Should you buy a laptop or desktop computer or both for your business? This, of course, depends on the size and type of your business. Let’s consider this from the viewpoint of small or home-based businesses. Each person has their own needs and budget in regards to their computers, and these need to be considered before making any purchases.
What are your requirements?
As a graphic designer your choice of computers would probably be desktops for the better graphics adapters compared to those on laptops. If you are a freelance writer, on the other hand, laptops would suit you fine.
Body fatigue could mean less productivity. The LCD screen on a laptop is better on your eyes for looking at images than the picture-tube technology on desktops. A graphic designer will probably be doing most of their work in their office. Using desktops is far more comfortable than laptops, for your body, when you are working for hours at a time. The separate keyboard can be put in a working comfortable position, and the size and position of the monitor is a plus. However, a desktop means that you are static. You can connect a laptop to a separate and larger monitor for when you are working for longer periods.
The main advantage of laptops, of course, is that they are mobile. You can take them almost anywhere and therefore work anywhere. With the technological progress in Wi-Fi you can connect to the world via Internet from almost anywhere too.
Depending on what you are doing, the laptop battery can last up to approximately 4 hours. You can also plug laptops into an electricity supply. Strictly speaking, they then become static rather than mobile, but you have been able to easily carry and use the laptops in various places on the way to that electricity supply. You weren’t restricted to your desktop.
As a graphic designer, you probably don’t need such mobility as a freelance writer might. But if you wish to visit potential clients and show examples, you would find a laptop useful. If your budget stretches that far, you may envisage having a desktop for most of your work and a laptop for visiting clients and when you are on holiday, for example.
It used to be the case that laptops were far more expensive than desktops and were less performing, with less specifications, but today the price of laptops has dropped considerably and the RAM (memory) and CPU (brain) can be just as good as desktops. Desktops must be plugged into the electricity all the time when you want to use them, but they use less electricity than laptops. Batteries can also be expensive. The cost of repairs is less for desktops, which are also far easier to repair or for replacing parts.
When it comes down to it, choosing laptops or desktops depends entirely on your requirements and your work, but the best solution would seem to be to have both if you can afford to. Wouldn’t you agree?
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