Desktop vs. Laptop: Which One Should You Purchase?

The debate of choosing between a laptop and a desktop computer has been around for many years. If someone is thinking about purchasing a new computer, one of the main talking points between spending the money is related to the type you should get—a desktop or a laptop.

Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. In case you are not that tech-savvy and are looking for more information on what to pick between the two, this article should answer the basic questions.

Keep in mind that when you put everything together, a lot also depends on the price. The more money you can spend, the more different models and options you can choose.

It is also important to address the portability problem before we get into more details. One of the standout features for laptops is that you can take them with you, so if you are someone who has to travel often and needs a computer, a laptop should be the obvious pick.

On the other hand, if you plan to keep the computer static at your home or work, then the portability advantage kind of becomes obsolete.


Hardware should be one of the first things to consider, and when it comes to laptops and desktop computers, there are a few things to discuss.

For starters, laptops come with integrated hardware most of the time, meaning that you have little to no options of upgrading or replacing outdated pieces. Meanwhile, custom-built PCs give you the freedom to change hardware when you feel like doing so.

Comparing hardware and its prices, it is clear that PCs offer more value. Moreover, the options are more flexible. 

Of course, if you are not going to be using a computer for high-end video games or work software, you might not be too bothered with the hardware’s capabilities. Nevertheless, you cannot know when your approach to using a computer will change, so it might be better not to risk it and go with the best available options as far as hardware concerns go.


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Buying a desktop computer comes with the need to invest in computer accessories as well. You will need a keyboard, a mouse, speakers or headphones, a microphone, a monitor, and if you plan or need to use it–a webcam.

Laptops, on the other hand, come with these accessories in an integrated form. You have them as part of the monolith, so to speak. And a computer mouse is replaced with a trackpad.

Having said that, it does not mean that every laptop user is satisfied with built-in accessories. In some instances, the whole gimmick is a downside. For instance, if you do not want to bother others with a sound coming from your laptop, you will need to disable the speakers and use headphones anyway.

Replacing a trackpad with a proper computer mouse makes using a laptop more convenient as well. Lastly, not everyone is happy with an integrated laptop keyboard.

After taking all that in, the need to get accessories for a desktop computer does not seem like such a bad thing, right?


Computer users who are not too tech-savvy usually leave problem fixing to professionals. However, this does not mean that you can simply neglect to take care of the device and rely on a service store the next time you encounter a problem with your computer. No, it is necessary to pay attention and take care of the device. 

Between desktop computers and laptops, most of the maintenance is more or less identical. You have to take care of drive space, check for malware and other cybersecurity threats to eliminate them before the problem manifests, do a speed test to see how the device performs now compared to before, and so on.

One thing that is a bit different, though, is cleaning the dust inside. Taking a laptop apart is trickier than taking apart a desktop computer’s case. Therefore, cleaning the dust becomes more difficult on laptops.

Operating System

Exclusivity is no longer a thing when it comes to operating systems. Sure, there are some staples, such as macOS on a laptop like MacBook, but even Apple has its desktop computer line now.

In addition, you can use emulators to try different operating systems on different computers, despite the fact that it sounds counterintuitive. Given that, an operating system should not be a priority, though if you prefer macOS, then a Mac laptop is probably the reasonable and natural choice.


So as you can see, picking a computer comes with certain questions that one needs to answer before making the decision. Hopefully, a quick rundown of things provided in this article was useful, and you will have an easier time choosing what kind of computer to buy next. Ultimately, it will come down to a personal preference and available budget, but considering the points mentioned above is worth it as well.

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