In days past, choosing the best computer technology was often an exercise of frustrating tradeoffs—would you rather have more battery life or lower cost, a larger screen, or greater portability? Today, choosing between laptop vs. desktop has shifted from settling for less to maximizing your choices: With continual improvement in technology, and more options than ever, you can choose the perfect computer that fits your individual needs.
Laptops suit an on-the-go world. They can be unplugged from an external power source, and taken with you. Typically, they take up less space and don’t require you to purchase a separate monitor.
Desktops have plenty of positives on their side, as well. Typically, desktops offer more power and expandability at a lower cost. They’re also easier to upgrade, repair, and customize, which is why they often remain the choice for serious gamers. They also tend to come with better speakers, more peripheral options, and larger keyboards.
That said, there are no hard and fast rules anymore. Some new mini-desktop computers are as small and inconspicuous as laptops. And nowadays, laptops can offer the same power and performance as you can get from almost any desktop.