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Top 4 Reasons for Buying a Laptop Instead of a Desktop

Updated on February 8, 2014

Limited Space in a Home Office or Work Area

One of the main reasons someone might consider buying a laptop computer over a desktop computer is the space available in their home office or work area. As technology advances it seems the smaller the better has become the new catch cry in the computer field. This gives way to many alternatives to the cumbersome hard drive weighing more than I can safely lift and no longer does the physical desk have to be taken up with the inflexible layout of the desktop computer.

Laptop computers really are perfect in their design. Small in dimensions and light enough to lift with one hand, even my small hand can just manage when I move from one room to another with computer balancing nicely in the right hand and the must have coffee cup in the left hand.


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Portability of the Laptop
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Portability of a Laptop

Perhaps this should have topped the list for the best reason to buy a laptop instead of a desktop. There is no denying the laptop can, and does, go everywhere. No longer are we tied to an office, nor a desk. For those wonderful warm days when everything looks brighter on the outside, it takes nothing to pick up the computer and move there, no problem. Work can now be a joy instead of a chore.

Interstate travel, international travel, there is simply no holds barred with the laptop. Admittedly there are more security precautions to get through at the airport but even the specially designed bags are set up so well these days it only takes seconds to get the machine onto the surveillance belt then back to the carry on.

Top 4 Reasons to Buy a Laptop

  1. Limited space
  2. Portability
  3. Price
  4. Environment

Price for a Laptop Computer Compared with Desktop Computers

As with all technology new machines have a high price tag initially. But once they have been on the market for a while and competition kicks in, prices tend to plateau making the item affordable for everyone. Prices for laptop computers have come way down in the past ten years. My first laptop was so expensive the only way I was going to get it was by way of leasing. At the end of the three year lease term I had the option to purchase for a final lump payment but by then the price of a new laptop computer had reduced significantly to be less than the payout figure.

These days a decent laptop with at least 1 GB of RAM and a high processor speed can be bought for well under a thousand bringing them in line with the top of the range in desktop computers. Most have all the main features of the desktop including a quality DVD drive and numerous USB ports for connecting a wireless mouse and keyboard or plug-in modem for broadband.

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Environment Matters Especially When it Comes to Computers

The throw away society was taken to new heights with the invention of the personal computer (PC). With the introduction of a PC in every home has come a host of accessories from printers to modems, cables and keyboards. What happens when these items become obsolete? Given the ever changing requirements of the Internet, bigger, faster software needing bigger, better hardware this can happen as frequently as a bi-annual event.

There is no genuine recyclable outfit to handle the thousands if not millions of hardware thrown out in any given year. Those hard drives along with the monitors are, arguably, contributing more to landfill than any other known commodity in our modern times. At least with the laptop the sleeker dimensions than the desktop computer will, in the future supply less space and weight to a never ending problem.

But What About the Netbooks?

If you are leaning toward the laptop option you might want to look at the benefits of a netbook before you make your final decision. Jeffrey Neal’s hub 'Netbook vs Laptop' is full of useful information and makes many good comparisons between the two.

© 2010 Karen Wilton


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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      The netbook screen is way too small for me too, AliciaC and there is no way I could type quickly on a keyboard that small. I have just bought a new Toshiba Laptop with a number pad as well as the keyboard. The keys are easy to use so even if I'm on the go I don't feel hampered.

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      Linda Crampton 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed reading your hub. I’ve just bought a laptop and I love it. It’s light and easy to transport so I can use it in many different places. I do make more typing mistakes when I’m using a laptop than when I’m using a desktop computer, but I’m sure your idea of using an external keyboard when the laptop isn’t being moved around would solve that problem. I’ve tried using a netbook, but the screen is just too small for my eyes.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Good for you LindaJM, I hope you'll find the experience as liberating as I have and never look back.

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thanks for the laptop info... I have owned computers more than twenty years, but never a laptop. I'm considering buying one now.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Piotr I had exactly the same problem when I started using the laptop full time. Headaches and the burning neck is no joy. Now, I rest the laptop on a thick folder and have a separate keyboard in front of that. Perfect!

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      Piotr Yordanov 7 years ago from Lebanon

      There are many reasons for using a laptop. I myself spend my time using it.

      I would add the mouse pad to what you stated above. I am a hardcore keyboard user, the mouse is there for simple tasks, this is where the mouse pad plays a great role!

      However it is quite uncomfortable to write using a laptop because of the position of the screen. I'd rather have it a bit higher. But then, the keyboard will also be higher, and i would have gained nothing!

      I am starting to really get annoyed of having headaches or simply neck pain due to the position of my head while writing.

