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Washington DC Desktop Vs. Laptop – Choosing Your Next Computer, Desktop Vs. Laptop, Washington DC

If you’re in the market for a new computer, you might find yourself wondering if you should invest in a new desktop or laptop.  Both types of computers have their Pro’s and Con’s and Geek ABC is here to assist in helping you make that decision.  We can be reached via our website, www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  We provide same day, mobile, onsite computer support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

First let’s take a look at the Pro’s and Con’s of a owning a desktop computer (PC):

Pros:

  • Faster overall processing speed
  • More Memory and Drives
  • Easier to Customize and Upgrade by yourself
  • Function better for multimedia purposes, such as gaming, functioning as a TV, DVR, DVD/CD player, and photo display
  • If you work with graphics, gaming, or photo editing, you can easily upgrade and choose your viewing space with a larger monitor
  • They cost less than laptops

Cons:

  • They aren’t easily portable
  • You need to have space to set them up, especially if you aren’t investing in an all-in-one, like the Apple Mac. (Basic set up will require space for a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and computer tower)
  • You will need multiple outlets and cables for your peripherals
  • In general they are heavy and a hassle to move when you need to.

As far as Laptop’s go, the Pro’s and Con’s are as followed:

Pros:

  • Portability!  Even with the larger laptops, you can close them up, put them in a bag, and take them anywhere.
  • They are self contained.  This helps to keep your workspace neat and clean because, essentially, all you need is a power cord and possibly an Ethernet cable for internet connectivity.
  • If you do want to you it as your main computer you can invest in a docking station and attach a mouse, keyboard, and monitor
  • And Last but not Least, because they are battery powered, as long as the battery has charge, you don’t have to worry about losing a document during a power failure.

Cons:

  • They can be difficult to customize and upgrade
  • If you need repair you will most likely have to go directly to the manufacturer to fix it, if it’s still in warranty, and if the warranty is expired it could be costly to repair
  • They are easily stolen and you may have to invest extra in a laptop lock
  • They are easily damaged if dropped, especially the screen, and if you spill something on the keyboard it could ruin the entire computer.
  • They are more expensive

So overall, whether you decide to invest in a desktop or laptop, it’s all about what fits your lifestyle better.  For students, it’s nice to have a laptop that is easily portable and can be taken to class and libraries to study, but they can be easily stolen as well.  Desktops are better suited for families who have the space or for someone who needs to multimedia capabilities for work or fun.  Again, either way you decide to choose, Geek ABC is here to help!


 

 

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