Technology is getting better by the day. In fact, Business Insider details how smartphones are catching up to the supercomputers of the past and the present. They’ve measured this via Floating Operations Per Second (FLOPS) and have found that the iPhone 6 measures up to 10 billion FLOPS, the same amount as the Thinking Machine CM-2 supercomputer. While this is impressive in its own right, an important thing to note is that the CM-2 was a bulky cube that was 1.5 meters on each side. Indeed, technology is becoming more powerful and portable.
These changes have reached consumer desks, whether at home or in the office, with the shift in choices being noticeable. Nowadays, there is a reason to question if desktop computers are becoming archaic, as some question whether there is an actual need in buying them in the first place due to the wide array of laptops available on the market.
If you’re thinking of getting a new computer for yourself and have been asking that same question, read on to determine whether you should get a laptop or a desktop computer.
Out of all the fields of comparison, portability is undoubtedly one of the bigger factors to consider. HP’s guide to choosing between a laptop and a desktop points out that portability is a major consideration for buyers, as it will dictate where and how they can use their new gadget. If you need to be able to transport your computer from your home to the office, then you should be going for a laptop. And while there are desktops that can be carried around, such as the slew of USB Desktop computers on the market, they all still need a separate monitor to be able to function. When it comes to portability, it’s undeniably in favor of laptops. The only downside to consider is battery life, which is an issue becoming more and more irrelevant as technology continues to progress.
While it’s certainly unwise to walk into the nearest Best Buy and take whatever computer they offer you, laptops and desktop computers are quite similar when it comes to cost, regardless of how wise you shop. A decent powerful desktop computer will cost you around $400. On the flipside, $400 can get you a good laptop that will be sufficient for everyday use, but won’t be nearly as powerful as the desktop computer. Keep this in mind when you’re tallying up costs before you decide what to buy.
Granted that desktop computers are larger and thus possess significantly bigger processors that are capable of more power, the comparisons aren’t really comparable. Desktops, at the most reasonable price point, will provide you with the most functionality in terms of ram, graphics quality, and processing power. While it isn’t impossible to find a laptop that can match a desktop in these performance benchmarks, this usually means that they come at quite a hefty price that might be too expensive for some consumers. There’s no doubt that with the advancements in technology that everything can be made portable, but these devices are not for everyday use. If you’re looking for power and performance, then you are better off going for a desktop rather than paying obscene amounts for a laptop that can do the same.
At the end of the day, the argument all boils down to what you need your computer to be able to do. If you need something powerful, then a desktop is your best shot. However, if you value portability and the luxury of being able to use your computer from anywhere, then a laptop is by and large the best option.