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by Matthew Mack

So what is the difference between a desktop, a laptop and a notebook computer? What are the good and bad qualities of each? Which one should I buy?

These are all questions you may be thinking about. I have created this article in order to answer your important questions about desktop, notebook and laptop computers.

What is the difference between a desktop computer, a laptop computer and a notebook computer?

The main difference between a desktop, a laptop, and a notebook is obviously going to be the size and shape.

Desktop computers are a lot bigger and can be much heavier than laptops and notebooks. They usually store more information (in gigabytes) and have more features than the other computer types. This being said, they are usually left at home. Also, desktop computers are split up in functions. The main brain of the computer is linked to the screen, power source (it has no battery), speakers, keyboard, and mouse through wires. While desktops are bigger and not portable, many tribute them as faster and better at handling more important tasks that require certain capabilities (i.e. creating a movie).

Laptop computers are made for on the go travel and quick portability. While they can easily be used instead of home computers, laptops are fitted with long battery lives and can be transported easily from one place to another. Laptops and notebooks are often confused as being the same thing. While they both are good to use for traveling around, laptops usually have graphics cards, speakers, and larger (usually heavier) screens. An important question to think about when purchasing a computer is whether you should buy a laptop or a notebook computer.

Notebook computers are very often confused as being the same as laptop computers. Notebooks are lighter, extremely portable, and have a much longer battery life. While they are most popular with University students and business men, notebooks are handy for anyone who could benefit from them. Notebooks are not often made with graphics cards and usually have a more compact screen. They are perfect for homework, papers and forms. The main purpose of a notebook is functionality. It is not so meant to be a entertainment device but rather a notebook for quick projects and documents.

What are the bad and good qualities of each?

Desktop computers good qualities are:

designed for heavier use and large capacity

ideal for a home office computer

easier to use for most people (including the mouse)

Desktop computers worst qualities:

not portable

can take up a lot of space

Laptop computers good qualities include:

portable and easier to set up than desktops

compact yet capable of media play (videos, games)

could substitute as a home computer if necessary

Laptop computers worse qualities:

can still be heavy if needed to constantly carrying it around

battery life is not very long (depending on what programs your running)

can quickly get bogged down

Notebook computers good qualities include:

very light and easy to move around

ideal for documentation and small presentations

great for classroom or workplace environments

has a long battery life

Notebook computers bad qualities:

not for graphic needs (video, games)

not as good for multi-tasking

Which type of computer should I get?

This choice all depends on what you want the computer to be used for. If you need a home computer that you can move from room to room, a laptop is the best choice. If you need a computer for the home with a lot of space and memory, a desktop is the best decision. If your going to university and don’t want to lug around a bulky computer, a powerful little notebook is what you need.

Its up to you now to choose the right computer for yourself! You must decide what require in a computer and get the one that suits your needs, otherwise it could be very expensive and a waste!

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