Should I Buy A Laptop or A Desktop?
There are advantages and disadvantages of both
laptops and desktops.
Laptop Pros: Portability!, The 'cool'
factor!, new models have built-in wireless networking as a standard feature.
Laptop Cons: More expensive, somewhat slower than
desktops, not very expandable, harder to service because they must be taken
apart, larger number of proprietary components
Desktop Pros: Less expensive, faster than
laptops, most are expandable, very easy to service, fewer proprietary parts.
Many off the shelf components can be used.
Desktop Cons: Lack of portability, wireless
networking must be added separately
Why are laptops slower than desktops?
Heat dissipation - slower components generate
Size - Processors are designed for desktops
first. (there are fewer space constraints). It takes the
chip manufacturer longer to develop a smaller version to fit a laptop.
Power - Many of the slower CPU's run on lower
voltages which lengthen the battery life of the laptop.
All desktops come with a mouse and keyboard in the
box. Monitors and printers are always separate because everyone wants
Typically you can spend quite a bit more money for a
laptop with 60-70% of the speed of a desktop. Get a laptop if you want
portability. Get a desktop if you want expandability.
Meyer Computer Consulting sells both Hewlett Packard
Desktops and Business laptops. They are designed to be easier to maintain and have
high parts availability.