is a wide variety of component options available for desktops, allowing
for a large range of prices, but the starting point is relatively
cheap. Desktops can start as low as $400 for a full package (computer
& monitor) and still be a pretty powerful system.
can have a fairly wide variety of component options, but they are more
limited than desktops. To get a more powerful laptop (higher speed,
better graphics, more storage space, etc.), the price can be
considerably higher, ranging up to $1500 or more, depending on the
are large in size and have a separate monitor. While it's possible to
take a desktop from place to place, it's cumbersome and not the choice
for portability. They are designed to be used in a single location and
not moved around much, if at all.
are very portable due to their compact size. They were designed to be
taken from place to place, carried in a backpack or laptop carrying
case. They are great for on-the-go use.
processors are a little bit larger in size, but this also means the
desktop processors can be more powerful than laptop processors. New,
advanced processors on the market are often available in desktop
processors have nearly caught up to desktop processors, but are still
limited compared to desktop processors. Gaming laptops can have an equal
performance, but have a much higher price.
||Desktop computers may have multiple internal drives installed.
computers usually have room for only one internal drive. If more
internal storage is required, the drive must be completely replaced.
||Desktop computers can connect to multiple external drives on its available data ports (USB, Thunderbolt, etc).
computers can also connect to multiple external drives, although the
number of ports on a laptop are fewer than on a desktop computer.
|Ease of assembly
up a desktop takes a bit of extra work to hook everything up, start it
up, and begin to use. It also requires more space to set up. While it's
not difficult to connect everything together, it is still more
cumbersome than a laptop.
are built to be easy to use, requiring little time to get running. Take
it out of the box, plug it in and press the power button. Within
minutes, the laptop is ready to use.
||Desktops can make use of full-size keyboards, including a number pad. There are really no limitations.
laptops with the 14" and 15" screens have smaller keyboards and don't
feature a number pad on the right side. Larger laptops with 17" screens
do have larger keyboards and may include a number pad, but the laptops
are bulkier and heavier.
monitors can be 19" or larger. It is even possible to hook up a desktop
to a TV, so screen sizes could be as large as a TV. This provides for
great flexibility on what the desktop is used for and in what
portability is a big feature of laptops, smaller screen sizes are
necessary and screen sizes often range from 10" to 17". However, a
laptop can still connect to an external display and support any size of
monitor, screen, or projector.
computers use more power than a laptop. They have to power a higher
wattage power supply, multiple components inside the computer, and a
monitor. If the power fluctuates or goes out, including brown outs, any
documents being worked on and not saved can be lost.
computers use less power than a desktop computer. Smaller components
means less power is needed to make them work. Laptops also have a
battery, so power fluctuations and outages will not cost any unsaved
work to be lost. The battery kicks in immediately when power fluctuates
or goes out.
components in a desktop are removable, making it easier to upgrade.
Desktop cases are larger, providing more room inside to add and remove
hardware, use tools, and organize cables.
and hard drive are about the only components that can be upgraded in a
laptop. The remaining components are either built-in and cannot be
removed, or the laptop is not designed to work with the upgraded
component. A need to upgrade anything other than the hard drive and
memory usually requires a new laptop.
are capable of using high-powered video cards that have higher power
requirements and require better heat reduction/dissipation. Virtually
any video card could be used in a desktop, including two or more video
cards at the same time. Thus, they'll always yield better performance
space is limited in a laptop, which limits the graphics capabilities.
While higher-end laptops can provide better than average graphics for
gaming and CAD-based applications, the heat reduction/dissipation is
limited by the space in the laptop case. Power is also limited which
doesn't allow for video cards needing those higher amounts of wattage to
a desktop computer is generally easier, because most of the hardware
can be purchased off the shelf of any local computer retail store.||For
most users, opening a laptop to repair a part can be difficult and
finding a replacement part often requires calling the computer
manufacturer or ordering from another online site.|