Advantages (and Disadvantages) of laptops

September 14th, 2022

By Darren Jackson



Some of you may be in the market for a new personal computer, and that may come with some questions on if you should be getting a Desktop or a Laptop.  This brief guide may prove helpful for you if you haven’t considered the pro’s and con’s of a laptop vs a desktop.

Advantages of a Laptop
1. Mobility
The first and most significant benefit of a laptop over a desktop computer is its portability. The laptop can be moved from one location to another with ease thanks to its light weight, small size, and built-in battery. Many models can be carried in a car, utilized in a park, or worn all the time. You can easily access the relevant data wherever you are because of this mobility.

2. ‘Finished Product’
Another advantage of a laptop is the fact that they are a complete package or a ‘Finished Product’.  They have everything built-in that you would need to use a computer on-the-go.  Such as a built-in Keyboard, a built-in mouse (trackpad), speakers, microphone, and almost all laptops these days come with a built-in webcam as well!  Not to mention they all come with wifi cards as well!  So where ever you go, as long as it has wifi, you will be able to stay connected with your friends and family, work, or school.

3. Offline Operation

Additionally, using the laptop for presentations of all kinds is convenient. You are not dependent on the venue’s technical capabilities in this situation. Since the laptop may function without an electrical connection using only its battery (with proper use). Batteries do however have a shelf life; they are not everlasting.


Disadvantages of a Laptop
1. Sensitivity
In comparison to desktop computers, laptops are more prone to damage. For instance, it commonly happens that laptops drop, get damaged in the rain, be sat on, etc. All of this can cause the device to breakdown. Additionally, the cost of repairing a portable computer is substantially higher than that of a regular computer. And sometimes, depending on the model and how it was manufactured, a downright impossibility to repair.

2. Unpredictable Battery
Because it is not indestructible and should be used under established rules, the laptop’s built-in battery pack malfunctions frequently. Additionally, a lot of customers have a habit of using their laptops just like a stationary PC by operating with it plugged into power indefinitely, which is the leading cause of battery damage.
3. Low Upgrade Potential
Finally, one of the biggest drawbacks for laptops in my opinion is the fact that they are rarely upgrade-able in any meaningful way.  Most of the time the only things you can even possibly upgrade is the RAM and the hard-drive, and with some models even those are soldered on, which makes the device stuck in the exact configuration you bought it in.