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.
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
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.
|Portability||Portable, it is easy to use it in any comfortable positions||Not portable, it can be moved but requires effort|
|Power supply||Requires AC power||Requires AC or DC (i.e. battery)|
|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|
|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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