Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Should I Replace My Desktop PC with a Laptop?

Laptop vs Desktop Computer
Which came first the Desktop computer or the Laptop? Well that’s not as hard as the “chicken or the egg” question. Answer: The desktop, of course. Desktop computers typically consist of several separate components: a tower (CPU), display (monitor), keyboard, and mouse. Whereas, a laptop was designed to combine all those components in one portable device.

In the earlier years, laptops were not as powerful, had slower performance, and were handicapped by battery constraints compared to a desktop computer. Today, laptops are not only still portable and convenient to use, but also can perform as well or better than a desktop PC. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want and no matter where you are - at home, work, or even on the road. You can use the same software on a laptop as you do on a desktop. Laptops also come with WIFI built-in, allowing you to the capability of accessing the Internet or networks wirelessly. Laptops are lightweight and are getting lighter with each new model.

A desktop computer is stationary - once you find a convenient place for it you’ll probably never move it. They don’t typically break as often and you typically get more bang for your buck with a desktop computer. When a new technology or a faster processor or something comes out, you can pretty much bet a desktop PC will have it. You plug a desktop PC in the wall and do not have to worry about any battery power limitations. Also, desktop computers have another advantage over laptops – they can be easily expanded as your needs change. For instance, adding more storage, memory, or a better graphics card can be done at a later date. Usually laptops cannot be expanded to the extent a desktop can. Desktop computers don’t typically come with WIFI built-in, but you could always buy a wireless card if need be.

So should you replace your desktop with a laptop?
Replacing a desktop PC with a laptop seems to be becoming the trend. But in deciding whether to do so will likely come down to personal preference, your computing needs, and possibly your budget. If you want to be able to work from your couch, your favorite cafe, your hotel room, etc, then a laptop may be the better choice. And if you are like most people and want a computer to email, surf the web, watch streaming video, create a word processing document or the like, a laptop will do – even a cheap one. Although, if you have high performance needs, you might spend twice as much for a laptop that has the same power as a desktop PC.

If you are interested in serious video editing or 3D gaming, a desktop may be the best choice. It has the ability and ease of being customized and upgraded and expanded throughout its life. However, some people may argue that computers come with pretty much everything you’ll ever want or need and the only thing you are apt to update is the memory. And by the time your computer has become deficient in this area, it’s probably lacking in other areas too and therefore it may be easier and cheaper to replace the whole thing.

Furthermore, you can get almost anything you want in a laptop. Even Bluetooth technology, WIFI, a built-in camera, and a card reader come standard on many laptops these days. Laptops can even be docked on a desk and be connected to multiple external devices including large displays (even a TV), keyboard, mouse, etc. In other words, a laptop can be used as a stationary desktop PC. And still allowing for you to unhook it and go mobile with it.

Obviously, there are pros and cons to both.  Kardon Technology offers New Computer Consulting and Purchases as one of our services.  We have an in depth questionnaire that you can fill out which will identify how you currently use your computer, and how you plan to use it in the future.  We then present options so that you can purchase exactly what you need vs. what's available off the shelf at retail locations.  We can order your new computer, load your data and applications and deliver it to your home or office.  Contact Us for a copy of the questionnaire.  

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