Laptops, Desktops, and Notebooks, Oh My - Which One Is Right for You?
Computer technology is constantly evolving and trying to determine whether you should purchase a Desktop, Laptop, or Notebook can be overwhelming and confusing. While each item serves a specific purpose, you want what's going to help you be most productive, or entertained, if that's your preferences.
Which should you choose? Should you go the route of Laptops and Desktops or would a Notebook be more ideal?
When a computer is referred to as a "Notebook," rather than a Laptop or Desktop, it means that it's a small, compact and more portable Computer. The term derived from the late 1990s when Desktop Computers were considerable larger than they are today, and quite heavy and Laptops were bulky and not ideal for carrying around.
With today's technology, though, Laptops are lightweight, portable, and provide large storage capacities and processing speeds. Today's Notebook Computers, such as the Acer Notebook, will tend to be compact, with small screens, keyboards, and less memory and processing speeds, and aren't going to be equipped with powerful graphics chips.
Acer Notebooks are not designed to operate complex, graphics-intense games or other programs. They are more suited for word processing, data spreadsheets, and general work related functions.
Today's Laptops, on the other hand, are equipped with faster processors, more powerful graphics cards and interfaces, and are often used in place of Desktop Computers. If you want a Computer that is mobile, that you can use anywhere you are, and require speed and storage, then an HP Laptop, Dell Laptop, or even Toshiba Laptop is the better option.
The major difference between laptops and Desktops today, however, is price. Gig for Gig, RAM for RAM, and all options being equal, you should expect to pay a considerable amount more for a Laptop as opposed to the traditional desktop computer.
Desktop Computers may be gradually slipping into obscurity, but they are still vital components of the Computer industry. You can find a number of powerful Desktop Computers at fairly low prices.
Desktops have one major advantage over most Laptops and that is versatility and power. Desktop Computers have multiple user ports and motherboard ports that allow users to add components to them, upgrade processors, add extra hard drive space, and much more. They are more customizable and most individuals who work on graphics or audio intensive projects (such as film editing, music recording, and more) rely on Desktop Computers.
Which one is right for you? That depends on your needs at the moment. If you plan on using your Computer for writing letters, tracking your finances, and keeping connected with friends and family online through social media sites or email, an Acer Notebook may be ideal. If you plan on using your Computer for more intense programs, graphic design, or other features, consider either a Lenovo Laptop or HP desktop.
A laptop will offer more portability while a desktop provides more power and options to expand in the future. There's no right or wrong when choosing between a notebook, laptop, and desktop. As long as you understand your personal needs from the outset.