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Do I Need a Desktop AND a Laptop?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Sep 6, 2017 8:01:00 PM

desktop laptop.jpgMost people have either a laptop or a desktop and often wonder if another computer would make life easier. In some situations, owning a desktop and a laptop makes sense. In other situations, owning both types of computers can end up being a waste of money. So, do you need both? If not, which type is better for you? Read on to find out.


When in Doubt, Choose a Desktop.

If you do not NEED a computer while traveling or to work on the go at coffee shops, libraries, and other places, and you have space at home for the monitor, computer tower, etc., always consider a desktop over a laptop computer. Not only are desktops significantly more reliable than laptops, but they typically last quite a bit longer, often perform better, and are much easier to repair when something goes wrong. Desktops are also often less expensive to buy and can stand up to rough use better than laptops. 

If you need a computer that allows you to hop on the web and/or work in a mobile manner, however, a laptop will serve you better. For further guidance in figuring out whether you'd be better off buying a laptop or a desktop, determine which description below fits you best.


What Type of Computer User Are You?

The Business Professional

Business professionals who travel and conduct work outside of the office, as mentioned above, will benefit from a laptop's mobility. A laptop empowers you to work at hotels, coffee shops, libraries, on planes or trains, and elsewhere. If you work from home or while traveling, you can use VPN software to securely access private networks from anywhere on either a laptop or desktop computer.


You can usually find laptops with the same specifications in each manufacturer's series. However, the commonly overlooked distinction in higher-priced series is that they are usually constructed better and can withstand the rigors of travel. As an example, Dell's Latitude 7000 series is made with magnesium alloy and metal hinges. Cheaper “home” laptops are typically made with 100% plastic (aside from the circuit boards) that are prone to breaking after a year or two of use. In general, a premium laptop will cost $100 to $200 more but will likely last five years or more.

For working from home, a desktop with a large screen will prove less taxing on your eyes compared to a small laptop. This is especially important for professionals who use spreadsheets with an abundance of numbers that will inevitably prove difficult to read on a small laptop screen.


The Student

Your child may require portability in the form of a tablet or laptop for school use. Consider picking up a basic laptop or inexpensive tablet for learning, researching, word processing, web surfing, and gaming. In general, for these purposes, you don't need to spend more than a couple hundred dollars on a device. If your child loses or breaks the laptop, you have little to lose.


The Basic Computer User

Those who only need to check and answer email and use word processing software should choose a desktop over a laptop. If you would like to incorporate some mobility, use a smartphone and/or tablet rather than investing in a laptop to supplement your desktop. This way, you'll save money and have a small, portable device with a GPS for navigation, checking email and Facebook on the go, and looking up activities in the area or online reviews.


The Gamer

If your primary purpose in owning a computer is gaming, then go with a powerful desktop. Though gaming laptops exist, they're much more expensive, typically lack the features of an elite desktop computer, and usually don't last as long as desktops. Plan on spending at least a thousand dollars on a high quality gaming desktop computer that will allow you to play the most advanced games without a problem. Aside from superior performance, a desktop is ideal for gaming because it can be connected to a monitor that is much larger than the typical laptop screen.


The Computer Repair Experts Are at Your Service!

If anything goes wrong with your laptop or desktop, don't rush right out and buy a new computer. Our tech gurus are only phone call away, and we can offer you sound advice on whether you should have your computer repaired or replaced.

Dymin offers in-home computer setup and repair services for Des Moines area customers. We also assist with cloud computing, networking, data backup and recovery, and more. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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