Okay, so you’re getting ready to go to school. Everyone gets a computer when they go off to school, but here’s the issue: What kind do I get? One of the most common questions that is asked at freshman orientation is whether you should get a desktop or a laptop for school. Here’s a list of pros and cons to help you decide which is going to be best for your particular purposes.
- Lightweight (check the weight to verify this; there are some really bulky laptops) and Portable so that you can take to class.
- Available with decent screen sizes
- Easy to put together
- The potential for being stolen (This is greatly reduced by special locks that are available for laptops).
- Usually have lower specs (less RAM, less memory, etc) than a standard desktop
- Life is shorter: Desktops average 2 years longer than laptops
- Sometimes harder to replace parts (due to being smaller, more compact, more potential of breaking things you shouldn’t)
- Harder on your wrists, the keyboard doesn’t provide an angle unless you use an external one (which is always an option)
- Usually able to have more RAM, memory, and higher specs.
- Because of choosing your monitor, the screen can potentially be much larger than a laptop’s.
- Your back will thank you: you’re more apt to sit properly in a chair then slouching in the couch or in bed like you would with a laptop.
- Last longer on average than a laptop.
- Some of them are huge. Like really huge. But some are not. You just have to shop around to find the right size for you.
- Hard to transport, you can’t just pack up your desktop and go to the library.
- Some people don’t like using the keyboard and mouse combination that a desktop has.