The decision as to whether to purchase a laptop, notebook or a desktop will depend on what you will be using it for.
Differences between Laptop and Notebook ComputersPeople use the terms laptop and notebook so loosely to describe a mobile PC insinuating that they are the same. However, there are differences between these two mobile PCs that consumers should be aware of before purchasing any. Let's compare these two computers:
The laptop as the name implies is designed to rest on your lap. Here are some of its attributes:
Here are some of its features:
As you can see from the above, the names laptop and notebook are not really interchangeable. Notebooks are mobile PCs that offer average performance 'while not taxing your pocket'. They could be classified as cheap computers.
Laptops on the other hand are capable of ably replacing their desktop counterparts.
I hope that this explanation will 'clear the air' regarding the differences between a laptop and a notebook. Somewhere in the future possibly these two names might mean the same but for now these differences are clearly defined.
The generic term 'Desktop Computer' is being used loosely to describe any full-size computer but, in fact, it is really a system housed in a horizontal case that sits on a desk.
The term 'Desktop Computer' in this Cheap Computer guide refers to any full-size computer; namely, mid-tower, full tower and, of course, the horizontal case.
Advantages - Desktops:
Advantages - Laptops/Notebooks:
The major advantage of laptop or notebook computers are their portability - Being able to move it easily from one location to another.
Laptops and notebooks are versatile enabling them to be used anywhere and anytime. You can almost perform the same tasks on top-of-the-line laptops and notebooks as you would on desktops with limitations.
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Disadvantages - Laptops/Notebooks:
Disadvantages - Desktops:
Desktop or Laptop/Notebook? Making a decision .....The main components of all computers - whether a laptop, notebook or a desktop are all the same.
Deciding on whether to buy a desktop, a laptop or a notebook computer system might be difficult and is a matter of personal choice or, most importantly, depending on your needs.
If you will need to be accessing your computer while you are away from your base, you will definitely need a laptop or a notebook.
Also, if you need a computer that can be relocated easily, a laptop or a notebook should be your choice. But... if you are looking for a computer that is not required to be mobile, then a desktop should be your choice.
Laptops or notebooks are ideal for people on the go.
Laptops have become so powerful and efficient that there are now models that are considered desktop replacements. They are equipped with high-end Intel and AMD mobile processors, video cards, DDR3 memory, solid state drives, Blu-ray super-multi optical drives and Gigabit networking, etc. Multimedia and gaming types are equipped with HDMI outputs and are capable of driving multiple monitors.
With all of these high-end components, laptops still have limitations; the main one being battery life.
What do you want to be able to do with your computer? Are you planning on playing the most difficult games and doing intensive video editing or, relaxing in your TV room watching movies while surfing the Internet and sending and receiving emails?
Get a desktop if you are looking for top-of-the-line-systems. Otherwise, if you are looking for a good computer with great portability, a laptop should be your best choice.
The decision is yours!
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