How do you choose between a laptop and a desktop computer? You may wonder if you need tablets and smartphones are so powerful, and websites are mobile-first. Well, for most work that takes more than a few minutes, you need an ergonomic set-up to rule out doing everything on your device.
You may be wondering why you need an ergonomic workstation. Well, have you found yourself needing a good backstretch after a few moments hunched over your tablet or smartphone? Imagine trying to do a day’s work in that position?
Plus, it will lead to poor posture and back and neck pain, hindering your productivity. So now you know you need to get your home office or workspace set up correctly, and with a desktop or laptop computer, it’s time to consider your options.
The tech giants like Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Apple and Hewlett-Packard, to name a few, release new models regularly, so you need to do your research and work out your budget.
Even if you have a modest budget, you’ll find lots of options, so here’s a quick checklist to help you jumpstart on that decision.
Does your business/work involve software testing or programming?
If you answered yes, then a desktop is what you need. Desktops usually have more powerful processors than laptops.
Plus you can keep upgrading desktop’s parts one at a time to make it even more powerful.
Laptops are not as easy to fix – when they break, you replace the whole unit.
However, don’t think laptops are not powerful – you can get the power you need from the top of the range of the big brands like Apple – but they also come with a hefty price tag.
Is your business/work on the go?
If you answered yes, then a laptop is more suited for you. A laptop’s mobility is one of its most attractive qualities, and there is a huge range of laptops – from as small as 10 inches to as large as 18 inches. For example, have you seen the MacBook Air? It’s light and thin, which makes it perfect for the backpack traveling to and from your workplace or visiting customers on foot or by bike – its lightness is ideal for everyone.
Desktops are portable too, but aside from their bulkiness, moving desktops around is more cumbersome and time-consuming – there’s the wires, weight and time to set up, to consider each time you move the units from one desk to another.
Do you have a specific budget in mind?
If you answered yes, then you might have to decide based on practicality.
Purchasing a desktop can let you get creative with its components since you can build a desktop for a fraction of the cost instead of purchasing a similarly powerful laptop. Of course, this also considers the computer unit’s graphics processor, which is noticeable when doing photo or video editing.
Laptops, on the other hand, offer a wide selection based on your requirements. For example, if you want to achieve the capabilities of a desktop on a laptop, you would have to shell out more for the laptop that has a faster processor, better graphics and larger memory storage.
For most business, the portability that laptops offer makes it an ideal choice. While they are more easily stolen, they can be made secure with lockout features, including encryption.
So go through the checklist and see your answers – is it a Desktop or a Laptop?
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