.

2. Processor


2. Processor



Laptop processors are comparatively smaller than the Desktop computer processors, as we already know, it is because of the compact nature of the laptop. Apart from this, the laptop processors have to confront the limitation on “power supply”. As these run on batteries their processors are designed to use less energy and safeguard the battery’s life which ultimately slows down the processor’s speed. Whereas, in case of a desktop, there is no limitation on space for the motherboard as well as on the power supply. The desktop PCs can also be over-clocked to run at higher speeds!

1. Easy to upgrade



Increasing the size of your RAM or adding new  PCI cards and IDE disks requires a larger motherboard and more number of slots for expansion. In a desktop PC, it is very easy as the size of the motherboard doesn’t matter much. In a laptop, the motherboard is fitted in to fixed framework or chassis. Thus it limits the size of the motherboard as the laptops need to be smaller and thinner which leads to the limiting of space to fit in new memory drives in them.


11 Responses

  1. Vishnu Kant R

    August 27, 2013 4:48 pm

    not to take away any of these valid points, every thing has its own application and comes in handy in different places in different ways.

  2. Priyadharshini

    August 28, 2013 4:48 pm

    @vishnukantr:disqus: of course. here am just trying to tell the positives of a Desktop PC even though they are quite old fashioned. so i don’t have the space to talk about the benefits of the other gadgets. anyway thanks for your comments!

  3. eddyjas

    December 16, 2013 3:04 pm

    Thanks for comparing laptop with desktop, but I don’t think that desktops are better than laptops as both laptop and desktop have been used by people for different use. I like to use laptops as they have a great advantage in terms of portability. It is always good to carry a laptop with us,
    all applications and documents will be with us that can be needed during our journey.

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  4. Weston Byron

    February 2, 2014 8:59 am

    There is one misconception about laptops in your post. It is the processor power consumption. You said that performance of the cpu’s are limited on laptops to save power of the battery. But did you not know that it is adjustable? We can utilize the full power of laptop processors using the power plan option in the windows Operating system for laptops. With “High performance” or “Power4Gear performance” power plan selected and with AC adapter connected you harvest the full power of the processor on the laptop. So there is no difference between the performance of a laptop to a desktop. Yes i agree that there are quite a few advantages of a desktop over a laptop, but portability and performance in a small compact design is always valued and desired than that of an object of great mass and afinity AKA desktops. A laptop that can do everything that a desktop can do including playing hi-tech current generation games is more worth buying that a desktop if you are a person who sits in bed like me and uses laptop all the time. Both laptops and desktops are good, so there is no point of having so much controversy on whether laptop is better or not. They are both equal.

  5. Moayed Honi

    February 11, 2014 5:44 am

    what he ment with processor power is that laptop processor version are generally a lowered version of the desktop version, along with the graphic card, for example a core i7 3820 on the laptop is 40% less powerful than the dektop counter part and believe me when I tell you that it costs 3x the amount of the the desktop version, also a gtx 680 2gb desktop version is 3x more powerful than the 680m versoin of the laptop and costs the same if not more, laptop are great cuz their portable but for gaming and serious storage workstation performance I say desktop all the way, and they will never go away because dekstop parts are always going to be cheaper than the laptop parts cuz their cheaper to produce. one exception thu is if you just want a pc that does everything then laptop is the way to go, on the cost of risk since it got stolen or broke u run the risk of not having anything to use, so again its still recommended to own a desktop for home, so it become your WS that is constant and always available for storing data and used as a backup machine so when everything else crashes you still have your central command unit to depend on, can`t say that about laptops, as the author said when a laptop broke you must take it to repair even if your tech savy ( which I am ) at some point there are some things you just cannot fix in a laptop and trust me its very fragile and senstive ( broke the plastic ribbon and had to replace the whole motherboard), owning both is the ultimate nowadays, even better a desktop a laptop ( for work ) and an ultrabook or a tablet.

  6. nobodoywilleverstealmynameacer

    April 28, 2014 5:17 am

    Desktop is definitley better i will always use one they are simply better i like a bigger display abd using it is much more enjoyable but what i am angered about is that a lot of people nowdays use laptops as a desktop and dont take it anywhere and use a tablet as a portable device like a laptop used to be that really pisses me off.

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