      So a laptop is nice, but if one was to use it at home, it would be interesting to couple the laptop with a screen, keyboard and a mouse ( though i tend not to use the mouse :D )

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      The typing is slower on the laptop Wendy so when I am home I use the remote keyboard that keeps me clicking away at my usual speed. Thanks for the comment.

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      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      I type much faster on my desktop but I prefer the laptop because I can write anywhere. ~Wendy

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Yes, space and portability Game Creator, these are the reasons I said goodbye to my desktop computer. I have to say I haven't regretted it for a moment. My work can go anywhere I go and I have instant access to internet, e-mails and of course, HubPages! Just love it.

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      Game Creator 7 years ago

      nice hub.. very true about one of the reason why people buy laptop instead of desktop pc is the space. One advantage of laptop is portability. You can use it in the mall, school, cafeteria, business meetings, etc.

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      Shane Belceto 7 years ago from WA USA

      now I am too .. I must say I heard that one coming smiles .. mine would be for tea though .... and perhaps a mouse that mesauges the hands too

      ~Expect Miracles

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Laughing out loud Shane, dispenser for coffee on the other side? Yes, I'll have evertyhing I need then.

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      Shane Belceto 7 years ago from WA USA

      Smiles and hugs

      Just need the chocolate dispenser on the side now huh?

      ~Expect Miracles

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      DjBryle I know exactly how you feel. It was only space restrictions when we moved that forced me to part with my desktop. But now I have a normal keyboard and mouse of the wireless variety to use with my laptop I feel more than comfortable.

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Thanks for sharing such a very helpful hub... On the other hand, I will always love my desk top like I used to because I am a sentimentalist... lol! Although I would also love the laptop because I can easily take it with e no matter where I go... in short, I LIKE THEM BOTH! lol! Thanks for sharing! =)

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      Shane Belceto 7 years ago from WA USA

      Quite welcoem and yes for me netbook will never due smiles .... Also I found for me while here in the office the docking station makes life easier for sure .. only need to plug in one USB cord and wammo better speakers, mouse, keyboard, etc all ready to go on the desk .. even a bigger monitor too if desired ... then a simple yank of the cord and we are off again as others have shared to a new change of surroundings ... smiles

      ~Expect Miracles

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Definitely we have to move forward to keep up. Sure there are disadvantages with the laptop, the monitor for one is never going to be big enough but the rest, keyboard, mouse these things can be overcome. Thank you for your comments.

    • profile image 7 years ago from bear, de, 19701

      Buying a laptop is better idea because we should develop according to the technology.By using the laptop there advantages as well disadvantages.Anyway thanks for providing information the reasons for buying laptop.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Ah, yes, 2besure a change of scenery is a must for writers. Ideas can be triggered by sitting in a coffee shop and I love that you can go to the library do the research and key stuff in straight away. I’ve always had both desktop and laptop but decided to give up the big machine when we moved house recently due to lack of space.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the comment Shane. I looked at the netbooks a while ago but found the keyboard and the monitor on those were way to small if you’re going to be doing a lot of typing. But for surfing the net or interacting on social sites, Facebook, MySpace, they would certainly be a cheaper alternative. I guess if you are into games and graphics and need high power then it has to be a PC with grunt.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Yes, b. Malin we are another two laptop household and we move the computers to suit our mood. Sometimes writing inside but mostly because of our beautiful climate we are both outside on the balcony doing our own thing on our own laptops. Being in the right environment makes a world of difference to the flow of writing for sure.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Onegoodwoman, have you thought about using a wireless keyboard and mouse for your laptop? I am from the old school and actually started typing on a manual typewriter so the transition for me has been from manual to electric typewriter then the desktop keyboard and now the wireless keyboard. It does take away the portability factor but if I’m going to be in one place for a while at least my typing doesn’t have to suffer.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Buying a lap was the best thing I could have done. I am not stuck in one room all day. If I get bored, I can go to a coffee shop or library, just for a change of scenery.

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      Shane Belceto 7 years ago from WA USA

      First off thank you fro the aditional link to compare to the netbooks ... for teens we are wondering if that may be a better route.

      Like you I like my keybooard so I got a full size wireless combo for my laptop smiles but yes spend most my time on this PC lol I find you can still get more power in a PC for the same price .. but yes your other reasons are starting to out way the power of a PC for future replacements. Plus was just at RE PC this week to drop off some old stuff and boy oh boy you are not kidding about the waste aspect sheesh.

      ~Expect Miracles

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Good information. We purchased our first "Mac" laptop last year. I love it! It can be set up anywhere in the house. This past summer my husband got his no more having to share. It's great for writing....let's my mind really flow.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      But I just like my old desktop. It's the keyboard, I type so much better on it! Guess deep down, I am just old school.

      The laptop just gets regulated to map programs and traveling.


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