First, we will start with the Pro’s and Con’s of Desktops.
- You get more for your money. We spoke with a customer the other day that has a Dell desktop, and their PC is lighting fast. 1 terabyte hard drive, 16gb ram. All the bells and whistles, and well under $1,000. We could not find something comparable in a laptop for under $2K, so you have some evidence right there that more can be had in a desktop than a laptop.
- Bigger screen options. Sure, you can hook up an external screen to your laptop through a port, but it would be very cumbersome to carry it around with you. Right now, I’m staring at a 26” screen while I type. You won’t find that in a laptop, and we don’t think you would want to carry around something that large either!
- Ease and comfort. As opposed to laptops, you can buy a desktop computer with better specifications, such as a better keyboard, better monitor as mentioned above, and it doesn’t have to move. There is less of a chance that you are going to drop it on the floor, or have it fall off the table. All in all, Desktops provide more comfort than a laptop.
- Lack of mobility. This is obvious, but taking your desktop with you to a business meeting is not going to happen.
- Space constraints. Desktops require you to find more room for the keyboard, mouse, tower, monitor, speakers, a webcam if one if not built into the monitor, etc. Laptops obviously take up much less space.
Laptops Pros and Cons:
- Portability. Walk into a coffee shop and you will normally see over 50% of the occupied tables have their laptops open and working.
- Connectivity. Because almost every single restaurant, bar, coffee shop, or other establishment has a WiFi setup, it’s easy to connect your laptop to the internet just about wherever you go.
- Screen size. This can be a con, but also can be a pro. Some users don’t want to stare at a big screen all day. Some prefer a smaller screen. Again, this is based on the preference of each user.
- Battery powered. If you lose your power, or simply don’t want to take your bulky charger with you, all you need to do is charge your battery to have a few hours of laptop usage. Depending on what laptop you buy, your battery life can be anywhere from 3 to over 8 hours.
- Cost. As mentioned earlier, laptops are generally more expensive than a desktop with similar specs.
- Smaller Keyboard. Smaller machines mean smaller, well, everything. This includes the keyboard, so if your fingers are accustomed to typing on a large keyboard, you might have a bit of an adjustment period!
- Laptops are more expensive and a little more difficult to upgrade. Because laptops have components built in, you will have to do some research to see if your model is upgradeable. Chances are, you may not have the ability to upgrade certain features.
Tablet Pros and Cons
- Portability. Just like a laptop, tablets are portable, and can be taken just about everywhere. For the traveler, watching movies or internet surfing are made much easier on a tablet.
- Size and weight. The new Apple IPads are almost light as a feather, and can be carried on one hand vs. a laptop computer bag. Most of the newer models of either Kindle or IPad are so thin that you can fit them in a very small tablet pack.
- Great for finding applications. Applications are made specifically for smartphones and tablets, so no matter the brand or model of tablet that you purchase, you can get just about any app on the market installed on your tablet.
- Much slower than laptops or desktops. Because of the size and the engineers desire to minimize weight, tablets don’t have the memory or hard drive space that laptops or desktops traditionally have.
- Lack of a keyboard. Many users are buying an external keyboard to remedy this, but if you are looking for a keyboard to type on, they don’t come standard in tablets. Tablets are great in this regard if you don’t mind typing on a touch screen.
- Easy to break. Tablets are known to be dropped rather easily, and even with rugged cases, screens or machines can break.
Not sure If you want to purchase a Desktop, Laptop or a Tablet? We can answer any further questions you may have. Just give us a call today at 970-226-1577.
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