So what is the difference of a desktop, a laptop and a notebook computer? What are the best and worst qualities of each? Which one should I get?
These are all questions you may be asking yourself. I have created this post in order to answer your pertinent questions about desktop, laptop and notebook computers.
What is the difference between a desktop computer, a notebook computer and a laptop computer?
The main difference between a desktop, a laptop, and a notebook is obviously going to be the size and shape.
Desktop computers are much bigger and bulkier than laptop computers or notebook computers. They usually store more information (in their CPU) and have larger sized features than the other computer types. This being said, they are usually left at home since it would be a real pain trying to carry them everywhere. Desktop computers are also split up in functions. The main brain of the computer is linked to the screen, power source (power source), speakers, keyboard, and mouse through links/wires. While desktops are bigger and not portable, many consider them a lot faster and better at making big presentations or media creations (i.e. organizing music or a slide show).
Laptop computers are made for on the go travel and quick portability. While they can easily be used instead of home computers, laptops are fitted with batteries and can be transported easily from one place to another. Laptops and notebooks are often confused as being the same thing. While they both are good to use for traveling around, laptops usually have graphics cards, CD writer drives, and larger (usually heavier) screens. An important question to think about when purchasing a computer is whether you should buy a laptop or a notebook computer.
Notebook computers are very often confused as being the same as laptop computers. Notebooks are light, extremely portable, and have a long battery life. While they are most popular with University students and business men, notebooks are handy for anyone who could benefit from them. Notebooks are not often made with graphics cards and usually have a more compact screen. They are perfect for homework, papers and forms. The main purpose of a notebook is portability. It is not so meant to be a entertainment device but rather a notebook for quick projects and documents.
What are the best and worst qualities of each?
Desktop computers good qualities include:
designed for a heavier use and a larger capacity for files
ideal for home office/family computer
easier to use for most people (including the mouse)
Desktop computers bad qualities are:
not easy to travel with
can take over a desk
Laptop computers good qualities are:
portable and easier to set up than desktops
small yet capable of playing media files (like videos, games)
could substitute as a home computer if necessary
Laptop computers worse qualities:
can still be heavier if always carrying it around
battery life is not very long (depending on what programs your running)
can get bogged down
Notebook computers best qualities:
very light and easy to move around
ideal for typing and smaller files (like word or powerpoint)
great for classrooms and the workplace environment
long battery life
Notebook computers bad qualities:
not for graphic needs (video, games)
not great for multitasking
Which one should I buy?
This choice depends on what you will be using the computer for. If you plan to keep it at home all the time and need a easy-to-use and efficient device, a desktop is the best choice. If you need to take it to meetings but also need to be able to create intricate graphical presentations on it, a laptop is the perfect decision. If your a student and need to take notes and homework assignments down, a powerful little notebook is right up your alley.
Its all what you need your computer to do! You need to decide what you really need your computer for and get the one that suits it, otherwise it could be costly and not appropriate for your new needs!
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