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Laptop vs Desktop-Difference between Laptop and Desktop

This page compares Laptop vs Desktop and mentions difference between Laptop and Desktop. This buying guide will help in selecting Laptop or Desktop for your purchase need.

Laptop Computer

Laptop Computer

A laptop is a compact version of the desktop with built in screen, CPU, keyboard and mouse. It can be moved to any place and be used in any comfortable position. The figure-1 depicts laptop computer.

It is very compact and light in weight. Following are the typical specifications of a Laptop Computer.
• Model: Dell Inspiron Core i3 6th Gen, 3467 Laptop
• Processor: Intel Core i3 (6th Gen)
• RAM: 4 GB DDR4
• Operating System: Linux/Ubuntu/Windows
• HDD (Hard Disk Drive): 1 TB
• Display Size: 14 inch
• Weight; 1.956 kg
• Price: About 27K INR

Desktop Computer

Desktop Computer

A desktop is a personal computer with separate monitor screen, CPU chassis, keyboard and mouse installed at fixed location or place. The figure-2 depicts desktop computer. It is available as assembled model as well as branded (Lenovo, HP etc.). Assembled computer can be made by assembling required motherboard, hard drive, DVD drive etc. as per choice into the chosen chassis as per requirements of the user.

It is heavy in weight and requires connection of cables before using it. Following are the typical specifications of a Desktop Computer.
• Model: 650 Elite 8300 Desktop PC
• Processor: Intel Core i5 , 3.2 GHz
• RAM: 8 GB DDR3
• Operating System: Windows7 or windows10
• HDD (Hard Disk Drive): 1 TB
• Display Size: Any size monitor can be interfaced with Chassis
• Weight: 5.35 Kg
• Price: About 15K INR for chassis

Following table provides comparison factors which helps in deciding whether to purchase Laptop or Desktop for your need.

Features Laptop Desktop
Weight Less Heavy
Portability Portable, it is easy to use it in any comfortable positions Not portable, it can be moved but requires effort
Space requirement less more
Power supply Requires AC power Requires AC or DC (i.e. battery)
Memory Less More
Speed Lower Higher
Upgradation Not easier, sometimes it is difficult to upgrade Easier
Fragility More fragile Less fragile
Cables Do not require cables except power adapter Requires connection of cables between CPU chassis and monitor/keyboard/mouse. AC power cables are also required for monitor and CPU chassis.
Purchase Cost with same features More Less
Repairing Cost More Less
Availability of hardware parts Less, it is often difficult to get laptop parts for some brands or models More, it is easier to obtain parts of a desktop computer.
Heat generation More compare to desktop Less compare to laptop
Graphics adapter or card Less powerful More powerful
Number of external ports Less More
Trouble-shooting in case of failure Hard Easy

Conclusion: Laptop or desktop can be chosen as per requirements of speed and memory as well as user comfort levels as described in this guide.


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