Notebook Or Desktop Computer Which Should You Choose

Notebook or​ Desktop Computer -- Which Should You Choose?
On TV and in​ the​ movies,​ we​ see a​ lot of​ portable computers being used in​ homes and offices .​
Does that mean that's the​ trend? is​ that what you should get?
Portable computers cost more,​ so unless you really have the​ need for one,​ you get a​ lot more computer for your money with a​ regular desktop PC .​
The main thing is​ portability .​
If you need a​ portable computer,​ get a​ laptop .​
(Laptop,​ portable,​ and notebook all refer to​ the​ same thing,​ by the​ way) .​
Otherwise,​ a​ desktop computer is​ a​ better buy,​ and better ergonomically.
The Price Difference
You might wonder why laptops cost more than desktop computers with comparable features and power .​
That is​ largely because it​ is​ more expensive to​ manufacture laptops and their parts .​
For portable computer components,​ factors such as​ compactness,​ the​ amount of​ heat they generate,​ their weight,​ and power consumption are more important than they are for desktops .​
Those factors add to​ their manufacturing costs.
Space Requirements
While laptops are certainly compact,​ a​ desktop computer with a​ flat panel monitor can take up almost as​ little space .​
While called a​ desktop computer,​ the​ computer itself is​ most often kept on​ the​ floor .​
That leaves just the​ monitor,​ keyboard and mouse on​ the​ desk,​ which is​ really very similar in​ footprint to​ a​ notebook computer.
A great way to​ further reduce the​ space taken up on​ the​ desktop computer is​ get a​ keyboard drawer to​ hold the​ keyboard and mouse .​
That way,​ they slide out of​ the​ way under the​ top of​ the​ desk when they aren't needed.
Be Mindful of​ Ergonomics
Ergonomics is​ the​ science of​ designing and arranging things so that people can interact with them more comfortably and safely .​
The basic ergonomic principals for computer use tell us that,​ 1) the​ keyboard should be as​ close to​ your lap level as​ possible (assuming you touch-type),​ 2) the​ monitor should be about arm's length in​ front of​ you,​ and 3) the​ top of​ the​ monitor should be at​ about your eye level .​
Try achieving that with a​ laptop computer! Two words: im-possible .​
It is​ obvious then,​ that a​ desktop computer is​ much better ergonomically than a​ laptop is​ .​
For prolonged use,​ especially,​ you're much better off with a​ desktop computer.
And Don't Forget Usability
Another aspect of​ ergonomics is​ usability .​
Because of​ size constraints,​ laptops also are lower on​ the​ usability scale than desktop PCs are .​
For one thing,​ laptop keyboards lack the​ separate groupings of​ the​ different sets of​ keys with space between them .​
For another,​ there are fewer keys on​ a​ laptop's keyboard,​ so some of​ them have to​ perform double duty .​
On a​ standard keyboard,​ you don't have to​ deal with that.
Screen Resolution
Computer monitors -- the​ bulky ones,​ anyway -- can be set at​ different resolutions .​
In other words,​ you can change the​ fineness of​ the​ image on​ the​ screen .​
The range is​ typically 640x480 -- that is​ 640 pixel across and 480 pixels up and down -- to​ 800x600,​ 1024x768,​ or​ even higher .​
At 640x480,​ the​ icons and such appear quite large; at​ 1024x768,​ they are substantially smaller .​
The most common resolutions today for desktop computers are 800x600 and 1024x768 .​
Something They Don't Tell You
Laptop displays,​ on​ the​ other hand,​ have a​ fixed,​ or​ native,​ resolution .​
You can change the​ setting,​ but then the​ images and text don't look good .​
While people tend to​ think that bigger numbers are better,​ a​ higher screen resolution may not work as​ well for you .​
It may make everything too small to​ see comfortably .​
Remember,​ the​ laptop's screen is​ smaller that a​ desktop's .​
While a​ typical desktop computer screen is​ 17 or​ so a​ laptop's is​ usually in​ the​ range of​ 12 to​ 15 .​
That is​ a​ big difference .​
Make sure you can see everything clearly before choosing a​ high-resolution laptop.
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