This is a popular question amongst computer users. Laptops seems to be the most popular these days, because of portability, but there are reasons why a desktop computer might be a better option. This article looks at the pros and cons of each.



  • Portability
  • Lower Power Consumption
  • Lighter Footprint


  • More Expensive
  • Harder to Repair/Upgrade ($)
  • Higher Incidence of Theft
  • Prone to Overheating
  • Limited Expansion Possibilities



  • More Powerful
  • Easy to Upgrade/Repair
  • More Expansion Possibilities


  • Not Portable
  • Heavier Footprint
  • Uses More Energy

There are certain cases where this question is a no-brainer. If you need portability, you need a laptop. If you need lots of power (audio mixing, video production, etc.), you will want a desktop. But for the average home user, the lines can get blurry.

Use the comparisons above to help make your decision easier. For example, if your most important criteria is energy savings, then you will probably want a laptop if you don’t mind the extra cost and other drawbacks. If your most important criteria is bang for the buck, I’d recommend a desktop as long as space is not an issue. etc…

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