Why do you want a laptop? Do you really need one or do you just want one?
These are some of the things that one must look at before considering buying a laptop. Laptops these days are basically an ideal solution for people who need to stay mobile without having to sacrifice on functionality for portability.
Identifying you needs before making up your mind for buying a laptop might just prove helpful thus resulting in saving your hard earned money too. So here we have certain advantages and disadvantages of laptops over desktop PC’s that might help you identify your needs well.
Advantages of having a Laptop: -
The very basic yet a very important reason why people buy laptops is because laptops are portable and people can take it anywhere they want it. If you also have to go on such trips, a laptop will be very useful. Your laptop helps you take all your e-mails, software’s, presentations, sales material etc along with you. Also you store much more information that you need or if you are in a profession like photography you can use a laptop for a variety of other reasons too without any problems.
2.Size and Weight
Laptops are compact and there is no second opinion about that. A laptop contains all the peripherals, your monitor, CPU, speakers, keyboard, mouse and everything else a normal computer contains that too in a compact form factor. If you do not have much space at home or on your office desk or if your situation is such that you do not have space to accommodate a desktop computer, then it would be good to go in for laptop.
3.Integrated Power Supply
In our country many states still face a lot of power trouble, once in a while the electricity still does fails and you never know when it will. A desktop computer can work on a UPS but still you will have to shed some big bucks to get a UPS with some good backup time, while on the other hand laptops come with a built-in UPS system. Normally laptops these days comes with lighter yet powerful battery packs that can give you a backup time of around 2-6 hours depending on the type of battery and settings you choose. So, if you act wisely, and keep your laptop charged, you will never have the problem on not being able to work on your laptop because the lights have gone.
Disadvantages of having a Laptop: -
We all have seen that a laptop having a same configuration as the desktop PC is not same in terms of performance. The only question that comes to mind is that Why is it so? Well the reason being the type of components used. Desktops use power hungry performance parts that cannot be used in laptops because a laptop is balanced for providing performance with good battery life, because laptops are most of the times used on their batteries. Some of the recent technology that's been developed for desktops has yet to be made into thinner and smaller forms and successfully fitted into laptops. So laptops are always a step behind desktops when it comes to performance.
While the benefits are there but still comfortability remains an issue with laptops. First of all your keyboard and your monitor are connected and it sometimes becomes a problem for people with eyesight problems. You will have to get used to using a touch pad instead of a mouse. Many manufacturers claim of having quality sound onboard but the onboard speakers will never be great unless you connect your laptop to an external speaker system. Although there are things like docking stations, USB mouse, USB speakers available in the market that can be used with the laptop but, once you apply all those things what is the difference between a laptop and a desktop.
If you're planning on adding stuff onto your computer at a later stage, seriously get yourself a desktop and not a laptop. Upgrading a laptop is next to impossible; it's certainly impractical to purchase a laptop with the intention of upgrading it. It's often impossible to add stuff like Graphics Card and extra hard drives, even if you do decide to upgrade, you have limited options if you go for an upgrade. Laptops generally have two RAM DIMM slots that are pre-occupied in configurations like 1GB (512MB+512MB), so to upgrade it you have to sacrifice old hardware.
So after having a look at what are the advantages and disadvantages of a laptop, what do you have to say, is the laptop for you?
So whenever buying a laptop it is better to look for all the aspects and your needs primarily before you make up your mind.