Nowadays, having a personal computer has plenty of advantages. For one, you can work from home more efficiently. A personal computer also allows you to access the internet more reliably and save large files without worrying about storage space, among others. This is not to mention the high-quality visuals when you watch videos or play games. Basically, you’ll be able to work hard and play hard if you have your own computer!
The only thing left to decide is whether to buy desktops or buy laptops. The Philippines’ tech selection is quite extensive, so it can be difficult to make that final choice. Still, there’s a lot to be said about laptops and why they would be the better choice for many Filipinos.
Here are some of the reasons to pick a laptop over a desktop computer:
You Need a Portable Machine
One of the biggest advantages of a laptop over a desktop computer is portability. Laptops are designed for those on the go, which is why they’re often compact and lightweight. In fact, you can find models that weigh only a little over 1 kilo. There are also convertible laptops that come with a touchscreen monitor, detachable keyboard, and flexible hinges that can act as a tablet stand.
Obviously, it’s possible for you to move a desktop computer from one place to another. However, it will be much more cumbersome because of the multiple larger components. With a laptop, all you need is a backpack or a laptop bag to carry it.
You Want a Hassle-Free Set-Up
Laptops are ready to use straight out of the box. Just press the power button, then follow the prompts on the screen to install the OS and set up your account. All of these can be completed within minutes.
Meanwhile, desktop computers require a bit more effort to set up. Unless you bought a prepackaged unit, you’ll have to attach the individual components to each slot and then connect the wires. You also need to connect peripherals like a mouse and keyboard to be able to use a desktop computer properly. It’s not overly complicated (if you bought the parts brand new, you can find instructions in the box), but it’s definitely not as simple as setting up a laptop.
You Want Built-In Back-Up Power
Laptops have smaller components which means they use less power than desktops. This is perfect if you want to save on your electricity bill, especially if you’re using your computer daily for long hours. What’s even better is that laptops have a battery. In case of a power outage or fluctuation, your computer will stay on and you can continue working for about an hour or so.
Desktops, on the other hand, consume more power. Aside from the high-wattage power supply, you also have a monitor. If or when the power goes out or fluctuates, unless you have a UPS, a desktop will turn off; worse, you’ll likely lose any unsaved files.
You Need a Web Camera
Most if not all laptops these days have built-in web cameras, which come in handy for meetings, online classes, and even simple live video streaming sessions. Desktop computers can also be used for these purposes, but you have to buy a separate webcam or download an app that can convert your smartphone into a webcam.
You’re Using a Computer for the Basics
If you’re only going to use a computer for the basics, such as streaming videos, typing and editing documents, or using social media, then there’s no need for an ultra-fancy and high-end machine. A laptop will be more than enough for these tasks. (Although do note that there are many laptops that can go head-to-head with a desktop computer in terms of heavy-duty performance.)
It can be argued that you can also use a smartphone for the above-mentioned activities, but a laptop is definitely more convenient with its larger screen and keyboard. This is important for older students who need to work on school projects, as well as employees who need access to basic word processing and presentation software.
You Don’t Have a Lot of Space
For those who don’t have a lot of space at home, a laptop is definitely the better choice. A desktop computer requires a lot of space for the CPU and monitor, not to mention accessories like a mouse, keyboard, and speakers. At the very least, you’re going to need a dedicated table to place all the components you need.
In contrast, with a laptop, everything comes in a single unit. At most, the only thing that will require extra space is a mouse (if you don’t like using the trackpad or mouse stick). With its compact size, a laptop can let you work virtually anywhere—even on the dining table, if you have to. You can also get a foldable laptop desk so you can comfortably use your laptop on the sofa or your bed.
Ultimately, the choice between a laptop and a desktop will depend on your needs. There’s also a matter of budget (some high-end laptops can be as expensive as top-tier desktops, if not more), not to mention style. If you’re still undecided, maybe this list can convince you to go for the “power in a compact package” that a laptop can offer.