Question of the Week
Question: "I'm looking to buy a new computer. Should I buy a laptop or just replace my desktop?"
Answer: This is a question we hear all the time so we're delighted to include it in our Question of the Week email.
Despite the fact that some companies that sell computers and some media outlets want you to believe that desktops are "dead," they aren't. We sell almost as many new desktops as laptops and there is a large pool of desktops from which we can choose. That being said, whether to purchase a new desktop or laptop is still a personal choice. But, here are some of the pluses and the minuses of each:
Laptop - Positive reasons to buy a laptop instead of a desktop:
1) A laptop is portable. If you want to be able to take your computer with you on a trip, vacation, etc., a desktop is NOT the way to go.
2) There are less wires. Since the monitor, mouse and keyboard are all part of a laptop, there are less wires to contend with.
3) Laptops take up less space. If you're limited at home with your work area, this will help.
Laptop - Negative aspects of buying a laptop
1) Laptops are more expensive than desktop towers when comparing the same hardware. The primary reason for this is that everything in a laptop has to be compact.
2) If the internal power, the sound or the video fail on a laptop, it almost always means a new motherboard. Unless the laptop is under warranty, you'll probably wind up buying a new laptop when you hear the replacement cost of a motherboard.
3) Some people don't like the built-in mouse on a laptop. There is a learning curve, for sure.
Desktop - Positive reasons to buy a desktop instead of a laptop
1) If you already have a desktop and your monitor is good, you'll save money because you then only have to buy the desktop tower.
2) You can add and replace hardware on a desktop when, with a laptop, you almost never can. You decide you want more space, you can add a hard drive. The sound on the motherboard goes out after a few years, you just install a new sound card and you're back in business.
3) If you don't need portability, you'll save money. As we mentioned above, you get more hardware in a desktop because there's more room to put it and it doesn't have to be compacted.
Desktop - Negative aspects of buying a desktop
1) It's not portable. It's going to stay pretty much where you put it.
2) Wires! There are usually wires everywhere and keeping them neat is a challenge.
3) Desktops and their monitors take up a lot of space.
So, there you have some of the positive and negative sides to buying either a laptop or a desktop. Oh, and we didn't even mention All-In-One computers. We'll save that for another Question of the Week email!