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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Desktop vs. Notebook

Notebook (laptop)computer

Mini-tower style desktop computer

Desktops have the advantage over laptops that the spare parts and extensions tend to be standardized, resulting in lower prices and greater availability. Another advantage of desktops is, that power consumption is not as critical in a desk top because a desktop is not powered by a rechargeable battery and there is more space to remove the heat. Due to this, both Intel and AMD manufacture special CPUs for mobile computers (i.e. laptops) with lower power consumption that also have lower performance levels.

Desktop Advantages:-

- Best value: typically, more speed, memory, and storage for a lower price.
- Relatively difficult to steal.
- Lower probability of failure for comparable quality machine vs. notebook.
- Relatively easy to expand or modify as needs change.
- Less costly expansion products such as large hard drives, additional memory, and special purpose cards.
- Flat screen LCD monitors are now reasonably priced, reducing desk space requirements and making storage/shipping easier.

Notebook Advantages:-

- Small System Dimensions
- Takes up little desk space.
- Portability When Required
- If wireless network is available, adding a wireless card provides easy free access network and Internet in many locations . Newer notebook computers may have built-in wireless networking ability.
- Can be shipped to manufacturer or taken to dealer for service.
- Lower Power Consumption

Notebook Disadvantages:-

- Much more easily stolen.
- More easily dropped or broken.
- Somewhat more prone to failure than stationary desktop computers of comparable quality.
- Significantly more expensive for comparable speed and capacity.
- Limited expansion and add-on capabilities.

The Future

The popularity of these smaller systems is growing rapidly, but a shift that is occurring right now. Previously much of the development was from the enthusiast market looking for smaller desktop systems, but this is now dwindling in favor of desktop equivalent notebooks. The real growth is in the mini PC market. The ability to build small brick sized computers that can be hooked into home theaters systems or tucked neatly inside of a desk are what many consumers would like over larger desktop systems.

Power consumption by computers is also becoming a large issue. With energy prices steadily climbing up, the full powered desktop computer systems generally use much more power than the user really needs. With the mini PCs focusing on using energy efficient notebook components to provide solid computing capability without large energy consumption or heat production, they are becoming much more attractive. This is going to greatly benefit the average consumer in the long run.

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Anonymous said...

A couple years back my son had worked all summer cleaning up a warehouse so he could buy a laptop. I explain repeatedly that if he took it anywhere he would have to keep an eye on it at all times. I might as well been talking to a brick wall.

Two weeks after getting it he sat in down in the lunchroom of the warehouse and walked out the door. I looked at this as the perfect opportunity to teach him a lesson. I toted it to the truck and drove around to the front of the building and waited for the phone to ring.

"Mom, I know you have it bring it back!" he satated rather unassuredly. "I have what?" I asked, and then I told him I was almost home and had no idea where it was.

Knowing that he would run himself crazy trying to find it...I let him sweat for 10 mins and then took it back.

I didn't like pulling such a rotten trick...but it never happened again! :)

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